Outside Magazine, Mar 2014
Thirteen ways to love getting in shape
A Frenchman plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Yes, that's as crazy as it sounds.
Our test subject spends two uncomfortable weeks getting too close to everyone in his life
It doesn't take much to feel like you've gotten away.
No one's life is Instagram-perfect. Would we be better off sharing the mundane and unattractive parts of ourselves?
Step away from the smartphone. Gaining control over your screen time doesn't have to mean swearing off all electronics—just setting a few sane rules. Do it, and you'll be happier in the end.
It's called the Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning machine, and it looks like a sci-fi egg from outer space. In theory it one-ups standard hypobaric chambers by giving users greater aerobic gains in a fraction of the time. Is CVAC crackpot pseudoscience? Or an important new discovery that could change the way you train?
That's how Mark Twain defined a gold miner. But when our writer heard head-spinning treasure tales from a legendary prospector named Flint Carter, he organized a full-scale expedition into the mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Following a hand-drawn map, the team lit out for the harsh Sonoran Desert hopped up on gold fever in search of the fabled Lost City.
Liability lawyer and former professional bike racer Megan Hottman spends her working hours representing cyclists who've been injured by reckless drivers. She spends her leisure time riding and telling people what they don't always want to hear: in the perpetual, complicated conflict between two wheels and four, bike riders are part of the problem, and they have to be a big part of the solution.
Being in the zone. Zenning out. Whatever you call it, concentrating so deeply you don't even realize it is sublime.
Dallas Seavey is the latest in an esteemed bloodline of Iditarod champs. Since 2012, he's won the race twice and set records as the race's youngest and fastest. This year's goal? Out-mush dad.
Twenty-seven years ago, David Ewing Duncan wrote a magazine article about a secret tropical gem called Belize, inspiring a wave of adventure travelers that changed the tiny country forever. Braced for a few stabs of guilt, he went back with his son and found that paradise was different, but not completely lost.
Camera-equipped flying robots have quickly become a staple of the adventure world, filming first ascents and nailing poachers. But that’s just the beginning. As Eric Hansen found out during a cross-country test drive, affordable consumer drones will revolutionize how we experience the outdoors.
Search the web for Dean Reinke and you’ll soon be scrolling through a rap sheet of consumer complaints about how he and his for-profit road-race company, USRA Half Marathon, do business. Is he a fraud who has stayed one step ahead of the law, or an upstanding man who’s been slimed by his enemies?
Easy gear upgrades to get you race-ready without mortgaging the house
2014 Race Report: Ready, Set, Go Nuts!
You don’t need a Ph.D. in fancy gear. You don’t even have to pay an entry fee. To join the boom in weekend racing, just head to the start line and let the competition begin. Plus: Meals and fitness plans to help you finish first.
A Boy and His Drone
They’re monitoring ice flow in the Arctic, mapping the Matterhorn—and maybe one day delivering our pizzas. But are we ready for buzzing aerial robots to invade our everyday adventures? Eric Hansen investigates.
Blood in the Sand
I ruined Belize. That’s what David Ewing Duncan believed after writing on of the first travel stories to lure tourists to the country’s untrammeled coast. But when he finally returned, he discovered that paradise was not entirely lost.
With 1.7 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, Utah entrepreneur Devin Graham has discovered the formula for Internet gold: Rig up a rope swing, corral some sponsors, roll cameras, and share, share, share. By Grayson Schaffer
Take the Money and Run
He’s either the biggest con man in race-organizing history or a businessman who’s been viciously maligned. Either way, Dean Reinke has pissed off city councils, the Better Business Bureau, and countless would-be competitors. By Gordy Megroz
First Look: A crop of pro athletes have found second careers dishing out locally sourced, nutrition-packed meals. Order up!
Tech: Google wants Street View to include your favorite trails.
Primer: That new duck-down parka that costs a mint? Blame it on the Chinese.
Drink: Microbrewing’s biggest trend is hangover-free American sake.
Injury: Kodak courage has led to some epic (and deadly) wipeouts.
Media: Why reaiity TV’s hicksploitation boom is here to stay. Also: How athletes get in the zone.
Big Idea: How snowboarding lost its mojo.
Brazil: With the World Cup and the Olympics coming to town, there’s no spot hotter than Rio. Happily for us, Brazil is also an adventure hub. Our team of local experts offers the insider’s guide to doing it right.
Crowdfunded Gear: Kickstarter and its ilk are launching everything from weatherproof tablets to a power-generating bicycle desk.
Socks: That’s right—socks. Here’s to that most underappreciated piece of gear.
Field Tested: The sharpest knives in the drawer.
Spectrum: The best skate skis, snowshoes, and winter runners.
Watches: Classic looks, expedition-ready features.
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