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Each year an estimated 300,000 smugglers, known as ‘kolbars,’ haul millions of pounds of contraband from Iraq to Iran over the 14,000-foot peaks of the Zagros Mountains. More than 50 of them will die—shot dead, killed in accidents, or freezing to death—and countless more will be arrested and imprisoned. Alex Perry travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to investigate the roots of a trade that all but defies comprehension.

On an expedition to track lemurs in Madagascar, wildlife ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant found her confidence and her voice

Common mistakes you’re probably making when your best friend takes off, and what to do next time

If you get lost or injured in the woods these days, aid might come from above—in the form of small-propeller drones that are revolutionizing SAR and saving lives

A few years ago, I was a vocal proponent of the outdoor industry incorporating Indigenous land acknowledgments as standard business practice. As it’s become more common, my perspective has evolved.

For philosopher John Kaag, a trek in the Alps during his youth was the beginning of a long and winding journey

The outdoors are all around you, no matter where you live

Wes Siler explains why ATVs aren’t the menace to the outdoors many have come to believe they are

In which two bold but questionably sane adventurers actually do for reals what Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels only pretended to do

Smart tips to make sure your new adventure partner has a blast and feels welcome outside

After an American Army captain came home traumatized from the war, he lost his ability to love. It took the wilderness to reopen his heart.

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How the Hushin crew is challenging hunting stereotypes, growing a vital wildlife management tool, and giving back to the community

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics get underway this week. Here’s who and how to watch.

For elite mountain athlete Hillary Allen, a near deadly fall was the start of a long, winding journey to find a new source of strength and purpose

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Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger aren’t just professional athletes and road trippers—they’re really cool dog parents too

Challenge yourself, choose your own pace, and embrace nature all by yourself

Kyle Dickman had spent his life chasing adventure. But after nearly dying from a snake bite, he saw menacing risks everywhere he went.

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Even if your idea of getting after it involves a camp chair and a cold one, you can (and should!) practice these skills

“You always think you’ll save the ones you love when the moment comes. But he didn’t save her.”

Bus 142 spent 60 years sitting in the Alaskan backcountry and saw thousands of visitors before it ended up at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks. Now a team of conservators, students, and volunteers face the challenge ahead.

Grizzly and black bears have killed five people in North America over the last five months. Is this cause for concern?

With the discovery of 52, some sociologists theorized that our fascination with the whale’s story came from a growing feeling of loneliness overrunning our technocentric society.

That shiny sheet of plastic you have wadded up at the bottom of your daypack can help you stay alive. Will it help you stay comfortable? That’s a different story.

As the number one female street skateboarder in the country, Mariah Duran hopes to inspire more people to try the sport.

The treasure was found by Jack Stuef in June 2020, but for a dedicated community of internet sleuths, the hunt isn’t over

Despite warnings, rules, and common sense, tourists in Yellowstone keep approaching bears and bison.

We’re taking a look at how we’ve historically used maps to move through and understand the world, and how that’s changing now

There's no such thing as a truly accurate map

Reconciling the maps we made in the 18th century with modern reality is nearly impossible. But their lines, drawn long ago, are still legally binding.

Amid a national conversation about race, colonialism, and justice, Native mappers and runners are reclaiming Indigenous cartography, names, and land

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From spring-fed rivers to undeveloped coastline, these are some of the best water adventures you can have in Texas.

If you can get past the lack of creature comforts, spending a night outside might be one of the most rewarding things you do

The later moon missions didn’t grab as much attention as the first landing in 1969, but they had something very cool on the gear front: the lunar rover, a lightweight go-kart that gave crews unmatched mobility on another world

Whether you’re just dipping your toe in the water or pushing the outer limits of adventure sports, you can use this handbook for decades to come. Enjoy technical tips and words of wisdom from the pros, ranging from ways to stay warm while cold-weather camping to nurturing the inspiration to get out there every day.

Deschutes National Forest offers year-round adventure to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts

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From the right tires for the terrain to proper trail etiquette, here’s everything you need to know

Mark Healey grew up on the island of Oahu, where there are two directions: toward the land and toward the sea

Climate change is melting the glaciers and permafrost of the Mont Blanc massif, revealing crystals hidden in pockets once covered in snow. Simon Akam tagged along on an expedition with one of the area’s most legendary hunters, a daring French alpinist who completes dangerous climbs to discover specimens worth tens of thousands of dollars.

After 21 ultrarunners died in a trail race in May, the Chinese government responded dramatically, and many are worried about the future of the adventure sports boom that’s been taking place there

Dispersed camping is getting less dispersed. Our ethics columnist weighs in on whether you need to share.

The trendsetters and trailblazers reimagining the outside world

To really understand the outer limits of dehydration, you need to listen to the remarkable story of Pablo Valencia

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Follow Timothy Olson as he attempts to set the fastest known time on the Pacific Crest Trail

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