When Outside contributing editor Florence Williams’s husband of 25 years left her, she paddled the Green River to process her grief. Her new book recounts that story and dives into the science of the heart.
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.
The precocious author’s debut release was the December-January pick for the Outside Book Club. We spoke with him about his journey along the Magdalena, Colombia’s longest waterway, and his attempt to understand the quickly changing country
Jordan Salama’s new book is an impressive debut by an up-and-coming travel writer
Author Jordan Salama began writing this captivating book, about a journey down Colombia’s Magdalena River, when he was just a college student
Plan your next adventure on one of the nation’s most resplendent waterways with the help of Gaia GPS
The River Democracy Act will establish Oregon as the country’s undisputed leader in permanent river protection.
But there’s still hope if we start managing water differently and addressing climate change, both of which are making dry spells more extreme
In an excerpt from his latest book, ‘Freedom,’ the celebrated nonfiction writer describes a journey along Pennsylvania’s train tracks with friends he met while reporting on the war in Afghanistan
By the late 1990s, the Chinook salmon of Oregon’s Lostine River were nearly gone. Now a collaboration of hard work is paying off.
The underrated West Virginia adventure hub is finally getting the recognition it deserves
'Rio Rica' introduces us to Rica Fulton and the Little Snake River, a lesser known tributary of the West's renowned Yampa River
'River of Return' features river guides and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members Sammy and Jessica Matsaw
In praise of sand in your eyeballs, no cell service, and pooping in a box
'Rising from the Ashes' follows the scientists studying the summer steelhead resurgence in Washington's Elwha River
Jason Cajune is a second-generation boatman building wooden dories in Livingston, Montana
This year's most at-risk rivers, the Lower Missouri and Upper Mississippi, provide water for millions of people in the Midwest
'The Salad Days' chronicles the river career of Herman Hoops, a conservationist, boater, and public land steward.
Expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren knocked off first descents of the most remote and dangerous rivers on earth, from the Himalayas to the Sierra. He paddled with an aggro attitude and saw weakness as an unforgivable trait in himself and others. But when a brain tumor started to derail his athletic performance and threaten his life, everything changed.
You can't technically finish the AT without a ride in Greg Caruso's canoe
How to explore the western rivers and wilderness on the route of legendary explorer John Wesley Powell
On-the-ground info to keep you safe in the backcountry
A new report found that towns near plenty of outdoor recreation attract new residents and higher incomes. But this could also mean higher costs of living, affordable housing challenges, and encroachment into vulnerable landscapes.
When one of your best buds is getting married, it calls for something truly epic
In 'Next Gen,' from OARS, president Tyler Wendt takes his family on its first multi-day river trip
Amid stories of ecological doom, we found a few instances of progress worth celebrating
The Gila is America’s most endangered river. What do we stand to lose if it disappears thanks to climate change and overuse?
Heather Hansman’s new book is a must-read for anyone who loves rivers or is concerned about the future of the West
EPA proposes stripping protections from 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands
Skiers Christina Lustenberger and Dane Tudor search the headwaters of the Columbia river for some of the world’s most sought-after snow.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and our waterways are in more danger than ever. These reads explain what's going wrong—and how to fix it.
Boyan Slat, the 24-year-old founder and CEO of the Ocean Cleanup, has finally launched a system he says will rid the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of half its plastic trash in five years.
This hilarious—and informational—PSA from Ranger Lauren Ray warns river rats of the low flows on Arkansas’ Buffalo River.
In this scene from Blue Heart, the women of Kruscica village in Bosnia protest the development of a new dam on their beloved river.
Return from Desolation from OARS and filmmaker Justin Clifton, highlights Eaton’s struggles as a veteran, river guide, and oil man.
This is the trailer for Redd a film about an all-female group of horsepackers traveling 900 miles over endangered salmon habitats.
The meeting of the Little Colorado and Colorado is sacred to many Native American tribes. For years, a developer worked to build a 1.4-mile tram that would shuttle up to 10,000 daily visitors into the canyon. Activists in the Navajo Nation, however, were determined to defeat it.