Exploration & SurvivalArchive
Thanks to a lot of hard work, skill, luck, and love, these amazing animals emerged safely from the flames and disruption
Waves swept two hikers out to sea on the Northern California coast last week
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.
Takeaways from a thoughtful life spent outdoors
Be ready for whatever the road throws at you with a drawer system that’s customizable to your every need
Start fly-fishing with confidence and a cool can of Bell’s Two Hearted IPA in hand
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
Regardless of how experienced you are, exploring with a guide can elevate your experience. Plus, you’ll be supporting the livelihoods of the people who care for and call Utah home.
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
If the Magnolia State isn’t on your radar for outdoor recreation, you’re missing out
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.
Mountaineer Gelje Sherpa takes us inside his ambitious plan to open a new commercial route on the world’s sixth-highest peak
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.
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 secret abortion, pirates, and the peace found at the bottom of the ocean
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
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.
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
From Outside and Hydro Flask, these are the stories of people putting in the work to make the world a better place.
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
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