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)

Selfie Deaths Are an Epidemic

Recklessness, or natural evolution of an age-old impulse? “Th[e] impulse to fashion our image publicly has only increased in the digital age—which means it’s that much harder to get noticed.”

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 16, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,520 words)

Inside the First Afghan Women’s Ascent of Mount Noshaq

“In July, a group of Afghan women set out to climb 24,580-foot Mount Noshaq, their country’s highest mountain. No Afghan woman had ever reached the summit, and many challenges stood in their way, from hostile Afghan men who think that women shouldn’t exercise, to the terrorist attack in a district near the peak two days before the climb began.”

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 8, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,241 words)

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)