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Drive We Said

Drive We Said (PDF file, 8MB)
There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and rumpled maps obsolete—but one essential question remains: Where to go? Look no further. We hand-picked the ten best, most adventure-packed road trips in the country. By Stephanie Pearson
Outside, July 2014

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The Desert The Desert (PDF file, 790KB)
Ride Hard and Leave Fear in the Dust
By Stephanie Pearson, Photographs by Jake Stangel
Wired, July 2014
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Sweden Sweden by the Sea (PDF file, 2.5MB)
Forget Nordic Noir. On this sunny coast it’s all about soaking up those Blue Swede views
By Stephanie Pearson
Photographs by Christian Åslund
National Geographic Traveler, June/July 2014
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Photo Destinations 50 Perfect Photo Destinations (PDF file, 965K)
Whether you want to be surrounded by people or capture a place where nearly no one goes, shoot amazing art and architecture, or just visit places of pure magic or drama, we’ve got 50 of the best places in the world to go. Take your pick—at every location on this list, you’re guaranteed to get incredible pictures.
By Stephanie Pearson
Popular Photography, June 2014
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Travel

Planet of Escapes (PDF file, 11MB)
There are hundreds of other great trips, apps, and lodges out there, but the 50 winners of our 2014 Travel Awards have them all beat. Now get going.
By Tim Neville and Stephanie Pearson

Outside, March 2014

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Tasmania

The Devil Made Me Do It (PDF file, 3MB)
A fascination with a cartoon animal and a Class V river lured her to the empty wilderness of Tasmania. Turns out the raw side of Down Under offers an amazing number of pristine places to camp, surf, hike, mountain bike, and kayak. STEP H A N I E P E A R SON goes all in.

Outside, February 2014

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Great Escapes Explore Colombia's Ghost Coast (PDF file, 2MB)
Once the sole domain of escaped slaves and drug runners, Colombia's lush Pacific Coast is becoming a haven for intrepid beach lovers, surfers, whale-watchers, and anyone with a desire to get far, far away from it all.

Where Rhinos Still Reign (PDF file, 2MB)
The last stronghold of the endangered black rhino, Namibia's Damaraland is so vast that chances are you've never heard silence like this before. Share its horizons on a safari with growing numbers of rhino and the most cheetahs in the world.

Great Escapes: Enjoy the World at Your Leisure
Lonely Planet,
2013

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Chip Thomas

A Medicine Man's Masterwork (PDF file, 260K)
Physician Chip Thomas treats Navajo Nation citizens by day—and creates large-scale portraits of them by night. By Stephanie Pearson
Mens Journal, November 2013

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This is 48 (PDF file, 3.2MB)
Surf icon Dave Kalama is still riding 60-foot waves and winning stand-up-paddleboarding races two years shy of his 50th birthday. What’s his secret? STEPHANIE PEARSON enlists at the waterman’s legendary North Shore camp, where he serves up nonnegotiable commandments for lifelong fitness—and lots and lots of crunches. Photograph by ROBERT MAXWELL
Outside, October 2013

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Outside Power Trips (PDF file, 3MB)
How do you find the world’s best empty beaches, mountain epics, weekend escapes, and secret paradises? Just listen to us. To pull together the 2013 Outside Travel Awards, we spent months on the road—our correspondents and editors traveled from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia to Nepal to Brazil and then some—plus countless hours interviewing industry professionals. The result is 42 fresh trips that we guarantee will change your life.
by Tim Neville and Stephanie Pearson
Outside, April 2013

 

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Oprah The Big Picture (PDF file, 5MB)
Jane Kim is drawing attention to species in peril—one brushstroke at a time.
O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2013
Outside This is Good (PDF file, 910KB)
From outdoor showers and real cowboy steaks to New Zealand's Wimpy wildlife and cops on SUPs (seriously), the picks in our third annual Editors Choice list all have one thing in common: PERFECTION
Outside, February 2013
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Love in the Time of Coca (PDF file, 20MB)
No country on earth is more geographically blessed than Colombia, with its high-altitude peaks, lush jungles, pristine beaches, wildlife-rich rainforest, and strong coffee. Now that the guerrillas of the FARC are moving toward a peace accord, the land of cocaine and kidnappings may become the best unexplored haven in South America. By Stephanie Pearson - Photographs by Joao Canziani
Outside, January 2013
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Boss

 

Meet the New Boss (PDF file, 1.5MB)
Fitness magnate Bahram Akradi is buying up some of the most beloved endurance events in the country—and has plans to improve them. So what is everybody afraid of?
Outside, September 2012

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wonderwoman Wonder Woman (PDF file, 2.6MB)
Do you approach aging with resignation—maybe even a little bit of dread? If so, consider the example of Toni Bark, MD, the force of nature for whom 52 feels a lot like 25 and every day is a zesty, nut-buttery banquet.
By Stephanie Pearson - Photographs by Gregg Segal
O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2012
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travel The Wander List (PDF file, 5.7MB)
We tapped our global network of correspondents to bring you Outside's 2012 Travel Awards: A definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, empty beaches, local food, bars with a view, on-time airlines, screaming deals, gorgeous islands, and more. This isn't just a collection of unforgettable trips—it's a road map to life-changing experiences.
Outside, April 2012
sweden The Undisputed King of Dogsled Tourism (In Poikkijärvi, Sweden) (PDF file, 2.2MB)
Starting with a Single Alaskan husky named Derby, Kenth Fjellborg built a dogsled-touring empire that attracts 5,000 would-be mushers a year to a frozen patch of tundra 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. And he’s not afraid to yell at you in bad words.
Outside, January 2012
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (PDF file, 3MB)
Nicaragua: The Contra Sandinista war ended more than 20 years ago. It's time to go see the country's beautiful future for yourself.
Outside, November 2011

Calculating Danger (PDF file, 440K)
The scariest thing about intuition? Realizing too late you were right.
O, The Oprah Magazine, August 2011

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Soul Running(PDF file, 4MB)
Sometimes the best way to unravel the mystery of a foreign culture is to take a jog.
Competitor, June 2011
Meet the Neighbors (PDF file, 4.8MB)
South America contains the Amazon, the Andes, 19,000 miles of coastline, and arguably more adventure than any other continent. So where to start? These ten perfect trips, from exploratory rafting in Peru to skiing Chile to beach-hopping Brazil. Plus: The region's best lodges.
Outside, April 2011
Tall Tail (PDF file, 814K)
With help from a team of special-effects artists, a double amputee morphs into a mermaid.
O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2011
Cracking the Kiwi Code (PDF file, 3.75MB)
Your Challenge: choosing the right adventure in New Zealand, a place that offers the best of everything. Your Solution: our heavily researched, carefully formulated, and totally brilliant ten-step plan.
Outside, February 2011

Higher Love (PDF file, 785K)
LaShonda Stone would do anything for her daughter—even climb 17,500 feet up Mount Everest.
O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2011

Big Country (PDF file, 1.7MB)
To plan your trip, first figure out what adventure you're after. Here's a primer on the state's best regions for hiking, paddling, bear watching, fishing, lodges, and everything in between.
Outside, April 2010
A Left Turn at the End of the World (PDF file, 3MB)
It's in the middle of nowhere, populated by quirky sheep farmers, and just a footnote in British military history. But the world is finally discovering what Darwin found out 176 years ago: The Falkland Islands are one of the last great wildlife destinations on the planet.
Outside, March 2010

The Falkland Islands are back in the news...NPR host Guy Raz checks in with Stephanie Pearson who profiled this remote land of quirky sheepherders, dangerous minefields and one of the largest albatross populations on Earth.
Listen to the story >

The Age of Adventure (PDF file, 280K)
Longevity guru Dan Buettner has a plan to add 12 years to your life. But is it worth it if you have to give up what you love most?
Outside, January/February 2010

Bonk Man (PDF file, 1.5M)
Will T.J. Tollakson's life by the sword eventually earn him a world title?
Inside Triathlon, September/October 2009
Huck (PDF file, 3.3M)
For 25 years, Shaun Palmer has dominated everything from the snowboard halfpipe to mountain-bike downhills—and earned his reputation as action sports' foul-mouthed bad boy. Now 40, he's cleaned up his act for a run at Olympic gold. Will he find redemption or die trying?
Outside,
February 2009

The Texas Chainsaw Stopper
(PDF file, 1.5M)
Expat conservationist John Cain Carter, a former elite Army soldier who did a tour in Iraq, is anything but typical. Same goes for his plan, which calls on ranchers to preserve Brazil's wild west. Can he have it both ways and still save—and survive—the Amazon?
Outside, November 2008
See Mo' Evil (PDF file, 1.5M)
A traveler's best response to an oppressive regime? Go check it out.
Outside, April 2008
Mr. Cool (PDF file, 3M)
Guess who's hot in Hollywood? Will Steger. With producers suddenly primed to make environmental films, the legendary polar explorer hit L.A. with a scary pitch about global warming—and he was a smash.
Outside
, April 2007
Cosmic Wiplash (PDF file, 3.7M)
Strap in for a road trip through
the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan
with Robert Thurman—Uma’s dad
and one of the planet’s most
magnetic Buddha boosters—and
get set for stunning scenery,
harrowing S-curves, and face time
with the wild side of your soul
Outside, June 2006
Godzone Quest (PDF file, 5.7M)
There's something about New Zealand—and it's not just the soaring mountains, the red-hot culture, or the world-class Kiwi wines. Stephanie Pearson goes in search of the adventure gene that inspires four million enlightened souls and makes NZ's islands a heaven for travelers.
Outside
, September 2004
Cigar-smoking santos, icy Belikin, crumbling pyramids, freshly
spun tortillas, slithering vipers, and everlasting love along
LA RUTA MAYA
(PDF file, 8.7M)
Outside Travel Guide, 2002

ONLINE ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Discovery.com Contributor
Pearson blogs about adventure, expeditions, and other interesting endeavors. Read the latest >

Outside Online: The Gear Girl
When it comes to gear, Pearson lives by one rule: What you own, owns you. That's why Pearson is always on a quest to find gear and clothing that will simplify and enhance her life. Read the Gear Girl at Outside Online >

Mount Everest Expedition Journalist
In the spring of 2010 Pearson spent six weeks in Nepal documenting Canadian mountaineer Jamie Clarke's Mount Everest expedition. Read her archived blog posts from Expedition Hanesbrands, here.

Island Tango
With their afternoon tea, brogue accents, and fields of diddle-dee, just who do the Falklands Islanders think they are?
Read more >
Foreign Policy magazine, March 2010

Renaissance Man…iac
Welcome to the fast-paced, frenetic, and entertaining world of Adam Craig, Olympic mountain biker, U.S. National Cross-Country champion, Class-V kayaker, and a budding rally car racer. 
Watch the video >
Serac Adventure Film School Project, June 2009

 

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