The way we recreate looks different right now. We aren't traveling with our friends or visiting our favorite national parks and out-of-town trails. But we need the outdoors more than ever. From smart news analysis to quarantine reading recommendations and helpful home exercise tips, we've got you covered during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The pandemic forced schools to teach outside. Many teachers, parents, and kids want to keep it that way.

Sometimes the grass really is greener in a new place

When COVID-19 hit, one Outside editor found solace in an unexpected hobby

Phillip Dwight Morgan became obsessed with the hit History Channel series during quarantine. It inspired him to dive into survivalism and gave him skills to navigate an unprecedented year.

Public lands have become more trodden and restrictive, but the pandemic-era craziness might not last

Pandemic-induced isolation has led to a wide range of physical effects. Here’s what to watch out for—and how to address it. 

The superstar country singer realized he needs to chase adventure every day—and then turn it into music

Despite Base Camp’s status as a super-spreader location, guides actually might have been safer on Everest than they would have been back home

The latest deaths raised questions about the role of COVID, but analyses of nearly a century’s worth of climbing records suggest some consistent patterns

The coronavirus has put climbers and workers in even more danger than usual

The peak saw its first summits of the season last week, including several record-breaking climbs

Our country’s open spaces are a sanity-saving antidote for this writer

A climber posted on social media that the situation at Base Camp is “a total shitstorm. I had no idea what I was flying into.”

After more than a year of pandemic living, let us remember why it’s worth getting out there

What to do when you can’t be active in the same way

For journalist Neil King, there’s never been a better time to reflect on the nation’s fraught history

Tested for style and durability, these tops can handle anything coming down the trail

The pandemic continues to complicate hopes for a normal season on the world’s highest mountain

Spun-out Teslas on snowy roads. Cabins bought for cash, sight unseen. A shoveling disaster. Locals bemoan the pandemic-induced migration of Bay Area residents to the mountains. But there are two sides to the Zoom-town story.

Anticipating even bigger crowds this summer than last, public-lands officials have been grappling with how to manage the masses. For many, that’s meant introducing permit systems. But is limiting access the only solution?

Hiking was in vogue in 2020, but COVID-19 closures decimated the thru-hiking ranks. What did prospective hikers do with their unexpected time back home?

After a long year of staying put during COVID-19, families are dreaming of spring breaks and summer vacations. But should you book that flight? Our experts weigh in.

British Columbia is in the midst of a major surge in coronavirus cases, forcing resorts to shutter early

This polyester mask comes in a kit that includes a three-pack of filters and a protective storage pouch. It’s finished with an antimicrobial treatment that the brand says will diminish after 30 washes. One tester said the wire over the nose “gives a secure fit without feeling like Darth Vader.”…

Oranges for dental work, milk for English lessons—when COVID-19’s initial lockdown dried up tourism dollars and supply chains, the islands bartered their way through

And things got rocky fast. Our correspondent talks to Jennifer Miller about Colorado, misconceptions, and a mysterious type of footwear called “hiking sandals.”

Vaccines are rolling out with increasing speed, but we’ll also need effective treatments, because new coronavirus cases will be a worldwide reality for years to come. Enter Jacob Glanville, a maverick San Francisco immunologist who believes he’s found an unparalleled path to healing.

The magnetic MFI system keeps your face covered without fogging up

Few activities are more self-sufficiently satisfying

Reflections on fitness and health, long-haul COVID, choices, and consequences.

It's not just about saying you're sorry. You should also explain how you'll do better next time.

Signing up for a race right now is a weird mix of optimism and being in denial

We came up with a list of the people, places, and trends that matter now, from the rise of outdoor reservation systems and new mountain-biking meccas to where to thaw out this winter

With the help of the nonprofit, we analyzed the data we collected on bicyclists killed by drivers in 2020 and found some surprising takeaways

Three simple strategies to keep ourselves moving forward while we wait for change.

Photographer Shaun Price captures images of a project to build a mobile bike repair center during COVID-19

Expert advice for getting through the winter with COVID-19 as bad as it has ever been

Activity and sales data suggest that there are still more cyclists than ever before

Know the risks, the terrain, and the gear you need before your maiden voyage into the backcountry

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