Forces of Good: Teaching the Psychology of Survival
When someone gets hurt in the wild, we know what to do. But what we’ve lacked for way too long are the tools to help people in severe mental distress.
Forces of Good: A Herculean Quest to Make a Difference
Mike McCastle has found a very unusual way to benefit others: by enduring agonizing physical challenges
Forces of Good: The Gearhead Librarian Who Revived a Town
Millinocket, Maine, had been struggling for years following the closure of the local paper mill. Then an enterprising librarian acted on a big idea.
Forces of Good: A Comedian Faces Her Fear of Nature
Ivy Le’s wildy funny take on adventure entertainment might just shift the conversation on who belongs in the outdoors
Forces of Good: Getting All Bodies Outdoors
Meet the innovators and activists who are making their favorite sports more accessible to plus-size adventurers
It Happened Deep in a Cave in the Amazon
David Kushner went to the rainforest to write about a mysterious place and the people who go there. He never imagined the experience would change him forever.
Why We Love an Internet Dog
From adventurous sled dogs to aging golden retrievers, online canines make millions of people feel good about their day
Forces of Good: W. Kamau Bell Seeks a United America
The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own
Finding Freedom Through Climbing
As a city kid with a back condition, Maricela Rosales was an unlikely outdoor athlete. But scaling walls became her pathway to joy.
Nick Offerman Gets Down to Earth
The actor, woodworker, and dedicated outdoorsman offers up choice lessons for making a deeper connection with the world beyond your door
The Musicians Capturing the Power of Wild Places
For Indie singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop and British rapper Testament, the natural world is an endless source of creative inspiration
A Scientist Finds Her Way in the Rainforest
On an expedition to track lemurs in Madagascar, wildlife ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant found her confidence and her voice
What the Mountains Teach Us About Patience
For philosopher John Kaag, a trek in the Alps during his youth was the beginning of a long and winding journey
A Wild Ride into the Garden of Eden
A daring advice columnist sets off on a road trip with a singular goal: to ask strangers if they make love outside—in towns named Eden
When Wild Animals Misbehave
Intrepid author Mary Roach shares tales of thieving bears, murderous possums, and mugging monkeys from her new book, ‘Fuzz’
Why Thinking About Death Makes Us Happier
When you confront your mortality on a regular basis, the shift in perspective can be profound
The Dumbest, Greatest Road Trip Ever
In which two bold but questionably sane adventurers actually do for reals what Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels only pretended to do
What It Takes to Be Alex Honnold’s Climbing Partner
An unnatural lack of fear, a high tolerance for suffering, and a healthy sense of humor. Just ask Cedar Wright.
Desperate Road-Trippers Saved by… Instagram?
When you carry the whole world in your pocket, aid can arrive from the most unexpected places
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.
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
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
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
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
The Adventures That Made a Super Dad
He wanted to be the best man he could be. This required some bold and questionable choices.
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.
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
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.
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
Running from the Truth
Outdoor athlete Alex Showerman spent years trying to escape a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it
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
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
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
When the Tornado Chased the Storm Chaser
Hunting twisters made Jennifer Brindley Ubl feel deeply inspired—until it scared her to death
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
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
An Appalachian Trail Horror Story
Sometimes the biggest threat in the wilderness is another human
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.
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
A Bold Plan to Make Pro Cycling Cool Again
Justin Williams has a fast and furious vision for reviving road racing in America
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.
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.
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
A Desperate Need for the Mountains
After Sequoia Schmidt’s family was torn apart by climbing, her own desire to reach higher was born
“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.
Buried Alive—and Running Out of Time
The desperate race to save a skier who disappeared under an avalanche
A Climbing Disaster Interrupted by a Love Story
Sometimes our darkest moments create the best kind of magic
The Pure Joy of Bionic Skiing
A revolutionary robotic device is opening up all kinds of new possibilities in the mountains
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 We Really Know About Life in Outer Space
A serious exploration of a topic that a lot of people don't take seriously
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 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?
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
The Dirty Awesome Truth About Summer Camp
Wild kids and wilder counselors create the most fun—and learn the lessons that matter most
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.
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
A Kayaker’s Brush with Death
On a solo expedition in the Himalayas, whitewater paddler Nouria Newman nearly drowned—then found her purpose
Running While Black in New York
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.
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.
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