True stories of wild places and extreme endeavors from the magazine that invented adventure writing as we know it. Sebastian Junger goes whaling; Jon Krakauer solves the fatal mystery of a lost hiker; David Quammen tracks big, bad wolves in Romania; Ian Frazier profiles the world's wiliest mushroom hunter; Susan Orlean goes native with Maui's surfer girls; Paul Theroux taps the mysterious magic of islands; Bill McKibben crosses the disappearing finish line; Bill Vaughn skates home backwards; David Rakoff survives survival school. Outside 25 brings together the best of the best: the finest articles and essays published in the nationally acclaimed magazine over the past decade. Selected by Outside's editors, the collection honors the 25th anniversary of the magazine and contains some of the greatest nonfiction gathered anywhere. The 36 writers represented here share a passionate, irreverent, commonsense devotion to the complicated, messy, fact-studded, awful, and frequently funny truth. With all the drama, irony, twists of fate, and tragedy of the classics retold, this extraordinary collection shows why adventure storytelling continues to enthrall.Espen, Hal is the author of 'Outside 25 Classic Tales and New Voices from the Frontiers of Adventure' with ISBN 9780393325034 and ISBN 0393325032.