Outside Magazine, January/February 2017

Fit & Healthy Now



How do you make climbing the world’s toughest mountain harder? Do it in the off-season.

Only an insane person would embark on a seven-day, seven-continent stage race. Then again, there are a lot of crazy runners out there.

Lose the backpacking hordes with these wild new ideas, from surfing in Sri Lanka to a culinary tour of Myanmar

The ultimate winter toy for big kids

The sweet smell of orange groves overtakes you as you approach the Thacher House. It’s a sign of good things to come.

In an always-connected society, the urge to unplug has never been stronger. A new book takes a fresh look at just how difficult that can be.

Most of us hit the outdoors seeking calm and quiet, but Chuck Thompson prefers to blast a little 38 Special by his campfires. Still, even a rustic headbanger like him has to wonder if the coming age of total connectivity in otherwise wild places is good for bees, beasts, and man.

When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.

24-Hour Fitness

The secret to wellness? Maximize all those daily choices—walk or drive? log in or work out?—that can make or break your health. By Gordy Megroz

Long Gone
In the 1970s, fisherman Raymond Stansel lived large as one of Florida’s biggest pot smugglers. When he got caught and skipped bail, a strange adventure began—life on the lam as a conservationist. By Rich Schapiro

Exit Stage Left
As the Trump administration prepares a very different agenda for public lands, departing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sits down with Christopher Keyes to talk about her legacy and the changes to come.

Feel the Noise 
Ah, wilderness, where the wind whispers through the pines and the iHome rechargeable mini speaker cranks out Drake and 38 Special. This is bliss to Chuck Thompson, who makes no apologies (well, maybe a few) for bringing tech into the woods.  

Tinier Than Thou
Once the cult vision of hipsters and design freaks, the tiny-house movement has grown downright huge. Mark Sundeen joins the faithful to see if the simple dream is still alive.

A Healthy Dose
These days, Americans are taking psychedelics like ayahuasca not to get high, but as part of a new self-help craze. Grayson Schaffer dismissed it, ridiculed it, and then tried it. He’s never felt better in his life. 

The Detective of Northern Oddities
In a mammalian version of CSI: Alaska, Kathy Burek is a veterinary pathologist who slices open whales and polar bears to determine cause of death. What her necropsies reveal is a truly disturbing picture of the warming North. By Christopher Solomon

First Look:
A 22-year-old from the Netherlands has a bold idea for getting plastic debris out of our oceans. It just might work. 
Media: The radical quest to live a simpler life
Mountaineering: Climbing the world’s most dangerous peak. In winter. 
Epic: Seven marathons on seven continents—what does it take to survive the greatest running event on the planet?
Icon: Jimmy Chin’s tricks for staying way ahead of the curve

A motorized big-wheel for grown-up kids.
Outfitted: Ski setups for big days at the resort and in the backcountry.
Spectrum: Footwear that’s part boot, part sneaker, and all beautiful.
Upgrade: Tailgate like a pro. 
Style: Women’s cold-weather fitness apparel.

Southeast Asia:
Get off the backpacking trail with these wild escapes, from cycling among forgotten temples in Laos, to free­diving with whale sharks in Indonesia, to surfing and yoga in Sri Lanka. 
Base Camp: Kicking back in the olive groves on the edge of California’s Los Padres mountains.
Go List: Dog-friendly lodging, and a ski bag way better than its name.


Between the Lines
Parting Shot