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September/October 2022

Fall escapes: 10 easy weekends & big adventures, why we’re obsessed with ‘Alone,’ the truth about used gear, Nick Offerman versus the raccoon, the fight to save the last sequoias, and “The Lambs and I (a Love Story)”



Schools invested in outdoor ed during the pandemic, but the growth was disproportionate to high-income communities

Are expensive sunglasses worth it? Two Outside gear editors don’t exactly see eye to eye.

Wells Tower on discovering the hard way that his father sleeps naked, how to navigate sibling punching episodes, and the simple fact that, pitfalls and all, it’s important to take your chances and just go

There are those moments when you think: maybe I’m no smarter than a trash panda. This is one of them.

Born on an island off the coast of Virginia, home to a wild herd that inspired the classic children’s novel ‘Misty of Chincoteague,’ this gentle, blue-eyed gelding enjoyed an adventurous life with a family in New Mexico. After his death, a mother and daughter went on a mission: to lay him to rest amid the sand and the waves.

The unending search for a competitive edge in sports has a cost. It’s called the Red Queen effect.

Meet an amazing man who has dedicated his entire adult life to stone skipping, sacrificing everything to produce world-record throws that defy the laws of physics. To hear him tell it, he has no choice.

People say farmers aren’t supposed to get emotionally attached to livestock. Uh-huh. When fate sent our writer two newborn sheep with life-threatening birth defects, that kind of thinking was banished from the barn.

Once thought to be basically immortal, giant sequoias are dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than at any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices.


On a trek through Tanzania, a climber and photographer captures the joy of connection