Life, Death, and PTSD as a Ranger in the Tetons

As a climbing ranger in Grand Teton National Park, Drew Hardesty is one of those charged with rescuing lost and injured hikers, runners, and climbers. When things are good, he’s putting his life on the line, dangling 50 feet below a helicopter harnessed to a survivor. When things get bad, he’s bringing home the bodies.

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 6, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,979 words)

The First Dog Ascent of a 7,000-Meter Himalayan Peak

Does your heart require warming? Look no further than Mera, a very, very good dog.

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 3, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,920 words)

Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

The science that linked Vitamin D with certain ailments was incorrect. Unfortunately, many of us have spent too long popping D pills while shielding ourselves from the healthy thing we need to consume: sunlight.

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,238 words)

The Egg Thief

“We’ll go into the Rhondda Valley and see how many peregrines we can get—right under Andy McWilliam’s nose. You do the climbing. We’ll make millions.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 7, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,995 words)

Lost in the Valley of Death

The Parvati Valley in the Indian Himalayas — known for its overwhelming beauty — calls to those who want to shed their possessions as part of a quest for spiritual enlightenment. As Harley Rustad reports at Outside, it’s also known for a plethora of missing and (presumably murdered) Western adventure tourists.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 13, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,395 words)

When the Body Says No

In this poignant piece, longtime runner Christopher Solomon considers loss and the body’s inevitable decline as he recounts how his father helped him fall in love with running, what running has meant to him over the decades, and the injury that stands between him, daily roadwork, and the peace and joy that it can bring.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 17, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,167 words)

The FBI of the National Park Service

“There’s a pervasive idea that crime doesn’t happen in our national parks, that these bucolic monuments to nature inspire visitors to be more noble, law-abiding versions of themselves. But parks are filled with people, and people commit crimes.” Enter the little-known Investigative Services Branch (ISB).

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 16, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,548 words)

The Green Green Grass of Utah

Growth advocates in St. George, Utah want a billion-dollar pipeline to support a rising population. Conservationists don’t.
Source: Outside
Published: Aug 14, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,570 words)

Another Voyage for Madmen (And, This Time, One Woman)

Fifty years after the the first Golden Globe Race, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious — and loneliest — regatta on the planet.

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,652 words)

This Whippet Is One of the World’s Great Athletes

Christopher Solomon profiles the little-known sport of dock diving and one incredible athlete who already has five world records under his belt, or rather, collar: a 5-year-old whippet named Spitfire, Spitty for short.

Source: Outside
Published: Jun 18, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,883 words)