Outside Magazine, May 2014

How to do everything: 63 vital skills for today's adventurer



From terminator-style cycling shades to earphones that track your every move, wearable technology promises to change the way we train. But I had to ask, is it wearable?

The present, future, and far-out prospects of wearable technology.

Timbertek's packable Baked Potato is a tough and tiny surfboard

Some of the world’s scariest waves explode off the coast of Portugal, and North Shore gunslinger Garrett McNamara won’t stop until he’s tamed an elusive wave he calls Big Mama

The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is a lawless no-man's-land where violence and suffering rage, and no one has it harder than the region's 21 million Pashtun women. Their mode of rebellion? Short-verse poems called landays.

Tiny adventure tools that prove size doesn't matter

Portable outdoor toys that play big and travel small

Explore the outdoorsy side of the Star of Texas

Tuareg nomads have stormed out of the desert again, threatening a return to culture war in the Sahara’s legendary lost city. Patrick Symmes on the rebel alliance, and the fire next time.

The volcanic remains at the heart of Aniakchak National Monument—the least visited site in the national park system—are a trippy mishmash of postapocalyptic cinder cones, hardened lava, and flame-colored walls. The only catch? Doing it right involves days of trekking and rafting through some of the planet’s toughest, most bear-heavy terrain.

There's a rod here for everyone, from the expert angler to the one just getting his toes wet.

To many entrepreneurs across the world, rising temperatures, drought, and ice melt represents a market opportunity. McKenzie Funk spent the past six years reporting around the world on how the business world is preparing for a warmer planet.


Bonfire of the Humanities
When jihadis burned the ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu, it was a despicable act of vandalism. Then reports surfaced that many of the books had survived. Patrick Symmes embarks on a journey up Mali’s Niger River to see the truth for himself.

Ride It Like You Stole It
On the remote coast of Portugal, Garrett McNamara is chasing the biggest wave ever ridden—and making himself the most famous surfer on the planet along the way. So why won’t the surfing world get on board? By Bill Gifford

Baked Alaska
Nothing is farther out there than Aniakchak National Monument, the least visited site in the national park system and a trippy lavascape of glowing green water and candy-striped walls. But the place can get crowded—with the biggest brown bears on earth. By Christopher Solomon

Poetry Slam
Eliza Griswold was four months pregnant when she traveled to the lawless border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. If you think that sounds brave, wait until you hear about the Pashtun women whose daring songs she went there to document.

How to do Everything: Film a descent. Fix a flat. Turn your smart-phone into a GPS. The 21st-century adventurer needs a full quiver of old—and new—school skills. Our ultimate guidebook, starring expedition guru Jimmy Chin, has got you covered.

National Parks: Summer spells crowds in Yellowstone, but there are plenty of secret adventures to be had in America’s parklands, from paddle-boarding glacier to beach-camping Hawaii volcanoes.
Active Cities: New York
Go List: New language tools, a nifty travel converter, and a better way to bike-tour.

Wearable Tech:
Fitness-boosting devices embedded in our gear will soon be as ubiquitous as the iPhone—or so we’re told. But how much is available now, and how much is empty promises? Tom Vanderbilt investigates.

Travel Gear:
Tools and toys that pack light and follow you anywhere.
Trail Runners:
The best new off-road kicks.
Spectrum: Fly-fishing rods for every angler.
Shells: Versatile jackets that weather anything spring throws your way.

Between the Lines
Parting Shot