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Iceland’s Best Waterfall Runs

Check out some of the best waterfalls runs in Iceland featuring Aniol Serrasolses, Eric parker and the Wells brothers (Todd and Brendan). The footage …

Iceland

Was Thoreau Just a Slacker and a Hypocrite?

Few writers have had reputations so unfairly maligned by cynical character assassination as Henry David Thoreau. A masterful new biography rescues him from these shallow attacks.<p>About my eleventh grade English class, I remember very little, and none of it very pleasant. Miss Elizabeth Kapp, a stern …

Literature

Jimmy Chin’s brushes with death and the “greatest athletic human feat”

VAIL — Imagine executing a flawless, Olympic-level gymnastics routine, says world-renowned photographer, director and mountaineer Jimmy Chin.“It has …

Outdoors

Mt Resolution and the South Knob

South Knob of Mt Resolution (middle right ledge)Mt Resolution (3415′) is an open summit at the south end of the Montablan Range, just off the Davis …

Adventure Travel

Alex Honnold’s Perfect Climb

In the first light of dawn on June 3rd, two rock climbers approached the base of El Capitan, the towering stone heart of Yosemite National Park. They were first overwhelmed—everyone is—by the sweep of golden granite reaching twenty-seven hundred feet into the sky. Then they noticed a lone figure, …

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

Destination: Two Long-Weekend Canoe Routes on the French River, Ontario

<b>Photos and words by Shawn James</b><p>The French River<p>To call your self a backcountry camper in Ontario, Canada, an overnight trip on the French River is a …

How to Land More Fish With a Fly Rod: Tips and Techniques For Keeping Your Fish On The Line

When it comes to learning how to cast, read the water, and make a presentation to fish with a fly rod, there is no shortage of information available. …

Best Paddling Towns: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Fayetteville (pop. 3,000) sits on the edge of the New River Gorge, and just down the road from the Gauley River. As such, it has become a mecca for …

Travel

Native American governments are calling Trump but he won’t pick up the phone

The White House is picking a costly, long fight in Utah, tribal leaders say.<p>President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are ignoring the …

Bears Ears National Monument

Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus

Summer is nearly here, and it’s bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and …

Public Health

10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parks

To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernesses<p>Canada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes …

National Parks

Kayaking Upper Cherry Creek in California part 3

The 40 Most Significant Tools and Toys Ever Designed

For 40 years, <i>Outside</i> has tested and ranked gear that allows us to venture farther, go faster, and do both more comfortably. The following products are the ones that truly stood out for their sheer inventiveness and impact.<p><b>DJI Phantom 1 Drone</b><p>Good consumer drones really didn’t exist until the 2013 …

Swiss Army Knives

Alex Honnold and Renan Ozturk To Attempt One of the Toughest Free-Climbs in North America

While we're obviously still gearing up for a very busy Himalayan climbing season in the days ahead, there are other interesting expeditions in the …

Outdoors

Paddle the Parks: Apostle Islands National Park

No Better Place<p><b>Apostle Islands National Park, Wisconsin</b> <b><br>By Dave Costello</b><p>The sun is setting, but we can’t see it inside the cave. Twilight spills in …

How Wolves Change Rivers

Yellowstone National Park

Interview: E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin on Scaling "Meru"

Some men may claim they’d scale mountains to win the love of their future wives, but Jimmy Chin actually did it. He just didn’t know it for a couple …

The 40 Most Iconic Places on the Planet

For 40 years, <i>Out</i>side has sent writers on first descents of rivers, explored the latest fads in fitness and nutrition, watched Everest go from the proving ground of serious mountaineers to a playground for rich explorers, and tested more gear than we could possibly count. As part of our 40th …

Alpe d'Huez

Legendary Swiss route re-climbed

For a quarter-century, no one was able to repeat the “Metanoia” route up Switzerland’s notorious Eiger North Face that American climbing legend Jeff …

European News

25 Days of Gear: Bending Branches Sunburst

<b>($215, bendingbranches.com)</b><p>Some like the flex and response of a wood paddle; some like the weight of carbon for long miles. I like both. So when it …

Lessons Learned: Harvest from a 400-mile sea kayak voyage

400 miles in 40 days! I did stick an exclamation point there, yet in truth, for a veteran sea kayaker, a voyage like that shouldn’t necessarily be …

Featured Destination: Bayfield, Wisconsin

Kayaking around Bayfield, Wisconsin, can feel like soaring, as Lake Superior’s water clarity reaches 100 feet in some places. With the Apostle …

Rides: Denise Hurt’s 14.5-foot Lincoln Chebeague

If you imagine a 61-year old accounting office administrator’s beloved Fluffy, you might picture a snow-white Pomeranian poking its head out of her …

Entry is Free to Canada's National Parks in 2017

01 of 06<p>Banff National Park<p>Canada's first national park is arguably also its most beautiful. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, …

National Parks

Go Take a Hike! 50 of the Best U.S. Hiking Trails

<i>Have You Hiked the Featured Trail in Your State?</i> <i><br>-- By Melissa Rudy, Staff Writer</i><br>Hiking isn’t just a great way to get fit: For many, it’s a way to …

Adventure Travel

Magical Photos of Winter in Finland Under the Northern Lights

Born and based in beautiful Lapland, Finland, nature photographer Tiina Törmänen is never short on inspiration. A real-life winter wonderland, the Finnish Lapland is renowned for its sparkling, snowy landscapes lit by starry skies and the spectacular Northern Lights. Törmänen captures this seasonal …

Iceland

Mountain Climber Conrad Anker Survives Heart Attack at 20K Feet

Famed American mountaineer Conrad Anker knew something was very wrong. He was six pitches up at nearly 20,000 feet, attempting to summit Lunag-Ri, …

Outdoors