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In an excerpt from her new book, 'Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear,' Outside correspondent Eva Holland is paralyzed by fear while hiking down from an ice climb. The experience catalyzes a quest to understand and overcome her acrophobia.

Layers are the secret to staying warm, dry, and comfortable outdoors. These are the best for every situation.

The ice climber, kayaker, and paraglider continues to explore uncharted territories into his fifties

Climber Matt Cornell attempts to free solo Come and Get It an M7 mixed climb outside Bozeman, Montana

In our roundup of budget ski gloves, our tester recommended the StormTracker for people who like ice climbing or ski touring. “The StormTracker is a do-it-all softshell glove that’s streamlined enough to offer superior dexterity for clutching ice axes and ski poles but is still warm enough to handle…

Whether you're bringing Fido up a volcano or on an impossibly long trail, these tips from runner Alex Borsuk will help you and your pooch stay safe and happy

Swenson just summited one of the last unclimbed peaks in the world

The Irvis Hybrid is a packable crampon combining durable steel fronts and lightweight aluminum heels. Contributor Chris Brinlee Jr. recommended it after a mountaineering trip to Greenland. The universal binding system makes this crampon compatible with most glacier travel, mountaineering, and ski-touring boots.

The best way to deal with the wild winter's lingering snowpack

Extreme athlete Will Gadd on why kids should develop competence over confidence

After nearly dying while summiting Lunag Ri three years ago, Anker is still tackling tricky sends

A recent World Cup in Denver blew all expectations and leads the way toward the 2026 Winter Games

Ice climber Will Gadd visits Helmcken Falls in British Columbia to scale the 463-foot waterfall on some experimental gear

This is the jacket I most frequently pull out of my closet for winter activities

We dig into the finances of an Alpine Ascents International guide

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

Summiting the world's tallest peak puts humans through some of the most extreme conditions on the planet

Can the world's most iconic ice park survive a changing West?

Every year, the Upper Peninsula town of Munising hosts the Michigan Ice Fest. Last month, a certain celebrity rock climber attended the event, working with pro ice climber Angela VanWiemeersch to learn to climb a different type of face.

From Sherpas Cinema and the North Face, Always Above Us looks at alpine climbers Kris Erickson and Conrad Anker’s attempt at climbing the Nutcracker.

No one wants to have the conversation—but no one can avoid it, either

Wouldn’t you like to get away? To a place where you can be pampered and just relax? Of course you wouldn’t.

From a totally new airbag design to a onesie for mountain biking, here are some of our favorite finds at Europe's largest outdoor trade show

Photographer Seth Langbauer’s favorite moments from the 20th annual Bozeman Ice Festival

Shooting at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan was a highlight of the project, Lowe says, because he had no idea anything like it existed in the national parks system.

The niche sport boasts an impressively gender-equal set of star athletes. A group of filmmakers wants more people to know about it—and get involved themselves.

Action-oriented alternatives to get you through the winter

Pro adventurer dads share their suggestions. (Hint: Rooftop tents, not ties.)

The world's best scales an iconic (frozen) waterfall

The official photographer of the Ouray Ice Festival on surviving the cold (and possibly falling slabs of rock) to get the shot you've been dreaming of.

The stud sport climber dropped everything, picked up her first ice axe, and is on the roster to compete at the nation's top ice climbing festival.

Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.

The climbing season may not be closed for business just yet this season, but it may be tough to convince the mountain's most important climbers to carry on.

Step one: Read the essential texts. Rock-star alpinist Conrad Anker, who leads The North Face’s dream team of globetrotting expeditionists, recommends Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. First published 54 years ago by The Mountaineers climbing club in Seattle, the how-to guide…

Fourteen years after barely surviving a mountaineering accident in Alaska, Paradox Sports founder and amputee Malcolm Daly is making it his mission to bring hurt climbers back to the tribe

I do a lot of ice and mixed climbing in rocky areas of New England. What are the best crampons for me?

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