We spoke with Pappas about her many interests, her athletic drive, and her support systems.

Alexi Pappas Dreams Like a Crazy and Runs Like One, Too

The Olympian and filmmaker connects with people in ways that other athletes can't. We asked her why.

OR4, the Imnaha wolf pack's alpha male.

A Very Old Man for a Wolf

As the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon since 1947, he was beloved by conservationists. Then he broke one too many rules.

Sarah Gerhardt is one of six women to be invited to compete in the first all-female heat at a Mavericks event

The Woman Who Rides Mountains

Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to surf Mavericks, on her long path from homelessness to the top of a monster wave

Kris Tompkins speaks during a signing ceremony in Patagonia Park, Chile in January.

Kris Tompkins's 10-Million-Acre Life

She worked tirelessly with her husband to conserve one of the last wild places on earth. Since his tragic death, she's worked even harder.

The FV Destination shown unloaded on April 23rd, 2016

“F/V Destination, Do You Copy?”

How the mysterious disappearance of a boat in the Bering Sea changed Alaskan fishing

A dozen years after the cheeky Briton exploded onto American television, the king of survival entertainment is charging harder than ever.

Bear Grylls Will Never Give Up

Reality TV stars never have long careers. So how come Grylls is charging harder than ever?

Author Cheryl Strayed's advice on getting started—you don't have to start at the beginning.

Cheryl Strayed's Wild Creativity

The acclaimed author of 'Wild' shares her process and philosophy with Tim Ferriss

With every trip to the outhouse we're contaminating groundwater, spreading disease, and costing parks a fortune.

An Amazingly Crappy Story

Efforts to manage human waste in national parks have failed miserably. Now a creative scientist may have found an elegant remedy.

Millions of years of evolution have hardwired us to seek out sugary, fatty, and salty foods.

Your Hungry Brain Is Making You Fat

Evolution has made humans instinctually crave sugary, fatty, and salty foods. Here's how you can fight back.

A band of elite Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country.

Red Dawn in Lapland

On the border between Russia and Finland, a band of Finnish soldiers are preparing to defend the country if the Bear decides to charge


Susan Casey Might Have Gills

The bestselling author on going deep with great white sharks, big-wave surfers, and dolphins—plus her concerns about the future of the sea

Falls are the leading cause of death in the backcountry.

He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall

If you found yourself stuck at the bottom of a canyon with a broken leg, what do you do? Not long ago, our host faced this exact scenario.

Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck know fitness.

The Whole Life Challenge Is Easier than You Think

The cofounders of the wildly popular program explain why the easiest way to get in better shape is to make healthy living a game

You might not be allergic, but in an encounter with a swarm African bees, that might not matter.

Bee Still My Heart

A bee sting won't hurt you unless you're allergic—or so you thought until you disturbed a hive of African bees

Picking mushrooms can be fun, but if you aren't careful you can end up fighting for your life.

Dangerously Delicious

When you picked some mushrooms off the forest floor, you planned to make a nice risotto. But now you're in the hospital, fighting for your life.

What if you could opt out of society?

The Secret History of Biosphere 2

A team of scientists entered a glass bubble in the desert to live for two years cut off from society. Things didn't go as planned.

Do you have what it takes to endure until a rescue arrives?


You're alone in the open sea on a surfboard, blown far offshore by a strong wind. What does it feel like? What do you do?


Frozen Alive Redux

A remote car accident, a broken ski, a tumble in the snow, and a slow descent into hypothermia

Josiah Zayner is doing everything he can to bring gene-editing to a laboratory near you.

Can’t Hack It? Gene-Hack It.

You may soon be able to change your DNA to optimize performance in your favorite sport

Parsley says getting enough rest at night is the single most effective performance-enhancing habit.

Doc Parsley Solves Your Sleep Crisis

Former Navy SEAL doctor Kirk Parsley insists getting enough rest is the single most effective performance-enhancing habit

Can a human chase down an antelope on foot?

Can Humans Outrun Antelope?

As endurance predators, we should be able to catch anything—even one of the world's fastest animals

If you’re a top-tier professional athlete trying to train your brain, you’re likely going to turn to Dr. Michael Gervais.

Dr. Michael Gervais on Mental Mastery

The renowned expert in high-performance psychology offers up an incredibly simple approach to training your mind

Kevin Fedarko went looking for a story forged over months and years.

Captain Jackass

Writer Kevin Fedarko went looking for meaning in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He ended up in charge of a boat full of poop.

Hamilton and Reece constantly experiment with new approaches to exercise and nutrition.

Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece on the Extreme Edge of Fitness

The power couple shares lessons from their extreme approach to training, nutrition, and recovery

An invasive Hawaiian mongoose.

The Fine Art of Weaponizing Critters

Fighting one invasive species with another has led to some famous horror stories. But biocontrol can be done right.

Johnson’s acoustic strumming has been the soundtrack to beach living for 15 years.

Jack Johnson Loses His Cool

On his new album, the king of kick-back beach music takes a bold turn. He tells us why.

Rebecca Rusch is called the

1200 Miles on Blood Road

Cycling legend Rebecca Rusch discusses Blood Road, the new documentary on her journey down the Ho Chi Minh trail to find the crash site where her father disappeared.


Vanessa Garrison Walks the Walk

The co-founder of GirlTrek explains how an organization encouraging women to head out the door became a powerhouse national movement

Sturgeon fish.

A Very Scary Fish Story

To the protectors of Alabama’s swamps, the vanishing of an iconic river creature posses terrifying questions about the water we swim in and fish in and drink.

Brandi Chastain celebrating the U.S. win at the 2010 World Cup.

How the Sports Bra Changed History

When some friends sewed together a couple jock straps to stop boob bounce in the late-70s, they ignited a revolution


Andy Samberg’s Tour de Farce

We tried to have a serious conversation with the SNL alum about his new HBO cycling mockumentary. We mostly failed.


Racing a Dying Brain

When Bob Sturtz had a stroke in the Boundary Waters, his friend Scott Pirsig had only one choice: get out and get help as fast as possible.

Sarah McNair Landry is one of today's most adventurous Arctic explorers.

The Ice Queen Cometh

Sarah McNair-Landry, one of today’s boldest young explorers, describes the unique thrill of crossing the Arctic on skis.

hiker Man dropping fresh water on his head

Drinking Yourself to Death

There's a flipside to dehydration that kills athletes and otherwise healthy people every year. And it's on the rise.


XX Factor: Diana Nyad Goes the Distance

What does it take to swim 111 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage? Passion bordering on obsession.


XX Factor: Snowboarding While Iranian

Mona Seraji's unlikely path to becoming the first snowboarder from the Middle East, male or female, to compete in the pro freeride series

the man and the element

Science of Survival Ep 16: Cloudbusters

Humans are on the brink of technologies that can control the weather and possibly save us from climate change. But playing God is risky business.

tornado in Oklahoma

Science of Survival Ep. 15: The Death Blow

When forecasts called for a massive tornado in central Oklahoma in 2013, storm chasers flocked to the area. Then all hell broke loose.


XX Factor: A Woman’s Place Is On Top

How a bold women’s climb of a Himalayan giant shocked the world and forever changed mountaineering

Beth Rodden, a female rock climbing legend, opens up about a terrifying kidnapping, broken marriage, and her struggle with perfectionism.

XX Factor: Beth Rodden Unpacked

The star climber opens up about her kidnapping and finding love after a broken marriage

Joe Stone has done more than most quadriplegics dare to dream.

After the Crash, Part 2

Once Joe Stone learned to use his paralyzed body, he decided he’d race an Ironman. Then he went even bigger.

For many adventurers, risk is part of everyday life. And when the risk nearly kills you, the adventure doesn't stop.

After the Crash, Part 1

What do you do when you’re addicted to adrenaline but confined to a wheelchair? So much more than people expect.

Headlamps weave through the basecamp at Mount Everest.

The Everest Effect

Myles Osborne was poised to summit Mount Everest when a flapping of fabric caught his eye. He thought it was a tent—then it spoke.

Science proves that unplugging from technology and escaping from modern chaos, into nature, has a significant impact on human happiness.

Florence Williams on the Nature Fix

In her new book, the writer explains why getting outside cures so many of our problems

When at full speed, a jaguar can reach up to 64 mph.

Treed by a Jaguar

The story of two explorers chased down—well, technically up—by a jaguar

What's the point if the whales are no longer needed for income or food?

Line of Blood in the Sand

Denmark's Faroe Islands have a brutal tradition in which men publicly butcher hundreds of pilot whales by hand. But why?

Sundeen’s latest book examines what it means to be a non-conformist in the modern age.

Mark Sundeen on the New Pioneers

He's spent the last three years chronicling the lives of couples who have swapped mainstream society for rare kind of freedom

What can soundscapes tell us about our world?

Call of the Wild Things

Wolf howls, bird songs, crickets, frogs—soundscapes contain clues to not only what's going on around us but also who we are.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Secretary of the Interior tells all: what's next for the Department of the Interior and the environmental movement?

Futrell and Stoner with the black box.

Cliffhanger, Part 3

Now that they have the black box, what's next?


Cliffhanger, Part 2

The hunt for the truth about Eastern Air Lines Flight 980

Dan Futrell (left) and Isaac Stoner in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cliffhanger, Part 1

How two friends from Boston solved the world's greatest aviation mystery, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980

Outside contributing editor Ian Frazier has had it with people calling their favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.”

National Parks Don't Need Your Reverence

Ian Frazier has had it with people calling favorite outdoor spots “cathedrals,” “shrines,” and “sacred spaces.” Here's why.


The Sound of Science

Why environmental scientists are transforming big data into music


The Lessons of Superstar Conrad Anker

His journey from dirtbag to rock star, how to choose a climbing partner, and why bottled oxygen might be a performance-enhancing drug

The only thing new about doping, according to Johnson, is our demonization of athletes who get caught.

The Secret History of Doping

An inside look at America's history with doping and double standards related to performance enhancement

Tim Ferriss calls himself a human guinea pig.

Tim Ferriss Overshares

The "human guinea pig" talk about his 4-hour plan to being good at, well, everything

Jason Motlagh talked to Chris Keyes about the risks and logistics of reporting from the the Darién Gap.

Jason Motlagh on the Darién Gap

The incredible story behind a journalist's terrifying journey through high-conflict jungle

Robert Young Pelton has made a career of interviewing people in the most dangerous places in the world.

Outside Podcast: Robert Young Pelton

He was kidnapped, survived an assassination attempt, and joined the hunt for the most deadly terrorist. Meet the most interesting man alive.

In 1991, Michael Proudfoot got stuck alone, deep underwater inside a sunken ship, with only minutes to survive before he ran out of air.

In Too Deep

Alone, deep underwater inside a sunken ship, with only minutes to survive, Michael Proudfoot's survival story might be the most epic to date

When you're stuck under water, escaping alive requires maintaining calm and making all the right choices.

Outside Podcast: Under Pressure

When your submarine is on the verge of imploding, you better make all the right choices

For centuries, the Devil’s Highway, a path through the desert in southern Arizona where water sources can be separated by 100 miles, was one of the harshest places in North America.

Outside Podcast: The Devil's Highway, Part 2

When a group of immigrants set out across the desert, the results helped researcher create the Death Index, a new model for dehydration.


Outside Podcast: The Devil’s Highway, Part 1

Pablo Valencia spent six days wandering the 110-degree desert before stumbling into McGee's camp. He shouldn't have been alive, but he was.

“You become a bag of shattered glass, really.”

Outside Podcast: Struck by Lightning

The bizarre science behind Phil Broscovak's lightning strike, and his incredible journey of recovery


Outside Podcast: Frozen Alive

A remote car accident, a broken ski, a tumble in the snow, and a slow descent into hypothermia before (spoiler alert!) a dramatic rescue