Love and Loss in the Mountains

“He has a story he wants to share, about what life looks like afterward. It does not offer Five Easy Steps to Bury Your Pain. He knows how deeply loss can cleave a person. But he also learned that we need other people to help pull us clear of the wreckage.”



Source: Outside
Published: Aug 2, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,355 words)

How to Grieve for a Very Good Dog

“When Sunny was euthanized in my backyard two days earlier, I knew that adjusting to life without her would be hard. What happened instead was more like a tsunami of grief that swept me out to sea. Now that I’m pushing 60, I thought I was fully experienced in coping with the death of loved ones. But the sadness from losing Sunny was far greater than what I had previously endured after the passing of my parents, grandparents, and other dogs. I was surprised and somewhat terrified that I had the capacity to cry so much.”



Source: Outside
Published: Sep 2, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,753 words)

It’s No Fun to Wake a Sleeping Bear

“Although bicycle accidents and dog bites result in far more human injuries and deaths in Alaska than bear attacks do, the image of an aggressive bear dwells among our greatest wildlife fears and fascinations.”

Source: Outside
Published: Aug 11, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,216 words)

Is Kanoa Igarashi the LeBron of Surfing?

“I think Kanoa is rightly looking at this moment”—when he will represent Japan in the Olympics, the most-watched sporting event on earth—“and thinking, This is when I can be, honest to goodness, for a few days, the biggest athlete on earth.””




Source: Outside
Published: Jul 19, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,656 words)

In the World of Ultralight Hiking, Everything Weighs Something

“The lasting effect Buckskin Gulch had on me isn’t pain or surgery. No, walking up the Paria River Canyon next to Glen and Dan and David and Bill and Matthew and Ed and Ben, the indelible impressions of the experience are the light, the dark, the sun, the moon, the reds, the browns, the cold, the warmth, the wet, the dry, the oxygen, the effort, the monotony, the catharsis, the purity, and the epiphany.”


Author: Ali Selim
Source: Outside
Published: Jul 14, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,126 words)

My Dad’s Last Tour de France

“My dad gave me his hearty laugh and his boyish eyes, but he could also be stoic, gruff, and comically reserved with his emotions. He’d ask how my car was running, and I understood that he loved me. Watching the Tour together, I cherished that, though my dad had never competed, he understood the sport, and through it, he seemed to understand me.”

Author: Ian Dille
Source: Outside
Published: Jun 28, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,942 words)

The Crystal Hunters of Chamonix

“Elías was drawn to crystal hunting as an antidote to conventional alpinism, which in his view had become all about speed. ‘With alpinism today, the goal is to spend as little time as possible in the mountains,’ he told me later. ‘As a cristallier, you spend real time in the mountains. Days, days, days. That changes everything. It changes your relationship with the geography.'”

Author: Simon Akam
Source: Outside
Published: Jun 8, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,868 words)

When the Techies Took Over Tahoe

“Cross-country skiing past a trail post carved with the words “Locals Only” doesn’t feel good. Neither does being evicted mid-pandemic because someone with more money wants to move in. Both beg a very American question that’s long been asked at the intersection of rural and urban, between the haves and have-nots.”

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 15, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,804 words)

The Plot to Kill the Olympics

“Just as the pandemic inspired political and social change the world over, so, during the course of 2020, did many of the bigger Olympic sports experience a quiet remaking.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 19, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,357 words)

The Leg at the Bottom of the Sea

“Sebastian realized he’d found an artificial leg and started laughing. How does someone lose that?”

Source: Outside
Published: May 24, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,391 words)