Exploration & SurvivalArchive
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.
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
How the Hushin crew is challenging hunting stereotypes, growing a vital wildlife management tool, and giving back to the community
Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger aren’t just professional athletes and road trippers—they’re really cool dog parents too
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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
Follow Timothy Olson as he attempts to set the fastest known time on the Pacific Crest Trail
During the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, Mylo Fowler raised money selling photo prints to deliver drinking water to the Navajo people
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
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.
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.
The scientists, athletes, and photographers redefining our sense of adventure
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?
What I learned and how to avoid my mistakes
What it takes to be a part of the rescue team on one of the world’s most dangerous mountains
Cyclist and explorer Kate Leeming ventures across Namibia's Skeleton Coast in this series
CEO Ryan Gellert says staying silent is “tantamount to supporting unjust laws”
Investigators, family, and friends are still trying to close the case of Paul Fugate, a naturalist at Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument who vanished without a trace in 1980. What keeps them motivated to stick with a mystery that may be unsolvable?
Brooks Laich and his pup Koda are no strangers to adventure
With endless and varied landscapes bookended by the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, California is a hotbed for modern adventure