Adventures in Audio
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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Reef Break

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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Surfer In Ocean

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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A talented juggler juggling in front of a body of water

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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Steven Rinella

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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Jumping Silhouette

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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Jeb at the Bombshelter, at Skydive Perris

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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Underwater UFO

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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Children silhouetted in tent

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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Andrew Bernstein’s repaired humorous

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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American jaguar in the nature habitat of brazilian jungle

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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Swimmer Doing Handstands In The Water

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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