An energized group of explorers are bringing the spirit of wilderness through hiking to American cities. Record-breaking distance trekker Liz Thomas and others are altering how we see urban spaces and inviting folks new to the outdoors along for the fun.

Don't bet on it. A recent media frenzy that linked the missing aviator to bones recovered long ago on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro missed a crucial point. She probably wasn't anywhere near the place.

The feature-loaded, do-it-all smartwatches that give elites a competitive edge

Forget expensive new gear. Here’s how to have more fun—for zero dollars.

Eight packable products that make workouts on the road as easy as room service

Because the map application on your phone cannot give you the big picture

Tricks for renting cars with surf racks, finding the best singletrack, and buying from the locals' bike shop

In 1905, Mina Hubbard completed the expedition that had killed her husband—and beat the pants off his swaggering rival

Or, the greatest oversimplified explanation of how to navigate ever written

American tourist Noel Santillan became an unlikely folk hero in Iceland after he entered a typo into his GPS and drove hundreds of miles out of his way. How can anyone wander so far off the mark? A growing body of research suggests that our reliance on navigational technology might be altering our brains in ways we’re only beginning to understand.

Magnetoreception could be a latent human sense, silent for millennia but accessible with training. Is it worth developing—or even possible?

Inspired by an ancestral ill-fated journey, a writer travels the world to understand how humans find their way through the unknown

Turns out the navigation devices routinely overestimate distance traveled. Why that quirk hasn't—and won't—affect cyclists.

Last week, Google announced it will make its maps available offline. We tested the new feature in New York and South Africa—and found the service works brilliantly.

The Wikipedia (and Google Street View) of the outdoors will change your life

Where to camp, how to navigate—and how not to get stuck

Think of these as your most dependable travel buddies, coming to the rescue at a moment's notice.

A flashlight, a fitness tracker, a GPS...the list goes on.

Utilize your flashlight's wasted space.

Making sure you’re always safe and found

The pro traveler needs cutting-edge survival gear as he explorers the farthest reaches of the planet. And his favorite place to play might surprise you. (Hint: It’s in the Midwest.)

In October, 12 women will compete in one of the world's oldest male-dominated sports. The race? A 38,000-mile monster through pirate-infested waters and rough seas.

Playing safely in the mountains requires an intimate knowledge of terrain and an understanding of how a host of variables—including sun, wind, and temperature—affect the snowpack.

The key to digging your friends out alive is how fast you are with these three essential avalanche safety tools.

On the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's legendary expedition, a writer retraces the explorer's steps to one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth.

We can boat the same backyard river with our family a dozen or more times, and it will never get old—because rivers, like our children, are constantly changing.

Two years ago, Filipe Leite turned his ponies south on a journey from Canada to Brazil. Ten thousand miles later, he's almost home after facing drug traffickers, grizzlies, and mad bulls on an epic transcontinental trip.

Three plane fuselages in a Montana river might seem like a problem, but there’s more to the accident than meets the eye.

With a little help from Make-A-Wish, Yosemite’s first honorary park ranger earns his keep and proves his strength

A growing number of trail runners are finding a new way to test themselves—without race fees, bibs, or finish line chutes—in search of virgin trail and new course records.

GPS locator SPOT launched in 2007—and has already notched 3,000 rescues

The volcanic remains at the heart of Aniakchak National Monument—the least visited site in the national park system—are a trippy mishmash of postapocalyptic cinder cones, hardened lava, and flame-colored walls. The only catch? Doing it right involves days of trekking and rafting through some of the planet’s toughest, most bear-heavy terrain.

The outdoors can be deadly if you're unprepared. But these gear items will help you make it home alive—even if everything else goes wrong.

Huston just left the country for his expedition to Ellesmere Island

Outside reviews the best adventure gear for man’s best friend.

There are certain skills every Outside guy should possess. For this, the first installment of our four-part fundamentals series, we address the basics of adventure.

What are your thoughts on reality survival shows? Can one learn any skills of value or are these largely staged? Tammy San Diego, California

Which compass is better, the Silva Ranger or the Suunto MC-2? JonahtHuntington New York

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