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The Story Behind the Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt

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

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Journalist Ian Urbina aboard the Indonesian patrol ship Macan in the South China Sea

A Quest to Expose the World’s Most Dangerous Frontier

Journalist Ian Urbina is revealing the lawlessness of the open ocean in ways you’d never imagine

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Seeing a twister left Jennifer Brindley Ubl in awe—and always wanting more.

When the Tornado Chased the Storm Chaser

Hunting twisters made Jennifer Brindley Ubl feel deeply inspired—until it scared her to death

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A Journey to the Strange World Beyond Our Screens

After more than a year of pandemic living, let us remember why it’s worth getting out there

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Savannah Cummins endured a tragedy last year that forced her to reexamine the life she’s chosen and the kinds of dangers and consequences she’s willing to accept.

An Elite Adventurer Reckons with Risk

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

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One light in the dark spooky woods at night

An Appalachian Trail Horror Story

Sometimes the biggest threat in the wilderness is another human

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Rusch takes us through her hardest moments on the trail and explains why pushing herself to go way, way outside her comfort zone was essential for her progression as an athlete and as a human being.

Biking the Iditarod in Search of Pain

Champion endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch figured her quest for enlightenment on the Iditarod Trail would hurt. She was right.

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Photographer Kiliii Yuyan documented the Inupiat people’s spring whale hunt. A hungry polar bear began stalking the party, forcing the hunters to defend themselves.

Life and Death Among the Polar Bears

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

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“You can ride in a way that’s true to you and where you come from,” Williams says.

A Bold Plan to Make Pro Cycling Cool Again

Justin Williams has a fast and furious vision for reviving road racing in America

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Confined to a wheelchair, Joe Stone faced a giant question: What am I supposed to do now?

When an Athlete Refuses to Be Broken

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

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Leonard wanted to face his fears and put them in their place. But then he was involved in an accident while climbing near Moab, Utah, that forced him to reckon with his identity once again.

Embracing a Fear of Falling

All too often, we tell ourselves that being scared is just part of an adventure. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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As a young man, Paddy O fell so deeply under the spell of one very special film that, despite never having skied before, he abandoned his life in the Midwest and ran away to the Rockies forever.

How the Ski Bum Was Made

The untold story of why a generation of dreamers abandoned promising lives to deliver pizza and chase their wildest powder dreams

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Sequoia Schmidt’s father and brother died on K2, the world’s second-tallest and most dangerous peak.

A Desperate Need for the Mountains

After Sequoia Schmidt’s family was torn apart by climbing, her own desire to reach higher was born

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Gleich talks about her long journey to becoming comfortable in the backcountry.

“It Was a Way to Keep His Spirit Alive”

When an avalanche killed Caroline Gleich’s brother, it didn’t end her pro skiing dreams. But it did change her approach to the mountains.

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Glove buried in snow after avalanche .

Buried Alive—and Running Out of Time

The desperate race to save a skier who disappeared under an avalanche

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Their survival depended on working together, and over many difficult hours, they took turns saving each other.

A Climbing Disaster Interrupted by a Love Story

Sometimes our darkest moments create the best kind of magic

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A San Francisco–based startup called Roam has developed a breakthrough device that pairs clever mechanics with artificial intelligence to give your lower body a boost when you need it most.

The Pure Joy of Bionic Skiing

A revolutionary robotic device is opening up all kinds of new possibilities in the mountains

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A Veteran Surfer’s Big-Wave Nightmare

When a massive swell surprised author William Finnegan, he was left with only one option: paddle for his life

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A Surfer’s Will to Survive the Open Sea

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

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Why Learning a New Skill Is So Good for You

A journalist's efforts at reinvention reveal a surprising truth: developing new abilities is one of the most life-enhancing things we can do

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Inside Emily Harrington's Triumph on El Capitan

The climber talks about the scary falls that actually enabled her to make it to the top of Yosemite's iconic big wall

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Life Lessons from Elite Explorers

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

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Tim Cook on Health and Fitness

Apple's CEO says technology can help us lead healthier, more balanced lives—but we also need to learn how to ignore our screens

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Two Wild Trips with Surprisingly Happy Endings

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

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How BASE Jumping Saved Jeb Corliss's Life

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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For Graham, one category of letters proved to be a heavy burden: those from people of color asking her advice on where they could be safe and welcome in outdoor spaces.

Latria Graham’s Love Letter to Black Adventurers

Her essays on the challenges African Americans face in the outdoors spurred an outpouring of questions from readers. This is her response.

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In the 1990s, a fierce confrontation in the Pacific Northwest pitted loggers against activists and scientists trying to defend ancient forests.

How a Fight Over Trees Transformed American Politics

Today’s battles over climate change and fracking share a common origin: the timber wars of the Pacific Northwest

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Jones and POW are hoping to unleash the political might of what they call the Outdoor State.

A Snowboarder's Quest to Get Out the Vote

Jeremy Jones, the king of freeriding, wants to unleash the political might of the 50 million Americans who love our natural playgrounds

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Kai Lightner

The Climbers Speaking Up About Eating Disorders

Elite athletes Kai Lightner and Beth Rodden endured similar challenges. Now they want to help change the culture of the sport.

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Chris Watson on location in Costa Rica, during a shoot for the BBC documentary The Green Planet

How the Pandemic Is Teaching Us to Listen to Nature

Chris Watson, the legendary field recordist for David Attenborough’s films, says this is a unique opportunity to discover the art and pleasure of hearing our world

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Camo and lashes, Rihana attempts to blend into her surroundings.

A First-Time Hunter Gets a Lesson from #WomenWhoHunt

An urban food writer chases deer in the backcountry with two of Instagram’s female hunting stars—and comes home transformed

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Young, Healthy Caucasian Woman Breathing Hard Outside During Running Workout

Changing How You Breathe Could Change Your Life

Journalist James Nestor explains how humans started breathing wrong—and why relearning this lost art is so transformative

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It sounds like a fantasy: join forces with a good friend to build a sweet little cabin in the woods.

A Harebrained Dream of Building a Cabin in the Woods

Two friends abandoned promising careers to pursue a bold adventure. It went terribly wrong—but also right.

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What do we really know about extraterrestrials?

What We Really Know About Life in Outer Space

A serious exploration of a topic that a lot of people don't take seriously

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As a producer, musician, songwriter, and vocalist, Jackson Stell is crafting works that are inspired by remarkable outdoor landscapes and capture the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world.

The Dance Music that Makes Us Feel Like We're on an Adventure

Artist Jackson Stell is crafting music that captures the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world

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Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is asking us all to work together on answering a very big question: What does the future look like if we get it right?

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Wants YOU to Save the Planet

The marine biologist wants us all to start asking a new question: What does the future look like if we get it right?

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Trapped Underwater and Running Out of Air

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

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Mud Run Friends

The Dirty Awesome Truth About Summer Camp

Wild kids and wilder counselors create the most fun—and learn the lessons that matter most

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That Time the Camp Snake Tried to Eat a Counselor

The strangest things happen at summer camp. Which is probably why we love it so much.

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Rowan Jacobsen with a young whale

A Close Encounter with the Real Moby Dick

When veteran adventure writer Rowan Jacobsen went eye to eye with a sperm whale, he was changed in ways he never expected

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Nouria Newman

A Kayaker’s Brush with Death

On a solo expedition in the Himalayas, whitewater paddler Nouria Newman nearly drowned—then found her purpose

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Coffey shares his story of falling in love with running in NYC, his perspective on the pain and upheaval of recent weeks, and his bold idea for harnessing the positive energy of runners to make a difference.

Running While Black in New York

Coffey, a well-known figure in the city's vibrant running scene, has a powerful message about social injustice and racial inequality

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Kayleigh Davis and Kyler Bourgeous’s encounters with some ornery bison on an island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake made headlines.

A Love Story Interrupted by a Bison Attack

Outdoorsy people always have the best stories about dating. Some of them are wild enough to make national headlines.

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Kara Goucher explains how calling out Nike shaped her career, and where she goes from here.

How Kara Goucher Stood Up to Running's Goliath

When the Olympian accused her former team of skirting anti-doping rules, she became an outcast. But she kept talking.

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Armstrong is still wrestling with the same big questions about cheating, forgiveness, and recovery.

The Filmmaker Who Cracked Open Lance Armstrong

How director Marina Zenovich got the most infamous bike racer in history to share more than ever before

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What Happens to a Cyclist's Body When It's Hit by a Car

A deeply personal story of one rider’s painful saga—and what we can all learn from it

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Corona Of The Sun During A Total Solar Eclipse

A Half-Baked Climbing Trip that Ended with a Magical Eclipse

The most meaningful adventures are the ones where everything goes wrong. Right?

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Carney traveled all over the planet, seeking out people who understand techniques that enable us to adapt our bodies and our minds to be more resilient.

The Switch in Your Brain That Turns Down Stress

Wouldn't it be great if there was a technique that would allow us to vanquish fear and beat back stress? 

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Chased by a Jaguar in the Heart of the Amazon

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

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Why You Desperately Want to Jump in a Lake

There's something about swimming that makes us feel very much alive—even as we enter an environment where the risk of death is all around us

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Today, even with the Olympics and other major athletic events postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the sport of running remains upside down, with the focus still on shoes instead of on who’s wearing them.

Is the Battle Over Nike's Vaporfly Ruining Running?

Even with major races postponed, the sport remains upside down, with the focus still on shoes instead of who's wearing them

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The tiny town of Longyearben is the kind of place where people go to start their lives over.

An Unsettling Crime at the Top of the World

A robbery was the last thing anyone ever expected in to the remote outpost of Longyearben, Norway

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Besides tigers, people keep lions, cougars, leopards, and other big cats as pets.

When 18 Tigers Were Let Loose in Zanesville, Ohio

America's patchwork laws on big-cat ownership create all kinds of problems—like when people let their dangerous kitties go free

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What It’s Really Like Being on ‘Naked and Afraid’

Adventurer Blair Braverman thought going on the reality show would be the experience of a lifetime. It was—in very unexpected ways.

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New research and technologies have paved the way for an advanced class of support systems that are comfortable, look good, and fit a wider variety of bodies.

The Dawn of a New Sports-Bra Era

Advances in technologies have ushered in a new era for the world’s most important piece of sports equipment

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How Nature Heals an Injured Brain

After a nasty bike accident, journalist Sarah Allely found basic activities impossible. Then she started spending more time outdoors.

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As it turns out, the best way to track people who are cutting down trees is sound.

What AI Hears in the Rainforest

Computers can identify sounds much better and faster than humans. So what do we learn when we ask them to listen to everything?

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For more than 50 years, the surf world has gathered on the North Shore.

A Tale of Two Dramatic Big-Wave Rescues

Winter on the legendary North Shore of Oahu brings epic rides, agonizing wipeouts, and, every so often, acts of heroism

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Migrating Mural

A Long-Shot Bid to Save the Monarch Butterfly

Artist Jane Kim's massive new mural in San Francisco is an attempt to wake us up to the plight of the suffering species

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Ben Greenfield stands out for actually knowing what he’s talking about.

Ben Greenfield’s Radical Fitness Strategies

The controversial author and personal trainer shares his lessons from the outer limits of self-experimentation

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The Only Time It's OK to Jump Off a Chairlift

How one snowboarder found himself facing the worst possible choice

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Chasing that perfect shot of the aurora gave Hugo Sanchez a new sense of purpose.

Seeking Magic and Solace in the Northern Lights

Following a tragedy, a photographer finds a new sense of purpose in the wintertime sky

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Years ago, Rich Roll hit rock bottom. Now, he's the voice of one of the most popular podcasts out there.

Rich Roll Is the Oprah of Endurance Sports

The empathetic host and vegan ultra-athlete shares his long personal journey and many hard lessons learned

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A ski accident with his daughter gave outdoor-industry veteran Dan Kostrzewski a new perspective on the sport.

How a Ski Accident with My Daughter Changed Everything

A painful crash helped remind one dad what really matters

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Kikkan Randall crosses the finish line at the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

How Kikkan Randall Keeps Coming Back

The cross-country skiing icon was beginning a new chapter in life when a diagnosis changed everything

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Nature can be barbaric, dissonant, and downright metal.

When Nature Gets Heavy Metal

Wilderness is usually associated with tranquility, but some moments call for the deployment of hard rock

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One giant reason Free Solo was so special was the husband and wife directing team of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi’s All-In Partnership

The husband and wife directing team open up about the life and work that they’ve created together—and where it all goes from here.

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Rob “Caveman” Alleva and co-host Adam Thorn get bit and stung by the nastiest insects, reptiles and fish on the planet—on purpose.

Getting Bit and Stung By the Nastiest Creatures on Earth

What two TV hosts learned from subjecting themselves to the agony-inducing defenses of insects, snakes, lizards, and fish

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Even the most serious scientists get that something special happens when we engage with wild animals.

Why Connecting with Wild Animals Makes Us Happier and Healthier

The bestselling author is back with a bold book arguing that we desperately need to connect with other species

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Peter Frick-Wright is still processing what happened to him. Meanwhile, the rescuers who cared for him have participated in numerous other high-stakes incidents in the wilderness.

The Hardest Part of a Rescue Comes Later

Two years after he was saved in a remote canyon, our host talks with one of his rescuers about coping with life-altering trauma

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Outside Podcast host Peter Frick-Wright was canyoneering in Oregon when he jumped off a ledge and broke his leg.

When Our Podcast Host Shattered His Leg in a Canyon

It took an epic effort to get him out. Two years later, the healing for him and his rescuers continues.

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Today’s adults are seemingly desperate for more playtime.

The Curious Rise of Adult Recess Leagues

Across the country, grown-ups are bounding outside after work for kickball, capture the flag, and other kid games. What's going on?

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Chris McDougall and his rescue donkey Sherman

Outside Podcast: Why Christopher McDougall Runs with a Donkey

Author Christopher McDougall is back with a new book about his surprising relationship with a burro named Sherman

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René Redzepi in Mexico

A Wild Odyssey with the World’s Greatest Chef

When Jeff Gordinier accepted an invite from chef René Redzepi to hunt for tacos in Mexico, he had no idea what he was getting into

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Bear-human encounters are on the rise, in part because more people than ever before are heading out into bear country.

The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear

The year's most dramatic story of a bear attack offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild

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This episode investigates the extreme reactions we have to living alongside one of the world’s most terrifying predators.

Getting Past Our Fear of Great White Sharks

Behind the headlines about the return of great whites to Cape Cod is a story about how we're learning to live alongside a terrifying predator

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What does it take to stand up against a wildfire like the Carr Fire?

How a Couple Defended Their Home from a Wildfire

Why one California couple chose to stand and fight an inferno

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Epstein cites Roger Swiss tennis star Roger Federer as an example of a highly successful generalist.

Why Top Athletes Like to Dabble and Frequently Quit

In his new book, Range, author David Epstein makes a strong case against specialization in sports and life

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Meet the man trying to keep faces like this one safe.

Doug Peacock on the Fight to Protect Grizzly Bears

The conservation icon talks about the surprising history of grizzlies in America and what comes next

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Aleta Burchyski asks,

The Fine Art of Drinking the Right Amount of Water

Hydrating is supposed to make us healthier and more vibrant. But how much is too much?

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