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Outside's People of the Year

The year in adventure fitness, gear, and sports was shaped by bold visionaries with world-changing dreams—and the mojo to make them real

Alex Honnold’s calm embrace of extraordinary risk has left elite climbers dumbfounded. (Photo: Sebastian Kim/August)
Alex Honnold’s calm embrace of extraordinary risk has left elite climbers dumbfounded.

We bring you the year’s most fearless athletes, activists, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and lifesavers. From Alex Honnold, whose climbs of El Cap left us all gasping for air, to the women surfers breaking barriers on the world’s biggest waves, to the Navajo runners uplifting Native American communities, these are the visionaries who inspired us most.

2018’s Most Impactful Entrepreneurs

Meet the minds shaping and building the big business of the outdoors.

John Foley
John Foley (Photo: Emiliano Granado)


2018’s Most Accomplished Athletes

From big-wall climbers to surf champions, these are the most dedicated, successful, and brave athletes of the year.

Alex Honnold
Alex Honnold (Photo: Peter Bohler/Redux)


2018’s Boldest Activists

These are the movers and shakers inspiring positive change in the outdoors.

Juliana v. the U.S. plaintiffs
Juliana v. the U.S. plaintiffs (Photo: Robin Loznak)

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From Outside Magazine, December 2018
Filed To: Athletes
Lead Photo: Sebastian Kim/August
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