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

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.

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.

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

Two friends abandoned promising careers to pursue a bold adventure. It went terribly wrong—but also right.

Two years ago, Latria Graham wrote an essay about the challenges of being Black in the outdoors. Countless readers reached out to her, asking for advice on how to stay safe in places where nonwhite people aren’t always welcome. She didn't write back, because she had no idea what to say. In the aftermath of a revolutionary spring and summer, she responds.

Creating a shelter in nature is fun, encourages creativity, and offers an emotional refuge from the pandemic

After a two-decade hiatus, the 'world's toughest race' returns at just the right moment—this time with Bear Grylls

It's one of the most astonishing survival stories we’ve ever heard—and it might even be true

Wild kids and wilder counselors create the most fun—and learn the lessons that matter most

The strangest things happen at summer camp. Which is probably why we love it so much.

It's easy, fun, and shockingly good. Let's all start screaming now.

These spooky tales will make you feel like you're out in the backwoods—almost

The most meaningful adventures are the ones where everything goes wrong. Right?

Staying home as much as possible is the most useful thing we can do

The military's toughest training challenges have a lot in common with outdoor sufferfests like the Barkley Marathons and the Leadville Trail 100: you have to be fit and motivated to make the starting line, but your mind and spirit are what carry you to the end. A Ranger graduate breaks down an ordeal that shapes some of the nation's finest soldiers.

A crew of daring twentysomethings had a half-baked plan to canoe through the jungle. Not surprisingly, they ran into all sorts of trouble.

As we confront the reality of COVID-19, the idea of living self-sufficiently in the woods, far from crowds and grocery stores, doesn't sound so bad. Lynx Vilden has been doing just that for decades, while teaching others how to live primitively, too.

When the Discovery Channel invited me to audition for its popular survival-challenge reality show, I knew it was going to be rough. What followed was one of the most intense experiences of my life.

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