I Saw the World on Cruise Ships

“High school didn’t serve up much adventure, so Devin Murphy signed up to do grunt work on expedition ships that sailed to Alaska, Iceland, Antarctica, and other far-flung places. Turned out to be a pretty great idea.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 19, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,250 words)

An Oral History of the National Brotherhood of Skiers

“In March, the group made news after its summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, had a devastating encounter with the coronavirus—scores of members fell ill, and four died. Now it’s wrestling with how to leverage the momentum of a national reckoning with racism.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 5, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,585 words)

Journey to the Center of the Earth

“Explorer stories—from Columbus to Shackleton to Neil Armstrong—are predominantly about white men seeking the edges of the known world. Where did she fit in?”

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 28, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,484 words)

Leaving the Grace of This World

“More than 17 years ago, a successful Michigan attorney took his life on a cherished trout stream, devastating close friends and family. Haunted by what happened, his nephew investigated and discovered tragic truths that were in plain sight all along.”

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 10, 2020
Length: 41 minutes (10,445 words)

How eBird Changed Birding Forever

“Over the past two decades, eBird has become the go-to online platform for scientists and hobbyists alike to upload and share bird observations. But it has also transformed the process and etiquette of birding.”

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 4, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,859 words)

What’s Wrong with Jeb’s Brain?

“BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he’s embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind.”

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 18, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,602 words)

Meet the Woman Teaching the Psychology of Survival

“Unlike a broken bone, which is treated pretty much the same way every time, psychological injuries are more nuanced, she says, and intuition can lead well-intentioned guides astray.”

Author: Emily Sohn
Source: Outside
Published: Nov 9, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,693 words)

How Iceman Wim Hof Uncovered the Secrets to Our Health

“In a world addicted to comfort, it isn’t easy to convince a vast audience that what they really need is to take teeth-chattering swims and ice baths—but Hof has managed to do this.”

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 12, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

Out There, Nobody Can Hear You Scream

“Two years ago, Latria Graham wrote an essay about the challenges of being Black in the outdoors. Countless readers reached out to her, asking for advice on how to stay safe in places where nonwhite people aren’t always welcome. She didn’t write back, because she had no idea what to say. In the aftermath of a revolutionary spring and summer, she responds.”

Source: Outside
Published: Sep 21, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,512 words)

My Midlife Crisis as a Russian Sailor

“For a book project about 16th-century polar explorer William Barents, Andrea Pitzer needed to reach the remote Arctic island where he and his men came to grief. She booked passage on an expeditionary boat out of Murmansk, then headed north on a trip marked by unforgettable scenery, unexpected loss, and wild magic that changed her life.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,025 words)