Lindsey Vonn has quietly become the best American skier, male or female, in the history of the sport. But she's only getting started. With her personal life in order, she's skiing better than ever. Will she become the greatest in the world? By Peter Vigneron
This Is Good
A dependable hoodie. Bourbon flavored marshmellows. Tree porn. These are a few of the perfect things on this year's meticulously cultivated, thoroughly peer-reviewed list of the gear, grub, people, and places that make outside life so sweet.
Around the World in 1,026 Days
Erden Eruc's 10-year human-powered circumnavigation of the globe was set in motion by tragedy—the death of a hero, Swedish adventurer Goran Kropp. Nick Heil catches up with Eruc on the final leg of his staggering feat.
Welcome to Paradise (Don't Trip Over the PVC)
A decade before his death, the reverend Sun Myung Moon directed the hardiest of his followers to create heaven on earth—complete with air-conditioned mansion and a plush fishing yacht—in the swamps of Paraguay. Monte Reel boards a cargo boat bound for utopia.
First Look: Urban climbing is having a moment.
Drink: Gluten-free beer—can it really taste good?
Rising Star: Surfing's John John Florence, the new next Kelly Slater.
Primer: The Cyclocross World Championships come to America. (Let the heckling begin.)
Crowdfunding: How Kickstarter is transforming expedition finance.
Tech: Drones attack!
Film: Hollywood takes aim at big energy via the new Matt Damon film, Promised Land.