Outside Magazine, Jul 2013

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Why is Europe dominating the United States in meteorological prognostication? Follow the money.

Not everybody can get behind screaming, flourescent shades. That's OK. This year's crossover designs pair subdued styling with hotshot performance.

After Sandy, attention turned to fortifying New York City. But another location on the eastern seaboard faces a more immediate threat.

Australian surfer David Scard, 37, runs Kirra-based World Surfaris’ Stealth Travel Club, which whisks surfers to the biggest waves at a moment’s notice. His success rate: 100 percent.

Two-time CrossFit champ Rich Froning doesn't subscribe to fussy diets or exercise schedules, but he's seen real results. He shares his best practices.

A terrific new documentary about injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce takes a searing look at the dark side of action sports

Jon Mooallem's examination of the ideal animal

A professional freediver is training athletes to get more oxygen with every breath

The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.

Fitness tech to measure your effort, keep you motivated, and let you know when to go hard and when to back off.

Ben Hewitt talks about his new book, Saved, and the challenges of learning to live the cashless dream

A new breed of sports drinks, backed by a decade of studies, are challenging common assumptions about how best to hydrate—and offering smarter, more effective alternatives

Finally, a waterproof gadget fit for an outdoorsman

The Colorado skier puts out winter storm alerts that track the essentials: Where exactly the snow will fall, how much, and when. As fellow weather nerd Michael Behar finds out, it’s wonderful when it works.

The best websites for targeted weather info

How to get a more precise forecast for your own backyard

Our summer is the perfect time to migrate south to New Zealand, where July means trekking-perfect temperatures and no crowds

Haboobs? Volcano lightning? Keep your hat on, the sky isn't falling just yet.

R&D at outdoor companies is being revolutionized by 3-D printing. The result: Better gear that gets to you faster.

Want to watch the Tour de France but don't have premium cable? Try these nifty alternatives.

When Hurricane Sandy closed in on New york City, the Weather Channel dispatched (who else?) Jim Cantore, the world’s most fearless meteorologist. Nick Heil tagged along for a wet, wild adventure that quickly became something else—a survival challenge in the darkest hours of a killer storm.

Behold the Cricket, summer’s best new road-trip partner.

Norway has everything the alps does—towering mountains, five-star restaurants, loads of culture. You also get fjords, glaciers, epic whitewater, and a few thousand polar bears.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

The trendy fruitarian diet is gaining a reputation for possible health risks. But the right fruits, assuming they’re not your only energy source, pack a performance punch.

You can't control the elements, so may as well keep track of their goings-on. These handy apps will keep you on top of things.

New technology has made it easier than ever to keep real-time tabs on an endless array of fitness metrics. Don't drown in the data stream.

Drought and climate change have turned western forests into firebombs that go off every summer. Even with new technology, the essential weapon in the fight against flame are the Hotshots, an elite group of wilderness first responders who head straight for the heat.

Every summer, 50 elite athletes endure a torture test of cold and wet at a tiny island off the south coast of Ireland, where they train to swim the English Channel. The only rules: No wetsuits. Or whining. Matt Bondurant goes deep.


The Franchise
How do you become the celebrity face of meteorology? If you’re the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, you head into a hurricane and stand your ground. As Sandy barreled toward land last fall, Nick Heil joined the stormchaser for a crash course in survival broadcasting.

Give Us Your Tired, Your Sore, Your Shriveled Masses
The wind-whipped Irish coast isn’t exactly the ideal setting for a summer dip. Unless you’re preparing to swim the English Channel. Matt Bondurant attends the world’s most punishing open-water training camp.

Prepare For Turbulence
From the science of forecasting to the best apps for your smartphone, here’s our guide to navigating the crazy new world of weather. Plus, the East Coast’s most ambitious plan for climate-change mitigation. By Joe Spring

Life On the Line
The wilderness firefighters who battle the West’s biggest blazes crank out adrenaline-filled, 112-hour workweeks that wreak havoc on their personal lives. Kyle Dickman embeds with the elite Tahoe Hotshots during one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in history.

Snowstradamus
Calling Joel Gratz a snow geek is like calling Lindsey Vonn a decent skier. The obsessed Coloradan’s website, OpenSnow.com, logs a million unique visits a year from powder fiends looking for precise, microscale forecasts of the next big dump. By Michael Behar

DISPATCHES
Tour de France 100:
Celebrating cycling’s most grueling race, from its iconic moments to its most eccentric characters. Plus, this year’s must-see stages—with wine pairings, naturellement.
Tech:
How 3-D printing is revolutionizing outdoor-gear R&D.
Covet:
A pop-up camper inspired by NASA.
Q&A:
Author Ben Hewitt on why—and how—he quit money.
Media:
A new documentary follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s recovery from traumatic brain injury.

DESTINATIONS
Summer Vacations:
Screw the three-day weekend! Take off for ultimate adventures in Norway, Quebec, Alaska, and New Zealand. Or use our lake-house guide to bliss out without an itinerary.

BODYWORK
Data:
Athletes can now track everything from heart-rate variability to cortisone levels. What’s worth paying attention to?
Moves:
How to breathe smarter, from pro freediver Hanli Prinsloo.
Tools:
Breaking down the new generation of sports drinks.
My Body:
Two-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning.
Fuel:
Training on fruit alone.

ESSENTIALS
All-Season Gear
: The tools you need to survive global weirding, the first waterproof tablet, and the evolution of how we battle wind, rain, and heat.

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