Outside Magazine, Jun 2014

21 Perfect Weekends



These ground-tested strategies will help you conquer every last weekend.

Kai Lenny is a 21-year-old hailing from Paia, Hawaii who also happens to be the breakout star of the SUP world, having paddled his way to six world titles.

The deep-dish pizza might get all the love, but there's plenty to keep you active in the windy city. Here's our guide to the best of it.

The first county in the United States to outlaw fracking has an idea that could give environmentalists the upper hand—and deliver a major setback to big oil.

He's not one to take up the spotlight, but the Team Garmin-Sharp rider turns heads anyway.

Chelsea and Hillary Clinton have teamed up to confront a new challenge—protecting the heavily poached African elephant.

The U.S. soccer team's breakfast of choice.

From a speedy dream piece to the most versatile road ride we’ve ever tested, this year’s best bikes meet the needs of every cyclist.

See more of what you want, and less of what you don't, with these primo performance shades.

Three new essential summer reads examine justice and payback in the wilderness.

Man's greatest culinary achievement since fire.

Six boots to keep you going over every type of trail.

New running tech to help you score a personal best—or just make your jog more fun.

The avalanche of data generated by fitness tech has science zeroing in on some surprising performance recommendations.

Europe has a secret. It's called Albania—a Maryland-size playground of rugged peaks, emerald seas, and ripping rivers. The only catch? It's really poor, graft is rampant, and there's little environmental regulation. Pack your bribe money for a warts-and-all jaunt through the wildest post-Communist state on earth.

For some surfers and SUPers, hanging ten is the holy goal—toes on the nose, nothing in front of you but pure green wave. With a nerve disorder threatening to destroy his balance, longtime kook Erik Hedegaard asked a waveriding genius to train him for one last shot.

Last September, a trekking company's guided trip through the wilds of Papua New Guinea was shattered when machete-wielding men attacked the native porters, killing two on the spot and injuring many more. The motive appeared to be robbery, but Carl Hoffman knew something else was at work—ancient tribal patterns of violence that, he knew, would inevitably be avenged

In the Sundarbans region of India and Bangladesh, some of the world's last wild tigers roam free and ravenous. An expedition to film these elusive predators is tricky business. You may not see them, but they almost certainly are watching you.

Tiptoe Through the Three-Footers
Hanging ten is hard enough if you’re a pro. But for an amateur surfer with a nerve disorder hampering his every step, inching even a single piggy in the right direction is an exercise in grit. By Erik Hedegaard

Last fall, a trekking group was setting up camp on a remote trail in Papua New Guinea when three men wielding machetes attacked their native porters, killing three and maiming six. Was the motive robbery? Or a deeper, more ancient grudge? By Carl Hoffman

Five Hundred Pounds of Stealth
You may not see them, but they almost certainly are watching you. As Caroline Alexander has learned through her own rugged exploration, the man-eating tigers of the Sundarbans rule their marshy corner of India and Bangladesh with an invisible iron paw. Here, kitty kitty…

Europe Has a Secret
It’s called Albania, and it’s made for adventure, with 9,000-foot peaks, Class III whitewater, and plenty of ancient Roman ports to park your sea kayak. Join Tim Neville on a joyful mission to a post-Communist playground full of smoking, dancing, drinking Muslims who like Americans—a lot.

Public Space: A backlash threatens to curb one of the fastest-growing movements in fitness—group workouts in city parks.
Rising StarWaterman Kai Lenny is a prodigy across the board.
Community RightsIn the first-ever countywide fracking ban, the little guys are taking on Big Energy.
CovetThe god of backyard fire.
Media: Brawny tales from the wilderness. Plus, a flock of online travel shows take off.
The Outside Q&AChelsea Clinton’s war on elephant poaching.

Weekend Escapes: You’ve got 14 chances to get away between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We’ve got your plans: biking through wine country, chilling lakeside in Arkansas, getting marooned in the Florida Keys, and more.
Active Cities: Chicago

Data Mining:
Researchers are busily sifting through the mother lode of performance stats generated by our fitness trackers and training apps—and changing how we think about working out.
Moves: Why the fitness tools you need this summer are at the hardware store, not the gym.
Fuel: USA Soccer’s game-day huevos.
Tools: Running gadgets to boost your personal best.
My Body: Team Garmin-Sharp cyclist Andrew Talansky.

Road Bikes:
From sleek climbers to all-around dream machines, the perfect ride for every pedal pusher.
Hiking boots for every kind of terrain.
Sunglasses: Shades that reveal more of what you want to see—and less of what you don’t.

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