Desperate Road-Trippers Saved by… Instagram?

When you carry the whole world in your pocket, aid can arrive from the most unexpected places

Luke and Amy Bushatz with their newborn son at Luke’s deployment ceremony, May 2009

A Soldier’s Long Road Back from Afghanistan

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.

Hillary Allen running

A Runner’s Terrifying Fall—and What Came After

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


How to Date an Athlete

The curious challenge of loving someone who’s always leaving you in the dust


The Rattlesnake Bite That Changed Everything

Kyle Dickman had spent his life chasing adventure. But after nearly dying from a snake bite, he saw menacing risks everywhere he went.


The Stinky Truths About Your Sweat

Answers to the questions you’ve always had about perspiring but were afraid to ask

Melinda Spooner

Saved by Far-Flung Travel

After her prestigious corporate job nearly destroyed her, Melinda Spooner found her path forward by getting way, way out there


The Many Upsides of Taking On Unreasonable Challenges

What we learn from getting way, way outside our comfort zones

Italian cyclist Vittoria Bussi wants the hour record for herself. For her father’s memory. For history.

The Most Painful Record in Sports

When an elite cyclist attempts to ride a bike as far as possible in an hour, one thing is guaranteed: they will hurt like never before

Getting to this point wasn’t easy for Jordan—he’d had a hard time coming out even to his close friends.

A Pro Climber’s Coming-Out Story

Jordan Cannon found the courage to share his true self in an unlikely place: on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, with his hero

When your dad shares an experience from his younger days, you learn something about who he is.

The Adventures That Made a Super Dad

He wanted to be the best man he could be. This required some bold and questionable choices.

Mason Earle speaks about going from being an elite athlete to spending most of his waking hours in bed, the pleasure he now finds in the littlest things, and why he actually doesn’t miss climbing.

A Pro Climber and the Disorder That Brought Him Down to Earth

Mason Earle was scaling iconic rock faces when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Now he faces his greatest test of endurance.

Dying Earth

An Agonizingly Thirsty Crawl Through the Desert

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

At her lowest moment, Kayla Lockhart picked up a fly-fishing rod and headed out to a stream.

Casting Out of Darkness

Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. She found it at the edge of a stream.

Light painting a Joshua Tree at night

Alone and Injured in the Wild

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

Alex Showerman spent years trying to outrun a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it.

Running from the Truth

Outdoor athlete Alex Showerman spent years trying to escape a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it

Sanjayan relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way.

The Wild Trips That Transformed a Scientist

Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan saw our relationship to the planet in a new way after a series of remarkable adventures

Pirate Map to Buried Treasure, Isolated on White. Horizontal.

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

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

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

man sun business suit nature landscape

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

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

One light in the dark spooky woods at night

An Appalachian Trail Horror Story

Sometimes the biggest threat in the wilderness is another human

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.

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

“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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Surfer In Ocean

How a Surfer Survived Being Stranded in the Open Sea

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

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


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

Steven Rinella

Life Lessons from Elite Explorers

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


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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Why Big Wild's Songs Feel Like Adventures

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Corona Of The Sun During A Total Solar Eclipse

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

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? 

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.

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

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

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

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

Discovery Channel

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.

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

human brain on a green field

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.

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?

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

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

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


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

How one snowboarder found himself facing the worst possible choice

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

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