Want Your Kids to Feel Safe? Let Them Build Forts.

In early April, as COVID-19 tightened its grip and schools and businesses shut down, I started noticing a curious trend around my home in Durango, Colorado: forts. Lean-tos, rock structures, and other shelters cobbled together from natural materials began sprouting up near trails and on public lands as if by magic. And like magic, the forts […]

This Man Cycled 2,700 Miles for People of Color

On August 3, 2019, Jonny Altrogge found himself hiding behind the counter of a sandwich shop in El Paso, Texas. Half a mile down the road, a man had just walked into a Walmart and murdered 23 people in an act of racial violence, spurred by a belief that white Americans were being “replaced” by […]

Brooklyn Bell on Why Inclusion in the Outdoors Matters

On the banks of the mighty Columbia River, the mountain-bike trails around the town of Hood River are some of the best in the state. From fast and flowy to chunky and epic, there’s something for every type of rider. Plus, it’s only five hours from Brooklyn Bell’s home in Bellingham, Washington. So this past […]

How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Athletic Performance

The current status of research on sex differences in sports science brings to mind a famous quote from a friend of Mark Twain’s named Charles Dudley Warner: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” The problems with taking decades of research on mostly male subjects and simply assuming that the conclusions […]

Your Money Might Be Working Against the Environment

If you keep your money in a checking account with a major bank in the United States, there’s a good chance you’re inadvertently funding projects that directly negate the efforts you make to mitigate your climate impact. If you’re signed up with a big bank like Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, or Bank of America, bad […]

My Midlife Crisis as a Russian Sailor

I’m heading to the Arctic thinking about death. Lying facedown in the top bunk of an overnight train inching from Saint Petersburg toward the Russian port city of Murmansk, I have a berth waiting for me on an August expedition sailing north. I’m working on a book about Arctic explorers, and that means swimming in […]

Ride It Out

Denali mountaineering guides Kristin Arnold and Jason Denley are no strangers to adversity. So when the pandemic canceled their season, Arnold and Denley adapted, picking up odd jobs around their newly purchased home in Ouray, Colorado. Communities reliant on outdoor recreation can use your help. Pre-booking a trip for the future or purchasing gift cards are […]

The Outdoorsy Board Games Our Editors Love

Your family’s summer vacation may be looking a bit different this year. Gone are day camps, hours spent poolside, and amusement-park outings. While you could always send the little ones outside to cook up their own adventures (something we wholeheartedly endorse), in the event of rain, you’ll need a backup. Below, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite outdoorsy […]