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In 1986, Sharon Wood became the first North American woman to climb the world's tallest peak. Now she's opening up about her experience—on and off the mountain.

Better to drift apart with love than to strangle a friendship by trying to make it work when it doesn’t

The siblings essentially crossed finish lines together in high school track. Moving far apart and facing their own demons, they found that the bond of running holds fast.

How to handle ego in its many (sometimes potentially deadly) forms

What do you do after getting turned down by a dream job? Keep getting turned down.

No, not all dogs love having a new companion in the house, and yes, it is possible for pets to have panic attacks. Here's how to grow your pack smoothly.

What to do about a friend who's uptight about splitting expenses and a date who's uptight about bodily functions

Trading spoons for cams, one set of newlyweds now has everything it needs to explore together

From filmmaker Mike Hopkins, 'Siblings' highlights how having a brother or sister will make you a better cyclist

You can teach confidence and a love of physical activity—but it starts with keeping weight out of the conversation

You know that special feeling when you meet a stranger during an adventure, form a bond, vow to keep in touch—and then the whole thing fizzles out? Don’t feel alone. As Chuck Thompson explains, firefly relationships are an outdoor rite of passage, and in their own strange way, they’re magic.

Skylights, a show run by wilderness therapists, talks about nature-oriented approaches to topics like gaming addiction, parenting, and isolation

How to share your passion for solo adventure without feeling judged or defensive

'Motherfish' paints a portrait of how this mother raised her son to be a steward of the outdoors

Why we name, talk to, and occasionally kiss our gear

Sometimes, able-bodied partners need to be sat down

Whether you're looking for deals on gear or an inside line on your dream trip, the perfect group is just a click away

The famed ski mountaineer on what she thinks about when she looks down

Who says summer camp is just for kids? We rounded up seven escapes made for grown-ups (and a few for their families), plus seven more to entertain the kids while the adults are at play.

The end was coming for Roany, a strong and beautiful horse who’d been at the center of Pam Houston’s life for 25 years. What she wanted for him was simple: a peaceful exit, lifted by the touch of human hands.

The risks and rewards of being (literally and figuratively) out in the wilderness

Cornhole is like blue-collar bocce—a staple lawn game that’s tailor-made for playing with one hand (leaving the other one free to hold your beverage). It can be tempting to go for a lighter, more weatherproof set made from aluminum or plastic, but you want solid wood boards like these for…

This is what lawn games in Norway look like. Divide into two teams and try to knock over kubbs (or pins) with a wooden baton until you topple the other team’s king. According to our friends in Scandinavia, this is how Vikings entertained themselves when they weren’t pillaging.

The game is simple: Work with your teammate to get your Frisbee in the can. Toss the disc and sink it in the top of the can for three points, have your teammate knock your throw in through the top for one, and hit the side for two. Angle a…

If you don’t have a bocce set at this point in your life, what are you even doing, bro? These dense composite-resin balls come sandwiched inside a pine carrying case, so you look good when you show up to play.

Put a stick on top of a pole and try to knock it off with a Frisbee. That’s the gist of Frisknock. Be warned—it’s addictive. Luckily, Tenalach’s version glows in the dark so you can still see your target after sundown.

Take the fun of Spikeball, eliminate all the setup, and you have Rocketball. Play one-on-one or in teams, trying to bounce the ball off the board and past your opponents. The best part? The board floats, so you can easily move from grass to the pool or lake.

Michigan-raised writer Dean Kuipers and his brothers had a problem with their father: he had alienated all of them, and his attempt to regain their affection with a hunting property he’d bought only made things worse. Then something wonderful happened, rooted in their shared love of wild places. An exclusive excerpt from Kuipers's new memoir ‘The Deer Camp.’

Whether you're seeking a climbing partner or a coffee date, it's never been easier to engage with other like-minded travelers, thanks to apps and active social-media groups with extensive reaches

I'm older than I was, but younger than I will be

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in

Plus, should you take someone else's spot in a race if you know you won't finish?

Josh Morgerman is an obsessive stormchaser. As hurricanes grow fiercer and more destructive, what does it mean to be someone who loves them?

When my wife tried to kill me, when I went to jail for battery, and when I finally tried to take my own life, there was one thing that kept me from unraveling

Apparently, misery does love company (in a way). So gather your friends and go have some miserable fun!

Studies show that your emotions spread further than you think

Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That’s a question neither partner thought to ask when She got the bright idea to refit an old sailboat while He was dreaming of life on the range. A he-said-she-said tale of a voyage that somehow managed to avoid the rocks.

You feel like you've got it together. So why haven't you found the person for you yet?

Featuring that time when our Tough Love columnist got dumped because of a dream about cinnamon rolls

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World'

We would like to stay on the ranch with the beloved author forever

When your backcountry partner was your romantic one, a breakup can totally alter your relationship to the outdoors—but don't let it

A new study prompted misguided reports suggesting that digital technology is just fine for kids. It isn’t.

The bestselling author talks to Tim Ferriss about the changes we can all make to transform our lives

Avoiding the awkwardness of the poop zone and other early-relationship concerns

Close friendships can and should develop in intense situations—but you don’t need to stick around if they get toxic

My father founded the notorious 120-mile Triple Bypass bike ride in Colorado. After a few failed attempts, I set out to finally complete it.

A new movie follows two lost souls on the Appalachian Trail

Three recent novels consider the world from the perspectives of urban foxes, dogs, and factory farm animals

The social dynamics of swiping, ex-forgetting, and crush-Instagramming are harder to navigate than the backcountry

Here's how to gently tell your friends that you're good with ramen all week, thanks

Anyone who has recreated with clashing personalities will relate to the not always likable but always entertaining characters on HBO's new show

When it comes to being pro-bike, so-called “avid cyclists” seem to be anything but

As America wrestles with high rates of suicide among military personnel and veterans, outdoor programs have been offered up as a promising treatment. Dan Sidles seemed like the ideal candidate: an Iraq War vet who suffered from PTSD, he tried to find a renewed sense of purpose through climbing and mountaineering. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Brian Mockenhaupt explores the final years of a tortured friend.

In their new film, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin capture Alex Honnold’s historic ropeless El Cap climb and the emotional toll it took on everyone around him

How I learned to do group travel—without hating everybody else

In a world of sexist social norms, how to be respectful of what you're into while being respectful of other people's choices

Our writer and favorite curmudgeon completed UC Berkeley's ten-week Science of Happiness online course. Did it make him happier? Not really. But he still came away with some important, if obvious, rules to live by.

How to support a loved one who has witnessed something awful that changed their relationship to the outdoors

When it comes to picking the ideal outdoor buddies, it doesn't matter at all

One writer endures awkward morning cabin run-ins and hazardous chairlifts in the name of settling down (but still chasing snow)

Rarely will you find a fitness tip that is equally applicable to all areas of your life

In his newest book, Rick Bass gins up hunger and answers some of life's biggest questions by feasting with the great ones

Now is not the time to mourn the end of all-day playtime, especially if you're not the one giving birth

At 55, writer Pam Houston finally let herself fall.

The Passage, from Day’s Edge Productions, is a story about a family’s quest to canoe the entirety of the inside passage.

The author's latest book features stories that are just as mired in the contradictions of humanity as they are in the humidity of the Sunshine State

Especially if you don't share the same interest and it involves lots of time, money, and travel

Mountain bikers Megan Walsh and Skye Nacel live a pretty idyllic life in their 250-square-foot Oregon cabin.

In ‘Leave No Trace’ father and daughter are forced out of long-term camping on public lands by social services.

What to do when you start dating someone who isn't ready to join you on dawn patrol?

From Orvis, The Motivator is a dedication from filmmaker Aaron Hitchins to his mother Maureen.

We answer your cohabitation and codependency questions this week