Outside Magazine, Nov 2014

Dream Jobs



Full-featured watches for smarter training

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.

Cold is brutal on skin. Keep your armor smooth with these simple remedies.

Mountains, water, and Incan myths collide in this Peruvian playground.

The world's top skiers and snowboarders share their favorite mountain accessories.

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?

A handful of years ago Rachel Brathen was a cigarette-smoking, rebellious teen in Sweden. Then she moved to Costa Rica, found yoga, booted up Instagram, and became a yoga celebrity—if there is such a thing.

Will leaping fiery hay bales amount to nothing more than an adrenaline-fueled fad? Or could it one day become an Olympic sport? That all depends on what comes next.

Three boldly versatile boards for managing the most variable conditions

Buying new skis this year? Lucky you. We tested the latest designs, and these came out on top—so shop wisely.

Line's inspired ski looks as good as it rides.

The marathoner runs on routine—and strawberry cheesecake.

Long shunned by endurance athletes looking to stay lean, the enemy is having a moment

Maple syrup gets a face-lift

Come for the solitude on the island's unpeopled parts and check out the dedicated ex-pat community if you decide you never want to leave.

From nearby to far-flung and exotic, we've got seven islands to cure your winter wanderlust. Turns out one of the most spectacular is right around the corner.

It's still possible to be what you wanted to be when you were a kid.

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.

Five business icons share how they flipped the switch on their careers—and how you can follow in their footsteps.

It started with a salsa bowl, some cheap Australian sunglasses, and a little help from Kickstarter. Now, Sunski is making waves—and its founders are living the dream.

An eight-step plan for rebooting your career and finding a job that you love.

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.

Yellow Streak
Fear can energize us—or shut us down. Now neuroscience is revealing how we can use our worst nightmares for peak performance. By Florence Williams

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.


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