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)

Rob Krar’s Never-Ending Race

Rob Krar, an accomplished ultramarathon runner, has struggled with serious depression for decades. In leading ultramarathon camps with his wife, Christina Bauer, he’s discovered that more than a few of his campers battle depression and that while running for 100 miles can help keep the dark times at bay, being among those who understand helps even more.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,438 words)

I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country’s 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,300 words)

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)