Health

Don't Waste the Off-Season

By Kevin Abernethy / How-to, health, and lifestyle

We are in the thick of the winter lull; some trailheads are closed and well beaten paths are covered in snow.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Travel Alone

By Alex Patchett / Health, lifestyle, and activities

Who doesn't love traveling? Exploring new areas, new cultures, and making amazing memories with friends.

Answering Nature's Call: Backcountry Potty Protocol

By Mike Quine / How-to, health, and activities

Most of us loyal Outbound followers have surely experienced the reliefs and woes associated with answering Nature's inevitable call while out hiking or backpacking.

Break 10 Bad Habits in 2017 by Spending More Time Outside

By Rachel Davidson / How-to, health, and lifestyle

You’ve spent the last few weeks stuffing yourself full, splurging on gifts, and drinking every night “in the holiday spirit.” And just like that – it’s all over, and 2017 came out of nowhere.

Why Spending Time Outdoors Will Simplify Your Life

By Cambrey Knapp / Health, lifestyle, and activities

Where on earth can I find happiness? Isn't that one of the most classic questions we ask ourselves? You can't tell me that that inquiry hasn't crossed your mind a time or two during your short stint .

Creative Drought; Friend or Foe?

By Garrett Schmidt / How-to, health, and lifestyle

We have all experienced it on some level in our profession or passions. Drought comes to those who have a desire for perfection and growth.

4 Backpacking Lessons Learned on my Couch

By Christian Murillo / Health, lifestyle, and activities

Injuries can be a real thorn in the side to all of your fun outdoor plans, but they can also provide an interesting opportunity to get back to the drawing board and re-think your indoor lifestyle.

Why Rock Climbing is Good for Your Body and Mind

By Vincent Stokes / Health, activities, and lifestyle

Once you learn about them, you'll immediately want to find an opportunity to go climbing.

It's Not Safe to Hike Alone

By Calvin Weibel / Health, lifestyle, and activities

Inevitably, people always react the same way when I say I'm hiking alone.

When We Lost the Wilderness

By Brynn Schmidt / Health, lifestyle, and family

My husband and I met in Yosemite. He was way into rock climbing and working as a wilderness guide in the Sierras when we met. I had just moved back to California after a year as a ski bum in Colorado.

An Acrophobic Tries Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park

By Han Phan / Destinations, how-to, health, lifestyle, and activities

Being severely afraid of heights has never rendered my life uneventful, but it's definitely made me ugly cry a lot of times in public, in front of strangers.

5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Hike, Bike, Climb and Even Camp

By Mollie Carberry / Health, lifestyle, and activities

1. Strength Although weight training is favored when trying to build strength, often body weight alone can prove equally as challenging and effective.

Why I Left Home to Pursue My Dream of Adventure Photography

By Garrett Schmidt / Health and lifestyle

What are dreams? Just thoughts floating around? Or are they plans? For two years, I pursued this “dream” of mine — to photograph adventures.

The Importance of #Optoutside

By Nate Luebbe / Health, lifestyle, and family

Nature was never an “option” for me growing up.

Teach a Kid to Love the Great Outdoors. You Won't Regret it.

By Kenton Steryous / Health, lifestyle, family, and activities

Many of us venture into the outdoors to get away from everyday stress, to find some solitude, to bask in the quietness of just you and that gorgeous mountain you're staring at.

Earn Your Turkey: 5 Ways to Get Outside and Move More for your Thanksgiving Celebration

By Jen Weir / Health, family, and activities

Thanksgiving is a time of gluttony, football, family arguments and naps. If you're good with this, keep on truckin'. If you're tired of feeling like a bloated zombie, maybe it's time for a change.

Family Trees: How Our Relationship with the Forest is Advancing

By Mason Boring / Destinations, health, lifestyle, family, and activities

As a 27-year-old, former business development manager turned Wilderness Ranger, I’ve seen changes.

Why Backpacking Clouds Rest Should Make Your Permit Application Lineup

By Andrew Johnson / Destinations, health, lifestyle, and activities

Literally, no good reason as to why it took me so long to hike to Clouds Rest. If there is, I’m really not sure what it is.

The Ultimate Travel Workout

By Josiah Purss / How-to, health, and activities

When we travel, usually the last thing that crosses our mind is working out.

4 Benefits of Talking to Yourself in Nature

By Mike Quine / How-to, health, and lifestyle

At first, it never crossed my mind as something that would eventually become routine. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure it was something I ever truly recognized as having started.

Calming the Fear: A Hiking Meditation

By Sara Sheehy / Health and lifestyle

Adventures scare me. The fear isn't born of inexperience; I’ve been exploring the outdoors since I was a kid.

Why You Should Try Cross-Country Skiing This Winter

By Michelle Olmstead / Health, lifestyle, family, and activities

Exercise! Cross-Country skiing torches more calories per hour than almost any other sport, including running and cycling (hundreds to thousands depending on intensity) and it is a full-body worko.

Sunrise to Summit, Mount Bierstadt

By Tara Butler / Destinations, how-to, health, lifestyle, and activities

Monday morning, my roommate, a friend and I woke up around 4 am in order to drive to the trailhead at 5am.

How the Outdoors Helped Me to Overcome Addiction

By Craig Middleton / Health

While I was attempting to overcome my alcohol dependency, I discovered that spending time outside was surprisingly beneficial.