Outside Magazine, Feb 2015
Perfect your roof-rack skills, and keep your gear and ride in perfect condition.
Former reality-show skipper Chris Fischer has revolutionized shark science—with a daring system for catching the beasts alive and a radical new research-funding model. During an expedition off the coast of Chile that was interrupted by an undersea earthquake, our man wonders if this guy is the next Cousteau or a corporate-sponsored hype machine.
Twenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they're expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.
What to do when it's dark and frigid outside? We have some ideas. For starters, try building a backyard sauna, mixing up a powerful cocktail, joining a mountain race, mixing up a powerful cocktail, joining a mountain race, creating the perfect cabin fire, learning to dogsled, swinging a war hammer, kicking back with a classic adventure book, or escaping to a tropical island. Just hurry up—spring will be here before you know it.
The newest urban bike parks are bigger, better, and more beginner-friendly than ever
That's what they call the southern Indian state of Kerala, a laid-back tropical paradise where you can paddle hidden backwaters, trek the rugged Western Ghats, look for tigers, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, and chill out on unspoiled beaches. Just leave your manic Western self behind.
Why hibernate when you could be crashing at a Rocky Mountain ski hut, building a backyard sauna, cycling around a Spanish island, swinging a battle-ax, or concocting the perfect bacon bloody mary?
The Great White Hope
Chris Fischer was just another reality-TV fisherman until he figured out how to capture big sharks alive. Now he’s pioneering a controversial formula for research that’s making him a star. By Abe Streep
The Green Heaven
You’ll want to leave your busy Western mind behind when you land in the southern Indian state of Kerala. From trekking to paddling to soaking up Ayurvedic treatments, Stephanie Pearson explores a tropical slice of nirvana.
It’s been two decades since gray wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies. And while they’ve been busy breeding and hunting, the debate over their place in the landscape has only gotten more heated. By Elliott D. Woods
First Look: Mountain-bike parks are going underground—literally.
Media: Louis Psihoyos’s second eco-thriller and Jim Harrison’s raunchy new novel.
Covet: The ultimate adventure motorcycle is back.
Sport: The FIS World Championships return to Colorado.
Drink: Session beers with big flavor and low alcohol. Cheers!
Apparel: New animal-welfare standards mean your down puffy now comes guilt-free.
Recharge: Winter is the perfect time to pull the rip cord. Hit the snow in Wyoming, follow the sun to a Hawaiian yoga retreat, or reboot with a DIY adventure.
Base Camp: Montana’s rustic, luxe Ranch at Rock Creek.
Go List: Airline frequent-flier programs find a new way to screw travelers.
In the Lead: New biomechanics tech isn’t just preventing injuries—it’s predicting them.
Grooming: The traveling racer’s Dopp kit.
Doping: Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug? Only one way to find out.
Pulse: Vitamania, the RockMyRun app, Brogamat bags, and the Outside Fitness Coach.
Cars and Trucks: From an F-150 that sips gas to svelte electric rides from Volkswagen and Mercedes, these are the best adventure vehicles of 2015.