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The American Southwest hasn’t been this dry in 1,200 years. The region’s water supply—and entire energy infrastructure—is at stake.

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.

They’re almost never waterproof, and not as warm as other jackets. Why bother?

An analysis of power data from pro cyclists quantifies the effects of hot and cold air temperatures on performance

Spring comes in like a lion. This gear will help.

Backpacking when the weather forecast is anything but optimal can be intimidating, but with some modifications to your kit, you can turn it into an enjoyable four-season activity

We caught up with author Sebastian Junger to find out how he reported the incredible Outside Classic story of the Andrea Gail’s crew, what’s changed in the commercial fishing industry, and why he’s drawn to people who have dangerous jobs

Whether you’re on a road trip or backpacking through Europe, download these apps to learn more about the culture, weather, and even history of the places you’re visiting

A warming planet, increased storms, and wildfires are creating a level of infrastructure collapse that’s expensive and devastating

With the right gear, mindset, creativity, and some science-based hacks, you don’t have to just survive this winter, you can thrive. Here’s how to embrace the cold all season long.

From Reykjavík to Minneapolis, winter isn’t just tolerated here, it’s celebrated

Top-notch carry solutions for on-the-go essentials

In an era of “code-red” climate catastrophe, the survival of our sport depends on its ability to adapt. Here’s what running and races may need to look like in the near future as global temperatures climb.

From light sprinkles to daylong downpours, these shells have you covered

Create the ultimate wet-weather defense system with these six waterproof items

That shiny sheet of plastic you have wadded up at the bottom of your daypack can help you stay alive. Will it help you stay comfortable? That’s a different story.

As events as big as the Olympic Trials get rescheduled because of heat, we went to the science to find out how you should decide when it is too hot to run safely

It has all the comfort and features you’d expect from a high-end performance shell, but at an affordable price

Between sun, water, sand, and wind, river trips are hard on the skin. Here are six packable essentials to protect you from the elements.

Drawing parallels with the Galápagos Islands, this marine wonderland is a similarly diverse treasure found just off the Southern California coast, home to 2,000-plus species, some 150 of which can be found nowhere else

Every outdoor situation demands a slightly different layering system, but with these three puffies and three shells, you can pretty much do it all

To really understand the outer limits of dehydration, you need to listen to the remarkable story of Pablo Valencia

The latest deaths raised questions about the role of COVID, but analyses of nearly a century’s worth of climbing records suggest some consistent patterns

The coronavirus has put climbers and workers in even more danger than usual

Hunting twisters made Jennifer Brindley Ubl feel deeply inspired—until it scared her to death

A new analysis digs into who overheats and which conditions are most risky, with surprising results

Some #vanlife upgrades are worth the money. Others are not.

Heli-skiing has a reputation for risk, but the ride up isn’t usually part of the equation

Escape the crowds with a self-supported weekend paddle

Whether you’re slinging a chainsaw, loading hay bales, or wielding a torch, durable workwear that fits well allows you to do your job better

The best women’s denim for pandemic spring

Favorites include fire pits, food, and coffee

The desperate race to save a skier who disappeared under an avalanche

A new Snow Mode makes finding trails and parking lots easy, and the app helps you avoid avalanches, too

Right-wing politicians and media are trying to scapegoat frozen wind turbines for the state’s power disaster. Their claims couldn’t be more inaccurate and irresponsible.

Here are the products that got us over the 2020 finish line

More often than not, our biggest adventures are nothing like we expect them to be—in the best of ways

Masks, slippers, and shackets—what else do you need?

Across the West, fire season lasts longer and has become more intense than any time in history—tens of thousands of structures burn every year, and dozens of people die. But new research is highlighting a different problem: those who survive are never the same.

Stay warm and get outside more during these colder months with smart gear picks

The 900-denier ripstop polyester body is water-resistant and boasts a padded bottom panel for added structure. Daisy chains make lashing a breeze, the shoulder straps are comfy and removable, and there are side-grab handles for extra convenience. We dig the U-shaped lid, which makes for quick packing, and the two…

Here are the items that are keeping us sane as we head toward winter

Essential auto gear for the season’s worst-case scenarios

Score peak-season waves no matter how low the mercury goes

As the mountains thaw, rocks are coming loose from the ice, increasing the risk of injury or death for even the most experienced mountaineers

These maps are packed with information about current conditions. All you need to know is how to interpret them.

What to do when you're on an outdoor adventure and disaster strikes

Stay warm, dry, and comfortable while eating outdoors, without sacrificing style

Rising temperatures, extreme weather, degraded air quality, and ravaged ecosystems could hold catastrophic consequences for endurance sports.

There's a reason everyone's been wearing them the past few months

With stormchasing tours more popular than ever, our writer set out to discover why this risky pastime is once again taking off

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols's house burned to the ground in California's CZU Lightning Complex fire. He wrote his daughter a letter breaking the news.

We're always looking for that magic outfit that can be worn for days on the road before you need to clean it. Here are some tried-and-true picks.

The continent has entered its long, dark night, but just over the horizon is the question of how to make sure it stays free of COVID-19 once it reopens in August

How does it compare against the competition? A guide finds out.

Two bold men, one reckless plan: to watch the sun go dark atop a huge snow-covered peak in South America. You won't believe what happened next.

Breathable, light, durable, and weather-resistant: here's everything you need to be comfortable outdoors this season

Five kicks that transition seamlessly from trail to town

It has great support, a table, and a spot for your favorite beverage

These items kept our steeds moving and our riders happy

The most meaningful adventures are the ones where everything goes wrong. Right?

COVID-19 is going to limit and slow relief—and increase the importance of personal preparedness

Leave it to the Faroe Islands to come up with the most clever virtual tour we've seen. In their new tourism program, a Faroese resident becomes your local avatar, guiding you around the stunning archipelago in real time.

Layers are the secret to staying warm, dry, and comfortable outdoors. These are the best for every situation.

As COVID-19 shuts down buses and trains in cities, we remember that bicycles are the ultimate contingency plan

A trip to the largest of Hawaii Island's five national and historic parks is a step back in time, a place where two active volcanoes have long altered the landscape. From 1983 to 2018, lava poured into the Pacific Ocean, as it pounded and shaped the craggy shoreline. Today, endangered birds and rare orchids fill the rainforest and grasslands, geological wonders dot the terrain, and sacred cultural sites speak to the park's mythic roots.

And how to tell if you really need one

The gear and knowledge you need to stay comfortable overnight in the snow

From wind-resistant undies to traction devices, build a kit to brave the cold this season

New Zealand's South Island is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful places, where golden beaches and dense rainforests border the snow-capped Southern Alps and adventures are endless. But for those of us who can't pick up and move to Christchurch, here's a definitive guide on how to make the most of your time there.

Sixty percent of the time, the forecast is right every time

Cozy up with one and start planning your next family adventure

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