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)

I Was Flying to Montana to Bury My Son

On a plane ride over the Mountain West, a grieving father retraces his adventurous youth and searches for solace in the rugged landscapes that molded him.

Source: Outside
Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,200 words)

Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?

“Maybe not in our hearts, but certainly in our brains. Plus, they can make you love the indoors far too much—which is why there’s now a full-fledged, woodsy rehab center for joystick addicts who need a soothing pathway back to a normal life.”

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,676 words)

The Nepali Women Who Deliver Birth Control by Hiking

“Staff members of Marie Stopes International navigate wild bulls, treacherous singletrack, and rushing rivers to make long-term birth control accessible to some of the hardest-to-access places in Nepal.”

Source: Outside
Published: Sep 20, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,122 words)

The Tragedy on Howse Peak

In April, celebrated alpinists alpinists David Lama, Jess Roskelley, and Hansjörg Auer died in an avalanche on Mount Howse — a terrible and unpredictable but known risk of the sport. How do participants in a sport where death is a semi-regular occurrence  cope?

Author: Nick Heil
Source: Outside
Published: Aug 28, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,286 words)

We Tried to Do Vanlife Right. It Broke Us Down.

“Whether I realized it or not, I’d thought of vanlife as a sort of test for my interest in adventure, the outdoors, freedom…Here’s what living out of a van was: a massive stretch of raw adventure and also an earthquake, destabilizing my life, showing me I didn’t really know all that much about risk, privilege, happiness, failure, and my own mental state. When it was all over, I got to see what had crumbled—and what hadn’t. That was vanlife’s gift to me.”

Source: Outside
Published: Aug 8, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,749 words)

This Is the Beginning of the End of the Beef Industry

Grossly inefficient and often just gross, beef looks increasingly antiquated as alternative meats keep improving.

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,492 words)

Murder in the Moroccan Mountains

What happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence?

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 29, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral

“[W]hile strangers on the internet accused Valérie of being irresponsible for bringing her baby into bear country, every parent in Whitehorse knows that a bear could wander across their driveway or through their yard someday. Our whole lives are lived in bear country.”

Source: Outside
Published: May 23, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,782 words)

He Trots the Air

“The end was coming for Roany, a strong and beautiful horse who’d been at the center of Pam Houston’s life for 25 years. What she wanted for him was simple: a peaceful exit, lifted by the touch of human hands.”

Source: Outside
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,489 words)