Just Try Not to Breathe
There’s no more difficult or uncomfortable physical challenge than holding your breath underwater for an extended period
A Race to Save His Dying Friend
When Scott Pirsig’s close friend Bob Sturtz suffered a stroke deep in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, Pirsig had no choice but to leave him in the wilderness and make a desperate sprint to get help
What You Learn During Seven Hours on a Ski Lift
Why do we keep skiing, despite the crowds, the cost, and the unpredictable conditions? Spend an entire day on a chairlift and you’ll find out.
To Save the Soul of a Mountain Town
In Aspen, Colorado, and other alpine communities, the future depends on making sure the weirdos and oddballs are still welcome
Why Skier Angel Collinson Quit at the Peak of Her Career
She was one of the world’s best big-mountain freeskiers—and then, suddenly, she decided she was done
When Cody Townsend Let Go of His Ego
For an episode of our new podcast, ‘The Daily Rally,’ the professional skier talks about learning to get out of his own way while on an expedition in Alaska
A Wild Mission to Visit Every National Park in One Year
Emily Pennington wanted to see it all. But life on the road was fiercer than she ever imagined.
How Psychedelics Helped a Paralyzed Athlete Walk Again
After suffering a brutal accident while on a kite-skiing expedition expedition in Patagonia, Jim Harris’s painstaking recovery took a sudden leap forward when he had an experience with magic mushrooms
A Vegetarian Runner’s Quest to Become a Meat Eater
Endurance athlete Mallory Arnold was struggling with extreme fatigue when her coach made an unexpected suggestion: start eating meat again
An Exhilarating Dip in the Bone-Chilling Sea
For a community of hardy souls in Maine, there’s no better way to feel fully alive in winter than immersing yourself in the frigid Atlantic
The Messy Reality of Forming New Habits
Figuring out how to get better sleep and more excise and is hard—which is why we tried out some new programs for you
Why Cold Pizza Is (and Isn’t) the Perfect Ski Snack
If you’ve ever seen a skier pull a hot dog out of a jacket pocket while on a chairlift or devour a towering plate of nachos back at the lodge, you know that few athletes chase calories harder than skiers
Holiday Adventures Gone Wrong
Escaping the craziness of the season to head into the wild can sound amazing—right up until that overnight snowstorm crushes your tent.
The Real Magic We See in the Northern Lights
Witnessing the Aurora Borealis can feel like you’re glimpsing another world. For some people, that’s exactly what’s happening.
What Happens to Drivers Who Hit Cyclists
Talk to the victims of crashes and their families, and they’ll tell you: when a motor vehicle injures or kills a bicyclist, the American justice system lets drivers off the hook
Weekend Read: The Supposed Dream Life of a Ski Patroller
Racing around a mountain resort sounds like the ultimate adventure job. But with housing and other costs soaring, getting paid in fun is no longer cutting it.
Weekend Read: The Adventures of a Pony Named Legend
He was born to a herd of wild horses on an island off Virginia and found his way into the heart of a little girl on the dusty trails of the Southwest.
What it Takes to Survive a Winter War
As Ukraine prepares for months of frigid conflict with Russia, its troops might look to another nation that held its own against the Red Army in the cold: Finland.
Weekend Read: An SOS from the Middle of the Ocean
Richard Carr was halfway across the Pacific, alone on a yacht, when he began sending frantic alerts that he was being kidnapped by pirates
Humanity’s Most Confounding Survival Epic
The Covid-19 pandemic is a survival story—but instead of one human versus a wild animal or a snowy peak, it's all of us against one tiny virus.
Weekend Read: The Obsessive Dedication of the World’s Greatest Rock Skipper
Kurt Steiner has dedicated his life to skipping stones, developing a technique to produce throws that defy the laws of physics
Bear Grylls Wants to Talk About Your Mental Health
The exuberant king of survival TV insists that our wild adventures are about more than just chasing fun—they are the keys that get us through the struggles of our everyday lives
He Fought a Bear with a Pocketknife
Alone in the wilderness, facing a grizzly that was determined to kill him, Colin Dowler had only one option: fight for his life.
A Perilous Chase on the Open Sea
It began in the waters off Antarctica: a crew of eco-vigilantes found the illegal fishing ship they’d been hunting. It wouldn’t end for some 10,000 miles, when one of the vessels sank.
What I Learned About Survival and Motherhood from Two Lambs
Farmers aren’t supposed to get emotionally attached to their livestock. But when you suddenly find yourself caring for two newborn sheep, these things happen.
Paralyzed by a Scorpion in the Grand Canyon
When a rafter was stung by a scorpion, she assumed she’d be fine. Within hours she lost her ability to see or speak clearly.
The Unshakeable Spirit of the World’s Greatest Surfer
John John Florence has remarkable physical talents, but his greatest asset as an athlete might be his enduring positive attitude
Why You Can’t Stop Watching Survival TV
There’s a reason that shows like ‘Alone’ hold our attention: we can’t help but imagine that it’s us out there.
Why Outdoor Sports Make You Cry
Spoiler alert: It’s not because you’re a wuss.
Why Outdoor Adventures Make You Crave a Giant, Juicy Burger
There’s a reason a strenuous outing makes you desire a greasy mound of meat: it has a lot of what your body needs
Summer Read: They Chose Death over Life Apart
Eric and Pam Bealer were living in a cabin in rugged coastal Alaska when they made a dramatic decision: they would exit the world together
The Obsessives Who Hunted Forrest Fenn’s Treasure
When retired art dealer Forrest Fenn hid a chest full of a million dollars’ worth gold, rubies, and diamonds in the Rocky Mountains, he sent thousands on a journey of desperation
Summer Read: My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dream Job
Leading cross-country bike tours was supposed to be the ultimate escape from the monotony of normal life. Instead it was a kind of torture.
How Viggo Mortensen Became a Cave-Diving Legend
To portray the hero of the Thai cave rescue in the new film ‘Thirteen Lives,’ the Hollywood star had to go deep—literally
Summer Read: A Tragedy on Mount Hood
A group of high school sophomores set off on what was supposed to be a grand climb. Instead, it became one of the deadliest alpine disasters in North American history.
A Frantic Escape from a Wildfire
Greg and Julie Welch were relaxing at their campsite in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters when a tiny fire in a nearby bog suddenly exploded into a massive blaze that began racing toward them
Summer Read: Testing Love on the Open Sea
Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That was the big question hanging over two novice sailors as they set out on a voyage off the coast of New England.
A Bold New Way to Poop in the Outdoors
Long-standing rules for how we do our business in the wilderness are changing in a very big way—and it’s about time
Summer Read: A Little Boy Lost in the Woods
When Cody Sheehy was six years old, he disappeared into the Oregon wilderness. More than three decades later, he insists the experience gave him an invaluable life lesson.
Bad Decisions, Good Stories
Presenting three delightful tales of adventures gone very, very wrong
Summer Read: The Sinking of the ‘Henrietta C.’
A father and son working a crab boat in Chesapeake Bay were caught in a rising storm when they realized that something was very wrong: water was coming up through the floor
How I Met Your Motherland
For his new PBS show, ‘America Outdoors,’ comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston connects us to our natural environments through the most interesting of creatures: humans.
What It Feels Like to Fight a Wildfire
As an out-of-control blaze approached their home, a couple made what seems like a crazy choice: they ignored evacuation orders and stood their ground.
Jack Johnson Reaches for Hope
On his first album in five years, the singer-songwriter brings us a collection of heartfelt tracks that offer warmth and comfort when we really need it
How Blockchain Technology Can Get Us Outside
Amid all the noise surrounding Web3, something fascinating is emerging: a new kind of immersive adventure storytelling
Swimming for Your Life in the Open Ocean
After two young pilots crashed their small plane into the water off Hawaii, they realized their best hope for survival was to make it back to land on their own.
How We Find Love in Wild Places
Is there something about adventure and risk that opens our hearts? Absolutely.
A Thriller from the Death Zone
Amy McCulloch went to the Himalayas looking for adventure. She came back with an idea for an epic novel.
The Many Ways Dogs Can Heal Us
Our furry friends are the best of adventure playmates. But they can also provide pure, unconditional love that gets us through the darkest times.
What It Feels Like When You Eat a Deadly Mushroom
There’s a distinct pleasure to eating wild foods that you forage yourself—unless you pick the wrong thing
The Sometimes Shady, Always Weird World of Truffle Hunters
In forests across the planet, secretive hunters are searching for that rare and insanely expensive wild delicacy: the truffle.
One Woman’s Wholesome Mission to Get Naked Outside
To become one of those people who joyfully hikes, bikes, and skis in the nude, she’d have to train for it
Learning to Listen to Wild Sounds
When we open our ears to the marvels of natural soundscapes, we experience the energies of the world in a unique way—and begin to understand the mysteries behind them
Is TikTok Motivating People to Get Outdoors?
Something surprising is happening on the video app best known for silly dance moves: users are finding inspiration for adventure
Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ Decade
In the ten years since she published her memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, her life has changed dramatically—and so has the trail itself
An Agonizing Endurance Race Around a City Block in Queens
What motivates someone to run more than 3,000 miles around a block in Queens, New York? Transcendence.
How a Vigilante Botanist Became a Cult Icon
Joey Santore is a tattooed ex-punk who is self-taught in the sciences. Which might explain why he’s getting so many people to care about plants.
A Professional Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness
Drew Petersen seemed like just another free-spirited mountain dude. But the pain he was hiding nearly destroyed him.
Can Nature Heal Heartbreak?
Science shows that spending time outdoors can help with all kinds of serious ailments. So why not a broken heart?
When Athletes Dare to Dream Like Artists
Professional skier Markus Eder had a fantasy of an impossible descent. Then he got creative.
A Father’s Death in the Mountains—and What Came After
Filmmaker Max Lowe on what it’s been like to tell his family’s story in his new documentary, Torn, and what he hopes we can all learn from it
Olympics Special: The Doubts that Power Mikaela Shiffrin
The most dominant ski racer on the planet is constantly questioning her talents—which may be the secret of her greatness
What Surviving an Avalanche Can Teach You About Risk
Over two decades of ambitious adventures, elite skier and climber Zahan Billimoria has had some very close calls in the mountains
To Save a Life on the North Shore
What it feels like to rescue a surfer from the massive winter waves that crash into the Hawaiian island
A Man, a Plan, a Steam Room
He needed something—anything—to cure his winter COVID blues. Science led him to a mildewy steam room and a very cold shower.
Who Killed the Ski Bum?
You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.
Forces of Good: So a Drag Queen Walks into a Mountain Town…
What makes a queer person choose to live in an outdoorsy hot spot instead of an urban gayborhood?
Forces of Good: Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Is on a Mission to Build Havens for Young Skateboarders
America’s youth are in desperate need of real-life human connection. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bassist says there’s no better place to provide that than a skate park.
Forces of Good: Hiking 48,000 Miles to Create Community
Lo Phong La Kiatoukaysy, a.k.a. Lil’ Buddha, started thru-hiking America’s trails after 9/11. He hasn’t stopped yet.
Forces of Good: Running in the Name of Love
After Lawlor Coe lost his brother Hunter to tragedy, he did everything he could to avoid his pain. Then he began to run.
Forces of Good: Teaching the Psychology of Survival
When someone gets hurt in the wild, we know what to do. But what we’ve lacked for way too long are the tools to help people in severe mental distress.
Forces of Good: A Herculean Quest to Make a Difference
Mike McCastle has found a very unusual way to benefit others: by enduring agonizing physical challenges
Forces of Good: The Gearhead Librarian Who Revived a Town
Millinocket, Maine, had been struggling for years following the closure of the local paper mill. Then an enterprising librarian acted on a big idea.
Forces of Good: A Comedian Faces Her Fear of Nature
Ivy Le’s wildy funny take on adventure entertainment might just shift the conversation on who belongs in the outdoors
Forces of Good: Getting All Bodies Outdoors
Meet the innovators and activists who are making their favorite sports more accessible to plus-size adventurers
It Happened Deep in a Cave in the Amazon
David Kushner went to the rainforest to write about a mysterious place and the people who go there. He never imagined the experience would change him forever.
Why We Love an Internet Dog
From adventurous sled dogs to aging golden retrievers, online canines make millions of people feel good about their day
Forces of Good: W. Kamau Bell Seeks a United America
The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own
Finding Freedom Through Climbing
As a city kid with a back condition, Maricela Rosales was an unlikely outdoor athlete. But scaling walls became her pathway to joy.
Nick Offerman Gets Down to Earth
The actor, woodworker, and dedicated outdoorsman offers up choice lessons for making a deeper connection with the world beyond your door