Outside Magazine, November 2020



What’s Wrong with Jeb’s Brain? BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he’s embarking on his most fraught journey yet: into the depths of his own mind. —Daniel Duane

Journey to the Center of the Earth: For nearly half a cen­tury, legends of a giant cave in the Andes—holding artifacts that could rewrite human history—have beckoned adventurers and tanta­lized fans of the occult. Now the daughter of a legendary explorer is on a new kind of quest, to tell the truth about the cave in order to save it. —David Kushner

Emergency Response for the Mind: Wilderness pros are trained to deal with physical injuries, but what about the psychological trauma that can result while on an expedition, from fear and stress, or from watching someone die in a fall, an avalanche, or whitewater? Australian psychologist and moun­taineer Kate Baecher created a training pro­gram to equip guides and athletes with a tool kit to handle the worst mental distress we encounter when we’re far from help. —Emily Sohn

Too Close to the Edge: How young is too young for risky adven­ture? During a family whitewater trip that included her seven-year-old daughter, Tracy Ross faced this question in the most harrowing way imaginable.

The Outsider

Grizel: This Latinx through-hiker is using her rising social media profile to spark a more nuanced conversation on nature’s power to heal. 

Plus: Five portraits of some of our ­favorite outdoor photographers, and the eight most creative athletic achievements of this very weird year.


Big Idea

The Livability Revolution Starts Now: In many cities, the pandemic has led to an unexpected positive—people reclaiming streets in ways that have made urban areas more bikeable, walkable, and enjoyable. Preserving that will take work, but it’s worth it. —Joe Lindsey


Men’s Slackcountry Skiing: One setup to shred them all.

Women’s Backcountry Skiing: Gear to help you thrive beyond the ropes.

Midlayers: Stylish insulation with the right amount of warmth.

Winter Boots: Footwear that can take whatever the season dishes out.

Men’s Snowboarding: Roam the whole resort.


Adventure Travel Bucket List: Yes, summiting fourteeners and rafting the Grand Canyon are unforgettable experiences you should totally have. But in a moment when we’re rethinking how to make the most of our time outside, why limit yourself to the expected? From crossing a mountain range by bike to spending a night in a lighthouse, we came up with 23 surprising ways to get you inspired for 2021 and beyond.


Training: The home gym of the future is arriving ahead of schedule.

Tools: Massage guns suitable for beginners and hard-charging athletes.

Moves: Incorporating steep inclines into your workout can help improve strength and agility.

Fuel: New-school takes on breakfast classics.