Combine six eye surgeons, 13 runners, 871 cataract patients, 63,000 students, and two of the planet’s fastest men in a remote slice of Ethi-opia, and you get a new recipe for adventure philanthropy. By Christopher Keyes
Empire State of Mind
How do you find real outdoor adventure in the middle of New York City? Start with the right attitude and then don’t give up. These and other lessons from seven of the city’s boldest inhabitants. By Abe Streep
I Am Gonna Hate Your Food
Hold the halibut ovaries and octopus eyeballs. The cuttlefish and yak milk, too. As picky eater chuck thompson has discovered, a traveler makes few friends when his answer is always, “No thanks, I’m good.”
The One That Got Away
Stealhead Joe was a legend on Oregon’s Deschutes River—a master angler and the best guide his devoted clients had ever seen. But off the water, his tangled troubles overwhelmed him. By Ian Frazier
First Look: Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup has been beset by disappointing sponsorships and even a tragic training death. Will all be forgiven if the billionaire’s bold vision for extreme sailing comes true?
Primer: Gear companies are crying foul at booming sales of counterfeits.
Books: Heavyweights Bob Shacochis and Scott Anderson spin tales—fictional and otherwise—of global intrigue.
Rising Star: Seventeen-year-old running phenom Mary Cain laps the competition.
Sport: Outside’s Backyard Pentathlon.
Covet: Can you pull off the cagoule?
Races: Obstacle-course racing is the nation’s fastest-growing sport. Our comprehensive guide will help you find the right race and jump into the fray.
The Plan: An eight-week regimen for total race domination.
Fuel: Endurance beast Hobie Call’s wheatgrass smoothie.
Tools: Must-have training gear.
My Body: What lugging rocks has done for Cody Moat, king of the Spartans.
DESTINATIONS SPECIAL: BEST TOWN EVER 2013
From Boston to Bozeman and beyond—aloha, Honolulu!—these 18 active towns are your favorite places to live healthy, with plenty of trails and unrivaled access to surfing, climbing, paddling, and cycling. Your votes are in, and the winner is...