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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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Earth-loving New Yorkers are drawing from an unlikely arsenal of activism, hip-hop, marathon city-council Zoom meetings, and one sassy pug to hold the city to its zero-waste commitments. If they succeed, the environmental benefits could be huge.

You can stay mobile even at home, counteracting hours of sitting with this plan of creative drills and work positions.

With far-flung travel off the table, I learned how to enjoy the meandering flexibility of a road trip

The historic fall running of the Boston Marathon will place it alongside the 100th in 1996 and Boston Strong in 2014 as most memorable.

Faced with heart damage and debilitating long-haul COVID-19, the author asks himself hard questions, and keeps dreaming.

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

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?

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.

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?

Time hasn’t stopped, it just feels that way. Runners know better, and that knowledge of passing time can help us optimize each day and be present in each hour.

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 BikeMaps.org, 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

Our running footprints can make any route special with memories of growing fitness, strength and speed.

When will we be able to take international trips again? Medical and travel experts weigh in.

Brooklyn Boulders said it provided "climbing and community for all." Employees said that couldn't be further from the truth. Now the company is rolling out a series of changes to work toward its DEI goals.

A new generation of futuristic at-home workout solutions—including Mirror, Tonal, and Peloton—were gaining steam even before the pandemic

After devoting their spring to COVID-19 patients, two West Virginia brothers became the first identical twins to earn the triple crown of American hiking

The Selk'bag is here to help you survive a pandemic winter

The pandemic has led to an unexpected positive—people reclaiming streets in ways that have made urban America more bikeable, walkable, and enjoyable. Preserving that will take work, but it’s worth it.

Have a feast, dine alfresco, and minimize your risk. Win-win-win.

During her college break, the author went all in on solitude—living alone on a Down East island and working for one of the area’s few female skippers. Luna Soley reflects on a time of loneliness, hard work, and natural beauty.

A quarantine backyard ultramarathon. Thousands of protesters on bikes. This year brought the unexpected in countless forms. Here’s who (and what) had the biggest impact on the outdoor world.

Many backcountry huts are now available as private rentals, so you and your pod can have the entire place for yourselves. From Maine to Washington, here are a few of our favorites.

The pandemic has robbed kids of vital socialization with friends—and put even more emphasis on the importance of spending time with them in nature. But what happens when your child is a nonstop yakker on the trail?

Both professional and amateur athletes ran virtual iterations of the event in recent days

When the Cirque Series had all its events canceled, the race director challenged participants to spend a month running up and down hills 

What you need to know about navigating the ski season to come

Our writer reflects on the uncertain ski season ahead

These simple, 100-percent cotton masks help brighten our day with Stoic’s fun, printed phrases. Thanks to the adjustable ear tabs, they’re a universal option for everyday wear.

There’s a reason you feel tired: Not knowing where the end is. How the running mindset can help, and how living through the pandemic might make us better runners.

Chris Watson, the legendary field recordist for David Attenborough’s films, says this is a unique opportunity to discover the art and pleasure of hearing our world

From a cult-favorite publisher launching a national-parks series to a Kevin Costner–narrated app, these five new releases are reinventing the traditional field guide

Tracy Beth Høeg, accomplished ultra runner, MD and researcher talks about how COVID-19 affects runners, bone health, vision loss and hallucinations during ultras, the menstrual cycle and more.

What we learned about racing, racers, and the indomitable spirit of running from the London Marathon in the time of Covid-19.

We asked 13 major resorts what operational plans are in place for this winter. Their answers ranged from après-ski in a private dome to parking spots you need to reserve.

Outdoor brands are creating face coverings designed for exercise and outdoor activities like biking and running. Do you need them, and do they work? We break it down.

Many students would rather be outside than stuck on Zoom all day—and most programs can't keep up with the surge in demand

Doctors confirm, 2020 has caused an increase in runners getting injuries. Don't be one of them.

With at-home schooling the norm in many areas, we put together a P.E. plan for a full semester of fun and creative movement

With most marathons canceled, Miller had to organize his own race to run a sub-3-hour marathon in the 2020s, his sixth decade under the mark.

Liz "Mercury" Anjos just completed a mid-pandemic thru-hike of the AT—with the help of a small, dialed support squad and a van named Pegasus

The ins and outs of staying clean (and safe) at camp

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