Outside Magazine, December 2020

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Features

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: A revolution is hitting the seafood aisle—new brands of imitation tuna, crab, and shrimp that look and taste like the real thing. Among other benefits, the switch will help curb our reliance on an international fishing industry that has become an environmental and human-rights disaster. —Rowan Jacobsen

First Tracks: Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has gathered thousands of Black snow-sports enthusiasts for a week of on-mountain revelry. But this groundbreaking organization has always had a more serious mission, too: changing perceptions about who belongs on the slopes. —Bill Donahue

We’re Here to See the Great Doomed Thing: What do you do after surviving a near-death experience? Visit a dying natural wonder, of course. After his husband, Remi, suffers a stroke at the age of 40, Robert Moor plans the trip of a lifetime to the Great Barrier Reef—and discovers new meaning in the term last-chance tourism.

Outsiders of the Year: A quarantine backyard ultramarathon. Thousands of protesters on bikes. This year brought the unexpected in countless forms. Here’s who (and what) had the biggest impact on the outdoor world.

Dispatches

Exposure

Portfolio: Frédéric Lagrange documents a road trip through the Ladakh region of the Himalayas.

Fitness

Fuel: A fun, easy DIY project to help elevate any meal or snack.

Lab Rat: Can electrical muscle stimulation during strength training provide a more efficient workout?

Moves: Every athlete benefits from a faster reaction time.

Travel

Winter Adventures: After a challenging summer, we’re all wondering what the ski season has in store. Don’t worry: resorts are working hard to open and ensure a safe experience for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to delight in the white stuff. Here’s the lowdown.

Media

Summit Fever Forever: Two books show the good and bad of Everest obsession.

Gear

Holiday Gift Guide: From boots and backcountry satellite devices to wetsuits and aged whiskey, here’s our not so short list of the finest gear and accessories to give your loved ones this season. The only question is: What will you choose for yourself?