The Crystal Hunters of Chamonix

“Elías was drawn to crystal hunting as an antidote to conventional alpinism, which in his view had become all about speed. ‘With alpinism today, the goal is to spend as little time as possible in the mountains,’ he told me later. ‘As a cristallier, you spend real time in the mountains. Days, days, days. That changes everything. It changes your relationship with the geography.'”

Author: Simon Akam
Source: Outside
Published: Jun 8, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,868 words)

When the Techies Took Over Tahoe

“Cross-country skiing past a trail post carved with the words “Locals Only” doesn’t feel good. Neither does being evicted mid-pandemic because someone with more money wants to move in. Both beg a very American question that’s long been asked at the intersection of rural and urban, between the haves and have-nots.”

Source: Outside
Published: Apr 15, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,804 words)

The Plot to Kill the Olympics

“Just as the pandemic inspired political and social change the world over, so, during the course of 2020, did many of the bigger Olympic sports experience a quiet remaking.”

Author: Alex Perry
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 19, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,357 words)

The Leg at the Bottom of the Sea

“Sebastian realized he’d found an artificial leg and started laughing. How does someone lose that?”

Source: Outside
Published: May 24, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,391 words)

The First Rule of Bite Club? Talk About It.

“The odds of being attacked by a shark are less than one in 11 million, which makes it nearly impossible to find people to turn to when you become that one. Enter a support group of survivors called the Bite Club—the most exclusive club nobody wants to join.”

Source: Outside
Published: May 10, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Emily Ford Hiked 1,200 Miles in the Dead of Winter

Ford hiked, instead, for many of the same reasons that “lanky white dudes” or anyone else might take to the woods: to pay attention to herself, to have space to think through the life she had led for 28 years and where she wanted it to go.

Source: Outside
Published: May 4, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,276 words)

My Month of Doing 100 Wheelies a Day

“In her quest to master a quintessential cool-kid trick, a writer found the sweet spot at the crossroads of work and play.”

Author: Kim Cross
Source: Outside
Published: Mar 15, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,550 words)

Notes from a Moab Trailer

“I didn’t hear from her. I had flings with other women, but nobody equaled her. Unable to maintain a relationship, I got a dog, a heeler mutt puppy I saw in a cardboard box at the supermarket. I named her Sadie. When Wendy returned a year or so later, she was with a new guy, a fisherman, long hair and a beard, engaged to marry.”

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 23, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,665 words)

We Had Marlon Brando’s Island Utopia to Ourselves

“Dad liked everything that lived on this island,” his son Teihotu told a filmmaker in 2016. “We did a lot of stargazing on the beach, we sailed on the full moon. A lot of not talking. Just looking. At this place, you have all the answers.”

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,587 words)

The Final Descent of Dean Cummings

““This isn’t a tale of savagery,” said former H2O lead guide turned Cummings nemesis Will Spilo. “This is a tale of mental illness.””

Source: Outside
Published: Feb 22, 2021
Length: 44 minutes (11,237 words)