Reeling from her husband’s request to divorce after 25 years of marriage and two kids, Florence Williams was experiencing debilitating grief. An accomplished reporter, she decided to explore the science of heartache to see if she could find a cure. In this excerpt from her new book, ‘Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey,’ she heads out for a 120-mile solo paddle on Utah’s Green River, with a too heavy portable toilet and a shattered heart.
How two rival teams fought storms and sleep deprivation to claim an 18-year-old paddling FKT
When, how, and what to tune in for running, cycling, sport climbing, surfing, and more
Stowable craft that can handle whatever the water deals you
It’s the perfect wilderness vehicle for children who are too small to get far on their own but too heavy to carry
Our Sweat Science columnist takes efficiency very seriously in the backcountry. Here are his secrets for a flawless canoe trip.
Watercraft suitable for everyone
So-called "flush drownings" lack an obvious cause like getting trapped underwater. Researchers now believe water temperature is a key factor.
Don't let your insecurities stand in the way of what you want to do
This film will leave you seeking out your next adventure—and it just might be on the shores of Hawaii
Taking a tiny human floating seems intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be
Peter Heller’s latest novel puts two college friends in a canoe on Canada's Maskwa River, paddling toward a struggle against nature and other humans
Say what you will about the movie itself, but Sandra Bullock's character has apocalypse-wear nailed down
A rare convergence of events turned a wildfire in the Boundary Waters into a massive burn. Two campers were right in its path.
The Passage, from Day’s Edge Productions, is a story about a family’s quest to canoe the entirety of the inside passage.
With a hydration sleeve, clamshell zipper pocket, and rescue-compatible features, this is the future of PFDs
This may just replace the century-old portage pack
An Outside investigation of sexual harassment in outdoor workplaces, where unwanted advances, discrimination, and assault are a frequent and destructive occurrence for far too many women
With only a few inches of the boat above water Jimmy Carter and his mentor Claude Terry, co-founder of American Rivers, completed the first tandem canoe descent of Bull's Sluice rapid.
This film underscores the connection between the human spirit and paddling canoes.
A beautiful canoe that handles as well as it looks.
After many years of travel together, Jim Slinger and Andrew Tip Taylor revisit The Noatak River after a 35-year hiatus.
The comedian, actor, and author of the new woodworking book 'Good Clean Fun' talks about one of his favorite projects—a canoe paddle
A three-day, 33-mile canoe float through Boquillas Canyon, the farthest-flung and mellowest route in the park
The 21-year-old stumbled on photography just a few years ago through his mom’s 1990’s DSLR. Since then, he’s developed a speciality in capturing simplistic, outdoor scenes around much of the American South.
Record low snowpack in the Golden State means lower streams and, sadly, fewer opportunities to fish and paddle.
Paddling through Minnesota’s springtime ice break-up is nuts. What is Will Steger thinking?
Sanborn Canoe's paddles are so pretty, we almost don't want to get them wet.
A portable sound system built for the demands of the outdoors
Some plan trips in advance; others let the current carry them. For Amy Ragsdale, traveling with risk takers like herself has helped her trust the process of exploring without a full map, rather than fight it.
Three plane fuselages in a Montana river might seem like a problem, but there’s more to the accident than meets the eye.
Enjoyable family trips require positive attitudes, not five-star hotels.
The Ignite DriDown offers water-resistant down filling at a great price
Whitewater on Maine's Kennebec River, single-track in Vermont—these are the Northeast's best-kept adventure secrets
From paddling to biking to hiking, here are the top spots from Nova Scotia to the Northwest Territories
What's the best way to keep gear dry when rafting or kayaking?
I'm planning a late spring or early summer canoe trip in southern Ontario and I need a new personal flotation device. The trip involves several portages per day, and the trip will take a week, so my new PFD needs to be light and comfortable. What should I get?
From hidden fishing rivers in Chile to mountain biking in Whistler, our guide shows you where to go and the gear you'll need to take your adventures to the next level.
The best gear for fly-fishing fanatics, from quick-drying water shoes to a handmade paddle.
You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.
Each fall, in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas, a little-known miracle transforms one of America's most iconic—and tragically dammed—waterways. Revived by diamond-clear spring-fed creeks, the mighty Pecos River is reborn, creating a 60-mile stretch of wild and secret Class III whitewater. And did I mention we had it all to ourselves?
During the Great Flood of 2011, the Mississippi was an unleashed monster, with deadly currents and a flow rate that could fill the Superdome in less than a minute. Defying government orders, Delta native W. Hodding Carter and two wet-ass pals canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg—surfing the crest, watching wildlife cope with the rising tide and assessing 75 years of levee building.
Turns out you can get there from here
We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick oneor fiveand leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included
They climbed the biggest walls, descended the longest rivers, and sailed the highest seas. And they went farther and faster under their own power than anyone else in 2010. Chosen for their ambition, their attitude, and their audacious lines, these are Outside's inaugural adventurers of the year.
We present our Trips of the Year, everything from whitewater rafting in Siberia to mountain biking in Argentina to the greatest multisport vacation in Alaska.
There are certain skills every Outside guy should possess. For this, the first installment of our four-part fundamentals series, we address the basics of adventure.
Where's best for kayaking or canoeing in Brazil? I like the idea of the Amazon but would also like some beach action. Any tips? -Dave London, England
What do the world's most rejuvenating island escapes have in common? Empty sand, lonely surf, and new adventures of the strangest kind.
On our life list of must-learn talents: pilot a canoe in whitewater.
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GRIZZLY ADAMS FAMILY“There’s a bear!” This simple exclamation triggered the angriest parental outbust of my youth. At least, that’s how I remember it. I was seven years old, sitting in the backseat of our family station wagon, driving through Yellowstone for the first time. We’d set out from Boston…
Bringing up children, the Outside way
Five hundred dollars can buy you a lot of things: an iPad, a mediocre bike, a lawn moweror three days of glorious summertime freedom (transportation excluded). Here are our picks for the best do-it-yourself budget escapes in North America, plus outfitted adventures you can't afford to miss.
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Cruise ships and wildlife buses? The tourist staples miss the point of Alaska: It's the last real place to find an epic, crowd-free adventure on American soil. We've scoured the state for the best wilderness lodges, river trips, lonely highways, and DIY escapes. Bear mace not included.
There's at least one major upside to the bursting of the real-estate bubble: The kind of adventure-ready second home you've always dreamed about is suddenly within reach. From mountain retreats to lakefront outposts to slopeside condos, here's your primer on where to invest for the long haul.
Overlooked mountain ranges, river beer, running album, gear of all time, and 47 other big ideas, accidental winners, and awesome things about the world outside we've come to love over the past 33 years. Introducing our first annual Editors' Choice Awards...
Winter weekends are short and darkwhich means you need to be fast and smart. Beat the blues with one of these surprisingly affordable escapes.
I'm going into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a ten-day trip. On previous excursions I've taken too many clothes and too few clothes, but never found the perfect mix. How do you pack clothing for a long trip? Greg Flower Mound, TX
In Michigan, you’re never more than 90 miles from a Great Lake, which is the reason, I suppose, it’s nicknamed the Great Lakes State. By those standards, it should also be dubbed the Unbelievably Sick Trout-Water State. The Au Sable, the “Big” and Little Manistee, the Muskegonthere are quality rivers…
2009 Travel Awards
My sons are serious cyclists in their twenties and want to do a bike trip with Mom and Dad in Alaska this summer. Can you recommend something challenging for them that won't kill us? P S. Highlands Ranch, CO
Traveling to Canada no longer comes with a discount, but our neighbor still has eight times as much wilderness as we do
PORTSMOUTH ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA – On a weekend last summer, while the rest of the beachgoing world descended upon overrun sand traps like Nags Head and Virginia Beach, I took a 4×4 and a shortboard and made for Portsmouth Island. There are a few selling points to this skinny, 18-mile-long…
It's time to take a fresh look at how to make the most of your 48 hours of weekend freedom. From high-adrenaline blasts to ultimate Zen sessions, we've created 37 custom plans to match every mood. Start packingyour adventure starts Friday.
So it's a vast, faraway adventure mecca,no worries, mate! Here come ten abso-bloody-lutely awesome Australian odysseysfrom Sydney to the bushplus locals' picks and all the beta you need to get there.
I'm heading out on an extended canoe trip and I'm not really looking forward to jumping into freezing cold water to wash. Can you recommend a good solar shower? Space and weight are a major issue. Tim New Jersey
The Trips of 2006
Road Trips skiing road trip Snowshoe Break: on the road in Colorado High-Speed Ski Safari Why choose between Summit County’s bounty, Jackson’s steeps, Steamboat’s trees, and Big Sky’s big sky? On this nine-day, Denver-to-Bozeman Rockies odyssey, they’re all yours. Day One: Rent a car for the 90-minute drive west…
How to see your stomping grounds as a concrete jungle.
Smart trend or exercise fad? We sorted out the tired and the wired to find 2004's fitness winners.
There’s more than one way to take in the adventure and splendor of America’s national parks. So we’re serving up a prize package of SECRET TRIPS—locals’ no-tell favorites, from Acadia to Yellowstone to wildest Alaska—along with a roundup of DREAM TOWNS nearby, the places to eat, drink, and dance after…
Savor our top 20 wild Canadian adventures (including 5 new parks) for heaping helpings of glacial lakes, alpine meadows, swift rivers, and snowcapped peaks
Tracking Lewis and Clark on the Upper Missouri Backward
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