Superiority Complex

Famously cold and frighteningly massive, Lake Superior contains 10 percent of the world’s surface freshwater, holds the remains of 6,000 shipwrecks, and offers a lifetime of adventure. Stephanie Pearson sets out to circumnavigate America’s most overlooked playground. Photographs by Jen Judge

Outside, June 2017

Rock of Ages

How does an outdoors-loving aunt crack the hard city shell of two teenagers? Stephanie Pearson lets Mother Nature do the talking at New Mexico’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Dorado, May/June 2017

Good to Go

Whether you’re looking to push your physical limits with freediving in British Columbia or just lean back and cast on Montana’s greatest river, these 26 trips are guaranteed to make this your best travel year yet

Outside, April 2017

King of the Mountain

Dave Hahn has summitted Mount Everest 15 times, more than any other Westerner. Stephanie Pearson joins the modest mountaineering legend on his day job: patrolling the slopes of Taos, New Mexico

Dorado, January/February 2017

High Emotions

Nepal has fueled hiker dreams for more than four decades. It’s time for hikers to return the favor—but be prepared for an experience that goes beyond great treks.  

Backpacker, June 2016

For Those About To Rock

By European standards, Ireland’s County Donegal, tucked into the country’s far northwest corner, may as well be Mars. But for adventure travelers, it’s a hidden frontier packed with windbitten landscapes to mountain-bike, rowdy coastline to surf, and 500-foot sea stacks to climb. That is, if you’re brave enough. Photographs by Andrew Hetherington

Outside, April 2016

One Direction

Best of Outside Travel 2015
Who made the cut in our annual selection of the Best of Travel? All roads lead to our winners: the coolest mountains to climb, food to eat, bags to tote, passport stamps to acquire, rivers to float, guides to hire, beaches to lounge on, lodges to luxuriate in, and all the other beta you need to explore the globe this year. By Stephanie Pearson and Tim Neville

Outside, April 2015