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Go behind the scenes as photographer Michael Muller shoots surfer Josh Mohr for our August 2011 cover.

A couple months ago, we ran a Q&A with writer Jon Turk and photographer Erik Boomer, two arctic explorers who were awarded a grant from Eddie Bauer First…

Every year the goriest moments from the Running of the Bulls flash across television screens, but the instances of bravery that follow are often cut out. Presenting the ten most dangerous moments at the Fiesta de San Fermin, from start to finish.

Satellite-linked emergency devices give backpackers, skiers, and boaters fingertip power to cry for help. Alas, people often cry wolf.

How to survive 10 deadly scenarios.

Futuristic new submersibles are poised to take crews to earth’s greatest depths. It may get crowded down there.

Lorie Karnath, president of the Explorers Club

(Noa Ginella on his way to 1st place in the SUP cross.) Last week I went to the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, to standup paddleboard in whitewater rapids. It’s hard to explain why whitewater SUPing is so…

Before heading up to Alaska, Christopher McCandless spent time exploring the Western U.S. The following video clip highlights some of that journey, with narration courtesy of Hal Holbrook. For more about Christopher McCandless, check out the Back to the Wild DVD.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to carve food paddles.

Friends, family, fellow dirtbags, and the man himself on one of the world's best aerialists

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, gives you tips on staying hydrated in a survival situation.

Hi, my name is Katie and today I'm launching this blog, Raising Rippers, about bringing up adventurous, outdoor kids. Before our first daughter, Pippa (that's her below), was born, a friend of mine gave me the best parenting advice I’ve ever gotten: Start off as you mean to go on.

Billy Meyer of Ancient Pathways shows you how to start a friction fire.

Ron Walline of Ancient Pathways demonstrates how to make a fire with flint and steel.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to build a survival shelter with a tarp, sticks, and rope.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shares some rules on eating in the backcountry.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, demonstrates three types of fire starters.

How to avoid burning your feet when using a firepan.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to build a survival fire.

How to cook the ultimate dessert in a dutch oven.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to signal help without a mirror.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a The Survival Guru, shows you a primitive method of food procurement.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a The Survival Guru, tells you the essential items for your survival pack.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you the correct way to put out a camp fire.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Gure, shows you how to signal for help without a signal mirro.

Outside’s Micah Cratty shows you how to instantly freeze a beer.

Whenever adventure goes wrong, more than 5,000 everyday heroes stand ready for wilderness search and rescue. Meet six of the best in the business: unsung pioneers, backcountry veterans, and saviors of last resort who will risk everything to bring you back alive.

Which current survival TV host has the most wilderness cred? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Summer adventure is nigh so arm your pack with a good first aid kit like one from Adventure Medical Kits. And learn how to use it. Here's the scoop on wilderness medicine courses. CPR is a vital 3-4 hour class, endorsed by American Red Cross or American…

Outside's best writers share their thoughts on fatherhood and nature-bonding with Dad.

What should I carry in my car in case I break down in the backcountry or have to survive on the road during a blizzard? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

If I don't have a compass, how can I tell direction? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Don't worry: they had parachutes. Last November, BASE jumpers Marshall Miller and Hartman Rector led police on a miniature manhunt after they sneaked their rigs into the 28-story LDS Church Office Building in downtown Salt Lake and leapt from its observation deck. Miller and Rector–the grandson…

Photo by carolyn.will on Flickr ESPN Action Sports announced yesterday two new events for X Games 17, which will take place this July 28-31 in Los Angeles. In the…

Last week, Sam Freihofer and Todd Wells posted video of dropping 82 feet over Metloka Falls in a tandem kayak. We picked up the news from The Goat, but there's more details…

What survival priorities should you have in the city versus the wilderness during a major crisis? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

https://www.youtube.com/embed/4hbxNFNQ2ZY The New York Times reports war photographer Tim Hetherington was killed today in the city of Misrata, Libya by a rocket propelled grenade. The news first came from photographer Andre Liohn's Facebook page. According to indiewire.com, Liohn wrote,…

A skier in Alaska survived this avalanche using a Backcountry Access Float 30 avalanche airbag backpack. Airbag backpacks, tested with much success in Europe, allow a skier or snowboarder to deploy airbags  from the pack using compressed air, thus decreasing their density and keeping them atop the snowpack…

  Courtesy of Flickr. If you've ever considered using a Taser to incapacitate an animal long enough to take your picture with it, don't do it in Alaska. The Alaska Board of…

  Courtesy of Flickr. If you've ever considered using a Taser to incapacitate an animal long enough to take your picture with it, don't do it in Alaska. The Alaska Board of…

  These people in Norway know they're about to get thier tower buzzed by a couple of wingsuiters, but that doesn't make it any less thrilling for them or us. –Will Grant Via: Adventure Journal…

  These people in Norway know they're about to get thier tower buzzed by a couple of wingsuiters, but that doesn't make it any less thrilling for them or us. –Will Grant Via: Adventure Journal…

https://www.youtube.com/embed/oEvyMkyO3CQ  Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has brought a new toy to the realm of high-price adventure: a single-person submarine capable of diving six-miles under water. The 18-foot carbon-fiber and titanium craft, dubbed the Virgin Oceanic, resembles…

https://www.youtube.com/embed/oEvyMkyO3CQ  Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has brought a new toy to the realm of high-price adventure: a single-person submarine capable of diving six-miles under water. The 18-foot carbon-fiber and titanium craft, dubbed the Virgin Oceanic, resembles…

Outdoor camp First Descents has released a 2011 camp schedule packed with new adventure opportunities. Founded in 2000 by pro kayaker Brad Ludden, First Descents brings outdoor adventure…

Outdoor camp First Descents has released a 2011 camp schedule packed with new adventure opportunities. Founded in 2000 by pro kayaker Brad Ludden, First Descents brings outdoor adventure…

Image from Patrick Hoesly on Flickr The IOC announced today that the sport of geocaching will be added to the list of games at the 2012 Olympics in London. While a surprise to traditionalists, geocaching has reportedly…

Image from Patrick Hoesly on Flickr The IOC announced today that the sport of geocaching will be added to the list of games at the 2012 Olympics in London. While a surprise to traditionalists, geocaching has reportedly…

As world-record attempts go, Eric Larsen's “Save the Poles” expedition was a doozy. In 2009, the Minnesota-based explorer set out to be the first person to visit three literal “ends of the Earth”—the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest—in a single year's time. “Save the…

Indian officials arrested two American paragliding pilots on March 16 in the state of Sikkim after they flew over the border from Nepal, according to The Telegraph. The arrest is a matter of improperly obtained…

  Courtesy of JeffHarrisonRethink on Flickr The picture here says everything. No word if these cards come in peppered or Teriyaki. Credit goes to Rethink for the creative genius behind this advertisement for BC Adventure. Can…

If you've ever grumbled about chairlifts delayed spinning for storm recovery, or sidecountry gates being closed, or even inbounds uphill traffic curtailed, know it's all about safety. A big inbounds avalanche slid yesterday at Mount Hood Meadows, starting probably from 10,000 feet on the Wy'East Face (Newton Clark Headwall) and extending below…

Ben Saunders – North 3 from Ben Saunders on Vimeo. Ben Saunders hopes to set a new record for trekking solo and unsupported to the North Pole. He plans to depart from Cape Discovery on the north coast of Canada on March 15. He’ll take off on…

What rope and string should I pack in my survival kit?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vG4yAktVNMs%C2%A0 The space shuttle Discovery touched down at Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 11:57 a.m. EST today, marking the end of a 27-year career for NASA's most-traveled spaceship, Reuters reports. On it's last trip to space, Discovery brought cargo to and…

The footage above probably isn't expected considering the headline. A crew, led by legendary diver Rodney Fox of Shark Expeditions in South Africa, went underwater to rescue a great white shark. The great white had a thin ring of plastic…

I am cold and alone inside the cave. Sitting there at 6m (20ft) I'm slowly loosing all feeling. I am so cold that it hurts. I am desperately craving comfort. To stay put is a mental struggle. It is tempting to shoot up to the surface, to…

How do I know if wild game has the plague? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What are the best survival schools in the country? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Decades after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author explores Europe's strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted post-apocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Russian explorers and scientists are prepping to begin the first crossing from Russia to Canada by way of the North Pole, Reuters reports. The expedition kicks off from Russia's Arctic shores on February…

By Stephen Regenold If I remember the moment right, my pen was shaking a little bit as I wrote out my thoughts. The quoted words below, which ended up initiating a column last winter about my once-in-a-lifetime expedition to South America, are haunting…

“Nobody likes to run on pavement,” Ray Zahab said. “Expecially when it's 38 degree celsius pavement.” Zahab's plans to run offroad across the Atacama desert were rudely interrupted by a huge gorge. Instead, he ran 21 km down the Pan-Pacific highway on little to no shoulder, between speeding trucks and…

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Backcountry Access (BCA) is offering free replacements on its Tracker2 avalanche beacon after multiple malfunctions were reported by the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, according to Skinet.com. BCA suspects the beacons were reacting to static electricity discharge in the…

Kayaker Chris Korbulic returns to Africa to take part in a unique memorial service for his friend and fellow paddler Hendri Coetzee, who was killed by a crocodile in Congo in December 2010. Itunda Falls, Nile River, Uganda8 January,…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=XfKqEbbjNb0%C2%A0 Acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog's newest film, the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, brings 3-D footage of ancient cave paintings inside the famed Chauvet Cave in southern France to the big screen. Herzog's film debuted at the 2010 Toronto International…

There are certain skills every Outside guy should possess. For this, the first installment of our four-part fundamentals series, we address the basics of adventure.

Sixteen years ago, the man who helped raise Megan Michelson was shot to death at a remote kayaking lodge in Northern California. Michelson embarks on a painful search to find out what happened, and why.

What satellite phone should I take on a kayaking trip around Fiji? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Aspen’s Michael Ferrara is bringing attention to a little-known problem: post-traumatic stress disorder among the people who save our lives

What's the best GPS for extended backcountry hikes? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

How can I survive a night in the snow? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

On Dec. 5, somebody found a foot inside a boot (without the rest of the body attached) in Tacoma, Washington's Tideflats area, the Toronto Sun reports. It's the second foot found since August, when a right foot washed up about 70 miles…

What's the ultimate Christmas gift for a survival nut? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

At least that's what the world's sexiest skydiver says. Italian Roberta Mancino appeared on Conan O'Brien last night to reveal that jumping out of a plane naked isn't that enjoyable. Every part of your body fluctuates in frantic waves while falling. It can hurt, especially…

Donny Adair dreams of getting African-American kids off the streets and into the woods. It won't be easy, but Deadeye Donny has a way of making things go.

What is the best way to melt snow for water? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Photo by Michael Nichols  “My whole thing is visceral,” says photographer Michael Nichols. “My stuff is savage, on the run.” “What I'm really known for is pushing the boundaries—showing something you can't see in any other way.” Nichols is one of…