Editors' Choice: 9-5

Feb 14, 2010
Outside Magazine
Cascade Designs

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9. Chocolate Milk
Few things taste better after a long run or ride. It's also the foundation of the world's most perfect postworkout smoothie: Combine 8 oz Nestlé Nesquik Chocolate Low Fat Milk, a banana, and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter in a blender and hit puree. Calories? Ratio of protein to carbs? What the hell is your problem? Just drink it.

8. Selective Hitchhiking
A raised thumb guarantees you not only a ride but also fraternal conversation in certain places. Like any ski town, the state of Vermont, or Europe—especially Ireland. Specifically the country's west coast, between the peninsula of County Kerry and Galway; it's the world's premier hitchhiking destination, due to the views of the moody Atlantic (it's always close), the friendly locals, the tiny fishing towns, and the tinier bars.

7. The WhisperLite
Twenty-five years later, MSR's WhisperLite Internationale is still our favorite backcountry stove. Simple, durable, burns white gas, kerosene, unleaded...$90; msrgear.com

6. Après-Ski Hot Tubs
Yeah, yeah, yeah: You're not supposed to drink beer in there, either. Pffft!

5. Rope Swings
And vines. Hanging along riverbanks and lakesides.