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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.

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Whether you’re looking to learn how to spearfish amid Florida’s coral reefs or explore California sand dunes straight out of ‘Star Wars,’ there’s never been a better time to be a modern adventurer

Ten years ago, heli-ski guide Erin Tierney survived a helicopter crash and began a relentless journey of healing and recovery. Battling injuries invisible to the naked eye, she fought to reframe and regain her hold on the life she loved.

What does it take to get through the worst-case scenario? A very special combination of physical and mental strength.

For nearly half a century, legends of a giant cave in the Andes—holding artifacts that could rewrite human history—have beckoned adventurers and tantalized fans of the occult. Now the daughter of a legendary explorer is on a new kind of quest: to tell the truth about the cave in order to save it.

'MeatEater' host Steven Rinella and adventure photographer Krystle Wright on the experiences that changed them

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With partner Adrian Ballinger and local guide Mark Synnott, Harrington discovers an untapped climbing zone: Maine's Atlantic coastline

The decade-long hunt captured the world's attention, but when it finally ended in June, everyone still wanted to know: Who had solved the mystery? This week, as legal proceedings threaten his anonymity, a 32-year-old medical student is ready to go on the record.

More often than not, our biggest adventures are nothing like we expect them to be—in the best of ways

These slackliners explore the limits of humankind high above the ground, under the northern lights.

He survived multiple crash landings that should have killed him. But as Corliss sees it, risking everything was the only way to live.

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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.

A quarantine backyard ultramarathon. Thousands of protesters on bikes. This year brought the unexpected in countless forms. Here’s who (and what) had the biggest impact on the outdoor world.

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.

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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.

What to do when you're on an outdoor adventure and disaster strikes

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

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Why this Ph.D ditched her corporate desk in the city for a tricked-out RV and the open road

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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.

It's one of the most astonishing survival stories we’ve ever heard—and it might even be true

The continent has entered its long, dark night, but just over the horizon is the question of how to make sure it stays free of COVID-19 once it reopens in August

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.

In 'First Descent,' legendary canyoneer Scott Swaney​​​​​​​ reflects on a career of self-taught outdoor skills and a few close calls

A self-proclaimed "soft" writer tries to beef up his end-of-world skills during quarantine

Here's how to use Gaia GPS to save your route so you never get lost again

Filmmaker Eric Hanson describes a harrowing account of how serious flash floods can be

Where should you go, and how do you make it fun? Our resident dog camping expert is here to help.

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

A crew of daring twentysomethings had a half-baked plan to canoe through the jungle. Not surprisingly, they ran into all sorts of trouble.

A slab of snow fell and trapped her in a streambed in a place where few skiers dared to go

The National Park Service’s Public Health Department warns of dire consequences to employees and communities if parks don’t close immediately

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

A checklist of essential skills, concepts, and definitions

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.

We all want to go outside right now. But in the midst of a rising number of COVID-19 cases, how do we do so safely and responsibly?

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.