Exploration & SurvivalArchive
Colorado's mountains get all the glory. But adventures like tubing in downtown Denver are around literally every corner.
BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he's embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind.
Wilderness pros are trained to deal with physical injuries, but what about the psychological trauma that can result while on an expedition, from fear and stress, or from watching someone die in a fall, an avalanche, or whitewater? Australian psychologist and mountaineer Kate Baecher created a training program to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we're far from help.
A University of Colorado Boulder skier tells the story of a camping trip gone awry
You don't have to grow up in a hunting family to embark on this life-changing journey. Here's everything you need to get started.
At 59 years old and with a preexisting condition, Paralympic rower Angela Madsen had plenty to worry about as the coronavirus spread across the country. So she dipped the oars of her small rowboat in the Pacific and pointed the bow toward Hawaii. She never returned.
Expert tips and tricks to help keep you comfortable all season long
Kyle Burgess was on a trail run when he came upon a protective mama mountain lion. Using his phone, he filmed her as she escorted him away from her cubs for six terrifying minutes. He had no idea he’d just shot internet gold.
Wim Hof's teachings about breath work and the health benefits of cold plunges have attracted millions of followers who swear it has cured everything from depression to diabetes and makes them happier and stronger. Our writer traveled to Iceland (naturally) for a deep dive with the man and his methods.
Many students would rather be outside than stuck on Zoom all day—and most programs can't keep up with the surge in demand
Two friends abandoned promising careers to pursue a bold adventure. It went terribly wrong—but also right.
'Ode to Desolation' introduces us to Jim Henterly, who spends his summers stationed at the historic Desolation Peak Fire Lookout
Why this Ph.D ditched her corporate desk in the city for a tricked-out RV and the open road
Why this PhD ditched her corporate desk in the city for a tricked-out RV and the open road
A new school of social-media influencers are giving hunting a fresh and decidedly female face. Our writer joins two rising stars of “huntstagram” in the Arizona backcountry to chase mule deer for her first time—and see if she can stomach what it takes to be an omnivore.
With the CZU Lightning Complex fire bearing down on them, a rogue group of citizens banded together to stay and defend their homes in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California. Here's how they fought the fire—and won.
For a book project about 16th-century polar explorer William Barents, Andrea Pitzer needed to reach the remote Arctic island where he and his men came to grief. She booked passage on an expeditionary boat out of Murmansk, then headed north on a trip marked by unforgettable scenery, unexpected loss, and wild magic that changed her life.
One wildland firefighter interviews some of the trailblazers who came before her on the fires and shifts they’ll never forget and the policies they changed for the women who came after them
In recent years, the bus once occupied by Christopher McCandless had attracted tourists from all over the world—a growing number of whom had to be rescued in their attempt to reach the remote location. Now, apparently, the authorities have had enough.
The anonymous finder now has a million-dollar headache
Filmmaker Eric Hanson describes a harrowing account of how serious flash floods can be
COVID-19 is going to limit and slow relief—and increase the importance of personal preparedness
As most of the world stays indoors for days on end, we're all feeling varying degrees of cabin fever. Here's how to make sure you come out of it OK.
A quarantine against the world worked once for the Gunnison Valley. Can it again?
The North Pacific right whale has been spotted only a handful of times in 60 years. A marine biologist from Seattle wants to change that.
The military's toughest training challenges have a lot in common with outdoor sufferfests like the Barkley Marathons and the Leadville Trail 100: you have to be fit and motivated to make the starting line, but your mind and spirit are what carry you to the end. A Ranger graduate breaks down an ordeal that shapes some of the nation's finest soldiers.
On going back to the mountains after a traumatic accident
In Oregon's Clackamas County, a fight between a sheriff and an elite search and rescue unit reveals how local politics can collide with recreational safety for residents and visitors alike
As we confront the reality of COVID-19, the idea of living self-sufficiently in the woods, far from crowds and grocery stores, doesn't sound so bad. Lynx Vilden has been doing just that for decades, while teaching others how to live primitively, too.
My grandpa served in the Army's tough-as-nails Tenth Mountain Division during World War II. After the war, soldiers from the Tenth pioneered the rambling mountain lifestyle I live today. Every year, I ski to remember him.
The hardest thing for Blair Braverman wasn't being naked on national television—it was the fact that people thought it was fake
Here are the tools Blair Braverman prepared for her time on 'Naked and Afraid'
With his leg stuck and temperatures dropping, one hiker thought he'd never get out of a remote Utah canyon alive
Backpacking food company Mountain House has taken the unusual step of temporarily shutting down its website in order to deal with skyrocketing demand in the wake of pandemic fears
On Labor Day weekend 2019, the 'Conception' left Santa Barbara, California, for a diving trip to the Channel Islands. Six months later, authorities are still trying to determine how what should have been a routine excursion became one of the deadliest maritime disasters in U.S. history.
The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing
In January we partnered with Land Rover on 4xFAR, a new breed of festival with live music, gear demos, and adventure workshops
Loki is one of three dogs to ever accomplish this feat
As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when an unsettling crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you.
Wes Siler has some basic tips anyone can use to forecast the weather using clouds
Don't worry, this tale has a happy ending
After losing the trail and his shoes, hiker Nick Noland descended 4.5 miles in 16-degree weather
The athletes, activists, makers, movers, hustlers, and rule breakers who shaped our world this year
This January 18 and 19, we're teaming up with Land Rover to host a weekend of live music, gear demos, and adventure workshops in Coachella Valley
After losing his bear spray, Colin Dowler was caught with nothing but a tiny Buck knife
A few of our favorite adventure photographers share the behind-the-scenes tales of their legendary pictures