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The president-elect has selected former Secretary of State John Kerry to lead the nation's climate efforts

“America’s Amazon” is being sold to China, at a huge cost to the environment, and a net loss to taxpayers

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the outdoor industry’s typical timelines—and “normal” looks to be a long way off. Here’s how the domino effect will change the manufacturing and retail calendar for years to come.

The pandemic shutdown devastated the world’s manufacturing center—and many of the companies that rely on it. And there were already plenty of reasons to get out.

For the past decade, American climber Mike Dobie has been developing world-class routes outside the remote village of Liming. As the coronavirus triggers anti-Chinese sentiment worldwide, his mission is more important than ever.

An attempt that was fraught with complications, high jinks, and bad decisions

Understanding the interface between humankind and wildlife is essential to averting infectious-disease outbreaks. We can't afford to ignore it anymore.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three Chinese teams reached the top of the world

A group of eight researchers from China just summited the mountain with the sole mission of getting the most accurate measurement to date of the world's tallest peak

There are important decisions to make before and after your recyclables leave your hands

In an excerpt from her new book 'Why We Swim,' Bonnie Tsui explores the ways that immersion can radically shift our perspective

As it became clear that climbing walls could be an ideal host for the coronavirus, most gyms closed their doors this week

From retail giants like REI to the mom and pop stores in your hometowns, what happens when these businesses shut down?

As China restricts access to the north and east faces of the mountain, climbers and guide companies see their summit plans dashed

An official declaration from Nepal's Department of Immigration confirms that the world's highest peak will be closed for the season due to coronavirus concerns

For now, despite COVID-19 concerns, the Nepalese side is still open for business

Nepal will soon indefinitely suspend visas on arrival for travelers from five countries where the virus has been detected in high numbers

Large outdoor companies are losing retail sales in China, and their manufacturing status is unclear. Meanwhile, smaller manufacturers say their production is at a standstill.

From visiting Alaska's fat bears to traveling solo across Scotland, here's how we're spending our PTO

Extend that layover—these megacities have plenty of outdoor activities within an hour or two of downtown

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

Snag some major airfare discounts on your next trip

Plus, total tariffs paid by American outdoor businesses on imports from China exceeded $1 billion for the first time ever in one month

Climbers at Lion Rock have joined the pro-democracy movement in the city's struggle with Beijing

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country's 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

On October 6, Nabongo became the first documented black woman and first Ugandan to travel to every sovereign nation. Here’s what she learned along the way.

Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice.

A new documentary follows two Western athletes as they travel to the Hermit Kingdom to participate in its only sporting event open to foreigners

The country's Ministry of Tourism unveiled a series of proposals aimed at avoiding another disastrous, overcrowded year on the world's highest peak

New research shows just how much global warming is eating away at the glaciers on the world’s highest peaks

From searching for Bigfoot in Ohio to drinking snake blood in China, these are the best and strangest Outside tales

Running shoes, technical apparel, sports equipment, oh my! These are all among the products whose price tags could be impacted negatively by the trade war with China.

A 25 percent tax on bikes, helmets, gloves, and backpacks could hit the industry—and your wallet—hard

With more participants in ultramarathons, more competitors are experiencing the joy of hallucinations and other ailments. Exile Medics steps into a newly necessary role.

This year, governments and guiding companies are promising to do more to keep the mountain clean, but the question of what to do with the dead bodies is becoming more urgent

As climbers reach Base Camp, at the foot of the world's highest mountain, these are the stories we're keeping an eye on

Going zero waste is hard, but these easy changes to how you eat, drink, and store food will make a big difference

A new documentary, 'Sea of Shadows,' highlights the work of Andrea Crosta, whose team infiltrates cartels and gangs to fight illegal wildlife trafficking around the world

Get the most bang for your buck by planning a trip to one of these international destinations

In southwest China, high in the Sichuan province, three peaks stand higher than the rest

Located in southeast China, the region of Yangshuo is esteemed for its mountainous landscape and ample recreational possibilities.

The mountain has gotten even further out of reach for everyone except the very wealthiest. Meanwhile, the guiding industry is rife with corruption.

The already big-ticket stuff we love is about to get costlier under proposed new tariffs

Searching for Christmas Tree follows ice climber and professor He Chuan as he makes the first ascent of ‘Merry Christmas’

From day trips to five-month treks, hiking is more popular than ever. But as the old standbys become more congested each year, there’s a new crop of trails waiting to be explored. Here are ten of our favorites, plus fresh finds for bikers, paddlers, and equestrians.

The proposed 10 percent tariffs on bikes and bike parts imported from China would be a blow to the U.S. cycling industry

Rescuers spent nine days searching for the 12 boys and their coach. They finally found them two miles deep in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.

The electric rigs and bike computers are on the latest list of Chinese imports to be slapped with the 25 percent tax

Gear companies like Arc'teryx and Gore are desperately seeking ways to enter the approximately $15 billion market. They're making headway, but distributors say they still have a lot to learn.

The problem isn’t dockless bikes. It's dockless cars.

Some see economic windfall. Others, a carbon bomb.

The world's highest peak will again be the focus of the climbing world

The White House didn't include outdoor apparel or gear on its 58-page list of taxed Chinese imports, but that could change

Gorgeous blades from down-home cutlers

Behold the astonishing explosion of alpine sports in the People’s Republic—as directed, promoted, and financed by the Communist Party in the run–up to the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Riding bikes may be green, but the manufacturing behind them can be far from it

For a picturesque Tibetan village, an increase in tourists represents a complicated past and an uncertain future

Border resort shuttered amid earthquake and volcano concerns after a series of underground detonations

Travel is one long introduction to the broadest of humanity. We aren’t perfect, but most members of our species are worth knowing. To meet those neighbors, follow these simple rules.

The Chinese government's interest in damming rivers for hydropower motivated Winn to open a rafting company in an attempt to bring people to see rivers before they disappear behind a dam.

The spring Everest season is shaping up to be an exciting one: Ueli Steck is returning to complete an epic traverse; Kilian Jornet wants a speed record; and the mountain will be packed with climbers who didn't get to attempt the summit in 2014 and 2015.

A plan for a drive-up climbing center on the north side of the mountain also includes the mainstays of a modern resort: lodging, restaurants, and a museum. Is this the future of the world's highest peak?

In this episode of A Skier's Journey, Forest Coots and Chad Sayer's explore where modernity meets tradition.

Spending his life in Hong Kong, trail runner Ben Lee knows that clear days are hard to come by

Often confused with the set from Avatar, Zhangjiajie National Park offers the world's most extensive limestone pillars.

In its final season, A Skier's Journey explores the far reaches of skiing and the places it exists.

"Geologically speaking, a human life is only ten seconds long."

A new documentary gives a never-before-seen look at the BASE jumper's near-death experience—and the almost-impossible jump he took just a year later

The winners of the The World at Night's annual photo contest. Whoa!

Professional photographer Chad Copeland took a UAV to China for a National Geographic shoot. Here's what he came back with.

A new study shows that climbing teams from countries with rigid social structures are more likely to summit Himalaya mountains—but also more likely to die trying. Can the data predict summit success?

In October, 12 women will compete in one of the world's oldest male-dominated sports. The race? A 38,000-mile monster through pirate-infested waters and rough seas.

A new global racing series aims to make the electric car cool.

An excerpt from Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies examines the spaces between borders

I could care less about luggage-sorting robots or Facebook kiosks. But high-tech bells and whistles that actually elevate my hotel stay? Yes, please. Be sure to book the following forward-looking lodgings whose amenities go well beyond the usual gimmickry.  Stanford Court San Francisco Hotel | (Ted…

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