Six of the world’s leading climbers take on one of the world’s last great climbing frontiers: Queen Maud Land
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In September 2017, Outside published a feature about the ‘Berserk,’ a ship that went missing in 2011 off the coast of Antarctica with three men aboard. The expedition leader, Jarle Andhoy, disagreed with the story we published, which contained some factual errors, and with our portrayal of the lost men of the ‘Berserk.’ He also believed that the story left out crucial information about the days before the ship’s disappearance. Outside editor in chief Christopher Keyes interviewed Andhoy and his lawyer, Gunnar Nerdrum Aagaard, to better understand new details the two have gathered, which may help explain what happened to the men on board.
The bestselling author’s latest novel was informed by years of researching the history of female aviation and traveling to far-flung places
In his new book ‘A Most Remarkable Creature,’ indie musician and writer Jonathan Meiburg travels to the bottom of the planet to investigate a very strange bird of prey that puzzled Darwin himself
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
A supposedly fun thing I would absolutely do again
Colin O'Brady completed the first solo crossing of the Antarctic landmass under his own power and with no resupplies in 2018. In this excerpt from his new memoir, 'The Impossible First,' he reveals the moment that nearly ended his historic feat.
And our world will never be the same
Some bucket-list destinations will be more budget-friendly than ever this year. Here's where to go to make your dollar stretch.
Mark your calendar: it's time to do or see something big next year. Here's how to pull it off.
The siblings essentially crossed finish lines together in high school track. Moving far apart and facing their own demons, they found that the bond of running holds fast.
The Canadian pilot has summited Mount Everest, biked the Arctic, and rowed across the Atlantic
The explorer’s crossing of Antarctica put him in the spotlight. His skill in presenting himself to audiences hungry for vulnerable heroes will keep him there.
Some incredible pups have accompanied explorers (or even gone solo into the unknown) over the centuries
You can try to book your epic adventure by spending hours online. Or you can save time, money, and hassle by using a travel agent.
From Yosemite’s famed granite to Patagonian towers, these pitches are every bit as legendary as the climber himself
On polar madness and other games the Arctic plays with the human brain
Trekking the span of the frigid southernmost continent alone and unaided demands durable equipment
Soul-sucking whiteouts and not enough food stymied the polar explorer’s best efforts
The renowned polar explorer is on a solo, unassisted, and unsupported South Pole speed record attempt
The North Face sent six of its climbers to the Wolf’s Jaw massif in the Queen Maud Land territory in search of first ascents
Prepare for lots of screaming (most of it from Adam Ondra)
Colin O’Brady thinks it’s possible—but just barely—to haul enough calories to traverse the continent. Here’s how.
The first Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing event held in 1968, was a mixture of triumph, tragedy, and madness—all chronicled in a classic bestselling book and recent BBC movie. Fifty years later, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious—and loneliest—regatta on the planet.
A new study has reignited the contentious debate about what led to the explorer's demise in 1912
David Grann’s New Yorker story about a doomed Antarctic adventurer was a spellbinding read. But as he—and Outside—seem to forget, other people had already done what Worsley was trying to pull off.
The true story of one Antarctica-bound boat and several unexpected crew members
We caught up with the British explorer ahead of his attempt to cross a 1,000-mile swath of Antarctica hauling 300 pounds of gear—completely unassisted
When Antarctica hits you with the worst storm in decades, sinks your boat, and drowns your crew, there’s only one way to react: get another ship and go back for more
A team of scientists are drilling into some of the world’s highest glaciers to learn about our planet’s past before the ice disappears forever
John Huston explored the North Pole, South Pole, and everything in between. Now he's moving into uncharted territory as the father of newborn twins.
Need sunglasses for climbing, mountaineering, or traveling through snow and ice? We tested three pairs across three continents and two hemispheres to find out how they stack up.
Cold-water swimmer Lewis Pugh has stroked across a glacial lake and around icebergs in the Antarctic. What’s his secret?
Nature writer and Explorers Club fellow Barry Lopez once wrote that Antarctica’s landscape “retained Earth’s primitive link, however tenuous, with space, with the void that stretched out to Jupiter and Uranus.” It is a place so alien and removed from civilization that, as Lopez put it, “the light itself is aloof.”
You can read about wild and remote places all you want, but nothing compares to experiencing them yourself. That's what filmmaker Hugo Perrin and the Fokus Outdoors crew realized during a trip with Quark Expeditions to Antarctica—their research about the wildlife and landscape of the southernmost point…
From epic skiing in Antarctica to a lazy beer-fueled canoe trip in North Carolina, these are the best places to visit this year
Stock your physical and digital library with these must-read and must-see works that capture the fun, danger, and beauty of the cold.
One of the world's great polar explorers died on January 24 after traveling alone across Antarctica for 71 days
All the exhilaration of a good old-fashioned adventure, without the risk of having to eat your tripmates
German explorer Martin Szwed claims to have shattered the speed record for a solo ski to the South Pole last year. He has revealed no GPS data, no photos—no proof whatsoever that he even attempted the journey. Since his return from the icy continent, he has lost his house, job, and sponsors and is the subject of two investigations by the German government. Should anyone believe him?
The Exercise Ice Maiden group enters the harsh climate to gather scientific data and break gender barriers
In 'Think South,' Cathy de Moll explains how a team of explorers pulled off one of the 20th century’s most challenging expeditions
With 75,000 horsepower and the ability to smash through 20 feet of ice, the Polar Star is the country's last ship capable of deep Antarctic missions. She's also 10 years past her retirement date with no replacement in sight.
Snagging a trip to Antarctica has never been so simple. Still, it's one of the trickiest places in the world to visit. Here are the five ways to get there.
What happens when you take away the road, the cheerful volunteers handing out energy gels, and most of your sanity? You get some of the gnarliest races out there.
Swiss explorer Mike Horn looks to grind out a big first—again.
On the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's legendary expedition, a writer retraces the explorer's steps to one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth.
If the thought of seeing a real life march of the penguins gives you happy feet, then you’re in luck. There are actually a number of places you can witness the exultant event, and they’re not all in Antarctica. Although the earth’s icy, southernmost continent does contain a number of…
Francis Sheil, lead chef at the Palmer Station in Antarctica, has spent a total of 62 months of “ice time” and two complete (nine-month) winter seasons at the South Pole. Sheil has plenty of advice for cold-weather cooks, even if they don’t encounter Antarctic conditions as he…
Teenager sets new world record for the fastest unsupported trek from Antarctic coast to South Pole
Here are five choices worth traveling for: Eat and drink in a Mexican cave at Alux Bar and Lounge. At approximately 6,000 years old, the Sunland “Big Baobab” is the widest of its species. The inside of the tree is cavernous and contains the world-famous Baobab Tree Bar. Tip…
The extreme polar explorer on rock lifting, noodles, and scheduling conflicts
A team of explorers aims to conquer one of the last polar firsts: crossing Antarctica in winter
Outside chooses the top vacation spots of the year
A conversation with Tim Jarvis as he prepares to set out with a crew of five men to repeat Ernest Shackleton's 800-mile open-boat crossing of the South Atlantic
A team of adventurers plays a risky game of dress-up
Michael Wigge has made two trips around the world: For one, he relied on strangers for food and accommodation; for the other, he bartered, trading a single apple for, eventually, a home in Hawaii, which he now owns. We caught up with him before his next adventure.
What started as a simple idea four years ago finally ended last week when Graham Hughes became the first person to visit all 201 countries without setting foot on an airplane
Len Stanmore, 60, is currently in Antarctica, competing in one of the world's most grueling footraces. If he completes it, he'll not only be a one-time overweight retiree who got sick of the golf course, but also the first person to climb the Seven Summits, ski to both poles, and complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.
Meet the men and women on the knife's edge of exploration
Get your life list out—here are some of our all-time favorites
Start off 2012 right, with a trip to one of the world’s wildest destinations
Defending the man who didn't come back
How does ultrarunner Ray Zahab—who became famous for expeditions traversing the harshest terrain on earth—up the ante? By taking high school kids on his next series of trips.
Arctic adventurer Lynne Cox tackles the legend of Roald Amundsen
Famed explorer Alan Arnette gives us the inside scoop on what he wears to stay warm in the South Pole
Presenting 25 of the best adventure, investigative, and nature documentaries ever. Plus: the best of a new generation of action films.
We polled the sharp-eyed nomads we trust most and came up with a bucket list of the best trips for getting the best shots around the world.
Excellent animal encounters abound on winter's five best wildlife cruises
Two men, a continent, and the mother of all polar duels
Outside's guide to the 95 coolest trips, the world's top new adventure travel spots, and the ten accessories you can't go without.
So, feeling like a plunge down a Himalayan river, a race up the face of a Patagonian spire, or a ski expedition to the North (or South—that's O.K. too) Pole? Feeling a little scared? That's why we call them Tough Trips.