BODYWORK: Personal Best
The path to better fitness, nutrition, sleep, and productivity lies in a series of simple (and relatively painless) tweaks to your daily habits. Just ask Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton: you can always improve on your best.
It’s often said that Sherpas are the real heroes of Everest. But when the people who carry our gear are disabled or killed, their families must shoulder a heavy load. Grayson Schaffer investigates the hard truth about one of the most dangerous jobs on earth.
What Does Kayaking Look Like to Erik Weihenmayer?
He has climbed the Seven Summits and biked the Leadville 100. But if you ask the world’s bravest blind adventurer, his biggest challenge is yet to come: paddling the Grand Canyon. By Tracy Ross
Roam: Best Kept Wild
There aren’t many places where you can helicopter from smooth singletrack to a sweet fly-fishing hole—and then spend the next two weeks happily vagabonding from one perfect green river to the next. Peter Heller finds heaven on New Zealand’s South Island.
Tune in, Give up, Ship Out
Economy got you down? Do what Alex and Nick Kleeman and thousands of others have done. Scrape up some cash, buy a boat, raise anchor, and set sail for the South Pacific. Boating experience (you hope) not required. By Sarah Rose
DISPATCHES: The Beach Report
First Look: With great white sharks returning to Cape Cod, is it safe to go back in the water? (Answer: Yes and no.)
Books: What else? The best beach reads, from rebel werewolves to the tastiest cheese on the planet.
Primer: The art of kite flying, an advanced course.
Rising Stars: Olympic beach volleyball silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross prepare to dominate.
Eats: A fresh take on the lobster roll.
Covet: The cruiser bike perfected.
Road Trips! Blue highways and cool waters along the Outer Banks, Lake Champlain, the Great Lakes, and the Pacific Coast. Plus: Airstream rentals.
Field Notes: Guidebooks are dying. Long live guidebooks! How the old stalwarts are adapting to the digital world.
Go List: A hipster hotel in the Catskills, Africa’s first through-hike, an offshore B&B, and the perfect flannel shirt.
ESSENTIALS: Design + Tech
Introducing the coolest, sleekest, best-functioning gear of 2013, from a pair of spy-ready camera sunglasses and the world’s lightest running shoes to an elegant hickory-wood bike.