The New Icons

The New Icons

The Future of Adventure Is Female

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn Ski

The best ski racer who ever lived, with 77 World Cup wins, 9 Olympic and World Championship medals, and four overall World Cup titles.

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Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad Swim

Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West places her firmly in the pantheon of ultra-endurance athletes.

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Mira Rai

Mira Rai Run

Raised in an eastern-Nepal village, Rai hiked barefoot with her mother, sometimes for 14 hours, to buy rice and bring it home to sell.

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Emily Erickson

Emily Erickson Surf

Erickson’s introduction to surfing began at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, which some would argue is like starting your climbing career on Mount Everest.

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Erin Trieb

Erin Trieb Shoot

Trieb covers conflict and social issues through photography, frequently embedding with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Melissa Arnot

Melissa Arnot Climb

Arnot has summited Everest six times: her most recent ascent, last spring, was without the aid of supplemental oxygen—something that only 165 people have done.

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Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach Score

The soccer star has two Olympic gold medals, one World Cup title, more goals than any player in international competition.

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Garrison & Dixon

Garrison & Dixon Inspire

When Vanessa Garrison and Morgan Dixon cofounded GirlTrek in 2012, they had one goal: get women walking for 30 minutes a day. Now 100,000 walkers strong, GirlTrek is a national force.

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Tara Houska

Tara Houska Fight

Houska doesn't believe we can separate environmental and social injustice. “You don’t see a pipeline going through Beverly Hills,” she says.

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Our May cover features 10 women impacting the outdoor world. These are the moments that shaped them.

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Lindsey Vonn

The best ski racer who ever lived, with 77 World Cup wins, 9 Olympic and World Championship medals, and four overall World Cup titles.

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Ski

Diana Nyad

Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West places her firmly in the pantheon of ultra-endurance athletes.

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Our May cover features 10 women impacting the outdoor world. These are the moments that shaped them.

Mira Rai

Raised in an eastern-Nepal village, Rai hiked barefoot with her mother, sometimes for 14 hours, to buy rice and bring it home to sell.

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Run

Emily Erickson

Erickson’s introduction to surfing began at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, which some would argue is like starting your climbing career on Mount Everest.

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Erin Trieb

Trieb covers conflict and social issues through photography, frequently embedding with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Shoot

Melissa Arnot

Arnot has summited Everest six times: her most recent ascent, last spring, was without the aid of supplemental oxygen—something that only 165 people have done.

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Abby Wambach

The soccer star has two Olympic gold medals, one World Cup title, more goals than any player in international competition.

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Score

Garrison & Dixon

When Vanessa Garrison and Morgan Dixon cofounded GirlTrek in 2012, they had one goal: get women walking for 30 minutes a day. Now 100,000 walkers strong, GirlTrek is a national force.

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Inspire

Tara Houska

Houska doesn't believe we can separate environmental and social injustice. “You don’t see a pipeline going through Beverly Hills,” she says.

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Exclusives

In This Issue

From Kidnapping to Kids, My Life on and off the Rock

After bursting onto the scene as a teenage gym rat, Beth Rodden became one of the most accomplished climbers of all time. Here, for the first time, she opens up about the price of perfectionism, the kidnapping that almost grounded her, and balancing motherhood and rock.

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The Longer the Race, the Stronger We Get

In some of the world's most brutal endurance events, women are leading the pack, boosted by mental stamina and the grit to suffer hard.

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The Best Women’s Running Gear

We all run, surf, bike, fish...At last, outdoor brands are giving both genders the performance tools we need.

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We Hear You, Ladies

During our 40th anniversary year, for May we produced an issue celebrating the unapologetic, fierce women in the world Outside—those who live bravely, chase dreams, knock down barriers, and trail blaze the way to a better future for us all. May is just the beginning of much more women's coverage to come.

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Going It Alone

Like many through-hikers, Rahawa Haile quit her job, ended her relationship, and set out from Georgia on the long walk north. She sought peace in the wilderness and nursed her aching feet. But the AT can be a lonely experience when you're solo, female, and black.

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The Girl Scouts Is Raising Our Next Generation of Rippers

Today's Girl Scouts bring in $800 million from all those Tagalongs and Thin Mints. And thanks to a renewed emphasis on the outdoors, more and more of them are taking risks, having adventures, and building the self-confidence that comes from getting outside.

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We Have Found the Cure! (Sort Of...)

Spa treatments have gotten wild in recent years, especially in Southern California, where women pay big bucks for radical remedies like colonics, juice fasts, and a Gwyneth Paltrow face—the life-changing V-stream. Taffy Brodesser-Akner dons a satin robe and asks: If this is the path to happiness, why am I so freaked out?

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An Oral History of the First U.S. Ascent of Annapurna (Oh Yeah, and It Happened to Be the First Female Ascent, Too)

At a time when men still believed that the “weaker sex” were inferior climbers on 8,000-meter peaks, American Arlene Blum led a 1978 expedition up the 26,545-foot Himalayan peak. The team saw triumph and tragedy, lost two climbers, and sparked a controversy that lingers today.

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Life Advice from Columbia’s 93-Year-Old Chairwoman Gert Boyle

Three decades after Gert Boyle launched the hugely successful One Tough Mother ad campaign, the German immigrant, who moved to Oregon during Hitler’s rise, is as opinionated as ever.

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Seven of the World’s Most Impressive Outdoor Feats

A look back at some of the most storied accomplishments by women athletes and adventurers over the past 100 years.

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State of the Art

Since joining Outside in 2001, McCaughey has designed 224 covers, 1,120 feature stories, and thousands of other pages.

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