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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…

I’m a minimalist—even when it comes to carrying a medical kit. On big weekend tours, you should take a full medical kit like one by Adventure Medical Kits. But do you need to take the full shebang every time you step out for a two-hour mountain bike…

A helicopter owned by Fishtail Air has crashed on Ama Dablam while rescuing two Japanese climbers above 16,000′ according to multiple Asian news reports. It was on the north side of Ama Dablam, not the normal Southwest route taken by the vast majority of all teams. This is a…

What are some good edible desert plants? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

The following dispatch is from extreme kayaker, Ben Stookesberry, a member of the First Ascent kayak team. They are currently on an expedition in Africa to make a first descent of the…

  A group of Palestinian young men have turned to parkour to overcome the obstacles of life on the Gaza Strip, The New York Times reports. “Other than the siege and the difficult situation, there is a war every so often,” Mohammed Al Jakhbeer told…

What should I do if caught in a flash flood in a slot canyon? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

  Louis-Philippe Loncke, who completed an unsupported solo trek through Iceland in July, made a new video to show off his odd Iceland-inspired dance moves, The Adventure Blog reports. Loncke was apparently inspired by the Inspired by Iceland…

Before the event, the doc gave me a six-day course of steroids for my back and threw in a bottle of Vicodin. “At your age,” he said, “after this race, you’re going to need it.”

Back in 1960, doctors wrote about the first 14 lives saved with chest compressions. Now, fifty years later, new CPR guidelines published yesterday by the American Heart Association (AHA) reinforce the importance of this life-saving technique. For lay, untrained bystanders, AHA gave the go-ahead two years ago for “…

Red Bull just issued a press release saying that they have stopped Felix Baumgartner's planned record breaking free fall jump. Mary Roach wrote The Supersonic Man, a detailed look into the attempt, for our August Issue. The text from the press release is included…

  If you haven't yet seen the above video this week, then you might not have heard the various assults on its authenticity.  How could a man—even with a protective suit—get that close to violently spewing lava? The man in the suit is Drew Bristol, filmed by volcanologist Geoff Mackley…

A new study published in High Altitude Medicine and Biology cautioned us against standard tactics to ward off altitude illness. The review of Kilimanjaro climbers showed that neither a single rest day nor drugs (acetazolamide) helped prevent acute mountain sickness. Although aclimatization beforehand…

Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr. Energia, the lead Russian contractor in the construction of the International Space Station, has designs for the first hotel in space, Reuters reports. The proposed space…

And you thought your weekend hike was tough. Adventurer Todd Carmichael is challenging one of the most inhospitable places in North America–Death Valley–again. Carmichael, who attempted an unassisted solo crossing of Death Valley last year, is slowly making progress…

  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Last month, English explorer Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon from source to sea, a grueling journey of over 4,000 miles in 860 days. His goal, in addition…

Share your life-changing or death-defying moment in the great outdoors and you could win one of 126 prizes. We're looking for 126 stories that can compliment Aron Ralston's life-changing moment so we can make the ultimate list. Submit your entry to 127definingmoments.com…

What's the best axe for chopping wood? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Boeing announced on Wednesday that it's entering the space tourism business, the New York Times reports. The aerospace company is building a seven-person capsule that it hopes will take four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, leaving…

Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey on Flickr. Today Russian explorers announced that they had recovered the logs from Georgy Brusilov's ill-fated 1912 expedition through the Northeast Passage, the New York Times reports. The logs were…

After the Colorado Search and Rescue Board (CSARB) successfully helped convince one mountain town to stop charging for rescues, municipal public safety agencies seem to be sending more bills. According to the New York Times last week, if you need help from police or fire, don't…

What's the best way to stay warm if I'm lost with no fire? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

NASA launched a free iPad app on Wednesday that's full of mission information, photos, videos and factoids, CNET reports. NASA App HD, a beefed-up version of the original iPhone app, also allows users to…

The 49-year old son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter, Bob Arum, has been missing since Sunday, the LA Times reports. John Arum, an environmental lawyer and experienced climber, “failed to return from…

If I'm lost, what's the best impromptu bug repellent? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Herein, a primer on the talents—like chopping firewood or putting an edge on a knife—that will never be obsolete.

Every year, men in the UK waste £2000, or about $3100 in gas driving around lost, Treehugger.com reports. According to a study released by women-only British insurance company,…

If you don't live in the Australian or Middle Eastern deserts, or spend time looking for ants in Arizona and New Mexico, chances are you haven't seen these three desert-dwelling animals, highlighted in a new slide show on Treehugger.com. …

Presenting 51 dream trips, daring quests, essential skills, and exalted states of body and mind.

How can I make an emergency rain shelter with a tarp? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

A Thai woman tried to check a two-month old tiger cub onto a flight last Sunday, the New York Times reports. Bangkok Airport security workers found the cub when the woman's over-sized bag went through the x-ray machine.

Seventeen days after being trapped by a mining accident in Chile, 33 miners were able to communicate with rescuers through a hole that had been drilled to see if they were still alive, reports the BBC.

Early this month, a Wisconsin woman stuck her hand down a black bear's throat to save the bear from choking, The Lakeland Times reports. Patricia Torres, 47, woke up at 5:30am to hear a sow…

The landing gear on Sir Richard Branson's private spaceship carrier plane, WhiteKnightTwo, collapsed on the runway in Mojave, California, Reuters reports. The plane was designed by Scaled Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, and designed to…

You read that right. Presenting the five best skateboarders under five years old shredding on YouTube. At this rate, these kiddos might own X Games gold by 10 and retire by 15. 5. Luke, Four Years Old 4. Sebastian, Six Years Old (OK, so he's six, but he's good.)…

Photo Courtesy of Flickr U.S archers concluded the 2010 Archery World Cup Stage 3 with a stunning seven medals in Ogden, Utah yesterday, ESPN reports. Four gold, one silver and two bronze went to the U.S as a boisterous…

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner plans to jump out of a balloon gondola 23 miles above the earth, breaking the altitude record for skydiving and becoming the first free-falling human to reach the speed of sound. Dangerous? Only if his parachutes fail, he's killed by shock waves, or he starts spinning so fast that his brain snaps loose from its st

The British newspaper, The Sun, now owns a Russian donkey. After thousands of the paper's readers saw a YouTube video of the donkey parasailing, they started a campaign to have the newspaper buy the equus. Anapka, the 17-year old donkey, parasailed over the…

Escape the Jungle from Walking the Amazon Videos on Vimeo. Englishman Ed Stafford is a mere four days away from accomplishingwhat no man has ever done before: walking the Amazon from its headwaters tothe Atlantic, says his blog Walking the Amazon. Stafford,…

Recently, TV host and wild life educator Jack Hanna fought off three Grizzly bears with pepper spray on a narrow trail. After the reports surfaced, he checked in with CBS' Harry Smith to offer a little more detail.

Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve have announced that no charges will be brought against a man who this May shot and killed a Grizzly in the park's backcountry, the…

A dead humpback whale was discovered pinned to the bow of a cruise ship near Juneau on Wednesday, Reuters reports.  The 43-foot long female whale was removed from the bow of a Princess Cruise ship and is now in…

Canadian archeologists this week discovered the wreckage of a British ship that was abandoned more than 150 years ago, Reuters reports. The ship, the HMS Investigator, had been sent by the British in 1850 to search for…

One camper is dead and two are injured after a bear attacked last night at a campground five miles from Yellowstone National Park, Sky News reports. Survivor Deb Freele said she was…

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It's no secret NASA has giant lasers, but instead of zapping the world with them Dr. Evil style, scientists are using a few of them to map the height of the earth's forests, Mashable reports. NASA scientists used…

Eclipse hunters set a new record on July 11 for longest eclipse ever observed by civilians, Wired reports. While hundreds of enthusiasts gathered in the South Pacific to watch the moon blot out the sun, astronomer Glen Schneider…