May/June 2022

11 easy summer adventures, in pursuit of outdoor nudity, cushioned running shoes are back, is ultralight gear really worth it?, the world’s best new trail-running route, and siege of the Amarula: a terrifying true story of courage and survival



The Swiss Alps are home to an incredible new hut-to-hut runners’ route called the Via Valais. It’s a little demanding—150 miles, nine stages, and 42,000 feet of elevation gain—but if you can take it on, you’re guaranteed one of the most spectacular adventures of your life.

Runners smack the ground harder—but get injured less—in more cushioned shoes. New research explains why.