The Wellness Products That Our Editors Loved in 2020

This year, Outside launched a new Health column, Well Spent, where our staffers and writers gush over their favorite wellness products. And gush they did. From a favorite coffee to a cure-all CBD balm, we’ve rounded up the lot to give you an easy gift guide for your wellness-focused loved ones. Sachi Organics Rejuvenation Pillow ($96)  (Photo: Courtesy Sachi Organics) Filled […]

17-Year-Old Tierney Wolfgram’s Meteoric Rise

Conventional wisdom holds that the most promising career trajectory for an elite runner is to start out with shorter distances on the track and target longer events later on. For one thing, the idea is that when raw speed and anaerobic potential start to decline, professional athletes can still be competitive on the roads where […]

The Press Misreported Emily Harrington’s Record

In 1993, Lynn Hill did something that no one else—man or woman—had ever done in the history of climbing, despite years of attempts: she completed the first free ascent of the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite. And then, because she’s such a rock star, Hill returned the following year and free-climbed the Nose again—this […]

A Camp Cot Is the Key to Sleeping Well in the Woods

Cots are not a new technology. George Washington used one that folded out of a trunk when he traveled during the Revolutionary War. If you grew up watching M.A.S.H., you’ll remember the cot as a key set piece in Hawkeye’s “Swamp.” The military still uses them on a regular basis, but recently they’ve been given new life for the […]

A Parent’s Guide to Hiking with a Chatterbox

My wife and I are about an hour into a hike up Atalaya Peak, a 9,000-foot mountain overlooking our hometown of Santa Fe. It’s a moderately difficult six-mile trail to the top and back, and we’ve just arrived at the final stretch, where the ascent gets steep. Our only child, 11-year-old Henry, is still talking. […]

The Best Hiking Pants for Women

Hiking pants are an essential piece of any outdoor kit: they defend your legs against weather, UV rays, and many natural hazards. Some can even serve double duty as acceptable business-casual wear (at least in some offices). But a good pair can be hard to find. This is especially true for women, since there are so many variables at […]

How Data from a Little Wrist Strap Can Change Your Life

The job description for the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians includes tasks such as “detonate and demolish hazardous munitions, pyrotechnics, and outdated explosives” and “perform parachute or helicopter insertion operations.” It’s like The Hurt Locker, only sometimes they have to deactivate mines underwater, too. But what if there was a tool EOD technicians […]

‘Save Yourselves!’ Is a Surprisingly Fun Disaster Movie

Who could forget the story of the group that went on a 25-day Grand Canyon river trip in February and returned as some of the last people to hear about COVID-19’s arrival in America? Oh, do you also feel that everything that happened in early March is a distant memory from a past life? Or perhaps […]

Will This Virtual Outdoor Gear Trade Show Ever Happen?

Amath Diouf landed his very first job in the outdoor industry in June as the chair of a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee and a marketing coordinator for a new virtual outdoor event called Thin Air. It was a dream for Diouf, a Black writer and hiker based in North Carolina, who’d wanted to […]

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Flashlight

Why buy a dedicated flashlight instead of just using the one built into your smartphone? As you’ve probably noticed, running your phone’s light quickly runs down the battery while providing a very limited amount of illumination. Worse, holding your phone securely while shining its light may feel awkward, particularly in the dark while you’re trying to work on something. And […]