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Sun hoodies are the multi-tool of the hiker’s wardrobe, but they often get gross, fast. Not Coalatree’s new Suray.

The results, however hilarious, remind us how hikers destigmatize the body

Joe “Kanga” Harvey was last seen heading toward the Connecticut River, where his body was later retrieved

The veteran hiker takes us through his three-day attempt, which saw him battle bladder problems and extreme exhaustion

The next time you find yourself camping by a wild body of water, catch your own dinner with this packable fly fishing kit

The Granite State has the right to bill hikers for the cost of their rescue, if officials deem them to be reckless in the outdoors

Each year, Big City Mountaineers changes thousands of kids’ lives by bringing them on their first outdoor adventures. You can make it happen for another.

People keep falling into outdoor latrines while rescuing lost phones. Our editors list the belongings they would fish out of an outdoor crapper—and which ones they’d leave behind.

Your guide to all-things Long Trail for your upcoming thru-hike

Lessons learned during a stroll through London’s narrow streets and soaring parks

There’s a reason a strenuous outing makes you desire a greasy mound of meat: it has a lot of what your body needs

Don’t whack a golf ball off one either, or chuck a Frisbee, or do anything else that jeopardizes the safety of your fellow hikers

Ten years after the publication of ‘Wild,’ the beloved author shares her thoughts on the haters who thought she was unprepared, the transformative power of doing big things, and where Monster is now

Forget Zion and Canyonlands; this desert gem has something for every hiker among the hoodoos and bristlecone pines

On Thursday, they finished the last leg of the triple crown, but they’re not done yet

When the celebrated singer-songwriter moved to this adventure hub nearly ten years ago, she instantly fell in love with the small-town feel and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are her tips for where to hike, grab a meal, and go dancing afterward.

On Sunday night, British hiker Josh Perry decimated the trail’s long-standing self-supported records after chasing Timothy Olson’s 2021 time

Want to hike without crowds? See jaw-dropping vistas without torching your quads? Check out these dayhikes and backpacks.

Slawek Kalkraut and Krzysztof “Kris” Szymanski, also known as Men with the Pot, have millions of likes on TikTok—and a new cookbook

They’re 1,706 miles in and this is what they like most

Trying to wrap your head around the depth of the rapidly expanding pit in South America? We’ve broken it down in terms our readers understand—like fly rods, climbing ropes, and breakfast burritos.

From local favorites to tourist must-dos, these trails are the best of America's Finest City

In summer or shoulder season, there’s nothing better than a water-view hike or one that ends up at a beach for lounging and swimming. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and places in between, these are our favorites.

Two hikers go head to head on the best carryall for a walk in the woods

Driven by closures and new parking rules, Colorado’s highest peaks saw a precipitous drop in hiker visits from 2020 to 2021

“Um, don’t do drugs kids (and don’t start spiders on fire during a drought),” Utah governor Spencer Cox tweeted Tuesday

Here’s how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more

Is the PürTrek pole-filter mashup a brilliant idea or a Frankensteinian mess?

How a satellite communicator helps me tamp down panic in the wilderness

With inflation on the rise, I scrapped plans for another long summer hike. On little daily walks through South Dakota’s Black Hills, I’ve rediscovered the surprise and delight of getting back to basics.

Long-standing rules for how we do our business in the wilderness are changing in a very big way—and it’s about time

Join us on a life-list Himalayan trek, and do good for others while enjoying one of the world’s dream trips

Put down those soggy, freeze-dried go-to’s and dig into these delicious recs from Outside staffers

And what to do when your girlfriend won't hike with you but plans to hit the trails with her friend

For his new PBS show, ‘America Outdoors,’ comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston connects us to our natural environments through the most interesting of creatures: humans.

Sponsor Content: Maine Tourism

From family-friendly hikes to deep-wilderness paddling trips, Maine has it all.

The outdoor world has produced another horror story involving a clumsy tourist, a lost cell phone, and a search and rescue mission

An unidentified hiker went missing in California while retracing the footsteps of Jonathan Gerrish and Ellen Chung, who died with their one-year-old daughter of heat exposure and dehydration in 2021

You've spent ages preparing for a trip, but now it's right around the corner and you're having second thoughts

Scott Benerofe finished a rare and daunting southbound winter thru-hike of the AT. His self-proclaimed normalcy about the endeavor suggests such treks might not stay so rare for long.

Weight-loss discussion in outdoor forums can inadvertently reinforce the idea that there's a "correct" kind of outdoors body. What should you post about where?

It’s way more expensive and not as comfortable. Our gear director weighs the pros and cons of an über-light kit.

Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on the Great Outdoors Music Debate

Bomber bags for air travel, daily commuting, or any adventure off the beaten path

You don’t need to “get in shape” to enjoy hiking season. Here’s how to savor it from the start.

Here are the nine pieces from the 2022 Summer Gear Guide that our gear editors are obsessing over

Meet Moose, the nine-pound Rex rabbit warming hearts along New Hampshire’s scenic trails

Perfect for cold nights in the backcountry, the Stoic Groundwork 0 Degree Sleeping Bag will keep you warm and dry, thanks to the synthetic down filling. The 20D mini ripstop nylon and DWR finish makes this bag extra durable. It was one of our go-to sleeping bags in 2021.

Perfect for the on-the-go adventurer, these portable products make sunscreen application—and reapplication—easy

Regularly praised as one of our favorite backpacking stoves, the Jetboil MiniMo is a shorter, wider version of their famed Flash stove. The MiniMo still holds a liter of water and reaches a boil in under 3 minutes. Plus, weighing in at under a pound and measuring at 5×6…

We love a piece of high-performing, multi-functional gear. One of our editors calls these shoes “close to perfect.” Thanks to the stretchy, breathable uppers, wide toe box, and treaded rubber outsole, these shoes “sit at the intersection between a runner, a travel slipper, a water shoe, and a low-cut…

The latest pieces of clothing and knowledge that’ll help you get the most from this season’s excursions in the backcountry

For comfort and storage space, this shelter is hard to beat

A portable three-person tent for deep backcountry adventures

With the right tent you can protect yourself from the weather, spread out in luxury, and settle into a home away from home

These bags redefine carrying comfort

This nifty container makes gear organization a cinch

Keep your pup safe and stylish on the trail with these seven accessories

This shelter is a versatile three-season performer

A beginner friendly backpacking pack with everything you need—and nothing you don’t

This pack bridges the gap between ultralight and ultracomfy

From the backcountry to the airport, this pack has you covered

A reliable workhorse that will last for years

Feast-making cookware that won’t slow you down

A lightning-fast water filter makes staying hydrated on the trail easier than ever

These accessories might not make or break your trip, but you’ll sure be glad you packed them

341 field-tested favorites for summer adventure

This compact solar panel will juice up your next long-distance trek

Shoulder the load and make miles with these trail-ready rucksacks

Pants made by—and for—plus-size female hikers

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