Did My Uncle Drown or Was He Murdered?

“My family has always been suspicious of the circumstances surrounding Easter’s death. They just don’t add up. Easter, an island man accustomed to warm Caribbean waters, would not have risked his life by choosing to swim on a cool night in a dark, cold coastal lake.”

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 22, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,552 words)

The Wave of Body Positivity Is Finally Coming to Surfing

“Another reason for surfing’s lag behind the times may simply be that, until recently, it could languish in the obscurity that comes with being a relatively tiny, navel-gazing subculture.”

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,673 words)

The Epic Battle to Break the Mississippi River Canoe Record

By day 14, Mile Marker Zero was nearing the end, but the river was taking its toll. With the new support boat on the water and a huge push from an Ohio River raging from the rain, it should have been racking up time. But it wasn’t. The record was slipping away. Two days after the big storm south of Cairo, and one day after the giant whirlpool, the team’s lead was less than four and a half hours.

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 3, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,402 words)

This Elite Cowboy College Finally Let Women In. But Don’t Say It’s Changing.

“When Deep Springs went coed, the student body voted to place a two-year moratorium on all media, in an attempt to keep the first class of women from feeling watched. I was the first journalist allowed in after the moratorium lifted, but that happened only after months of back-and-forth and the establishment of ground rules.”

Author: Tessa Love
Source: Outside
Published: Nov 1, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,181 words)

The Thinking Man’s Guide to Hitting a Moose

“I’m really sorry it happened and really glad I survived. Notes on the flabbergasting climax of an Alaska road trip that changed my life.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 21, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

Why Drones Are the Future of Outdoor Search and Rescue

“The dividing line—civilization there, wilderness here—was so apparent from up high. You wouldn’t be able to mark it clearly on a map, but Garrett and Burgin were over the edge, lost on the wild side. And now they were found—in four minutes.”

 

 

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,726 words)

Nature Is Medicine. But What’s the Right Dose?

“Their tagline is ‘delivering technology to assess and promote nature exposure,’ and their initial vision was an app that would keep track of how much time you spend in natural environments.”

Source: Outside
Published: Sep 14, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,277 words)

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)