Outside Magazine, Nov 2014
Tired of epic lift lines, hostile locals, and $15 burgers at the lodge? Something wonderful is happening in a remote pocket of British Columbia, where homegrown spirit is flourishing beyond the reach of corporate resorts and there's plenty of powder to share.
Jamie Smith says he was recruited into the CIA as an undergraduate at Ole Miss, cofounded Blackwater, and has done clandestine intelligence work all over the world, operating out of a counterterrorism boot camp in the woods of north Mississippi. Plenty of people believed him, including the Air Force (which paid him $7 million to train personnel) and William Morrow, which signed him up to write his memoir. There's just one little question: How much of it is true?
It may be the oldest emotion. Before happiness, before sorrow, before exhilaration, and way, way before the urge to climb mountains and bomb down steeps, there was fear. Now scientists are finding new ways to help us conquer our deepest anxieties—and use them to perform even better.
Work, Play, Live
We can’t all be marine biologists, but there are ways to turn your career into an adventure. Outside‘s guide to thriving in the 21st-century workplace shows you how. PLUS: Seven masters of reinvention share their wisdom. By Abe Streep
The Soul of Skiing in the Great White North
Imagine a winter wonderland of endless powder and open bowls, where the locals are friendly, you can afford the hamburgers, and a limousine consists of a king-cab pickup truck. Christopher Solomon found that place.
Secret Agent Man
CIA operative. Blackwater cofounder. Special-operations expert. In an upcoming memoir, spook Jamie Smith chronicles a life in the shadows. But is his story for real? By Ace Atkins and Michael Fechter
First Look: Daredevil Nik Wallenda has walked a high wire across Niagara Falls. Now he’s going to tiptoe above the Windy City—without a net.
Obstacle Course Racing: Can the sport overcome its infighting?
Primer: Cyclists chase the hour record.
Food: The new maple syrup.
Rising Star: How Instagram yogi Rachel Brathen took over the world.
Islands: Start planning your winter island escape. One of the wildest—St. John—is closer than you think. Plus: seven more surprising getaways.
Base Camp: A new adventure hub on Peru’s Lake Titicaca.
In the Lead: Could a high-fat diet fuel endurance performance? Say it’s so.
My Body: Marathoner Meb Keflezighi runs on routine—and strawberry cheesecake.
Grooming: Save your skin this winter.
Tools: Smart watches.
Moves: The best stress busters, whether you’ve got ten seconds, ten minutes, or ten years.
Wanted: Line’s newest sticks make carving turns a work of art.
Skis: Our Snowbird, Utah, test revealed the best picks for powders, groomers, and everything in between.
Snowboards: A week of testing boiled down to these sweet three.
Accessories: What the snow pros won’t leave home without.
Cold Front: This winter, leave the long johns and oversize puffies at home.