Outside Magazine, Feb 2012

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Outside Magazine, February 2012

Outside Magazine, February 2012     Photo: Robert Maxwell

THIS WE LIKE
Ever sit down, pen in hand, and copy out a list of the stuff that makes you sigh like a contented sheepdog? Well, we just did. From Kromer caps to Badger Balm to a good, stiff rye, here are 63 things that make us say—out loud, to no one in particular—“Life is good.”

SECOND CHANCES
World-class hurdler Lolo Jones faced down long odds to become one of the fastest ­women on earth. Then it all fell apart in ­Beijing. Grayson Schaffer cues the reboot.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE LAB RATS
Surprise! The Lance Armstrong Foundation donates almost nothing to ­cancer research—its mission now is about ­patient advocacy and “aware­ness.” And lately it has played an additional role: helping Armstrong fight off intensifying accusations that he doped his way to the podium. By Bill Gifford

DESTINATIONS SPECIAL
WAY OUT AND BACK
From the rainforested north coast to the parched and cracked Red Center, Australia’s ­Northern ­Territory is the wild and woolly heart of the continent. ­Matthew Power hits Explorer’s High­way in a rented 4x4 to take it all in. Plus: Seven can’t-miss Down Under adventures.

WHO PINCHED MY RIDE?
In 2006, Patrick Symmes had a crappy bike stolen out from under his nose on West 44th Street in Manhattan, and he just couldn’t let it go. A revenge-fueled report from the seedy underbelly of ­urban bicycle theft. Also, how to boost-proof your ride.

departments
DISPATCHES
First Look: Run two marathons. Sleep six hours. Repeat for 13,000 miles. Jon Billman talks to Australia’s Pat Farmer about his ten-month quest to trot from pole to pole.
News from the Field: Inside the Malloy brothers’ new bodysurfing flick. Plus: outfitted trips guided by top pros.
XX Factor: World-champion freeskier Angel Collinson opens up about recent deaths on the mountain and why she’ll always love the sport.
Drawing Board: Garrett McNamara rode a 90-foot wave. Or was it only 80? How we measure the giants surfers conquer. 
Media: Liam Neeson keeps wolves—and reality—at arm’s length in Hollywood’s latest wilderness epic. Plus: A tale that lets in the lighter side of reservation life.

THE ESSENTIALS

Covet: A motorbike built for blacktop but tough enough for trails? We’re in.
Road Warriors: Compacts, SUVs, luxury sedans—12 new rides winning the battle for better fuel economy.
 
STYLE
Leather boots are back. Here are five ­rugged varieties and our tips on wearing them well.

BODYWORK
In the Lead: Doctors and coaches weigh in on why triathlon training is fitness gold.
Tools: The best full-featured heart-rate monitors and how to use them.
Pulse: A protein to keep climbers stronger at altitude; beat your personal record by lying to yourself; and a carb calculator to make bonking a thing of the past.

columns
NATURAL INTELLIGENCE
Capitalism wreaks havoc on the earth, right? Not necessarily. David Wolman explains how an enlightened new approach to investing is nudging Wall Street toward social responsibility.

the guide
USER PROFILES
With 250 million websites and more than a billion social-media users, it’s easy to get lost in the cloud. We run down the essential blogs, Twitter feeds, and mobile apps for everybody from gearheads to greens.

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EXPOSURE
BETWEEN THE LINES
FEEDBACK
PARTING SHOT

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