Outside Magazine, May 2013
This month in Outside
The ponies that carried Genghis Khan’s warriors are small, tough, and skittish as hell, making the prospect of riding them for 1,000 kilometers seem downright insane. American cowboy Will Grant couldn’t resist, so he entered the Mongol Derby—the longest, hardest horse race in the world—determined not just to finish but to win.
The new country of South Sudan is blessed with oil, water, and a safari bonanza: one of the largest, most stunning animal migrations on earth. But without roads, laws, or infrastructure, can Africa’s youngest state turn potential into stabilizing profit? Patrick Symmes joins the adventure.
The extreme polar explorer on rock lifting, noodles, and scheduling conflicts
Three whitewater guides, one wooden dory, and the Colorado River, swollen by record snowmelt and raging with a fury that boatmen hadn't seen since the days of John Wesley Powell. From Kevin Fedarko's epic new book, The Emerald Mile, the incredible story of the fastest, wildest trip ever attempted through the Grand Canyon.
Lost on Everest
Fifty years after Jim Whittaker became the first American to conquer Mount Everest, Grayson Schaffer unearths the full story of the 1963 team’s summit—and their daring first ascent of the mountain’s West Ridge.
Born on the 9th of July
Africa’s youngest country is the wildest baby on earth, blessed with oil, water, and wildlife but lacking the infrastructure and tourism dollars to keep those gifts intact. Patrick Symmes explores the many possibilities. Happy 22-month birthday, South Sudan!
Rocketing into the Great Unknown
It went down in legend simply as the speed run, a slingshot ride by three whitewater guides down the flood-swollen Colorado River in 1983. Kevin Fedarko brings history’s fastest, craziest voyage through the Grand Canyon to life in this excerpt from his new book, The Emerald Mile.
All the Jittery Horses
Take a cocky American cowboy, put him on a hardy Mongolian pony, and enter him in the grueling Mongol Derby, the longest horse race on earth, a 1,000-kilometer charge across the Asian steppe. What could possibly go wrong? By Will Grant
2013 Adventurers of the Year: From long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad to high-altitude endurance freak Kilian Jornet, this year’s exploration heroes crossed seas, jumped from the stratosphere, and created their own brand of alpine masochism.
National Parks: The grandest, loneliest spots in Acadia, Canyonlands, and nine others are well worth the effort to get there.
Base Camp: Upping your happiness quotient in Bhutan.
Go List: Glamping in Idaho, and calculating the sketch factors of travel’s riskiest new frontiers.
Competition: Why cyclists and runners are skipping out on traditional races in favor of homegrown contests—and why you should join them.
Tools: Dopp-kit must-haves for adventuring abroad.
My Body: Hauling rocks and candy with explorer Eric Larsen.
Bikes: Our definitive annual roundup of the hottest new road and mountain rides.
Unpacked: The perfect camp kitchen for the gourmet on the go.
Buying Right: The art and technology of hydration.
Stress Tested: Putting iPhone cases through the wringer.