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The man who rode Cathedral Rock
Underground legend Simon Bosman, who grew up in the Rhodesian bush before becoming Sedona's first resident mountain biker, pedals on the brink of peril and potential
Bike
September 2017

Overexposed
When alpinist and photographer Cory Richards dug himself out of an avalanche in 2011, he emerged alive but scarred—an ascendant star in a community that tends to shun the very idea that trauma can have lasting effects. As his profile climbed ever higher, his career and personal life imploded. Six years later, one of the world’s best artist-adventurers comes clean about the panic attacks, PTSD, and alcohol abuse that nearly killed him
Outside
August 2017
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Breck Epic dispatch No. 4
Reflections from a grueling week
Bike
August 2017

Breck Epic dispatch No. 3
The battle to win the closest race in history rages on
Bike
August 2017

Breck Epic dispatch No. 2
Wherein we cross the Continental Divide twice, much to one racer's astonishment
Bike
August 2017

Breck Epic dispatch No. 1
The first in a weeklong series from inside one of the world's hardest mountain-bike races
Bike
August 2017

Taming the Savage Mountain
At age 54, Slovenian grandfather Davo Karnicar, still the only person to ski Mt. Everest, chases another unprecedented objective
The Red Bulletin
September 2017

I survived
Adventurers around the country detail how they lived through a series of near-death experiences
Men's Health
July 2017

The race to ski the world's most dangerous peak
K2 has never been skied from top to bottom, but two daring adventurers hope to change that this year
Outside Online
July 2017

Warm front
Salida, a former railroad town on Colorado's Banana Belt, beckons winter-worn cyclists from near and far. But is its surging popularity good for the town?
Bike
July 2017

The last days of Ueli Steck
How the world’s best alpinist made a last-second decision that would take his life
Outside Online
May 2017

Stone walled
How a Massachusetts watershed became the fiercest fat-tire battleground in America. Part 4 in a series
Bike
April 2017

Casualties of Wilderness
The untold story of why Montana remains the controversial epicenter of riding on federal land. Part 3 in a series
Bike
April 2017

Where tradition meets progress
Nowhere is access more polarizing or perplexing than in Northern California, the birthplace of the sport. Part 2 in a series
Bike
March 2017

The vitality of trust
Can land managers trust mountain bikers to play by the rules? Part 1 in a series on MTB access nationwide
Bike
March 2017

The ski king of the Southwest
James Coleman is snapping up small ski areas in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. As warming temperatures shorten the winter season and the West contends with drought, his strategy begs a question: Why?
Outside Online
February 2017

The most dangerous ride on snow
Skijoring—being towed on skis by a horse—seems simple enough. But when you add gates, big jumps, hanging rings, and 1,000-pound animals blasting through snow at high speeds, the real action begins. Sometimes, sadly, it's tinged with tragedy
SKI
February 2017

Top to bottom
For decades, some of the biggest stars in skiing have struggled with substance abuse—none more destructively than former big-mountain prodigy Aaron Estrada. As Estrada tells his story for the first time, can a sport that has always been inextricably linked with partying learn where to draw the line?
Mountain
Winter 2016

Cold warrior
Ski-mountaineering and life secrets from a Soviet-era U.S. Army Green Beret
Summit Magazine
Winter 2016

Something like a phenomenon
How has ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin become the most untouchable force on snow?
The Red Bulletin
December 2016

'It really freaks me out'
Storied ski brand K2 and others are on the chopping block. What happens next could cripple the snowsports industry
Outside Online
November 2016

Seeking direction
There has always been a fine line between the benefits of backcountry-skiing guidebooks and exposing local secrets. But with more people heading off piste now than ever, is it time to reevaluate how they’re written and what role they should play?
Backcountry
September 2016

Balancing act
Why Mike McCormack might be the most dynamic figure in the bike industry
Bike
September 2016

Hell on two wheels
The best American mountain biker in a generation has had to overcome heartbreaking tragedy to reach his pinnacle
Outside
August 2016

Adventure athletes are the new diplomats
For the past 15 years the U.S. has been recruiting pro baseball and basketball players to serve as diplomatic envoys to Muslim nations. No we’ve begun sending adventurers abroad to build good will
Outside Online
July 2016

Mind full of risk
The complicated task of living fully, inches away from disaster
Elevation Outdoors
June 2016

Road to nowhere
How a group of mountain bikers in Vernal, Utah, stood up to big oil ... and won
Bike
May 2016

Is social media screwing over explorers?
Young, tech-savvy adventurers are taking sponsors and funding away from grizzled, old-school explorers who aren’t strong on Facebook and Twitter. But they don’t always pull off the awesome feats they say they will
Outside Online
April 2016

Skiing's 158-mph man
Italy's Simone Origone holds the world record for the fastest speed on skis. Can he break 160 mph?
Outside
March 2016

Avalanche rescue needs a revolutionary
Manuel Genswein has spent more than two decades burying himself alive and pushing shovels to their breaking point to determine the best ways to save snow-slide victims. His biggest challenge? ­Convincing the world’s most experienced rescuers that he’s right
Outside
January 2016

Road trip
Back-page essay reflecting on a near-fatal accident in rural Montana
SKI
December 2015

The cast
An ode to the characters who make your local ski area feel like home
Powder
November 2015

Confessions of a ski-town chef
Four culinary pros share the highs and lows of the high-altitude food biz
SKI
November 2015

Is Brad Gobright the next great free soloist?
Profile of underground rock-climbing wunderkind who works as a busboy in Boulder
Outside Online
November 2015

Revenge of the affordable dream towns
Off-the-charts home values are turning countless adventure hubs into fiefdoms of the wealthy—but they aren’t going down without a fight
Outside
September 2015

How a small Swiss gear company one-upped Google
And why you can now climb many of the world's big peaks from your couch
Outside Online
August 2015

Remembering Will Olson
If you peeled away all the fluff that surrounds mountain towns nowadays, you would find a community of Will Olsons huddled around a fire, content to simply be there
Bikemag.com
August 2015

What happens to Special Olympics athletes after World Games?
'We spend so much money on these athletes to get them here -- $3,000 just for airfare, which is double what their family makes in a full year. Why not just give them that money?'
ESPN.com
August 2015
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'I am the Moose!'
Larger-than-life powerlifter Jackie Barrett sets records for Canada
ESPN.com
August 2015
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Irish golfer Doherty back on course
After bullies broke his hand and fingers, Special Olympics vet fights back to win medals
ESPN.com
August 2015
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Fans buy gear for Haiti soccer team
How an act of compassion and serendipity went viral at the Special Olympics World Games
ESPN.com
July 2015
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Rockfall in Yosemite
What happens when a 5-million-pound granite slab drops off the face of Half Dome, destroying one of the world's greatest rock climbs?
Outside Online
July 2015

The September escape
Every fall my wife and I take a road trip through southern Colorado to rediscover the state where we live--and ourselves
Elevation Outdoors
July 2015

Holy of Holies
Skiing one of the most iconic lines in America
Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine
Summer 2015

Boots on the ground
Behind the scenes of the Special Olympics World Games athletic competition exists the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities
ESPN.com
April 2015
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Peak season
The vast network of singletrack in Breckenridge, Colorado, might never have taken shape if not for an unlikely coalition of hippies and visionary land developers
Bike
March 2015

Powder keg
East Vail, Colorado, is the deadliest backcountry ski zone in the deadliest avalanche state in America. It's also accessed by Vail Mountain's chairlifts. Why this complicated situation is unlikely to change
Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine
Winter 2015

Same slopes, different tracks
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, arguably the two best female ski racers in U.S. history, trained on the same mountain, competed for the same club and live 10 miles apart. That's where the similarities end
ESPN.com
February 2015
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Crash spoils Bode Miller's comeback
Two-time World Cup champ's career in doubt after spectacular tumble while leading super-G
ESPN.com
February 2015

Ski racing personified
When two young athletes died in an avalanche in Austria, the U.S. Ski Team was left to balance pain and privilege at its first home world championships in 16 years
ESPN.com
February 2015
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The rest of your life
An essay about rec sports in mountain towns
Elevation Outdoors
January 2015

The next Shaun White is a 14-year-old girl
Meet Chloe Kim, an early favorite to become snowboarding's main attraction at the 2018 Olympics
Outside
January 2015

'Summit or death!'
A new study shows that climbers from countries with rigid social structures are more likely to summit Himalayan mountains—but also more likely to die trying
Outside Online
January 2015

Tree cookies
How avalanche forecasters use scarred tree rings to study massive slides
Backcountry
January 2015

The small arms race
Independent resorts are competing with the big boys by expanding terrain. But will more skiable acres guarantee more powder for everyone?
Skiing
January 2015

More than talent
Thalente Biyela was beaten, orphaned and addicted to drugs while he was still a child, but skateboarding provided escape from the inescapable
ESPN.com
December 2014
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Life and death on Shishapangma
Lost in the tragic accident that killed two elite skiers in Tibet was Martin Maier's incredible survival story
Backcountry
December 2014

Selling the mystique
Taos Ski Valley has been a purist’s dream—a hardcore skier’s mountain run by a family that hiked the steeps and resisted corporate schlock. But with a new owner and big developments on the horizon, can this sacred space hold on to that authentic soul?
Skiing
November 2014

Life on the Brink
One man's solitary devotion to a grueling trail high in Utah's Wasatch Range
Bike
November 2014

The afterlife
Skills wane, 14-year-old phenoms emerge, sponsors move on. Which way to flight school?
ESPN.com
November 2014
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20 years of avalanche safety, rescue
Eight esteemed snow-safety gurus explain what's changed in the past two decades (part of 20th anniversary issue)
Backcountry
November 2014

Cigar story
A ski bum's recipe for living large in the high country: stogies, vacation homes, and subsidized housing
Summit Magazine
Summer 2014

Bell to bell
Sometimes more is better. An essay on seven straight hours of skiing
SKI
March 2014

Moore honors brother's legacy
One year after his brother Caleb died, Colten Moore returned to the X Games and won a bittersweet gold medal
ESPN.com
January 2014
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Tucker Hibbert's secret
How does one man win nearly every snowmobile race? A peak behind the curtain with the best ever
ESPN.com
January 2014
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Golden opportunities
Which athletes are likely to sweep X Games and Olympic gold?
ESPN The Magazine
January 2014

Olympic preview: Mogul skiing
Heather McPhie's D-spin is one of the hardest moves in the sport. Here's how it unfolds
ESPN The Magazine
January 2014

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Climbing's little helper
Several near deaths on the world’s highest peaks have shed light on a dangerous trend in mountaineering: rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs, particularly the powerful steroid dexamethasone
Outside
April 2013

Riding the wave
Why sharing the magic of the backcountry can be more enthralling than living it
Elevation Outdoors
January 2013

Can skiing save Valdez, Alaska?
What happens when an oil town runs out of oil? One of the world's adventure Meccas is about to find out
Skiing
November 2011

The reunion
Some bonds run deeper than the mountains
Elevation Outdoors
October 2011

Blood sport
How has Anita Ortiz, a 47-year-old mother of four and full-time teacher, come to dominate ultrarunning?
Trail Runner
August 2011
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Hero complex
A brash new company is revolutionizing crisis response. So why all the enemies?
Outside
April 2011

Found
Inside a mother's 44-year search for the baby she gave away
Connecticut Magazine
March 2011

The one who counts
Elizabeth Hawley, 86, never climbed a mountain. So how did she become a mountaineering icon in Nepal?
Rock and Ice
September 2010

The jewel of Bajhang
Maoists, man-eating bugs, and mysterious peaks in previously unskied Western Nepal
The Ski Journal
January 2010

Eyes on the storm
A revolutionary sensor changes the way we get our weather forecasts
Popular Science
September 2009

Lonely heights
Why a genius, beloved coach was exiled from distance running
Running Times
May 2009

Lofty goal
Profile of the NHL's first black player, Willie O'Ree, and the secret he kept
Boston Globe Magazine
December 2007
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Miracle in Moab
World champion adventure racer Danelle Ballengee's improbable survival story
Summit Daily News
December 2006
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Searching for Snuffy
How the men of the 10th Mountain Division helped me discover my long-deceased grandfather
5280
December 2006