Outside Magazine, January/February 2020



Health and Wellness 2020

We’re Calling Time Out: Americans are overworked, overscheduled, and just plain exhausted. The solution? Forget about radical diets and intense new fitness plans—what we all really need is to sloooow down. Presenting 17 relaxing strategies for beating back stress and reclaiming your mojo this year. PLUS: Why athlete and bestselling author Rich Roll knows from experience that you can always start over on the path to your better self.

The Arctic Job: As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when a bizarre crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you. —David Kushner

Running in the Dark: Rob Krar had to embrace incredible physical pain to win iconic ultramarathons like the Leadville Trail 100 and the Western States Endurance Run. But that’s a form of suffering he can control—unlike his decades-long struggle with depression. —Christine Fennessy

I Rode Across the Country Five Times and All I Got Was Whining and Grief: Seduced by the idea of getting paid to do the thing she loved, Caitlin Giddings led coast-to-coast bike tours throughout her twenties. As she learned, some passion pursuits are best left pro bono.

The Icy Sky at Night: Few people are as devoted to the aurora borealis as Hugo Sanchez, a self-taught photographer who fled civil-war-torn El Salvador and moved to Canada. But tragedy followed him. During a frosty road trip in wintertime Alaska, Sanchez and David Wolman lug cameras and tripods in search of connection—and the perfect shot.


Big Idea

This Is an Emergency: With Americans surging onto public lands like never before, search and rescue operations are becoming overwhelmed—and help is not on the way. —Marc Peruzzi


Portfolio: Kennett Mohrman captures the soul of pond hockey in Minnesota.


Mysteries: Two books explore the unique terror of murder in the outdoors. Plus: Our Oscar picks for best documentary.


Cabin Comfort: Take coziness to the next level.

Puffies: Challenge the chill with these insulated jackets.

Winter Workout: Activewear that gets you out the door.

Go Bag: Everything you need for a tropical getaway.


Boots and Socks: Put a kick in your step.


Warm-Weather Escapes: Want to avoid the post-holiday blues? Try one of these sunny adventure remedies, from mountain biking in Baja to hiking Dominica.