Outside Magazine, Jan 2013
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When elite athletes like three-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh and daredevil spaceman Felix Baumgartner are in a slump, they go see Los Angeles sports psychologist Michael Gervais. Sometimes boosting your performance requires sitting on a couch.
It’s not just the pros who can benefit from a few sessions with a sports psychologist. Here’s how you can, too.
A team of adventurers plays a risky game of dress-up
The mastermind behind CrossFit Endurance says the best way to train for a marathon is to run less and torture yourself more in the gym. Christopher Solomon laces up for a whole new level of pain.
No country on earth is more geographically blessed than Colombia, with its high-altitude peaks, lush jungles, pristine beaches, wildlife-rich rainforest, and strong coffee. Now that the guerrillas of the FARC are moving toward a peace accord, the land of cocaine and kidnappings may become the best unexplored adventure haven in South America.
How a secretive, stunt-loving energy-drink company pulled off one of the coolest feats in adventure history
Utah resort managers are working to link seven mountains and 17,000 acres in one European-style network. Here's what it would look like.
James Balog has spent his career pushing the artistic and adventure boundaries of nature photography. For the past five years, he's been capturing the impact of climate change on glaciers, culminating in the powerful film Chasing Ice. What he documented was catastrophic—and should be required viewing for every policymaker on earth.
The Agony and the Heresy
Brian MacKenzie says he can mold better distance runners with a regimen of short, intense effort instead of endless brain-numbing miles. Christopher Solomon grabs a kettlebell, does a couple thousand wind sprints, and prepares for one very painful marathon.
The popular social-fitness app lets you log data from bike rides and share it with friends. It also turns even casual outings into hammerfests. Tom Vanderbilt on how Strava is transforming millions of amateur cyclists into fevered number crunchers.
Get Your Head in the Game
What do Olympian Kerri Walsh, daredevil Felix Baumgartner, and the Seattle Seahawks all have in common? Their shrink, Michael Gervais, who helps them perform at their best by setting loose their demons. By Brian Mockenhaupt
Photographer and climate-change researcher James Balog wants to document the world’s glaciers and snowfields before they’re gone forever. A new film about his efforts, Chasing Ice, is stunning—and terrifying. Will it succeed where An Inconvenient Truth failed? By Sam Moulton
Love in the Time of Coca
For decades, the drug cartels kept adventurers away from Colombia’s empty beaches and soaring peaks. With the violence receding, Stephanie Pearson returns to a country of untrammeled beauty.
Plus: The Tune-Up
Look for proven race, nutrition, and recovery strategies from Olympic triathlete Andy Potts and other fitness pros throughout the issue.
In October, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space, shattering the sound barrier and the record for the highest skydive. Ryan Krogh goes behind the scenes at the Red Bull Stratos launch.
First Look: To save his crew, Ernest Shackleton rowed 800 miles across the Southern Ocean. Can an Australian explorer do it 97 years later with period gear?
News From the Field: Utah’s controversial plan to combine seven ski areas into one European-style megaresort.
Feuds: The discovery of a potential new source of the Amazon River has two watermen racing to claim the first descent.
Media: A guidebook to surviving the apocalypse, and how to fake that you read Jared Diamond’s latest doorstop, The World Until Yesterday.
Get Lost: From yoga on the Yucatán to surfing in Hawaii, seven trips to restore your mojo at the start of the New Year.
Weekend Plan: Want endless powder? These four cat-skiing operations deliver.
Journeys: Wildlife safaris that help protect the animals.
Flannel gets technical.