A Very Old Man for a Wolf

The story of Oregon’s first alpha-male wolf in generations — and of the man who tried to save him, until he couldn’t.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 30, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,714 words)

Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking’s Most Devious Con Man

A profile of thru-hiking scam artist Jeff Caldwell, a wolf in a puffy Marmot coat who started his life of crime by stealing from his friends. Later, using an outdoorsy trail persona, lies, and rugged good looks, he preyed on lonely single women and the elderly, conning them not only out of money, but also of their belief in the basic goodness of humanity.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 17, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,246 words)

How Jackson Hole Survived the Eclipse

Two years before the total solar eclipse, a professor warned Jackson Hole that their position within the path of totality would flood the town with thousands of eclipse-chasers, and that the town was unprepared. Here’s what happened next.

Source: Outside
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,190 words)

Patagonia’s Big Business of #Resist

A controlled rate of growth, responsible production methods and financial support of environmental causes ─ the Patagonia company has always run according to a strong philosophy, not just low-impact, but activist. It turns out that has been very good for business. Now it’s using its money and clout to fight the Trump administration, and urging other outdoor industry players to follow suit.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: Outside
Published: Jul 24, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,491 words)

Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?

“Not only are short-term rentals squeezing the last drops out of the housing supply, but more pro­foundly, they are threatening the very character that drew in locals—and tourists.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,671 words)

Why Lake Superior Is the Country’s Most Overlooked Playground

“I’ve spent the past 20 years writing about far-flung places, from Tasmania to Bhutan, and here I am awed by one of the most pristine, wild, and hard-to-reach regions in my own backyard.”

Source: Outside
Published: May 23, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,732 words)

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts

In California, massive nut heists were underway for two years before the industry figured out they were the target of a well-organized theft ring. “Nut theft has ­exploded into a statewide problem. More than 35 loads, worth at least $10 million, have gone missing since 2013.” At Outside, Peter Vigneron reports on these daring nut jobs, thought to be linked to a Russian organized crime ring.

Source: Outside
Published: May 24, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,789 words)

My Weekend at a Conference for the Super-Happy

In Miami, a motley crew of scientists, new-age gurus, and TED-flavored influencers join forces to help us all “choose happiness.”

Source: Outside
Published: May 4, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,177 words)

The Thieves Who Steal Sunken Warships, Right Down to the Bolts

How pirates are diving down to wrecks on the sea floor in search of scrap, and in the process are stealing 6500-ton ships — in their entirety — leaving only the imprint of the massive hulls on the sea floor.

Source: Outside
Published: May 2, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,398 words)

Going It Alone

Rahawa Haile shares her story of hiking the Appalachian Trail as a queer black woman in the spring of 2016 — traveling through hundreds of miles in states that staunchly supported Donald Trump in the election.

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,787 words)