How Iceman Wim Hof Uncovered the Secrets to Our Health

“In a world addicted to comfort, it isn’t easy to convince a vast audience that what they really need is to take teeth-chattering swims and ice baths—but Hof has managed to do this.”

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 12, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream

“Two years ago, Latria Graham wrote an essay about the challenges of being Black in the outdoors. Countless readers reached out to her, asking for advice on how to stay safe in places where nonwhite people aren’t always welcome. She didn’t write back, because she had no idea what to say. In the aftermath of a revolutionary spring and summer, she responds.”

Source: Outside
Published: Sep 21, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,512 words)

My Midlife Crisis as a Russian Sailor

“For a book project about 16th-century polar explorer William Barents, Andrea Pitzer needed to reach the remote Arctic island where he and his men came to grief. She booked passage on an expeditionary boat out of Murmansk, then headed north on a trip marked by unforgettable scenery, unexpected loss, and wild magic that changed her life.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,025 words)

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)