The Cave Kingpin Buying Up America’s Underground

“John Ackerman has spent millions procuring a majority of the known caves in Minnesota, which add up to dozens of miles of underground passageways and likely make him the largest cave owner in the U.S. He collects and charts them in the name of preservation, but his controversial methods have created many opponents.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jun 17, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,175 words)

Walking Is Making a Major Comeback

“Our journeys vary in scale. But we walk to be transformed, to return home a different person than the one who left. The best reason to walk, though, is because we can.”

Author: Gloria Liu
Source: Outside
Published: Jun 8, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,560 words)

The True Story of the White Island Eruption

” It was supposed to be a routine six-hour tour, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island’s otherworldly caldera. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we’re willing to take when lives hang in the balance.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 15, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,610 words)

The Frontier Couple Who Chose Death Over Life Apart

“Artist Eric Bealer was living the remote, rugged good life in coastal Alaska with his wife, Pam, an MS sufferer, when they made a dramatic decision: to exit this world together, leaving behind precise instructions for whoever entered their cabin first. Eva Holland investigates the mysteries and meaning of an adventurous couple who charted their own way out.”

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,945 words)

Everything on ‘Naked and Afraid’ Is Real—and I Lived It

“I even made a plan for moments during the challenge that I didn’t want filmed: I would sing songs with expensive licensing fees so that Discovery couldn’t use the footage. The Beatles were famously pricey, right? If I got diarrhea, I’d sing ‘Hey Jude’ at the top of my lungs.”

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,822 words)

How the Nike Vaporfly War Was Lost

The debate about the Nike Vaporfly trainers has highlighted ongoing issues around technology in footwear.

Source: Outside
Published: Feb 4, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,638 words)

The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness

“After tragedy followed Hugo Sanchez from El Salvador to Canada, he started photographing the northern lights, finding a new sense of purpose in the wintertime sky.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 6, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,121 words)

Rob Krar’s Never-Ending Race

Rob Krar, an accomplished ultramarathon runner, has struggled with serious depression for decades. In leading ultramarathon camps with his wife, Christina Bauer, he’s discovered that more than a few of his campers battle depression and that while running for 100 miles can help keep the dark times at bay, being among those who understand helps even more.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,438 words)

I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country’s 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,300 words)

Cornhole Is a Pro Sport Now

The American Cornhole League wants to turn a game that’s typically played with one hand holding a beer—and possibly named for an indecent part of the human body—into an international spectator sport.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)