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Something surprising is happening on the video app best known for silly dance moves: users are finding inspiration for adventure

Joey Santore’s YouTube channel, Crime Pays but Botany Doesn’t, crosses citizen science with vigilante environmentalism

The world of fitness is always changing—for better and for worse. Here, we’ve focused on the bright side, spotlighting five faces in the health and wellness scene that are pushing for inclusivity, justice, and kindness, toppling old conventions to make their own.

38 quotes that we interpret for our own needs

It’s been another challenging year, but some people thrive on adversity. Here are the athletes, activists, tree planters, chefs, filmmakers, and other disrupters who changed our world for the better in 2021. Plus: Meet Carissa Moore, surfing’s first female olympic gold medalist.

Join us in reading Heather Hansman’s ‘Powder Days’

Actually, we can’t get everything we need from nature

Why do I feel so, I don’t know, not that great after I spend a few minutes scrolling through social media?

From adventurous sled dogs to aging golden retrievers, online canines make millions of people feel good about their day

The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own

W. Kamau Bell, the host of ‘United Shades of America,’ sits down with fellow comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston for a lively conversation on what we learn about this country when we engage with communities very different than our own

The IFSC had to apologize—twice—for broadcasting sexualized footage of climber Johanna Farber. The time for women athletes to be portrayed with respect is long overdue.

A few years ago, I was a vocal proponent of the outdoor industry incorporating Indigenous land acknowledgments as standard business practice. As it’s become more common, my perspective has evolved.

For New Generation Track and Field, established media companies are too stuck in their ways

When you carry the whole world in your pocket, aid can arrive from the most unexpected places

A long-distance rambler named Bearsun is walking from L.A. to New York, dressed like a very large Pokémon. This is his story.

It takes patience and some trial and error to make new trail buddies

Quick fixes and one-size-fits-all solutions abound in the world of wellness influencers. Here’s why you should avoid them.

Hiking remains a rare modern opportunity to be stunned by the unknown. Don’t spoil it by obsessing over a bunch of YouTube videos.

By valuing relatability over action shots, TikTok may be ushering in a new era of outdoor creators and celebrities

The former Harvard rower is making the most of a six-month sabbatical from his new job at Zwift

Cecilia Blomdahl’s viral videos are a window into an unfamiliar world full of polar bears, reindeer, and adventures on snowmobiles. But they also offer suprisingly resonant insights for those of us who’ve just spent a year in quarantine.

Teenage diver Sebastian Morris and his dad were hunting for treasure in the Gulf of Mexico when they found a below-the-knee prosthetic. How do you lose that in the ocean? Amazingly, they solved the mystery.

Facebook is developing a new app for children, and advocates think it’s a terrible idea

The past year has been relentless in so many ways. But despite the challenges, there’s also a lot of good news out there to get you excited about the months ahead.

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

After more than a year of pandemic living, let us remember why it’s worth getting out there

Watching strangers get their spines adjusted on Chirogram is my pandemic catharsis

A recent incident involving a renowned wildlife photographer allegedly baiting foxes at Grand Teton sheds light on a larger issue

Three things you should, and two things you should not emulate from your favorite professional runner’s social feed.

Race performance still matters more than social media. For now. 

And things got rocky fast. Our correspondent talks to Jennifer Miller about Colorado, misconceptions, and a mysterious type of footwear called “hiking sandals.”

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.

In the spell of a week, a mysterious monolith appeared in the Utah desert and was subsequently removed by some slackline bros. The saga has raised more questions than answers.

The majority of my favorite days have been on trails that wouldn't make anyone's list

An urban food writer chases deer in the backcountry with two of Instagram’s female hunting stars—and comes home transformed

A new school of social-media influencers are giving hunting a fresh and decidedly female face. Our writer joins two rising stars of “huntstagram” in the Arizona backcountry to chase mule deer for her first time—and see if she can stomach what it takes to be an omnivore.

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

Staying connected and productive on the move can be tough. Here's how to make it easier.

Are social media and selfie culture killing the outdoors? Nah... but as a visit to some overshared spots reveals, they’re challenging our notions about whether there’s a right way to appreciate nature—and who gets to do it.

The regulations will allow collegiate runners to market themselves for profit 

"For too long, Facebook has failed to take sufficient steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform"

Our writer has a man crush on a Utah cook-stove inventor named Steve Despain, and it’s easy to see why. Using creative design, smart marketing, and YouTube star turns, he’s brought glamour to the humblest little workhorse in the outdoors.

Post something anti-racist instead. Better yet, do something anti-racist instead.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three Chinese teams reached the top of the world

The response to Arbery’s murder highlighted what I already knew: the running world is deeply divided by race, and we must address it

Could the company's latest play to own the experience economy transport me virtually around the world? I made sangria with drag queens in Portugal, meditated with sleepy sheep in Scotland, and visited stray dogs in Ukraine to find out just how far Zoom-powered travel could take me.

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn’t stop talking about

With the coronavirus bringing global travel to a halt, take this time to pare down your dream destinations to the ones that really matter to you

From Patagonia to South Africa to Yosemite, visit some of our favorite places on the planet in real time via these live webcams—and start dreaming of where you want to go when we can travel again

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

In an era dominated by online shopping, dubious influencer endorsements, and trendy, direct-to-consumer gear, it’s harder than ever to know who to trust. Jenny Gyllander, the mind behind the product-review Instagram account @thingtesting, is here to cut through the noise.

I watched 40-plus hours of thru-hiking vlogs. These are the ones that are worth your time.

From surf cams to Fat Bear Week, live nature feeds inspire adventure and offer a break from reality

This world champion says you can get into surf shape without ever catching a wave

An armchair psychological study of outdoor Instagram poses—and what you can do to stand out from the crowd. As illustrated by Outside staffers.

Anxiety, hypochondria, OCD, and travel might sound like a recipe for disaster. But I've seen the world despite my mental health. Here's how I manage my mind on the road.

Annual shred flicks used to be the only place to see the best lines and hucks of the previous year. Then Instagram and YouTube arrived. Does social media spell the end for the beloved genre?

As red-rock meccas like Moab, Zion, and Arches become overrun with visitors, our writer wonders if Utah's celebrated Mighty Five ad campaign worked too well—and who gets to decide when a destination is "at capacity."

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn’t stop talking about

Because going back to the work after the holidays is hard enough already

Everything is easier to understand with visuals

In 2005, Richard Louv helped usher in the nature-as-therapy movement. His latest book asks us to start bonding with wild animals.

An online environmental vigilante plans to publish a blacklist of influencers who trample flowers and deface nature for clicks. Some say it's bullying.

Grammy nominee Mike Posner left behind his life in L.A. to go on a 2,851-mile journey in search of... something. Here's what he learned about grief, motivation, struggle, and authenticity.

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

It’s far better than the alternative

With every post, Kiona, creator of the popular blog and Instagram account How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch, is teaching herself and her followers how to be, well, less basic

Tech shaming has made us believe that the outdoor experience has to be pure or nothing. Here's why you should absolve your guilt about using your gadgets in nature.

The e-retailer pursued legal action against dozens of companies for trademark infringement over the word "backcountry." Now the CEO is apologizing.

Cory McDonald's main goal was to restore his health on the Pacific Crest Trail. Becoming a YouTube star, getting stalked, and meeting the perfect girl were just exhilarating extras.

Has Governor Gavin Newsom done a bad job managing the wildfires? Should he invest in "cleaning" the forest? We've got answers.

A handy guide to a very important question

Instagram can make even the most far-flung places seem accessible. But how much does it really cost to get the shot?

How social media makes feeling good about your running even harder for today’s youth, and 5 ways to move beyond the comparison treadmill.

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