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Think you wouldn’t benefit from some mental maintenance? Think again.

Why reaching outdoor nirvana means journeying far from the beaten path

Dealing with discomfort isn’t a magical gift. It’s a skill, and you can improve at it.

Kayla Lockhart was desperate for relief from the panic that plagued her. She found it at the edge of a stream.

In an excerpt from his new book ‘The Comfort Crisis,’ journalist Michael Easter travels to Bhutan to learn about how confronting death head-on can lead to a more fulfilled life

Champion endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch figured her quest for enlightenment on the Iditarod Trail would hurt. She was right.

When Joe Stone crashed his paraglider into a mountain, his days as an athlete were supposed to be finished. But Joe had other plans.

What happens when a lifelong fraidy-cat sets out into the wilderness alone?

How to embrace tough situations and use them in your favor

Habits and tips to help you get through anything

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

Across the West, fire season lasts longer and has become more intense than any time in history—tens of thousands of structures burn every year, and dozens of people die. But new research is highlighting a different problem: those who survive are never the same.

How Spain's Natxo González prepares his body and mind to tackle the biggest swell on earth

He survived multiple crash landings that should have killed him. But as Corliss sees it, risking everything was the only way to live.

BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he's embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind.

Wilderness pros are trained to deal with physical injuries, but what about the psychological trauma that can result while on an expedition, from fear and stress, or from watching someone die in a fall, an avalanche, or whitewater? Australian psychologist and mountaineer Kate Baecher created a training program to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we're far from help.

Wim Hof's teachings about breath work and the health benefits of cold plunges have attracted millions of followers who swear it has cured everything from depression to diabetes and makes them happier and stronger. Our writer traveled to Iceland (naturally) for a deep dive with the man and his methods.

How self-determination theory can help you survive the long, drawn-out pandemic

When the going gets tough, which sensation actually slows you down?

From pizza to ultramarathons, what's the best way to chill out?

New research says yes. Fortunately, there's something we can do about it.

How a dog and a fly rod can be the perfect prescription

On trail running, trespassing, and what your neighbors do or don't owe you

One day, Michael Shattuck started to run. He liked it, so he ran longer, sometimes for as many as 65 hours each week. He never wanted to stop. What was he running from?

As most of the world stays indoors for days on end, we're all feeling varying degrees of cabin fever. Here's how to make sure you come out of it OK.

New research explores why you go slower and feel worse, even though you’re pushing as hard as usual

Wouldn't it be great if there was a technique that would allow us to vanquish fear and beat back stress? 

In his new book, 'The Wedge,' bestselling author Scott Carney travels the world to investigate the surprisingly effective methods humans have developed to rewire our brains and control our response to stress. And it all starts with taming fear.

Tricks to making your home workout as easy—and productive—as possible

'Shred It in Place' explores how iconic, untouched routes like the Kitchen Traverse can make this time just a little more bearable

We were already worried enough about the climate. So with COVID-19, how do we cope with a brand-new feeling of helplessness?

Men suffer higher rates of suicide and drug abuse than women. Many are anxious and lonely—and, as a result, they’re all too often angry and violent. Wilderness Collective thinks the solution lies in open spaces, UTVs, and fireside talks. But is that enough?

After a nasty bike accident, journalist Sarah Allely found basic activities impossible. Then she started spending more time outdoors.

Launched by Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard, Project New Day promotes the use of hallucinogens like mushrooms to treat addiction and PTSD

Both substances are being studied for stress and anxiety relief. We asked the experts if and how they work.

Alex Honnold has made a career of facing down risk in the mountains. Because of that, he has insight into how to process that possibility.

Delayed gratification gets harder when you’re overtrained, according to a new brain-scanning study

Whether you’re striving for peak performance or coming back from injury, psychological techniques can help

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