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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

The United Nation’s latest scientific assessment on climate change is clear: it’s here, it’s impacting everyone, and it’s dangerous. Is there anything we can do?

Freezing to death. Heatstroke. The excruciatingly painful sting of a box jellyfish, which can kill a person in under a minute. After writing the classic 1997 story “Frozen Alive,” Peter Stark became an expert on what it feels like to die in the wild. We asked him why people are so interested in reading about it—and about his own close calls.

Endos, yard sales, slams, whippers, and face-plants are all an important part of learning. It’s time we embraced the wipeout.

Mountaineer Gelje Sherpa takes us inside his ambitious plan to open a new commercial route on the world’s sixth-highest peak

Mark Jenkins chose to skip a risky adventure with his friends. Twenty-five years later, he’s still haunted by what happened in his absence.

While climbing Alaska’s Eagle Peak, Joe Yelverton’s life changed in a single moment. His account of the experience won our inaugural survival-stories essay contest.

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By merging passion with purpose, Cliff Kapono carves an unconventional lifestyle

Over two decades of ambitious adventures, elite skier and climber Zahan Billimoria has had some very close calls in the mountains

A fatal avalanche near Hoosier Pass, Colorado, is a reminder that dangerous slides can occur on gentle terrain

A step-by-step walkthrough to jump-starting your vehicle

What happens if you find an injured climber halfway up a 1,600-foot rock face? In 1931, the only option was a high-altitude piggyback ride.

Christopher Lewis was lost in the Montana backcountry with a shattered ankle, sopping clothes, and a single bar of cell-phone reception

A secret abortion, pirates, and the peace found at the bottom of the ocean

People are disabled in countless different ways, so there are few practical tips that will apply to everyone. Yet a few key things can improve your experience.

Garrett Madison was sued by one of his clients in 2020 after he called off an expedition, saying it was too dangerous. A final court order states the client was not entitled to a refund and that guides should not fear lawsuits when making decisions about safety.

The steel vault is like a flight recorder for the planet’s climate problems

Speed skydivers push the limit, a surf boat wrecks in Indonesia, and Andrew Cotton shred big waves in Nazaré

When someone gets hurt in the wild, we know what to do. But what we’ve lacked for way too long are the tools to help people in severe mental distress.

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 one

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.

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

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

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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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