Outside Magazine, July 2016

Featuring John John Florence


The Ride of Your Life
Many of us dream of hitting the open road in the perfect adventure vehicle—a vintage Land Cruiser or a tricked-out Westfalia. Customizing your machine takes dedication, but as these obsessives can attest, once you go all in, you never look back. By Chris Dixon 

The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away
When the first black bears sauntered into the eastern Russian town of Luchegorsk, the locals gawked. But then someone was attacked. Then more bears came, moving into basements and swimming in the lake. And they had no intention of leaving. By Sarah A. Topol

Yours Is the Earth and Everything That's in It
John John Florence makes surfing look easy. He started riding waves as a baby, was sponsored at age six, and tackles the ocean's biggest monsters with nonchalant style. So why hasn't the best surfer on earth won a world title yet? By Mike Sager

The Klinaklini River—a 125-mile ribbon of whitewater plunging through British Columbia—is so hazardous and remote that almost nobody paddles it. That sounded perfect to Chuck Thompson. But the wilderness had other plans.

First Look
: The best new place to blow off steam is… the driving range?
Business: Mobile mechanics are on their way to fix your bike.
Outsider: Hawaiian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard fights her way into the lineup.
Gear: Finally, fitness trackers for dogs.
Feud: Are trail angels taking the magic out of long-distance hikes?
Drink: The beers you'll be cooling off with this summer.
Media: Thank Cheryl Strayed for a new wave of memoirs by adventurous women.
Style: Sunglasses that throw shade.

British Columbia: Rugged coastline, world-class climbing, dog-friendly hostels: B.C. is Canada's answer to California, minus the crowds.
Go List: Climate change and air turbulence, a pocket-size smartphone battery pack, and more.
Base Camp: Sri Lanka's new lakeside retreat.

Made in America
: From the redwood forest (North Face's Backyard Full Zip hoodie) to the Gulf Stream waters (Tchoup's upcycled Flap pack), these things were made—right here—for you and me. 

In the Lead: Sensory-deprivation tanks and the power of floating.
Fuel: How your food is lying to you.
Performance Enhancer: Ultrarunner Rob Krar on training in the heat.
Active Cities: Atlanta, Georgia.


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