November 30, 2022

Alex Honnold, The World’s Boldest Climber, Just Became A Dad. Now What?

From awe-inspiring, death-defying ropeless climbs to fatherhood, the world’s greatest climber is aiming for new heights but not about to hold back.

ByDrew Magary

The Outside Issue

May 2022

The Outside Issue

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There’s never been a better time to get outside. On one hand, the great outdoors are a salve — to our screen addiction, anxiety, (lack of) fitness, and boredom. On the other, nature reminds us that we’re on this rock together, a fragile space that couldn’t care less about polemics. But most practically, getting outside together brings us all closer. It gives families and friends shared experiences, memories, and opportunities to bond. In a very complicated world, it’s nice to have one answer to all that ails us: Go outside.

As much as I hope to pass on the wisdom of the natural world to my children, they are often giving me an education on how to slow down and observe the world … through the texture of a new lichen, a unique seed pod, and that seemingly obnoxious stick I’m asked to carry the rest of our walk.

Scott Jurek, Ultrarunner

Essay

The Incomparable Misery And Exhilaration Of Type 2 Family Fun

Maybe Dad was right all along — a little hardship builds character, makes memories, and is what life is really all about.

Photos

150 Years Of Family Camping In America

It’s been a long, wild trek, but the family camping trip is finally living up to its potential — and its promise. Here’s how we got here.

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Travel

The 10 Most Underrated National Parks in America

ByLauren Steele

There are 59 national parks in the United States. These are the hidden gems.

Parenting

Why Your Backyard Needs a Mud Kitchen ASAP

ByMatthew Utley

Mud kitchens allow kids to make, squish, and experience mud. More importantly, they help them explore their imaginations and thrive in summer.

Entertainment

30 Classic Outdoor Games For Kids And How to Play Them

ByBlake Harper

From Tag to Steal the Bacon, we rank the best unorganized sports games that are light on rules and heavy on fun.

Life

39 Nature Names for Boys Inspired By the Great Outdoors

ByEmily Kelleher

The natural world is full of inspiration.

News

This List Shows The Best States For Camping With the Family This Summer

ByDevan McGuinness

This list — whether you want to believe it or not — suggests where you and your family should camp this summer.

Life

The 7 Rules of Backyard Camping

ByLizzy Francis

The essential guide to all things backyard wilderness.

Entertainment

How to Teach a Kid to Safely Climb a Tree

ByAlexis Barad-Cutler

According to a trio (a tree-oh!) of climbing experts.

Life

The Simple Joy of Backyard Camping

ByLizzy Francis

What does it mean to camp 15 feet from home?

Life

Can Getaways Help Urban Families Make More Time For Each Other?

ByDylan Love

The company has been quietly creating Walden-like escapes outside of New York City or Boston.

Gear

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Play Outside

ByJayme Moye

Children need unstructured time outdoors, even if they'd rather spend the day on the couch. Here's how to make it happen.

Life

Airbnb for Camping: 5 Services That Let You Rent Private Campsites

ByDave Baldwin

People with land, meet people with tents.

Gear

How Mountaineer Conrad Anker Unexpectedly and Accidentally Raised Adventurers

ByJayme Moye

After losing his best friend and climbing partner to an avalanche, Anker stepped in to help raise his three sons.

Life

48 Nature Names for Girls Inspired by the Great Outdoors

ByEmily Kelleher

The natural world is always a great source of inspiration.

Parenting

We Moved Class Outside for the Pandemic. I’m Never Going Back

ByJoseph Sarosy

The events of the past year gave us an opportunity to take stock, to slow down, and get playful with education. It taught me a lot.

Parenting

How To Stop a Reckless Kid From Getting Into Trouble

ByPatrick A. Coleman

Teaching a toddler prone to leaping before they look is a matter of modeling good boundaries.

Entertainment

9 Books That Will Inspire Your Little Animal To Get Out Of The House And Into Nature

ByAaminah Khan

Because they can go live with the animals if they want to act like one.