Outside Magazine, November 2021



This Is the Place: The grandeur of the Great Salt Lake stopped Brigham Young in his tracks and inspired John Muir to jump in for a swim. Yet now it’s in danger of disappearing, sucked dry by agriculture, climate change, and suburban lawns. Many Utahns would just as soon pave it, but as Bill Gifford learned during a yearlong exploration, there is beauty and natural splendor here that deserves to live on. —Bill Gifford

The Deep End: For as far back as she can remember, Mardi Fuller grew up in a world of swimming lessons and swim teams, which was unusual for a daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Why the emphasis on water? Because of a mysterious drowning that haunted her family’s past. In her journey to learn the truth, she contemplates circumstances that echo instances of racial injustice in the U.S. today. —Mardi Fuller

The World’s Most Dangerous Mountains: Each year an estimated 300,000 smugglers, known as kolbars, haul millions of pounds of contraband from Iraq to Iran over the 14,000-foot peaks of the Zagros Mountains. More than 50 of them will die, and countless more will be imprisoned. Alex Perry travels to Iraqi Kurdistan to investigate the roots of a trade that all but defies comprehension. —Alex Perry


The Outsider

Nick Offerman: Honest-to-God advice on how to enjoy nature, from an actor-comedian-author-canoe-builder who grew up on a farm and takes rock stars rafting.


Backcountry and Resort Skiing: Kit that excels both in-bounds and beyond the ropes.

Snowboarding: Reign over the slopes with this exacting equipment.

Boots: Cozy, technical footwear that will have you dancing in the flurries.

Road-Trip Essentials: Skate safely down snowy highways.

Casual Midlayers: Let’s have an adventure—and look good doing it.


Portfolio: Sophie Stafford’s photos show how martial arts is changing young girls’ lives in a refugee camp.


Training: Is blood-flow restriction the future of performance?

Tools: Keep your dog safe and warm this winter with six must-have items.

Fuel: Swap those Gu packets for nature’s own energy boost—maple syrup.

Moves: Build muscle and reduce risk of injury with an eccentric-strength routine.


Best Trips of the Year: Our experts sought out epic adventures in every landscape, from new desert outposts to off-the-grid wellness retreats, with plenty of trails, beaches, and base camps to fill up your 2022 calendar. Plus, plan an expedition with Outside editors to four classic destinations.