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)

Drawing a Line in the Sand Over River Rights

A four-year battle over a tiny patch of river beach in Northern California Outillustrates the deep divide in how we perceive access rights to public lands

Source: Outside
Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,410 words)

Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival

Eva Holland attended Extreme Polar Training, a school that teaches how to survive what mother nature has to offer 2.5 degrees south of the Arctic circle. In addition to treacherous, bruising ice, it includes temperatures of -40F and wind so cold and strong it gives you a headache before it tries to blow you over. For Outside, she recounts the experience and the final exam — a weeklong 40 mile loop in the frozen Canadian north.

Source: Outside
Published: Feb 13, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,780 words)

Seeking the Lost Art of Growing Old with Intention

The life of Bernd Heinrich, septuagenarian naturalist, ultramarathoner and author, offers lessons for residents of our fractured digital world on the value of reconnecting with nature and staying grounded, even into retirement.

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 15, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,511 words)

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)