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Bug spray seems messy and outdated. Do the apps for Android phones and iPhones really work? What about bug-repellent clothing?

On May 13, 2011, two months after a tsunami had devastated the coast of Japan, professional photographic retoucher Becci Manson headed to the country to volunteer. She traveled there with All Hands to help with the clean up,…

Les Stroud in Norway. Photo: Discovery After almost a four-year absence, 50-year-old survival expert Les Stroud will return as Survivorman on Sunday August 19, at 8 p.m. Eastern. Earlier this year, Stroud traveled to the mountains of Norway…

Telluride Mountain School students explore the Needle Mountains. Photo: Jamie Salem By Emily Brendler Shoff The older kids get, the easier it is to take them into the backcountry. This is even true for teenagers, who, despite getting a bad rap for being addicted to all…

Meet the preppers, a rattled, robust survivalist movement whose members just hate being called survivalists. Emily Matchar investigates the 21st century's wildest new apocalyptic scene.

All you need to know about going wild with man's best friend, including training tips, canine gear, and wilderness etiquette

By Erica Lineberry When I got pregnant in the summer of 2009, I was shocked at how matter-of-fact people were with their “advice.” Most annoying to me were the comments around my husband’s and my recreational pursuits, specifically climbing: “Kiss all those crazy weekend climbing trips goodbye!” and “I guess…

What if you are backpacking or camping, and are confronted by a fast-moving wildfire? What should you do? What should you carry?

One way to spend a summer evening: figuring out the most creative ways to open a bottle of beer. Another? Drinking good beer from cans. Read our picks of the best canned beer here.

Sylvester Ayek survives by subsistence hunting and by turning his take into art. The Inupiat elder carves the ivory from walruses into jewelry and sculptures. In The Bone Carver, the Nome, Alaska, resident shares how he learned to hunt…

I work outdoors in some serious deer tick habitat. I saw that Outdoor Research makes the pre-treated BugOut gaiters. Do your recommend them, or do you have any other suggestions for staying tick free?

Tim Hetherington in February 2011 A year ago today, Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer on assignment for Getty Images, and Tim Hetherington were killed while covering battles in Libya between government forces and rebels. Many of the details surrounding the incident are fuzzy, but…

One year ago today, photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros died after a mortar shell exploded near them on Tripoli Street in the city of Misrata, Libya. They were embedded with rebels fighting the army of Colonel Qaddafi. Hondros died…

What are the best places to buy and sell used outdoor gear?

Photo: Flikr/tkd540 With their commercial use permits on hold, horse pack operators in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks aren’t taking trip reservations and are nervously awaiting a May 23 hearing at which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg will outline…

  Some might say this is the perfect telescope for the star-searching newbie. If you can't hone in on the galaxy you're looking for on your own power, Celestron's Prodigy 6 robotic self-aligning telescope will find it for you. Using electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a…

Climber Freddie Wilkinson demonstrates what it takes to get a shower when living in a 12×12 New Hampshire cabin without running water.

Photo: Young Hoon Oh Young Hoon Oh, South Korean PhD candidate in anthropology at UC Riverside, is headed to Nepal at the end of the month to attempt his second Everest summit. But his itinerary extends well beyond the days he'll try to reach the top…

Badenoch, training. Photo: Joe Bell This spring, Andrew Badenoch plans to launch a 7,000-mile trip from Bellingham, Wash., up to the southern coast of the Arctic Ocean, before looping back. His locomotion will…

Some of us are scoring powder days, while others are getting skunked. Either way, it’s shaping up to be a weird and dangerous winter all across the country—and nowhere is this truer than the backcountry. So far, 8 skiers and boarders and four snowmobilers have…

The freediving world championships occur at the outer limits of competitive risk. ­During the 2011 event, held off the coast of Greece, more than 130 athletes assembled to swim hundreds of feet straight down on a single breath—without (they hoped) ­passing out, freaking out, or drowning. Meet the amazingly fit, unquestionably brave, and possibly crazy people who line up for the ultimate plunge.

On December 20, actor Gerard Butler was held down by a set of 10-12 foot waves at Maverick's. He was out surfing the break with Greg Long, Peter Mel, and Zach Wormhoudt…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=q72uhQeTCmM Here's a survival story to wake you up on a Monday morning. On December 31, 22-year-old Australian tourist Erin Langworthy jumped from a bridge over the Zambezi River attached to a bungee cord. The cord broke and Langworthy briefly blacked out…

This past weekend, skier Jamie Pierre died in an avalanche in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon. Known instabilities in the snowpack had been brushed aside by dozens of experienced skiers in the area that day, but these layers could persist for the whole season. How well can avalanche experts predict slides for the rest of the season based on these conditions?

By Patrick Symmes, Guest Blogger Taking a child kayaking is the easy part—kids and water mix well. But like trout, kayaks only thrive in beautiful places, and that means hard driving and long going. Kids don't always deal with a long drive as well as a wet splash. Passing through…

When you’re traveling in the wilderness, a well-stocked med kit can mean the difference between a minor snafu and a major nightmare. This is true whether you’re adventuring alone or with a bevy of little rippers.

Go behind the scenes as photographer Michael Muller shoots surfer Josh Mohr for our August 2011 cover.

(Noa Ginella on his way to 1st place in the SUP cross.) Last week I went to the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, to standup paddleboard in whitewater rapids. It’s hard to explain why whitewater SUPing is so…

On August 18, 1992, Chrisopher McCandless died alone in a bus in the Alaskan backcountry. Before his stay in the bus that others now visit as a pilgrimage, he journeyed all over North America. This gallery features some of the photos and notes from his ramblings. To read more notes and view more photos from Christopher McCandless, go to christophermccandless.info.

Before heading up to Alaska, Christopher McCandless spent time exploring the Western U.S. The following video clip highlights some of that journey, with narration courtesy of Hal Holbrook. For more about Christopher McCandless, check out the Back to the Wild DVD.

How to avoid burning your feet when using a firepan.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to build a survival fire.

How to cook the ultimate dessert in a dutch oven.

Hi, my name is Katie and today I'm launching this blog, Raising Rippers, about bringing up adventurous, outdoor kids. Before our first daughter, Pippa (that's her below), was born, a friend of mine gave me the best parenting advice I’ve ever gotten: Start off as you mean to go on.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to signal help without a mirror.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a The Survival Guru, shows you a primitive method of food procurement.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a The Survival Guru, tells you the essential items for your survival pack.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you the correct way to put out a camp fire.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Gure, shows you how to signal for help without a signal mirro.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to carve food paddles.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, gives you tips on staying hydrated in a survival situation.

Billy Meyer of Ancient Pathways shows you how to start a friction fire.

Ron Walline of Ancient Pathways demonstrates how to make a fire with flint and steel.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shows you how to build a survival shelter with a tarp, sticks, and rope.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, shares some rules on eating in the backcountry.

Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, a.k.a. The Survival Guru, demonstrates three types of fire starters.

A treasure trove of unpublished letters and never seen photos offers a fresh perspective on the adventures of Christopher McCandless

They say that becoming a dad means your days of big trips and serious adventure are over. They are so wrong.

Outside's best writers share their thoughts on fatherhood and nature-bonding with Dad.

  Courtesy of Flickr. If you've ever considered using a Taser to incapacitate an animal long enough to take your picture with it, don't do it in Alaska. The Alaska Board of…

  Courtesy of Flickr. If you've ever considered using a Taser to incapacitate an animal long enough to take your picture with it, don't do it in Alaska. The Alaska Board of…

Outdoor camp First Descents has released a 2011 camp schedule packed with new adventure opportunities. Founded in 2000 by pro kayaker Brad Ludden, First Descents brings outdoor adventure…

Outdoor camp First Descents has released a 2011 camp schedule packed with new adventure opportunities. Founded in 2000 by pro kayaker Brad Ludden, First Descents brings outdoor adventure…

  Courtesy of JeffHarrisonRethink on Flickr The picture here says everything. No word if these cards come in peppered or Teriyaki. Credit goes to Rethink for the creative genius behind this advertisement for BC Adventure. Can…

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's the best water filter for sub-zero temperatures? Chet Freeman Quincy, Massachusetts

What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What's the best winter survival food? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

How do you identify and treat hypothermia? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Out on the far edge of the Alaska frontier, a man can hide his sins. Robert Allen Hale—a.k.a. Papa Pilgrim—bought a homestead outside the remote town of McCarthy where he imprisoned his family and conned the world with tales of a simpler life. But for the 15 children living the nightmare, the only choice was escape.

Ever wonder how it feels to get attacked by a shark? Spend seven weeks lost in the jungle? Get buried by multiple avalanches? Brace yourself for 10 of the hairiest survival stories ever told—and the life-saving tips you can learn from them.

Is Boy Scouts of America doing enough to keep kids safe?

I'd like to attend an outdoor camp this summer. Where can I find one that offers a unique adventure? Melissa C. Spokane, WA

A former CIA agent is on his strangest mission yet: giving Iraqi kids a scouting chance

In adventure as in life, wisdom is passed down from father to son. Or not.

Chase your travel dreams with 48 handpicked adventures guaranteed to satisfy every type of wandering soul

Only a few badges—Lifesaving, Dog Care, and the impossible Seven-Minute Mile among them—stood between this lapsed Scout and his boyhood dream of earning Scouting's highest honor

Illustration by Dan Winters and Gary Tanhauser Illustration by Dan Winters and Gary Tanhauser The thrill of adventure is worth a few calculated risks. But sometimes whitewater rafts flip, bike frames snap, and wilderness guides lose the map. In a society where people are increasingly aggressive about putting…

The marines' mountain warfare training center is the ultimate test for some of the world's toughest troops: a make-it-or-leave regimen of backcountry ski combat, torturous night maneuvers, and deadly cold. Any volunteers?

Train as hard as you want, but until you've tapped the secrets of top-notch form you'll be all go and no flow

An ice-climbing trip to Scotland—land of rain, sleet, and mad outdoorsmen—brings new respect for the sport's big-hearted pioneers

A crash course in old-growth tree climbing (it's tree hugging's rambunctious younger sibling). Wanna come out and have some deep fun?

Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice. And if you listen carefully and act right away, it's absolutely free!