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And what to do when your girlfriend won't hike with you but plans to hit the trails with her friend

Relationship dynamics in the outdoors are hard; getting out with friends can help

You've spent ages preparing for a trip, but now it's right around the corner and you're having second thoughts

For 38 months, Rowlf brought love, slow meandering walks, and dog ice cream cones into writer Brendan Leonard's life. And now Rowlf is gone.

Weight-loss discussion in outdoor forums can inadvertently reinforce the idea that there's a "correct" kind of outdoors body. What should you post about where?

Is there something about adventure and risk that opens our hearts? Absolutely.

From paddling a river during a forest fire to improvising a 62-mile trail run after a race cancellation, here are the most hilarious, heartwarming, and jaw-dropping outdoor meet-cutes gone right

“I went into this relationship happy to share my experience with someone new to the sport, but lately I just feel like an unpaid guide when what I want is a partner”

Our furry friends are the best of adventure playmates. But they can also provide pure, unconditional love that gets us through the darkest times.

It doesn't matter why he's not showing up. It just matters that he's not there.

We asked a bunch of great writers to bear down, focus, and tell us what makes them giddiest in the outdoors. Join them as they celebrate everything from diving off rocks to adventure flirting to … shivering in a bed between cold sheets? (Hey, don’t judge.) Plus: five scientifically proven ways to up the fun and improve your health.

My buddy switched the price tags on a tent to pay a lower amount on a more expensive setup. I was unaware, and now I feel terrible.

If chronic overthinking is getting in the way of your next adventure, ask yourself these two questions

Last year, Annette McGivney lost her beloved yellow Lab, Sunny, and was overwhelmed by sadness. Since then she’s built a new life with a challenging rescue dog, and she’s learned a lot about the healing power of human and animal bonds.

The phone feature can be a convenient safety tool. But for one writer, it served as a crutch for anxiety.

I’ve lived in a van for a year. It sucks, and now I’m ready to change things up.

I’m on a quest to learn to love the body I’m in but afraid to push my limits outside

I want to thru-hike part of the AT or PCT, but I’m the main caregiver in my household

An experienced physician and marathoner answers questions you’re embarrassed to ask about running and sex

I’m not convinced I can be with someone who isn’t into the same kind of adventures as me

Reeling from her husband’s request to divorce after 25 years of marriage and two kids, Florence Williams was experiencing debilitating grief. An accomplished reporter, she decided to explore the science of heartache to see if she could find a cure. In this excerpt from her new book, ‘Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey,’ she heads out for a 120-mile solo paddle on Utah’s Green River, with a too heavy portable toilet and a shattered heart.

While getting his PhD in English, Logan Scherer developed an intense friendship with a male grad student that lasted for years, through his friend’s engagement and marriage to a woman. Scherer struggled to make sense of it, until he lost himself in a group of spinster nature writers from the late 19th century who eschewed marriage to live alone or with other women during a time when the language of queerness didn’t exist.

When you get creative with natural materials in parks, some call it art; others call it litter

Hoping to help my brother beat his alcohol addiction, I set up a two-wheel road trip through the scenic terrain of northeast Kansas. As usual, he was funny, endearing, maddening, and burdened by problems I couldn’t solve.

Please give me some kind of hope that I’m not raising a kid who always will prefer computers to canoes

A daring advice columnist sets off on a road trip with a singular goal: to ask strangers if they make love outside—in towns named Eden

Your style, no matter the reason, is your choice. Period.

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

Smart tips to make sure your new adventure partner has a blast and feels welcome outside

When my yellow Lab died last spring, I was flattened by an overwhelming sadness that’s with me still. And that’s normal, experts say, because losing a pet is often one of the hardest yet least acknowledged traumas we’ll ever face.

After an American Army captain came home traumatized from the war, he lost his ability to love. It took the wilderness to reopen his heart.

Your partner’s planning an epic adventure with his ex, but you’d rather be his go-to travel buddy

The curious challenge of loving someone who’s always leaving you in the dust

And what to do when your fitness level doesn’t match your adventure partner’s

You’re dead set on walking every inch of a trail, but your partner doesn’t mind skipping a section or two. How do you compromise?

What to do when a significant other, or a friend, doesn't respect your decisions

It might seem embarrassing at first, but putting a costume on your dog will likely result in more pets for him and more laughs for you

What I learned about love, loss, and landscape over two decades of living in a 1961 Artcraft mobile home in the Utah desert

How to embrace tough situations and use them in your favor

Host Laura Borichevsky fearlessly goes where no man has gone before

Sometimes our darkest moments create the best kind of magic

It's not just about saying you're sorry. You should also explain how you'll do better next time.

By setting boundaries around what you post, when you're online, and who you surround yourself with in real life, you can strike a better balance between Instagram and reality

'Lockdown Lulluby' follows six-year-old fisherman Dylan, who describes quarantine as "pretty weird right now… but also kind of awesome."

What happens when your ski and river guiding partner isn't able to work during the pandemic?

"The time is always right to do what is right"

A lot of people get recognition because they do groundbreaking, brilliant, and deserving work, work that rises to the top through merit alone. But there are other groundbreaking, brilliant people who don’t always get recognition.

Outdoorsy people always have the best stories about dating. Some of them are wild enough to make national headlines.

From filmmaker Aaron Peterson, '24 Leeches' recaps what a family vacation looks like through the eyes of his son, Josiah

My dad is struggling with cancer in North Carolina, and COVID-19 cruelly cut him off from his family. But in Maine, where I live, the pandemic has forced 'Brady Bunch' togetherness that's been challenging, strangely fun, and full of lessons worth carrying forward.

'Dear Humanity' is a celebration of the earth's beauty and a call to action to protect it

Sometimes the best thing for a relationship is to let it go

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

What a 4,000-mile expedition with her husband taught Caroline Van Hemert, author of 'The Sun Is a Compass,' about navigating a relationship in close quarters

In 'The Art of the Mini Adventure,' mother-daughter combo Els and Pippa venture out for a microadventure near their home in Vermont

Artist Eric Bealer was living the remote, rugged good life in coastal Alaska with his wife, Pam, an MS sufferer, when they made a dramatic decision: to exit this world together, leaving behind precise instructions for whoever entered their cabin first. Eva Holland investigates the mysteries and meaning of an adventurous couple who charted their own way out.

I mean, friends are great, but are they better than things like nachos or not getting mauled by a wild animal? That's up to you.

I was an irresponsible person who was good at getting in trouble. I asked Dave for help, and he made a bet on me: his car. In order for him to keep his car, I had to change.

Cozy up with one and start planning your next family adventure

What do you do when your parents' political views directly impact your life?

In 'A Walk with Dad,' filmmaker Ryan O'Connor and his father walk and talk about the grief of losing their mother and wife

And what to do when it's time to break up with your climbing partner

Seduced by the idea of turning my hobby into a paycheck, I led bike tours across the U.S. throughout my twenties. As I learned, some passion pursuits are best left pro bono.

For when buying the first round isn't quite enough

The husband and wife directing team open up about the life and work that they’ve created together—and where it all goes from here.

'Let's Talk' follows tech-minimalism evangelist Chris Andrews on a journey by foot across the United States

For snowboarder Megan Pischke, being a breast-cancer survivor and a professional athlete are both part of her identity

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.

'The Mentor' chronicles climber Marcus Garcia’s relationship with climbing legend, Jimmy Ray Forester

The successful businesswomen learned all about entrepreneurship at home on the windswept Aleutian Islands. They had to.

Completing the entire trail isn't the point

In this film from Spindrift, climber Heather Weidner​​​​​​​ attempts her fifth 5.14 sport climb in Saint George, Utah

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