How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace

From cougars to stalkers to falls down deep canyons, America’s 640 million acres of public land offer countless ways to disappear. The 1,600 people who already have is only an estimate, since no reliable system exists to track their numbers and cases, or to find them.

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,433 words)

Our Lady of Strays

The world’s greatest dog sanctuary is on a small farm in Costa Rica, where hundreds of canines run wild over the land—eating huge piles of food and slobbering happily on Lya Battle and her small band of dedicated volunteers.

Source: Outside
Published: Feb 22, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,826 words)

The Detective of Northern Oddities

A profile of Kathy Burek, a veterinary pathologist who performs necropsies on animals (whales, sea otters, polar bears) that mysteriously turn up dead in Alaska.

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,045 words)

What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?

In 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. No bodies were recovered at the crash site, and the plane’s black box was never found. More than 30 years later, two friends from Boston organized an expedition to figure out what happened.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 18, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7,296 words)

The Future of Disaster Relief Isn’t the Red Cross

Team Rubicon breaks rules to put veterans to work and assist people in need. Is this the facelift the aid industry needs?

Source: Outside
Published: Aug 25, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,009 words)

A Terrifying Journey Through the World’s Most Dangerous Jungle

Jason Motlagh joins US-bound migrants as they traverse the guerilla-ruled area around the Colombia-Panama border.

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 19, 2016
Length: 38 minutes (9,688 words)

The Man Who Created Bigfoot

When two Washington State cowboys went to Northern California in 1967 in search of the mythical Bigfoot, they shot some of the most scrutinized film in cryptozoology history, and created their own myth. This is the story of one of the gods in Bigfoot-hunting, “the original seer: the man who witnessed the unthinkable, who lived to tell the tale, and who has been harassed for what he swore was real.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 5, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,436 words)

The Most Successful Female Everest Climber of All Time Is a Housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut

Lhakpa Sherpa ​​has climbed Everest more than any other woman, but few people know her name. Part of the reason has been the media’s legacy of diminishing the accomplishments of Sherpa climbers, but also: “since 2004, she has been too frightened to speak to reporters.” That’s the year she says she was assaulted by her ex-husband, Everest summiter George Dijmarescu.

Source: Outside
Published: May 20, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,587 words)

Dave Morton Is Quitting Everest. Maybe. (It’s Complicated.)

A veteran mountain guide reconsiders his life’s work on Mount Everest after years of witnessing the tragic loss of everyone from outfitters and Sherpas to would-be climbers.

Author: Abe Streep
Source: Outside
Published: Apr 4, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,461 words)

The Cursed, Buried City That May Never See The Light of Day

The massive Egyptian city from Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘The Ten Commandments’ was Hollywood’s biggest ever set when it was built in the 1920s, and then it was buried in the sands of the California Coast.

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 8, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,500 words)