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Every summer, 50 elite athletes endure a torture test of cold and wet at a tiny island off the south coast of Ireland, where they train to swim the English Channel. The only rules: No wetsuits. Or whining. Matt Bondurant goes deep.

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr look back on their attempts to raise kids who love the outdoors.

Costa rica is basically one giant, overrun eco-resort, right? Not here.

Most dogs don't like being left on shore and will follow their handler right in. You just need to be willing to get wet—and to take things slow.

Some high-energy, athletic dogs, unable to sweat, will work to the point of self-injury, so make sure you're able to recognize the warning signs of exhaustion

Every morning for the past 17 years, Pete and Val have been swimming together at the local pool. Every year on June 12, they race—two laps, up and back. That's all. Two Laps was written and directed by Owen Trevor and shot at North Narrabeen Beach in Sydney, Australia, for…

It seems like every week I read about some scary shark sighting or attack. I love swimming in the ocean and take a tropical beach vacation every couple of years. How much should I worry about a shark attack?

The pool bores me. But I swim a few days a week during the winter to stay fit. Is there any waterproof gear that can make it more interesting?

Photo: Ian Swanson Beach hazards abound. Your surfboard can knock you out. Corals might scrape your face off. A shark could mistake you for a seal or, more likely, you might bump into a jellyfish. Those are risks most of us willingly accept. But when…

Cornthwaite playing for the camera. Photo: DaveCornthwaite.com On August 10, British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite hopped into the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota, with a 40-pound, gear-filled raft and started swimming south. Since then, he has stroked for roughly 12…

In an effort to assert their authenticity and iconic status, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and O’Neill are teaming up on a full line of clothing and accessories made by O’Neill and plastered with PBR logos. Board shorts, tees, coolers,…

Sea turtle hatchling, Baguan Island, Philippines. Photo: Keith Ellenbogen Examples of poor ocean health are too easy—unfortunately—to find in many parts of the world, especially along densely populated coastlines or in the midst of ocean gyres filled with plastic pollution. But what is…

One of the most decorated swimmers talks about life in the two decades since she won four medals at the 1992 Barcelona Games

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon takes on some of the boldest open-water crossings of all time

Photo: Steven Zwerink/Wikimedia Commons The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about this past weekend at the Olympics. 1. In the sense that human evolution is a gradual, linear change, Usain Bolt isn’t human. You’re not supposed to…

(p_a_h/Flickr)Photo: p_a_h/Flickr The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics. 1. Gabby Douglas. She extended the American women’s all-around gold medal streak to three. She’s the first American woman to win gold in both…

Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr Everything you need to know about tonight's Olympic primetime coverage—without knowing what actually happened. WOMEN’S 200M BACKSTROKEAmericans Elizabeth Beisel and Missy Franklin—MISSY. FRANKLIN.—qualified for the event in first and second, respectively. Along with Russian Anastasia Zueva, they’re the favorites for gold. It’s…

(Mostly Dans/Flickr) Mostly Dans/Flickr The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics.  1. Bradley Wiggins became the first man to win the Tour de France and follow that up with…

Photo: the*roving*sheep/Flickr Everything you need to know about tonight's Olympic primetime coverage—without knowing what actually happened. WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND GYMNASTICS The world’s best gymnast doesn’t win gold—because Jordyn Wieber didn’t qualify for the all-around competition. It makes no sense that the U.S. can’t have three competitors in…

Photo: marcopako /Flickr The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics. 1. Something obvious: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. He has six more golds than anyone and now has more total medals…

Photo: dearbarbie/Flickr Everything you need to know about tonight's Olympic primetime coverage—without knowing what actually happened. MEN'S INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND GYMNASTICS Japan’s Kohei Uchimura comes into the competition as the favorite, considered by many to be the greatest male gymnast of all time. The 23-year-old (remember,…

Ben Sutherland The five things you should know if you were only going to know five things about yesterday at the Olympics. 1. We’re maybe seeing the beginning of the career of the greatest female swimmer ever. Or, according to others, we’re seeing a 16-year-old on…

Photo: marcopako /Flickr Everything you need to know about tonight's Olympic primetime coverage—without knowing what actually happened. WOMEN'S TEAM GYMNASTICSThe U.S. women come in looking for their first team gold since 1996’s “Magnificent Seven.” Can they become the—sorry Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard,…

For whatever reason, NBC is refusing to show the majority its primetime-scheduled Olympic events live. Well, they're showing them on their hitch-ridden, computer-crashing website, but they're not playing most of the marquee events when they happen. Maybe it's working (numbers are on a record pace) or maybe it's just…

The best way to beat record high temperatures: spend as much time in the water as possible. Here are a few items to be showcased at the Outdoor Retailer show meant to help enhance your ocean experience. BELLYAK FREQUENCY A speedy rotomolded plastic bodyboat designed for joyriding rivers, oceans…

Whether you’re catching a wave, splashing in the nearest stream, or chilling at the beach, if you’re a Patagonia fan, you’ll soon have eight new styles of board shorts in 45 different color combinations to wear for the occasion. Athlete-approved from the barrels of Hawaii to the…

If there is a lifelist for snorkeling, Palau's Jellyfish Lake has to be on it. Tourists can swim through the upper levels of the water as millions of golden jellyfish migrate across the marine lake following the sun. They swim east in the…

There's no talking, only the sound of a piano as quick clips of swimming in the ocean, riding a bike, and spending time with others roll by in this video. It's a director's cut of a commercial that was filmed for Guardian Funerals. It's not…

Not far from Sydney, in the suburb of Bondi Beach, there is a cold-water swimming club on the bay called the Bondi Icebergs. Every Sunday from May to September, more than 700 swimmers race in order to make, or…

The world record holder dishes on his diamond grills and his plans for London

Staying loose and strong are essential for efficient swimming. These four poses strike the perfect balance.

I'm looking to maximize my triathlon training days. Could you recommend a few places?

Screenshot from Powerbreather.de. A new form-fitting snorkel promises to eliminate the need to turn your head while swimming. It's called the Powerbreather, and it earned a finalist nod in the accessories categoy at the ISPOBrandnew Awards—a tradeshow…

The Potomac River  Photo: MV Jantzen/American Rivers River conservancy American Rivers just released its 27th annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report, naming the Potomac the most threatened river. This waterway earned the top spot not so much…

Ben Lecomte will attempt to set the long distance swimming world record by swimming across the Pacific.

  By Guest Blogger Elizabeth Sullivan Need to thaw out? Leave the winter behind? We did. Our wants were simple: Our destination had to be warm and had to have salt water. What we didn’t want was simple, too: no passports required and no connecting flights.  With four boys…

Outside picks the biggest people, places, and events of the last year

Last August, two athletes died during the swim leg of the New York City Triathlon. Since then, articles on event safety have piled up—and two more athletes have lost their lives. Is it time for USA Triathlon to rethink its rules?

Tonight, Patagonia and eBay announced a new partnership, the Common Threads Initiative. Together, they asked owners of fleece and Gore-Tex everywhere to pledge to reduce consumption, reuse old gear, recycle, repair what's broken, and reimagine a world where people don't stress the earth with…

Outside brings you the best adventure-specific dresses for your next late summer trip.

Whether you're cooling off during a weekly swim in the local outdoor pool or training daily for a triathlon in a state-of-the-art aquatics center, you'll want to outfit yourself with gear made for the pool. Presenting the 10 best summer swimming products for 2011, from suits to shampoo. Right before…

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Lole Mojito swimsuit bottom and Bermude swimsuit top.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Rusty Turn Around swimsuit Top and Bottom.

A 58-year-old Aspen socialite is forcing the world to grapple with just what it means to swim across the ocean.

There's no better way to get in shape than to prepare for a triathlon. Here's your guide to the ultimate first-time experience.

Ah, Mexico. Land of hot sand, cheap beer, and a foolproof cure for seasonal affective disorder: endless adventure.

We spoke to 25-year-old, seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard about her progression from 14-year-old podium-placer to her out-of-retirement run for a fourth Olympic Games. Here, read Curtis's complete interview with Beard.

How to see your stomping grounds as a concrete jungle.

Thirteen otherwise courageous writers reveal their deepest, darkest fears in our homage to the creepy, crawly, menacing world of phobias. Prepare to squirm.

Don't sweat that impending trip — it's easy to keep in shape away from home