Outside Magazine, May 2018



We're kicking off a new fitness column by surfing legend Laird Hamilton. First up: his top tips for performing at your best.

A more restful night is just a wireless snore-neutralizing soundscape generator away

Your best defense against snow, sun, and everything in between

Nonfiction works by John Branch and Eliza Griswold document changing ways of life in Utah and Pennsylvania

It’s time to get reacquainted with the PNW—home to massive mountains, lush rainforests, empty islands, and the greatest oysters you’ll ever taste

The Australian director of 'Sherpa' takes another look at high-altitude pursuits in the new documentary 'Mountain'

Get sweaty in our new favorite workout gear

Noso’s Kelli Jones is building an outdoor business while reducing waste, one scrap of nylon at a time

How a couple of heirs to an American retail dynasty are putting Bentonville, Arkansas, on the fat-tire map

With most of the area’s adventure offerings within an hour’s drive from the city, it's easy to fit in some outdoor fun in between your requisite eating and drinking

Plus dos and don’ts for scoring great deals on used equipment

There’s a common misconception that black people don’t love wild places. Latria Graham, a southerner with deep connections to farms, rivers, and forests, says the problem isn’t desire but access—and a long history of laws and customs that have whitewashed our finest public lands.

When you take former sex-trafficking victims into the wilderness for a few days of roughing it, know this: they’ve seen worse. Florence Williams goes on a trip organized by Atlanta-based She Is Able and learns that one size of adventure therapy does not fit all.

For outdoor brands and journalists, it’s been far too easy to return to familiar places to find writers, stories, and images. This month’s issue is a concerted effort to chart a new path.

Last December, when the Trump administration announced its decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a crack team of Native American attorneys armed themselves with a lawsuit that ensured tribal voices will lead the legal battle to overturn it. Abe Streep reports on a historic case that will reverberate for generations.

An energized group of explorers are bringing the spirit of wilderness through hiking to American cities. Record-breaking distance trekker Liz Thomas and others are altering how we see urban spaces and inviting folks new to the outdoors along for the fun.

The anti-inflammatory is extracted from the marijuana plant. Is this bud for you?


Thanks to a bold movement led by activists and athletes, the outdoors at last is on its way to becoming a more inclusive playground. It’s about damn time.


Faces of Change 2018

This Is What Adventure Looks Like: From Ayesha McGowan, who is vying to become the first female African American pro cyclist, to Elyse Rylander, a travel expert facilitating outdoor experiences for LGBTQ youth, these 12 rising leaders are building a more inclusive adventure community. —interviews by James Edward Mills

We’re Here. You Just Don’t See Us.: “Black people don’t like the outdoors.” Latria Graham has confronted this wrongheaded belief her entire life. She argues that diversity outside has nothing to do with desire and everything to do with opportunity. —Latria Graham

The Tribes v. Donald Trump: For anyone concerned about the current administration’s decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument, meet your new heroes: a crack team of Native American attorneys waging a legal battle that could shape conservation for generations. —Abe Streep

The Survivors: Wilderness therapy has benefited everyone from wayward teens to combat veterans. Can it help heal victims of sex trafficking? Florence Williams embarks on a backcountry expedition with Atlanta-based She Is Able and returns with some surprising conclusions. —Florence Williams

Like the Appalachian Trail, But with More Stoplights: Ready for a through-hike that strings together city parks, concrete stairways, and underground tunnels? Fall in with distance trekker Liz “Snorkel” Thomas, unofficial captain of a fledgling movement aimed at reinventing urban recreation. —Erin Berger


Big Idea

No Safety in Numbers: Nepal instituted new regulations on Mount Everest. Will they actually change anything? —Alan Arnette

The Outsider

Tom and Steuart Walton: The Walmart heirs are transforming Bentonville, Arkansas, into a mountain-biking mecca.


Rural Reads: Books about families surviving and adapting in ranch and farm country. Plus, the new documentary Mountain.


Pacific Northwest: Rediscover the Big Green, from British Columbia’s surfing to Oregon’s best brewery.

24 Hours: Secret adventures in New Orleans.


Used Gear: Why outdoor brands would love to sell that old puffy in your closet.

Spring Jackets: The best line of defense against shoulder-season showers.

Women’s Workout: Everything to pack for a hardcore lunchtime gym session.

The Process: Kelli Jones of apparel-repair upstart Noso wants to patch you up.


Recovery: Athletes are using CBD, extracted from the marijuana plant, as an anti-inflammatory and to manage pain. Is it the new wonder drug?

Laird’s Laws: Tips for lifelong health and fitness from the big-wave legend.

Nutrition: Grain bowls packed with power.

Tools: From an ingenious anti-snoring device to a guided breathing system, sleep is the new life-hacking frontier.