Outside Magazine, May 2019



Ask Your Doctor if Nature Is Right for You

A grassroots movement of physicians are prescribing time outdoors as the best possible cure for a growing list of ailments. Can they really convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future? —Aaron Reuben

Show Up and Be Seen

Two years ago, the climbing photographer known as Nathan Smith saw no way out, after struggling for years with gender-identity issues in the outdoor industry. Then slowly, bravely, Nikki Smith introduced herself to the world. —Julie Ellison

He Trots the Air

The end was coming for Roany, a strong and beautiful horse who’d been at the center of Pam Houston’s life for 25 years on her ranch near Creede, Colorado. What she wanted for him was simple: a peaceful exit, lifted by the loving touch of human hands.

True Grit

In July, a group of Afghan women set out to climb 24,580-foot Mount Noshaq, their country’s highest mountain. Anything could’ve stopped them, from Afghan men who think that women shouldn’t exercise to a terrorist attack two days before the climb. —Theresa Breuer


Big Idea

Gear Policing: Busting people for outdoor-style miscues is a beloved pastime. Too bad it has us all dressing the same. —Marc Peruzzi

The Outsider

Iris Slappendel: Meet the Billie Jean King of cycling, the woman bringing gender equity to the women’s professional circuit.


Portfolio: Brendan Burden’s images of Havana’s heavy hitters, the best boxers on earth.


The River and the Wall: Ben Masters’s new documentary chronicles a wild journey down the Rio Grande.


Family Adventures: From a barrier island off the South Carolina coast to a remote ski town in British Columbia, we’ve rounded up the best spots for active vacations with the kids.

Base Camp: Myanmar’s Wa Ale Resort, in the 800-island Mergui Archipelago.


Tech: Hydration-tracking wearables are finally close to hitting the market.

Laird’s Laws: How to fuel for an action-packed 24 hours.

Recovery: A wave of “nap bars” want you to pay to take a midday snooze.

Fuel: The recovery beer is getting a makeover, with less alcohol and more electrolytes.


The Watch: The ultimate timepiece for aquatic adventurers is crafted with rubbish found at sea.


Watersports: Surf and SUP essentials, from paddle to leash.

Sports Bras: Comfortable, confidence-boosting support systems for exercising turbulence-free.

Rain Shells: Superior protection against spring showers.