Out in the Great Alone
A trip to the Iditarod.
A trip to the Iditarod.
In 1956, an ocean liner named the Andrea Doria sank off the coast of Cape Cod. Half a century later, deep-sea divers—the author included—were still risking their lives to explore it.
The story of the “Barefoot Bandit,” a teenage fugitive on the run.
Swept out to sea by a riptide, a father and his 12-year-old autistic son struggle to stay alive. As night falls, the dad comes to a devastating realization: If they remain together, they’ll drown together.
On the life at sea of Henk De Velde, who has circumnavigated the globe six times.
On the eve of the Civil War, a nightmare at sea turned into one of the greatest rescues in maritime history. More than a century later, a rookie treasure hunter went looking for the lost ship—and found a different kind of ruin.
David Roberts spent his life facing death in the mountains. Now he is facing a fatal prognosis.
Meet the smokejumpers of America.
The story of an 86-year-old Norwegian man who tired to circumnavigate the globe, solo, in an engineless sailboat he built himself.
Life on an oil rig in the Arctic.
Thousands of people have waded into New Mexico’s high desert searching for a small chest filled with millions in gold, jewels, and jade. Randy Bilyeu never made it back.
A trip to Scotland and an investigation of enduring belief.
“I remember reading about the deathbed confession, and how strangely sad it made me, even though I had not, at that point, believed in the monster for years. How much sadder, I wondered, would it make those who still believed in the existence of a monster in Loch Ness?”
On Easter Sunday, 2008, a boat called the Alaskan Ranger went down in the Bering Sea. Forty-seven people were left to fend for themselves in 32-degree water. Forty-two survived.
A helicopter pilot crash-lands in the Arctic.
A wandering long-distance canoeist goes missing.
At age 17, Eustace Conway moved into the North Carolina woods. He hasn’t compromised since.
The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.
Who gets out alive when disaster strikes? The people who can afford it.
When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to bring him back.
Three teenage boys decide to set sail after a night of drinking. They go missing for 51 days.
Searching for the line between courage and humility on an expedition to Cirque of the Unclimbables, a remote ring of perfect rock-climbing mountains in Canada.
He built it as a “portal into a world of quiet.”
On July 22, 2013, 66-year-old Gerry Largay began hiking a 32 mile section of the Appalachian Trail. She hasn’t been heard from since.
Rodeo bulls and the boys who ride them.
Sarah Marquis’s very long hike.