Outside Magazine, Jan 2013

This month in Outside



Every option, from Strava to MapMyFitness, offers a different set of features. Use this handy guide to determine which one will most help you achieve your fitness goals.

Andy Potts' key to a fast run? Stay tall. Greg McMillan, of McMillan Running in Flagstaff, Arizona, explains how to avoid hunching over, for a more efficient stride.

For Potts, the fastest American finisher at the 2012 Ironman World Championship, breakthrough performances mean paying attention to the little things. Even your socks.

Whether it’s steep shots, luxe adventure, or family fun you’re after, cat skiing is one of the best ways to carve untracked lines

Four options for the wildlife-conscious traveler

How to get there, when to go, and where to stay

Want to know what domestic bliss looks like? A rundown cabin with no electricity on the edge of rain-soaked Alaskan wilderness.

Do you have a healthy social-fitness life? It all depends on your motivation.

Tim Jarvis' bid to challenge the Antarctic in vintage wool apparel comes as the original technical fiber is experiencing a renaissance. Even today, no other textile—natural or synthetic—is as useful or trustworthy.

No one said your New Year’s resolutions had to feel like punishment. Jump-start 2013 with one of these seven spirit-recharging escapes.

The Disaster Diaries author on self-reliance, situational awareness, and adulthood

Georgia is earning its reputation as the powder playground of the Caucasus

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.

The discovery of a potential new source of the Amazon River sparked a good old-fashioned explorers’ race to be the first to run it

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

A new social-media app for cycling has more than a million riders racing, cheating, and even dying for virtual supremacy over the world’s roads and trails. A recent convert to the cult explains how Strava is changing the way we ride.

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

Disappearing Act
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.

The year’s warmest—and most comfortable—winter jackets.
Slight Ride: Three-fingered gloves, ­ultra-stiff backcountry boots, and four more upgrades to help you ski better.

Flannel gets technical.

There’s no electricity or plumbing, and the only luxury is a cattle-trough hot tub. But there’s no place Steven Rinella would ­rather be than his shack in the Alaskan wilderness.