Exploration & Survival

Whenever you’re doing anything potentially dangerous outdoors, tell a responsible person where you’re going, when you’ll be back, and what to do if you don’t return.

The $1.2 trillion plan doesn’t just include investments in roads and bridges; it’ll also focus on bike lanes, wildfire mitigation, and dam removal

David Kushner went to the rainforest to write about a mysterious place and the people who go there. He never imagined the experience would change him forever.

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From Outside and Hydro Flask, these are the stories of people putting in the work to make the world a better place.

Another reminder that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet—especially when your life’s at stake

We caught up with author Sebastian Junger to find out how he reported the incredible Outside Classic story of the Andrea Gail’s crew, what’s changed in the commercial fishing industry, and why he’s drawn to people who have dangerous jobs

With seven seasons of whitewater paddle guiding under her belt, Bronwyn is well-equipped for the challenge. But the other three teammates are nervous, and everyone goes for a swim in the frigid glacial waters at some point.

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.

“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.

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

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

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

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