Outside Magazine, Nov 2012
This month in Outside
Weekend gladiators are lining up in droves to risk hypothermia and electroshock in obstacle races. But behind all the sadistic fun, the industry’s Big Three are waging a sordid battle of their own. By Scott Keneally
Last winter, 15 skiers looked down a remote slope covered in powder and thought: Bliss. Minutes later, Megan Michelson was helping pull bodies out of the snow. A harrowing account of one of 2012’s deadliest avalanches.
The Jesus-Kissed, War-Fringed, Love-Swirled Rangers
Along the Myanmar border, a former Special Forces soldier (who is also an ordained minister) is training rebels to endure a simmering conflict with a brutal regime. Adam Skolnick embeds with one of the world’s strangest humanitarian-aid efforts.
Running Down a Dream
In Arizona’s Navajo Nation, the jobless rate is above 40 percent and opportunities are few. Cross-country coach Shaun Martin’s advice to the tribe’s young men and women? Run! By Joe Spring
First Look: New technologies designed to keep big-wave surfers safe may goad them into taking gnarlier risks than ever.
News From the Field: How the Keystone XL pipeline became the hot-button environmental issue of the 2012 election.
Drawing Board: Introducing wing-suit racing—BASE jumping’s latest attempt to utterly freak us out.
Media: David Quammen’s gripping new book on nightmare viruses.
Medicine: Why Obamacare won’t do anything to lower insurance costs for adventure-sports athletes.
Winter is coming. Time to plot your desert-island escape. From a bonefishing hideaway in belize to mind-blowing snorkeling in Indonesia to wildlife spotting off the coast of Australia—here are 16 retreats to defrost your adventure jones.
Covet: Sleek frame. Light wheels. Four-inch tires? Meet the king of all fat bikes.
Skis: The downhill revolution continues. Here are six new sticks for the slopes.
Snowboards: Tricked-out decks for every rider, from jibbers and park rats to powder fiends and neophytes.
Jackets, pants and gloves—10 must-have accessories for the cold season.