Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities such as biking, climbing and hiking keep you active during the warmer months. Learn more about snow sports like bobsledding and the Iditarod to keep you moving this winter.


What if a morning jog didn't involve training for a marathon or wearing short shorts? What if it meant creative individual expression through acrobatic moves like leaping from walls and over gaps doing ground rolls and precision jumping?

Imagine cross-country skiing for 5 kilometers, then -- with your heart pounding, your legs shaking and your fingers chilled to the bone -- shooting five targets at 50 meters with exactly five shots.

Luge is one of the most dangerous sports in the Olympic games and the athletes who race down the icy high-banked track at up to 90 mph (140 km/h) are a special breed. In this article we'll learn all about Olympic luge and find out what it takes to finish first.

Bobsled drivers and crew plummet down a hill on a track or run that's full of twists and turns. A wrong move can cause a dramatic crash. Learn about the athletes that make up a bobsled team, bobsled runs and the physics behind bobsledding.

If you've ever ridden a snowmobile you know that it is a fun fast-paced way to sightsee and go places that cars can't take you. Learn how snowmobiles operate.

People everywhere are putting location-based technology to innovative use creating "experiences" in public settings that are part game, part performance art, and part sociology experiment. Find out about urban gaming.

Millions of people swim safely in public, but it's important to know that certain infectious diseases can occur while swimming in public pools, parks, lakes, water fountains and yes, even the ocean.

Personal watercraft such as jet skis are used by millions of Americans each year, but they weren't always that popular. Learn how personal watercraft came to be, how they work and the laws and environmental concerns that govern them.

From the frozen lakes and rivers of Canadian winters to nationally televised games played at high-tech arenas before 20,000 fans ... ice hockey has come a long way. Learn all about the game, the rules and the milestones of hockey.

Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport that involves strength, control and finesse. Find out what it takes to really get high on life.

Imagine falling out of a plane on purpose and heading toward the ground at 120 mph. Welcome to the world of skydiving! The U.S. Parachuting Association estimates that about 350,000 people complete more than 3 million jumps in a typical year.

If you've been on a biking trail in the last few years, you've probably seen all kinds of crazy-looking bikes. Mountain bikes just keep accumulating more gears. Today, some bikes have as many as 27 gear ratios. What do they all do?

Imagine soaring like a hawk thousands of feet above the ground. You search for updrafts of air to keep you aloft so that you can enjoy this feeling for hours. Although the air is somewhat chilly, the view is tremendous and the solitude is relaxing.

Think you need to depend on mother nature for snow? Think again. With cool temperatures and a good supply of water, snow makers can cover the ground in the fluffy white stuff in no time.

'The bends' is a dangerous condition based on water pressure. Find out how you can get -- and prevent -- the bends.

Lance Armstrong has won yet another Tour de France, breaking the cycling record for consecutive victories in that race. Bicycles are incredibly simple machines, and the "inner" workings are right out in the open for you to see. Find out how all those

Long before GPS satellites and other high-tech navigational aids, people used the Earth's natural magnetism to navigate the unknown. Learn how a compass works and how to create your own!