Outside Magazine, Apr 2013

This month in Outside



What you need to know to get running

Start by asking yourself why you want to run in a minimalist shoe. Scott Douglas, author of The Runner’s World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running, looks at why you should—or shouldn’t—take the plunge.

A Depression-era insulating material is becoming the hottest thing in outerwear

At 17, Keegan Swirbul has already beaten cycling's former despot at his own game

Training hard but still eating like you’re not? You could wind up with hormone deficiencies. The consequences can be dire: low energy, diminished sperm count, and an inability to conceive children.

One of the greatest big-wave surfers alive nearly died on a 50-footer in December. Now many in the surfing world are blaming another heavyweight—and the jet-powered board he was riding.

Junger’s powerful new documentary about the life of war photographer Tim Hetherington shows us why dedicated journalists are needed now more than ever

Take a page out of new books from Pollan, William McDonough, and Michael Braungart

Christopher McDougall started it, throwing a brick at long-held theories about striding styles and shoe designs in Born to Run—and inspiring believers to wear minimalist shoes or no shoes at all. What followed was a war, pitting lightfoots against traditionalists and filling shoe stores with a mind-numbing array of choices. Who’s right? Andrew Tilin jogs

An ode to Topo Designs' Klettersack

Behind the customization revolution that's changing the way we buy everything from candy bars to sea kayaks

A team of explorers aims to conquer one of the last polar firsts: crossing Antarctica in winter

Elizabeth Gilbert says she’s never going back to Luang Prabang. Her memory of the place—and of one meal in particular—is too wonderful to risk a second glance.

Several near deaths on the world’s highest peaks have shed light on a dangerous trend in mountaineering: rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs, particularly the powerful steroid dexamethasone. Devon O’Neil reports on how dope is corrupting the game.

Outside chooses the top vacation spots of the year

When the Bounty went down during Hurricane Sandy, millions watched on TV as the Coast Guard rescued 14 survivors—but couldn’t save the captain and one of his crew. A huge question lingered in the aftermath: what was this vessel—a leaking replica built in 1960 for the film Mutiny on the Bounty—doing in the eye of the storm?

What was the Bounty, a square-rigged wooden tall ship, doing in the middle of Hurricane Sandy? That’s the question everyone was asking after it sailed directly into the teeth of the storm—and went down off the North Carolina coast. Kathryn Miles reveals the incredible truth.

You Don’t Know How to Run
The barefoot-running craze has flooded the market with an overwhelming array of technical footwear. Are you a midfoot striker or a heel striker? Want thin soles or none at all? With so many options, it’s no wonder people are jogging in circles. By Andrew Tilin

the main event
Boston Marathon

Why the oldest distance race in America is still a can’t-miss sports spectacle. By Gordy Megroz

Climbing’s Little Helper
More and more alpinists are turning to the powerful steroid dexamethasone to get them up the world’s highest peaks—and risking deadly consequences. Devon O’Neil investigates mountaineering’s dark side.

Don’t Mess With Perfect
She thought she was only biding time in Laos, waiting to get a visa for her fiancé. But once Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Luang Prabang’s monks, its oxen, and one astonishingly fiery soup, she knew that going back would only break the spell.

First Look:
Sebastian Junger’s powerful requiem for slain war photographer Tim Hetherington.
The love children of brands like Tumi and Ducati.
Rising Star:
Mountain-biking phenom Keegan Swirbul.
Why nano insulation is the hottest thing since down.
Tasty eco-solutions from environmental titans Michael Pollan and William McDonough.
Can Sir Ranulph Fiennes cross Antarctica in winter?
Don’t cut off Greg Long on a 50-foot wave. Especially if you’re riding a jet-powered surfboard.

s 2013 Travel Awards: Our annual celebration of the best trips and emerging frontiers (East Timor, here we come!) in the world. Plus, the luggage, tech, and strategies to get you there.

Why skimping on workout nutrition can sap your energy and zap your sperm count.
My Body:
San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski shares his secrets.
Your best ’buds (and ’phones) by sport.

The streamlined joys of an old-school pack.
Custom Gear:
Made-to-order bikes, boots—and chocolate bars.
The best helmet cams for sweet footage.
Tough, low-profile watches.