Exploration & Survival

As Ukraine prepares for months of frigid conflict with Russia, its troops might look to another nation that held its own against the Red Army in the cold: Finland. During the winter of 1939-1940, Finnish soldiers, many on skis and using snow caves as shelters, weaponized the freezing conditions,…

A storm rolled into Riverside County on October 22, stranding the duo high on a famed rock climbing route

Among the items for sale is a glass jar that apparently contains Fenn’s 20,000-word autobiography

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From selecting a site to securing your tent, here's how to set up your winter camp.

Richard Carr was halfway across the Pacific, alone on a yacht, when he began sending frantic alerts that he was being kidnapped by pirates

After becoming paralyzed from the chest down, the mountain athlete found an unlikely ally in recovery: psychedelics

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Brody Leven's layering hacks might change how you pack for winter adventures

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Meet one of the winners of the 2021 Defender Service Awards—and the rescue vehicle that helps them get the work done

The exuberant king of survival TV insists that our wild adventures are about more than just chasing fun—they are the keys that get us through the struggles of our everyday lives

In 1937, Washburn left his cameras and gear behind while attempting to hike out of the Saint Elias Range. Almost a century later, freeskier Griffin Post set out to find the cache.

Alone in the wilderness, facing a grizzly that was determined to kill him, Colin Dowler had only one option: fight for his life.

Need a backcountry overnight dwelling in a crisis? Survival skills instructor Jessie Krebs has you covered.

Northwest College teammates Brayden Lowry and Kendell Cummings suffered serious injuries after fighting off an aggressive bruin in Wyoming

Hiker Rebecca Clark says she ended up with a hole in her back and lots of stickers and thorns, but otherwise she is OK

It began in the waters off Antarctica: a crew of eco-vigilantes found the illegal fishing ship they’d been hunting. It wouldn’t end for some 10,000 miles, when one of the vessels sank.

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An injured hiker is lucky to be alive after she was spotted by a passenger aboard Colorado’s Durango-Silverton railroad

Recreating in the outdoors has helped Ted Hesser overcome some of his most challenging days

Leon Sparks, 44, was trying to summit three mountains in one trek when he tumbled down Colorado’s El Diente Peak

Adventurers Andrea Sansone and Andrew Hamilton trace their relationship back to a chance encounter on one of Colorado’s highest peaks. Now, the two are pushing each other to set speed records on the state’s famed fourteeners.

Hiker Andrew Devers went missing in Washington State’s Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest with no food or water in June 2021

When a rafter was stung by a scorpion, she assumed she’d be fine. Within hours she lost her ability to see or speak clearly.

On the latest Out Alive Podcast episode, a fossil hunter in Florida explains what it was like to be ambushed by an aquatic reptile

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On a bike-hike-scramble epic from his front door to the summit of a fourteener, Colorado-based climber Ryan Wichelns races the weather

There’s a reason that shows like ‘Alone’ hold our attention: we can’t help but imagine that it’s us out there.

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Everyone has a Why. Our motivations are as varied as our backgrounds, and these passions are what powers adventures big and small.

A mare named Oriana is lucky to be alive after a terrifying tumble down a ravine in Oregon

Behold, direct satellite-to-phone connectivity “anywhere you can see the sky”

Rescuers say Jetal Agnihotri, 29, died after being swept away by flash floods on Friday

Public-health crises are greatly helped by accurate numbers. Why can’t we get a true count of heat deaths?

Park Service officials believe the human remains are connected to a death that occurred near the Abyss Pool hot springs on July 31

A group of researchers from University of California at Irvine investigated the link between SAR incidents, park visitation, and Twitter posts. Their conclusions could inform how hikers portray their own adventures—and view those of others—online.

When retired art dealer Forrest Fenn hid a chest full of a million dollars’ worth gold, rubies, and diamonds in the Rocky Mountains, he sent thousands on a journey of desperation

Bigfoot seems to pop up in a lot of places, but he sure is elusive when it comes to having his photo taken.

A group of high school sophomores set off on what was supposed to be a grand climb. Instead, it became one of the deadliest alpine disasters in North American history.

A 22-year-old man participating in an outdoor educator course was killed by a lightning strike in the Absaroka Mountains on Tuesday evening

Greg and Julie Welch were relaxing at their campsite in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters when a tiny fire in a nearby bog suddenly exploded into a massive blaze that began racing toward them

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Running solo is one of the best ways to wind down after a long day. Here’s how to feel safe and confident doing it.

Last week my house burned to the ground, and if that’s not bad enough, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder

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The Land Rover Defender Service Awards from 2021 cover a range of community services. Here are the winners—and how they've put their new Defenders to use.

Heatstroke deaths are common and preventable. Here’s how to make safe decisions when you’re exercising in the summer.

When Cody Sheehy was six years old, he disappeared into the Oregon wilderness. More than three decades later, he insists the experience gave him an invaluable life lesson.

As a professional mountain guide, Jeff Evans is no stranger to close calls, and freely admits he’s skirted death more than once. But nothing he’s experienced has been as terrifying as the minute-plus he spent submerged under an onslaught of crashing waves.

“In short, FICOR will make the outdoors more accessible, equitable, and positive to more Americans.”

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Presenting three delightful tales of adventures gone very, very wrong

Brian Boland was a prolific creator of handcrafted hot-air balloons who set distance and altitude records all over the world. But on July 15, 2021, during a routine outing with a family in Vermont, things went dramatically wrong. Sarah Schweitzer examines Boland’s eccentric and adventurous life, and finds out what happened on his fateful last flight.

A father and son working a crab boat in Chesapeake Bay were caught in a rising storm when they realized that something was very wrong: water was coming up through the floor

The outdoor world has produced another horror story involving a clumsy tourist, a lost cell phone, and a search and rescue mission

A British tourist trekking in Kyrgyzstan was enveloped by a massive slide. Rather than take cover, he filmed the whole thing. We are... glad he’s OK.

Warrick Mitchell grew up in the secluded southwest corner of the country’s South Island

An unidentified hiker went missing in California while retracing the footsteps of Jonathan Gerrish and Ellen Chung, who died with their one-year-old daughter of heat exposure and dehydration in 2021

Starry nights. Fresh air. Towering trees. Whether you’re car camping or in the backcountry, make the most of your life outside.

The federal government’s authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions is at risk, as right wing Supreme Court justices rewrite American laws

On June 21, the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Five Tribes of the Intertribal Coalition signed a cooperative management agreement for Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument. It marks a shift in our history at a time when we’ve never needed to collaborate more.

After kicking off an enormous slide on a familiar backcountry run in Colorado, our writer was forced to reconsider his relationship with skiing

Almost 9.5 million acres in 13 western states are permanently inaccessible to the general public because they're surrounded by private land. BLM director Tracy Stone-Manning wants to keep chipping away at them, acre by acre.

After two young pilots crashed their small plane into the water off Hawaii, they realized their best hope for survival was to make it back to land on their own.

The Outside survival column returns with a shocking story from rural Massachusetts

Thanks to a lot of hard work, skill, luck, and love, these amazing animals emerged safely from the flames and disruption

Fresh out of film school, Soraya Simi’s first documentary was centered around the Paralympic rower’s 2,500-mile solo journey to Hawaii. Except Madsen never made it.

The cause of Paul “Grandmaster” Classen’s fatal fall is still unclear

When vast gas reserves were discovered off the idyllic coast of northern Mozambique, a crew of roughnecks flew in from around the world to make their fortunes. But in March 2021, Islamist rebels attacked, and the foreigners and thousands of Mozambicans were abandoned. Two hundred holed up at the Amarula Lodge, where the expats faced a choice: save themselves, or risk it all to save everyone. As oil and gas fuel a new war in Europe, Alex Perry pieces together, shot by shot, a stunning morality tale for the global economy.

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In July 2013, Matt Dyer felt lucky to see a polar bear in Canada’s Torngat Mountains. His good fortune ended there.

Rattlesnakes bite 150,000 pets each year in the U.S. These innovative rattlesnake training courses could save you and your canine companion.

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A soggy slumber under a roller coaster, a chilly night in the Sierra, a high-altitude headache on Mount Whitney, and other tales of outdoor insomnia

An affidavit filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit confirms that the treasure was buried inside an iconic American landmark, and now officials are scrambling to keep the exact location secret

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Three experts on history’s greatest survival story discuss why the discovery of the Antarctic shipwreck only adds to the mystique of the famed explorer

For Erich Swartz, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day

The team behind the shipwreck’s discovery sought more than just a shipwreck

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If the Magnolia State isn’t on your radar for outdoor recreation, you’re missing out

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