Exploration & Survival

James Kinneen
The treasure was found by Jack Stuef in June 2020, but for a dedicated community of internet sleuths, the hunt isn't over
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Research. Packing. Gear prep. Maximizing fun. Here’s everything you need to know to pull off your next backcountry mission.

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

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

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

Want to go on a vehicle-based adventure this summer? Here’s where to head, what vehicle to take, and how to stay safe and comfortable while you’re out there.

Despite Base Camp’s status as a super-spreader location, guides actually might have been safer on Everest than they would have been back home

During the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, Mylo Fowler raised money selling photo prints to deliver drinking water to the Navajo people

The remarkable survival story of Claire Nelson, whose solo hike in the desert turned into a desperate fight for her life

A shortage of places to camp is hurting the environment and limiting diversity in the outdoors. But there are some innovative solutions on the table.

Long-distance running has exploded there, but responsible oversight of trail races has been extremely inconsistent—including, it seems, at the event last weekend in Gansu Province, where 21 runners died in a sudden storm

Teenage diver Sebastian Morris and his dad were hunting for treasure in the Gulf of Mexico when they found a below-the-knee prosthetic. How do you lose that in the ocean? Amazingly, they solved the mystery.

In September 2017, Outside published a feature about the ‘Berserk,’ a ship that went missing in 2011 off the coast of Antarctica with three men aboard. The expedition leader, Jarle Andhoy, disagreed with the story we published, which contained some factual errors, and with our portrayal of the lost men of the ‘Berserk.’ He also believed that the story left out crucial information about the days before the ship’s disappearance. Outside editor in chief Christopher Keyes interviewed Andhoy and his lawyer, Gunnar Nerdrum Aagaard, to better understand new details the two have gathered, which may help explain what happened to the men on board.

The coronavirus has put climbers and workers in even more danger than usual

Alan Arnette talks to Lukas Furtenbach about the COVID risk at Base Camp

Digging deep with journalist Daniel Barbarisi, whose new account reveals the very real danger of the chase

In an excerpt from his new book ‘The Comfort Crisis,’ journalist Michael Easter travels to Bhutan to learn about how confronting death head-on can lead to a more fulfilled life

Journalist Ian Urbina is revealing the lawlessness of the open ocean in ways you’d never imagine

The odds of being attacked by a shark are less than one in 11 million, which makes it nearly impossible to find people to turn to when you become that one. Enter a support group of survivors called the Bite Club—the most exclusive club nobody wants to join.

For centuries, dowsers have claimed the ability to find groundwater, precious metals, and other quarry using divining rods and an uncanny intuition. Is it the real deal or woo-woo? Dan Schwartz suspends disbelief to see for himself.

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The scientists, athletes, and photographers redefining our sense of adventure

A tragedy forced Savannah Cummins to come to terms with the fact that doing what she loves means putting lives in danger

Gage Lorentz was pulled over for speeding on a dirt road in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Minutes later he lay on the ground, dead from a point-blank shot to the heart. How did a trivial traffic stop lead to his death?

With the stroke of a pen, the secretary of the interior just undid most of Trump’s harmful energy policies

Everything you need to know about camping for free

A close encounter in the far north offers powerful lessons about how Native people have chosen to live alongside a dangerous predator

What it takes to be a part of the rescue team on one of the world’s most dangerous mountains

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