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For decades, Deep Springs College in California resisted the push to go coed. But even though women are now allowed to attend, it still holds on to the past.

Over the past few years, McCastle has completed 5,804 pull-ups in a single day, pulled a 5,000-pound truck across the Mojave Desert, and climbed a rope the equivalent height of Mount Everest. How on earth has this Navy SEAL dropout accomplished some of the craziest physical feats in recent memory?

With the right gear, mindset, creativity, and some science-based hacks, you don’t have to just survive this winter, you can thrive. Here’s how to embrace the cold all season long.

The two climbing greats teach important things about footwork, climbing holds, and how to avoid being a gumby

The case of 24-year-old Daniel Granberg, who died of high-altitude pulmonary edema earlier this month, highlights the danger of altitudes well below the Himalayan “death zone”

Stories are about how human connections are made and kept in the outdoors, and how they’re evolving now—when community has never been more important or more at risk

Being rusty now doesn’t mean you’ll be rusty forever

It’s not exactly fun in the moment, but after, you’ll say it was the best time you ever had

The pandemic forced schools to teach outside. Many teachers, parents, and kids want to keep it that way.

Our senior editor’s foray into woodworking got off to a rough start

Can I cut switchbacks? What about smoking on the trail? And what do I do with all those rocks?

Your family’s next adventure begins when the sun goes down

What we learn from getting way, way outside our comfort zones

Forget your Weber for a weekend. Here's a low-tech option for cooking whole legs, shoulders, rib racks, and more.

Forget your Weber for a weekend. Here's a low-tech option for cooking whole legs, shoulders, rib racks, and more.

Elevate your next ­outdoor sleepover with these genius tricks

Looking to progress in your sport? From deepwater soloing in Majorca to mountain biking in New Zealand, these trips will take you to the next level.

Having a disability and staging epic adventures can go hand in hand. You just have to be willing to ask for a little help.

We asked movers and shakers in different corners of the outdoor world about what people can do to make certain spaces and sports more welcoming for all

When you start a new sport, everything will be hard, perplexing, and intimidating. But your brain will be on fire.

Hard-won advice from someone who hated the sport, until it changed his life

All the essentials for crushing long days on the trail

It took me months of cold, scary failure to learn how to roll my boat in the open ocean. The effort taught me that barriers to outdoor proficiency, no matter how daunting, can be overcome if you don’t give up.

A DIY almond—or cashew, or sunflower—spread should be a staple in any kitchen

Five clever field repairs that can salvage your day out on the trails

Outside’s ethics guru on whether we should prioritize uphill or downhill traffic in the backcountry

All too often, we tell ourselves that being scared is just part of an adventure. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In her quest to master a quintessential cool-kid trick, Outside contributor Kim Cross found the sweet spot at the crossroads of work and play

Few activities are more self-sufficiently satisfying

Need to add knot-tying skills to your life but don’t know where to start? Follow along with professional tree climber Waldo Etherington.

TikTok star Alexis Nikole Nelson says you don't have to live near the woods to gather your own meal. Here's how to get started.

A journalist's efforts at reinvention reveal a surprising truth: developing new abilities is one of the most life-enhancing things we can do

Her essays on the challenges African Americans face in the outdoors spurred an outpouring of questions from readers. This is her response.

This expert advice will help you get out of a rut and take your skills to a new level

You're never too old—or too good—to brush up on your technique

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

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