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  Kelly Slater edged out Jordy Smith in the finals of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Peniche. Watch the heat in the video above. The victory pushes Slater closer to a 10th world title. If you didn't get your fix during…

The king of surfing took it all off for ESPN's 2010 Body Issue, on newsstands now. A number of professional athletes, from basketball star Amare Stoudamire to skier Julia Mancuso, got naked for the magazine. Watch a behind the scenes video of the…

We are most of the way through the Fall 2010 climbing season in the Himalaya. So far, not so good with one exception. Arguably Cho Oyu at 26907′ is the most climbed Himalayan mountain in the Fall. It is the 6th highest mountain and climbed from Tibet. Poor weather…

Ryan Sutter is best known as the guy who married Trista Rehn after courting The Bachelorette on the first season of ABC’s hit reality show. …

With only a few days left until the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, the excitement and pressure is mounting. But this pressure is only as much of a burden as you let it be. I try to see everything as a positive, and knowing that I am…

Amani Toomer, the former wide receiver who helped the New York Giants to victory in the 2008 Super Bowl, has taken up a new sport. He’s currently training for the November 7 New…

Being an athlete requires me to be totally in tune with my body. To be able to read it, listen to it, respect it understand it, and, yes, love it for what it enables me to do. Do most people not love their bodies, or does it sound…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. A urine sample taken from three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador shows unusually high levels of plastic residue that may have come from plastic bags used in transfusions, CBC News reports. Last week, Contador…

Courtesy of murphy-R on Flickr. On the last rest day of July's Tour de France, Alberto Contador tested positive for small quantities of a banned substance, the New York Times reports. Although the 27-year-old Spaniard insists that…

Ryan Hall, the American marathon star, has pulled out of the Chicago Marathon. Hall wrote on his blog today that he has canceled all races for…

If you have ever climbed in the Himalaya, you probably were as shocked by this headline as I was to receive the news. Lama Geshe suffered a stroke around September 20, 2010. He was flown to Kathmandu, paralyzed and in poor condition. He has since undergone an initial surgery…

Reed Timmer, star of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, turned chasing tornadoes into a career.

Ultracyclist Jure Robic died on Friday after being struck by a car while he was cycling on a forest road near his home in Jesenice, Slovenia. Emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene, but Robic could not be revived,…

On September 12, Stephen Wampler set out to become the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan. Joining him were two experts…

Most people know me as the woman who has won three consecutive World Ironman Championships, and maybe for breaking the world record twice. But there was a time, pre-triathlon, when I lived and worked in the Himalayan paradise that is Nepal, which helped shape me into the person…

If you talk about the great runners of today, Meb Keflezighi is undoubtedly part of the conversation. He tore it up on full-scholarship as a distance runner at UCLA, scored Nike sponsorship when he turned…

  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Last month, English explorer Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon from source to sea, a grueling journey of over 4,000 miles in 860 days. His goal, in addition…

Quadruple amputee, Philippe Croizon, swam across the English Channel on Sept 18, the Adventure Blog reports. Only a few days later, the Frenchman has his sights…

For Alex Honnold, 2010 was the summer of speed. The 24-year-old climber, who's famous for his hard free-solo ascents, switched gears this summer, blazing up big walls in Yosemite and Squamish and making the first one-day ascent of the 28-pitch sport route…

The head of France's anti-doping agency said he would do anything to help Jeff Novitzky's federal investigation of Lance Armstrong, the AP reports. Pierre Bordry said that if Novitzky asked, Bordry would give the Food…

Andy Skurka, just back from Alaska craziness. Photo Courtesy of Flickr National Geographic's 2007 Adventurer of the Year Andrew Skurka recently completed a solo 4,700-mile loop in Alaska. His route took him through the Brooks Range,…

The good folks over at Made Possible conducted a series of interviews with Outside September cover subject Sebastian Junger. In the…

Chrissie Wellington stunned the world of triathlon, and maybe even herself, by breaking the Ironman world record for women in Roth, Germany, in July. The time she beat was her own, clocking in at 8:19:13, 12…

Author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger on covering war, being selectively lazy, and the rewards of following the rough road.

Two-time Tour de France runner-up, Andy Schleck, was sent home from the Tour of Spain for breaking team rules, the BBC reports.

The 49-year old son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter, Bob Arum, has been missing since Sunday, the LA Times reports. John Arum, an environmental lawyer and experienced climber, “failed to return from…

Anthony Bourdain's new book is Medium Raw. What's more difficult—writing orcooking?Cooking is physical, which is why I havefeelings of self-loathing and guilt about the way things are going for me. Itdoesn’t feel like work. After…

On August 26, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham became the first person in a wheelchair to land a double backflip. The 18-year old, who was born with Spina Bifida, had been dreaming about the double since he landed his first…

It is that time of year for climbing to resume on the Himalayan 8000m peaks. Fall brings attention to the 'other' 8000m mountains near Everest: Makalu, Manaslu, Pumori and Ama Dablam in Nepal and Cho Oyu and Shishapangma in Tibet. And of course, Everest. Fall climbing in Nepal and…

Sylvia Earle on stage during Session 1 on the Mission Blue Voyage in the Galapagos. Credit: TED/James Duncan Davidson Sylvia Earle dives into all things blue. She moves equally well through conversations on ocean technology, ocean politics, ocean lifestyle, ocean science, and ocean exploration. In 1966,…

Courtesy of Ramón Peco on Flickr. When the 75th Vuelta a España begins on August 28, it will be one marked by absence. Alberto Contador, the 2008 winner of the Vuelta and 2010 Tour de France winner, and Alejandro Valverde,…

A 29-year-old Swiss woman drowned while trying to cross the Teklaneka river en route to the old Fairbanks city bus made famous in the book Into the Wild. Chris McCandless lived out of the bus in…

In between grad school, performance art, and soap opera episodes, actor James Franco found time to star in director Danny Boyle's new movie about Aron Ralston's survival story. You can check…

Above, Payne climbs Castaway. Click here to watch a video of Angie Payne's Automator climb. Last week, Angie Payne pushed women’s bouldering to a new level when she made the first female ascent of The Automator (V13) in Rocky Mountain National…

(Robyn Dunn and a friend August, 2010) When ultrarunner and Ironman athlete, Robyn Dunn, felt short of breath in the early miles of a 50K trail run on August 22, 2009, volunteers and friends blamed the heat or exercise-induced asthma. Little did the 31-year…

After almost two months of work, climber Paul Robinson has managed to make the second ascent of Monkey Wedding (V15), an until-now unrepeated problem established by Swiss boulderer Fred Nicole in South Africa's Rocklands. According to 27Crags.com, Robinson called Monkey Wedding…

Snowboarding doesn't stop in the summertime, as far as Gretchen Bleiler is concerned. The 29-year-old Olympian has been spending time working on tricks, riding in the back country, and coaching the next generation of riders at camps…

TypePad has a feature where it remembers titles of posts much like your address operates. So I typed in Pro Specialized rider…

While the rest of America's top boulderers were battling it out at this month's Unified Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, Paul Robinson was out in the sand. Robinson, who this March put up the US' second proposed V16, has…

There's been a recent spate of cyclists changing teams, the Telegraph reports. Most notably Carlos Sastre, the Spanish rider who won the 2008 Tour de France, has left Cervelo for Geox for next season. Italian rider Riccardo Ricco has left Ceramica Flaminia after signing a…

We talk with the adventurer about his memoirs, the climbers he admires, and why he believes harder is better.

On July 31, George Dunn, director of International Mountain Guides, became the first person to summit Mt. Rainier 500 times. He's since bumped that number up one, having just completed his 501st Rainier summit. He began…

A former aide to former Republican Senator Ted Stevens, speaking under the condition of anonymity, claims that the congressman was aboard a small plane that crashed killed in a small plane crash on Monday night in Alaska, the New York Times reports.

Below, Trey Cook's friend, David Schipper, relays information from Cook and the late Fredrik Ericsson's skiing expedition on K2. This morning a memorial service was held for Fredrik at the Gilkey Memorial,just below basecamp. Trey made it back to base camp after a dangerous and challenging descent.Though…

Courtesy of thor_matt83 on Flickr. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has sustained an injury to his lower back that will keep him off of the track for what remains of the season, Reuters reports. The Munich…

Courtesy of Arlyn Asch on Flickr. Mark Higgins, a spokesman for the cyclist, announced this morning that Armstrong will not be competing in this year's Leadville Trail 100, ESPN reports. According to Higgins, Armstrong will…

On Monday, a British man became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon river, Reuters reports. When former army officer, Ed Stafford, arrived at Maruda Beach in Brazil, he finished a 6,000-mile journey…

Eric Larsen is not your average Polar explorer. Yes he has already made difficult and successful trips to both poles, yet he is not satisfied. Next up is what he calls the 3rd Pole, Mt. Everest. What is a lifetime goal for some, is a year-long one for Eric.

This dispatch was received on the afternoon of August 5.  Below, Trey Cook's friend, David Schipper, relays information from Cook and Fredrik Ericsson's skiing expedition on K2. Today at about 2PM Moab UT time and 10 PM French time the remaining 9 climbers at camp 4 plan to begin their…

  Chris Christenson has been shaping surfboards for over a decade. He’s never been a pro surfer, so imagine his surprise when the 37-year old got a call inviting him to star in a surfing film. Outside called up the Cardiff by the Sea,…

Courtesy of kla4067 on Flickr. This morning Lance Armstrong joined Colorado Governor Bill Ritter at the state capital to announce that the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge will take place next August, the Associated Press reports.

Below, Trey Cook's friend, David Schipper, relays information from Cook and Fredrik Ericsson's skiing expedition on K2. Today's call showed up on my cell phone while I was having coffee before another day at the Outdoor Retailer Show. Trey and I chatted for 7 minutes with excellent clarity and…

  Courtesy of Kivanc Nis on Flickr. Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old Dutch girl, set sail from Den Osse in the Netherlands on the first leg of a global circumnavigation, the Associated Press reports. Dekker plans to sail…

Erik Weihenmayer is best known as the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2001. Since then, the 41-year old has climbed the Seven Summits, carried the Olympic torch, graced the…

 The Colorado Trail race is happening right now and thanks to Tucson resident, Scott Morris, we can all become blue-dot junkies. Scott is the owner of Topofusion and Trackleaders. His GPS software lets you know where you're going, and where you've been, showing your progress on a map…

It's never been easier to show off your chops: Thanks to video sharing, any wannabe with an iPhone can aspire to a brief moment in the spotlight. But a few self-made stars manage to stick around. Here are four Outside-approved YouTubers who've turned their 15 minutes into everything from Red Bull sponsorships to record deals.

In case you couldn't watch the X Games live in Los Angeles last weekend, here are the 10 must-see tricks and tumbles you missed: 10. Canadian Pierre-Luc Gagnon follows up his win over Shaun White in Skateboard…

Check out pro kayaker Trip Jennings’ latest expedition tale tonight on the National Geographic Channel (10 p.m. East Coast; 8 p.m. West Coast). This time Jennings, one of Outside’s…

With the summit of K2 rising above us so close we feel like we could have touched it, Frippe locked into his skis and dropped into the massive 45-degree face that stretches from The Shoulder at 8000m to below Camp 3 at 7100m. This big, beautiful face…

Lance Armstrong's lawyers say the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is cutting deals with cyclists, like reducing bans from competition, if they testify or provide evidence that Armstrong doped, the AP reports.  The…

Three-time Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, decided to leave the team that saw him through two of his Tour wins, roadcycling.com reports. To add insult to injury, Team Astana…

The Plastiki, a catamaran built out of 12,500 plastic bottles, ended its voyage from San Francisco to Sydney on Monday, the New York Times reports. The boat was the brainchild of European banking heir, David de Rothschild. He's on…

“Dead man in Camp 2. Bulgarian.” Lakpa’s news was such a surprise, we had a hard time believing it. For one thing, the last three days of warmth and sun without a breath of wind couldn’t have been more perfect. Base camp had been a virtual ghost town, with all…

On Tuesday morning, British Olympian James Cracknell was hit by a truck in Arizona during his attempt to bike, swim, run and row across America, the…

Andy Schleck took Stage 17, and he did it riding closely with Alberto Contador. The two are good friends, as Contador says on his Twitter page, and the respect between them was visible today. Contador could have sprinted at…

Lance Armstrong attacked in Stage 16, trying to win for the day, but it didn't happen. He wound up finishing sixth, and Pierrick Fedrigo took the victory. Alberto Contador held on to the yellow jersey, at eight seconds ahead…

Andy Schleck lost the yellow jersey by eight or nine seconds to Alberto Contador in Stage 15 of the Tour de France. Contador took advantage of a mechanical failure that Schleck had with…

Courtesy of bobbymond on Flickr. Thierry Henry, the highly lauded French striker, has signed with the New York Red Bulls, the New York Times reports. He is expected to make his debut…

OnThursday, British rower and two-time Olympic gold medalist, James Cracknell, willbegin an attempt to swim, bike, row and run 3,600 miles across America—in 18days. “I'm lucky to have the chance to do this,” 38-year old…

Watch the best of the action in Le Tour's Stage 11 in the video above, and check out the day's winner, British sprinter Mark Cavendish, below. For more videos, go to Versus.com, and for analysis, go to…

What did you do on your summer vacation? Well 12 year old Matt Moniz is trying the extraordinary. He and his father, Mike are tagging the highest points in all U.S. 50 States in 50 days. They just completed number 49, Granite Peak in Montana. Next up they leaving for…

Frippe’s voice over radio static: “I’m leaving Camp 2 now. I’ll leave the radio on. Watch for me.” From the avalanche plain at the bottom of the route I looked through the 20x lens of the video camera, straining to pick up any sort of movement, even…

Bode Miller, the 32-year old ski racer known as the best American alpine ski racer of all time, signed a contract to become a member of the U.S. Ski Team once again, the AP reports. Just this past April, Miller was…

Here's an update on Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France so far. He knows his eighth Tour victory won't happen this year, but he's still motivated to help Team RadioShack win.

When I was 40, I had a heart attack. It came by surprise. I had been, and still am, a dedicated athlete. Luckily, I survived, and, in 2008, I founded MI:Aware–MI stands for “myocardial infarction”–to educate people about the risk of heart attack,…

Andy Schleck dons his first ever yellow jersey after Stage 9. He got it by out riding Alberto Contador in the final three to four kilometers, going uphill. For more Tour de…

Captain Phil Harris, star of Deadliest Catch, died in February at the age of 53 from stroke-related complications. The cameras were still rolling during his final days, and what they captured will air tonight on Discovery. There will be a…

It's 8:00 a.m., -20 F, and the winds are gusting over 60 kph (37 mph). Despite my 8,000-meter down jacket and neoprene facemask, I’m chilled to the bone and my hands are blocks of ice. I need to get moving. Frippe locks into his skis and edges…

The Stage 5 winner, Mark Cavendish, thanks his teammates for getting him the victory–an emotional win to overturn what had been, up to now, a “bad year.” Go to Versus.com for more videos, and check out The Spoke Word…

Here's a profile of Mark Cavendish, who narrowly missed the green jersey in last year's Tour de France by being disqualified in a stage. The cyclist has made a name for himself as a sprinter, and he's back…