Way Out There

close encounter with bears: black bear in the wild, standing up from a field of tall grass.

Close Encounters With Bears

Guidebook author James P. Johnson shares about his harrowing close encounters with bears while hiking in the wilds of Washington State.

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Man making a turn while water skiing on a lake, with a big spray of water coming from his ski.

5 Things To Never Do at the Lake

From waterskiing without a spotter to jumping from a boat going full throttle, Jim Johnson explains 5 things he learned not to do at the lake.

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Two people doing yoga meditation.

Way Out There: Extreme Enlightenment

For most of us, modern life doesn’t afford the same hardships it used to. Instead of toil and pain, we face anxiety, depression, and addiction—the ills of a distracted, disconnected, overly stimulated population. Sometimes the antidote to these maladies is choosing the right hardship, such as Vipassana meditation.

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Person shoveling snow with nothing on but underwear illustration by Justin Short.

Crazy Cold Exposure: The Wim Hof Method

I was out shoveling snow off the front walk after one of last winter’s foot-deep dumps when a neighbor drove up with his window down. …

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Acid Mountain Rescue Team

The day before Mother’s Day in 2016, I decided to go for a 16-mile overnight backpacking trip with my friends Chris and Alex (plus my …

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Time to Change Your Mind

What if there was a nonhabit forming natural compound that in clinical trials effectively treats anxiety, PTSD, OCD, depression, trauma and addiction? What if it …

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