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Colin O'Brady completed the first solo crossing of the Antarctic landmass under his own power and with no resupplies in 2018. In this excerpt from his new memoir, 'The Impossible First,' he reveals the moment that nearly ended his historic feat.

Some bucket-list destinations will be more budget-friendly than ever this year. Here's where to go to make your dollar stretch.

Mark your calendar: it's time to do or see something big next year. Here's how to pull it off.

The siblings essentially crossed finish lines together in high school track. Moving far apart and facing their own demons, they found that the bond of running holds fast.

The Canadian pilot has summited Mount Everest, biked the Arctic, and rowed across the Atlantic

The explorer’s crossing of Antarctica put him in the spotlight. His skill in presenting himself to audiences hungry for vulnerable heroes will keep him there.

Some incredible pups have accompanied explorers (or even gone solo into the unknown) over the centuries

You can try to book your epic adventure by spending hours online. Or you can save time, money, and hassle by using a travel agent.

From Yosemite’s famed granite to Patagonian towers, these pitches are every bit as legendary as the climber himself

On polar madness and other games the Arctic plays with the human brain

Trekking the span of the frigid southernmost continent alone and unaided demands durable equipment

Soul-sucking whiteouts and not enough food stymied the polar explorer’s best efforts

The renowned polar explorer is on a solo, unassisted, and unsupported South Pole speed record attempt

Prepare for lots of screaming (most of it from Adam Ondra)

The North Face sent six of its climbers to the Wolf’s Jaw massif in the Queen Maud Land territory in search of first ascents

Colin O’Brady thinks it’s possible—but just barely—to haul enough calories to traverse the continent. Here’s how.

The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event held in 1968, was a mixture of triumph, tragedy, and madness—all chronicled in a classic bestselling book and recent BBC movie. Fifty years later, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious—and loneliest—regatta on the planet.

A new study has reignited the contentious debate about what led to the explorer's demise in 1912

David Grann’s New Yorker story about a doomed Antarctic adventurer was a spellbinding read. But as he—and Outside—seem to forget, other people had already done what Worsley was trying to pull off.

The true story of one Antarctica-bound boat and several unexpected crew members

We caught up with the British explorer ahead of his attempt to cross a 1,000-mile swath of Antarctica hauling 300 pounds of gear—completely unassisted

When Antarctica hits you with the worst storm in decades, sinks your boat, and drowns your crew, there’s only one way to react: get another ship and go back for more

A team of scientists are drilling into some of the world’s highest glaciers to learn about our planet’s past before the ice disappears forever

John Huston explored the North Pole, South Pole, and everything in between. Now he's moving into uncharted territory as the father of newborn twins.

Need sunglasses for climbing, mountaineering, or traveling through snow and ice? We tested three pairs across three continents and two hemispheres to find out how they stack up.

Cold-water swimmer Lewis Pugh has stroked across a glacial lake and around icebergs in the Antarctic. What’s his secret?

Nature writer and Explorers Club fellow Barry Lopez once wrote that Antarctica’s landscape “retained Earth’s primitive link, however tenuous, with space, with the void that stretched out to Jupiter and Uranus.” It is a place so alien and removed from civilization that, as Lopez put it, “the light itself is aloof.”

You can read about wild and remote places all you want, but nothing compares to experiencing them yourself. That's what filmmaker Hugo Perrin and the Fokus Outdoors crew realized during a trip with Quark Expeditions to Antarctica—their research about the wildlife and landscape of the southernmost point…

From epic skiing in Antarctica to a lazy beer-fueled canoe trip in North Carolina, these are the best places to visit this year

Stock your physical and digital library with these must-read and must-see works that capture the fun, danger, and beauty of the cold.

One of the world's great polar explorers died on January 24 after traveling alone across Antarctica for 71 days

All the exhilaration of a good old-fashioned adventure, without the risk of having to eat your tripmates

German explorer Martin Szwed claims to have shattered the speed record for a solo ski to the South Pole last year. He has revealed no GPS data, no photos—no proof whatsoever that he even attempted the journey. Since his return from the icy continent, he has lost his house, job, and sponsors and is the subject of two investigations by the German government. Should anyone believe him?

The Exercise Ice Maiden group enters the harsh climate to gather scientific data and break gender barriers

In 'Think South,' Cathy de Moll explains how a team of explorers pulled off one of the 20th century’s most challenging expeditions

With 75,000 horsepower and the ability to smash through 20 feet of ice, the Polar Star is the country's last ship capable of deep Antarctic missions. She's also 10 years past her retirement date with no replacement in sight.

Snagging a trip to Antarctica has never been so simple. Still, it's one of the trickiest places in the world to visit. Here are the five ways to get there.

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