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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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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

Dispersed camping is getting less dispersed. Our ethics columnist weighs in on whether you need to share.

The trendsetters and trailblazers reimagining the outside world

To really understand the outer limits of dehydration, you need to listen to the remarkable story of Pablo Valencia

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Follow Timothy Olson as he attempts to set the fastest known time on the Pacific Crest Trail

Want to go on a vehicle-based adventure this summer? Here’s where to head, what vehicle to take, and how to stay safe and comfortable while you’re out there.

Despite Base Camp’s status as a super-spreader location, guides actually might have been safer on Everest than they would have been back home

During the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, Mylo Fowler raised money selling photo prints to deliver drinking water to the Navajo people

The remarkable survival story of Claire Nelson, whose solo hike in the desert turned into a desperate fight for her life

A shortage of places to camp is hurting the environment and limiting diversity in the outdoors. But there are some innovative solutions on the table.

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

Teenage diver Sebastian Morris and his dad were hunting for treasure in the Gulf of Mexico when they found a below-the-knee prosthetic. How do you lose that in the ocean? Amazingly, they solved the mystery.

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.

Alan Arnette talks to Lukas Furtenbach about the COVID risk at Base Camp

The coronavirus has put climbers and workers in even more danger than usual

Digging deep with journalist Daniel Barbarisi, whose new account reveals the very real danger of the chase

In an excerpt from his new book ‘The Comfort Crisis,’ journalist Michael Easter travels to Bhutan to learn about how confronting death head-on can lead to a more fulfilled life

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.

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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?

A tragedy forced Savannah Cummins to come to terms with the fact that doing what she loves means putting lives in danger

With the stroke of a pen, the secretary of the interior just undid most of Trump’s harmful energy policies

Everything you need to know about camping for free

A close encounter in the far north offers powerful lessons about how Native people have chosen to live alongside a dangerous predator

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”

When Joe Stone crashed his paraglider into a mountain, his days as an athlete were supposed to be finished. But Joe had other plans.

A new ruling calls into question previous regulations and norms around film and photography on these spaces

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?

As our dogs age, we worry about their comfort and happiness, but take them to their favorite place and they suddenly seem young again

Wes Siler explains why absolutely everyone should keep one of these $40 MSR Home Emergency water filters around

These are athletes' and explorers' most memorable days in the wild and hard-won lessons they learned

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Brooks Laich and his pup Koda are no strangers to adventure

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With endless and varied landscapes bookended by the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, California is a hotbed for modern adventure

Dolinsjö is Sweden’s longest underwater cave, whose end has yet to be reached

L. Renee Blount is a designer, a photographer, and an outdoor enthusiast. In this new series, she tries a new activity every month.