Outside Magazine, Apr 2012
This month in Outside
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Just months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, British Petroleum declared the recovery a success, and the Gulf of Mexico’s fisheries were opened for business. To celebrate, seafood freak ROWAN JACOBSEN packed his bib and went south to cook up a locally sourced gumbo. But when he got there, something didn’t taste right.
Ben Lecomte will attempt to set the long distance swimming world record by swimming across the Pacific.
Major League Baseball’s long tradition of warming up for the season with oddball adventures
Surfer Mark Visser has a can’t-miss formula for becoming cable’s next action hero: crazy stunts, against-the-odds luck, and a growing Internet fan base. So why isn’t it working?
Refuel with these bacon-cashew rice cakes from sports physiologist Allen Lim
An interview with running legend and author Alberto Salazar
A Q&A with former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on his incredibly shrinking country
Kelly Slater and an Australian engineer are battling one another to create the world’s first shreddable artificial break
Nobody climbs faster than Swiss superman Ueli Steck, whose rapid ascents of classic routes are just as demanding as three-minute miles. Now Steck is taking his death-challenging act to the Himalayas, which have a way of slowing even the best men down.
The iconic brand Gore-Tex is under siege from newcomers who want a piece of the billion-dollar market for waterproof-breathable fabrics. The battle is both wonky and intense, complete with arcane science, trade secrets, industry flame wars, and confidential government-run investigations on two continents. MIKE KESSLER steps into the wet room.
Red Bull marketing copy or Lord of the Rings?
Weather's role at the Boston Marathon
Buy a ticket to Japan—really
Celebrity nature-doc narrators get graded
In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger
New Orleans chef John Besh dishes up the ultimate seafood-gumbo recipe
Medical malpractice is scaring physicians away from popular sporting events—and leaving racers facedown in the dirt
Live free or die trying
E. O. Wilson has a surprising take on how humans conquered the planet
Can Caroline Queen win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics?
Globe-trotters: we've got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventure insurance, and more.
THE WANDER LIST
Globe-trotters: we’ve got you covered. Our 2012 Travel Awards honor the best destinations on seven continents—everything from idyllic beach escapes to camping safaris in Kenya to a mountain-bike expedition in Tibet. Plus: Outside-endorsed outfitters, adventurer insurance, and more. By Stephanie Pearson and Kate Siber
INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE
For more than 30 years, Gore-Tex was the only name in town when it came to foul-weather protection. No more. A wave of proprietary materials have flooded the market, and some say Gore isn’t playing nice with the competition. Mike Kessler reports on the increasingly ugly battle over high-tech outerwear.
THE GUMBO CHRONICLES
When Deepwater Horizon erupted in 2010, we sent Rowan Jacobsen to investigate. Now the literary gourmand returns to the bayou to assess the region’s recovery the way a good foodie should: by sourcing ingredients for Louisiana’s signature dish. Pity tar balls and black sludge aren’t on the menu.
Swiss climber Ueli Steck shot to fame by soloing 5.13 rock without ropes and sprinting up ice-shrouded Alps in record time. Unsatisfied, he hired an Olympic trainer. Now the über-fit Steck is heading back to Nepal to leave his mark on the Himalayan giants that have turned even the toughest mountaineers away. By Tim Neville
First Look: Surfer Mark Visser tasted fame after his night-riding footage went viral. Now the adrenaline junkie wants to parlay his success into a cable series about his insane stunts.
News from the Field: Red Bull channels Tolkien, a Pacific swim for the record books, and Major League Baseball’s off-season adventurers.
Medicine: Is the threat of lawsuits driving volunteer doctors away from amateur sporting events?
XX Factor: Kayaker Caroline Queen opens up about being an Olympic medal contender.
Feuds: Kelly Slater goes toe-to-toe with an Australian engineer to create the world’s first barreling artificial wave.
Media: Celebrity nature-doc narrators get graded, and a Q&A with former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on his incredibly shrinking country.
Books: E. O. Wilson’s latest tome theorizes that fire and meat led humans to world domination.
Plus: The search for self on society’s fringes.
Covet: A surprisingly versatile pop-up trailer.
Backcountry Tech: Eight gadgets for adventure travelers, from a smartphone that trumps Apple’s (gasp!) to three pocket-friendly cameras that out-punch their weight.
Spectrum: Multitools for every endeavor.
Wardrobe picks for ramblers, and wisdom from a cyclist mugged—politely—in the cane fields of India.
In the Lead: Scientific proof that stress is good for you.
Plus: Smart ways to speed recovery.
Pulse: Weather’s role at the Boston Marathon, a gym machine for surfers, and an interview with running legend and author Alberto Salazar.
Fuel: A recipe for the best energy bar ever. (Mmm, bacon.)
A bitter power struggle has divided Manhattan’s once genteel Explorers Club. Damon Tabor investigates and discovers that the real fight may be for the organization’s relevance.
PARTING SHOT Sarah Burke, 1982–2012