Nick Heil

Nick Heil

Nick Heil is a contributing editor at Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Gary Johnson, We Hardly Knew Ye

After a hard-charging start the Libertarian candidate bonked bigly, thanks to a series of gaffes and a rather sad(!) lack of preparation. On the eve of a historic election, a onetime supporter wonders about what might have been.

Nick Heil
Nov 3, 2016

Fatigue Is All in Your Head

New research shows that perceptions of fatigue and pain stop us from hitting our physical limits long before our bodies do. Can athletes train their brains to reach unheard-of levels of peak performance?

Nick Heil
Sep 19, 2016

Body Needs an Upgrade? Surrender to the Higher Powers at Exos

Want to perform like a pro, even with the years piling up? Nick Heil got the deluxe treatment at Exos, a cutting-edge outfit that works with NFL players and soccer stars. He came out slimmer, stronger, and more focused—the perfect upgrade for anybody, at any age, who plays hard in the outdoors.

Nick Heil
Sep 19, 2016

How to Make Mindfulness Your New Secret Weapon

You’ve heard that Kobe Bryant meditates, and that most pro athletes perform their best while in a flow state. But what does that mean, and how do you get there? Three new books attempt to demystify the cloudy world of mindfulness training.

Nick Heil
Mar 22, 2016

The 5 Rules of Off-Season Fitness

Training through the coldest, darkest, snowiest days of the year tests the depth of your motivation and commitment. It's time to revise your winter program.

Nick Heil
Jan 18, 2016

Up Is the New Down

The high-altitude, lung-busting challenge imported from Europe has become one of the hottest winter sports in North America. Why? Because this pursuit proves that premeditated suffering can be highly addictive.

Nick Heil
Jan 14, 2016

Hollywood Knocks Off 'Everest' at Last

Does the catastrophe that gave us 'Into Thin Air' still have the power to captivate? We talk to the cast and crew of the new movie 'Everest' about making an adventure epic roar to life for a new generation.

Nick Heil
Aug 19, 2015

The Rise of the Fat Bike

Blimp-tired bicycles were developed for one of the most grueling endurance races in the world. But then everyone else realized how much fun they were.

Nick Heil
Jul 30, 2015

Rory Bosio Doesn't Really Train

In the grueling world of ultrarunning, she's an anomaly: a low-key athlete who thrives on unstructured training, competes by instinct, and crushes men in the sport's most prestigious race

Nick Heil
May 21, 2015