outsidemagazine In 1968, just one year before Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon, the first confirmed surface conquest of the North Pole was achieved by Ralph Plaistedusing snowmobiles. Today, the Arctic has become site of the most controversial—and potentially profitable—land issues amongst the world’s superpowers, and Russia is undeniably leading that charge. This August, Russia submitted a bid to the UN claiming more than 450,000 square miles of the Arctic and all its economic profits. New reports also highlight the Russian’s plans to install anti-aircraft missiles that can withstand harsh conditions in select locations along its border with the region. As a destination, the North Pole has been visited by thousands—researchers, military personnel, explorers, and a few tourists. They arrive by submarine, aircraft, and icebreaker. It’s estimated that there have only been 119 visits to the North Pole by a surface vessel. This July, @chris_michel was invited to go on the 115th. Photo: @chris_michel | Full gallery at OutsideOnline.com 1d

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outsidemagazine Last November, @logan_mb left work early and drove to nearby Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after noticing that the evening light was setting up for a colorful sunset. “At first I thought these clouds might have been smoke from a forest fire,” says the photographer, “but they were just hanging over the ocean. Then I realized there were snow flurries, which is pretty rare in North Carolina.” Despite the unusually scenic weather, there were just a few people on the beach and, in the water, a lone paddleboarder. “I tried to wave him down so I could get his name,” says Mock-Bunting, “but he wouldn’t come in. Even though it was cold, he was obviously having a good time.” #Exposure October, 2009 #tbt | OutsideOnline.com 2d

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outsidemagazine No, it’s not alien spore. Every spring, Pacific cownose and mobula rays gather in the Sea of Cortez by the thousands to feed. When exactly is hard to predict. “I’ve come to the area for 15 years,” says James Forte, who photographed these rays in March 2008, “and I’ve only seen this type of gathering twice.” To capture them on film, the Santa Barbara, California–based photographer had to judge where the rays were heading, then scuba-dive to the bottom in front of them and wait, hoping they’d swim by.“This is the middle of the day, high noon, so it should be bright under the water,” says Forte, “but there are so many animals overhead, it’s like an eclipse.” #Exposure October, 2009 #tbt | OutsideOnline.com 3d

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outsidemagazine In 1968, just one year before Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon, the first confirmed surface conquest of the North Pole was achieved by Ralph Plaistedusing snowmobiles. Today, the Arctic has become site of the most controversial—and potentially profitable—land issues amongst the world’s superpowers, and Russia is undeniably leading that charge. This August, Russia submitted a bid to the UN claiming more than 450,000 square miles of the Arctic and all its economic profits. New reports also highlight the Russian’s plans to install anti-aircraft missiles that can withstand harsh conditions in select locations along its border with the region. As a destination, the North Pole has been visited by thousands—researchers, military personnel, explorers, and a few tourists. They arrive by submarine, aircraft, and icebreaker. It’s estimated that there have only been 119 visits to the North Pole by a surface vessel. This July, @chris_michel was invited to go on the 115th. Photo: @chris_michel | Full gallery at OutsideOnline.com 3d
  •   manschina @stevemcdonell ;))) who told you this??? Putin? 3d
  •   shurikaaa @twofatbellies I don't think,you should be worried. Not at least about the people. Mad government? Ohhh,yes. We are here,in Russia, are worried about it muuuch more In any case,we have beautiful nature to admire and history rich in events to study... 3d
  •   twofatbellies @stevemcdonell totally agree! Putin is rubbing his hands with glee while the West worries about ISIS! 3d
  •   twofatbellies @shurikaaa yes lovely people 😀 but ruthless Government. 3d
  •   stevemcdonell @manschina Pay attention ! Russia just laid claim to 485,000 square miles of the Arctic circle with the United Nations. It has always been considered international territory. 3d
  •   stevemcdonell And ,yes , I agree that the Russian people are lovely and kind people. But like the federal government of the United States, the Russian government is not exactly to be trusted . 3d

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outsidemagazine Ashes to Agassiz is out today on iTunes! @sherpascinema just added another one to our favorites collection. | More at OutsideOnline.com 4d

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outsidemagazine #AdventureCompanion16 - We want to see the bests shots of you exploring with your favorite adventure buddy. Whether its a parrot, a ferret, a cat, or a dog, we want to see them all! Share your photo with #AdventureCompanion16 we'll pick our favorites and feature them in a gallery on the site. | OutsideOnline.com 6d

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outsidemagazine When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program in 2012, it had one vision: to bring wildlife viewing and outdoor exploration to ten demographically and geographically varied cities across America by 2015. The service surpassed those expectations this summer. There are now 14 Urban Wildlife Refuges—classified as regional priorities—that connect 80 percent of Americans living in cities to wild places, from the bayou of New Orleans to the Detroit River. Photographer @ianshivephoto had the opportunity to explore these wildlife refuges and document those reconnections between the urban and the environment by teaming up with Los Angeles-based photography agency @tandemstock. | More at OutsideOnline.com 6d

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outsidemagazine Meet the Badass Woman (@krystlejwright) Who's Owning Adventure Photography - The strategy: Stick with it, shoot what you love, and stay on the move. Photo: @krystlejwright | More at OutsideOnline.com 1w

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outsidemagazine Wildfires in California can be as varied as the state's geography. There are some that race through crowns of pine forests and there are others, like the current Rocky Fire (pictured here), that sprout seemingly randomly from the dry earth of oak woodlands. For photographers, the state offers a unique and sometimes dangerous opportunity to closely catalogue the devastation. California state law permits all credentialed media access to the blazes. @maxwhittaker is a photojournalist based in Sacramento and one of best in the business at capturing the beauty in the blaze. | Full gallery @ OutsideOnline.com 1w
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  •   gypsy_eye I don't think media should be there. 1. Do you have cal fire gear boots, gloves, shirts, helmet. 2. Did you take fire safety training. 3. Do you have a fire shelter. 4. Do you know the difference between a saddle, chimney, and shoot burn approaching. Not for the general media, not safe. 1w
  •   billaryzak2584 Fire in the hole. Like lol... Am I right??? 1w
  •   nmtroutbum @wbshewmaker is a know it all who knows nothing...great photos @maxwhittaker, I hope you keep "getting in the way" ha ha! 7d
  •   wbshewmaker I'm a certified wildland firefighter and heavy equipment operator. I'm also certified B feller for the forest service. I've taken in depth courses on weather anomalies, fuel loading, and back burning. I also am a burn boss and conduct prescribed burns in my area to combat forest fires. I take offense at your insult. I can't say I know everything, but I know more than you do about this subject. #troll @nmtroutbum 7d
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outsidemagazine Sponsored: It’s time to get your hands dirty. Get outside with @REI and take part in a local stewardship effort, because trails need love too. Visit REI.com/trails #everytrailconnects | OutsideOnline.com 1w

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outsidemagazine Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Parting Shot, June 2001 #tbt Photo: @nickngs | OutsideOnline.com 1w

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outsidemagazine Sugar Bowl, California. Parting Shot, November 2001 #tbt Photo: Bill Stevenson | OutsideOnline.com 1w

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outsidemagazine Meet the Badass Woman (@krystlejwright) Who's Owning Adventure Photography - The strategy: Stick with it, shoot what you love, and stay on the move. Photo: @krystlejwright | More at OutsideOnline.com 1w

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outsidemagazine It’s tough to beat the ranch dog’s daily grind: They run around all day, swim in water troughs, and, of course, keep the crazy cows in line. Anyone who's lived with one cannot live without. A must read on the site right now for any dog owner. Photo: @lyndseygarber | OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine Near the end of the fifth stage of the annual Amgen Tour of California, held in May, riders fly through the orange groves of Grimes Canyon, near Fillmore, at nearly 50 miles per hour. It’s a favorite spot for @dparksphoto, who has photographed the race for the past ten years. To get the shot from this year’s event, the Virginia-based photographer traveled by motorcycle, then walked up a roadside deer path to this vantage point. “I’m passionate about landscapes, and the tour is full of curvy roads and wide-open spaces that I love,” he says. “As soon as they came around the first corner, I was almost giggling with delight.” #Exposure September, 2015 | OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine Wildfires in California can be as varied as the state's geography. There are some that race through crowns of pine forests and there are others, like the current Rocky Fire, that sprout seemingly randomly from the dry earth of oak woodlands. For photographers, the state offers a unique and sometimes dangerous opportunity to closely catalogue the devastation. California state law permits all credentialed media access to the blazes. @maxwhittaker is a photojournalist based in Sacramento and one of best in the business at capturing the beauty in the blaze. | Full gallery @ OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine @steepskiing laying down yet another perfect powder run at @skiportillo on August 13. Summer is nice here. Photo: @JesseJHoffman | OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine Wildfires in California can be as varied as the state's geography. There are some that race through crowns of pine forests and there are others, like the current Rocky Fire (pictured here), that sprout seemingly randomly from the dry earth of oak woodlands. For photographers, the state offers a unique and sometimes dangerous opportunity to closely catalogue the devastation. California state law permits all credentialed media access to the blazes. @maxwhittaker is a photojournalist based in Sacramento and one of best in the business at capturing the beauty in the blaze. | Full gallery @ OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine More sun. More snow. @skiportillo problems. Photo: @graysonschaffer | OutsideOnline.com 2w

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outsidemagazine Homer, Alaska. Parting Shot: March, 2007 #tbt Photo: Peter Hemming | OutsideOnline.com 2w

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