Outside Magazine, October 2015

The Wired Athlete


The Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Italy is the most dangerous migrant route on earth. That hasn't deterred thousands of refugees from launching their boats—and it hasn't stopped Christopher Catrambone, a Louisiana entrepreneur who's out to save them. By Joshua Hammer

The Path of Beta Flash Resistance
The route setters who put up the bouldering problems at climbing gyms and competitions are an elite tribe of fiendishly clever puzzle-masters who delight in the contortions that their crimps and jugs force climbers to make. By Brendan Borrell

Peak Havana
The best time to visit Cuba has always been yesterday, back when you could still find good music and a great mojito down a cobble street, before Americans like us came and ruined it. Or at least that's the legend. Patrick Symmes makes the case that Havana's golden age is happening right now.

Trim Toward the Light
Afghanistan bruised his body, messed up his mind, and left this Navy SEAL with a case of PTSD that seemed incurable. Then he found a program that uses surfing to give veterans some relief. Matt Skenazy joins a close friend for their most important session yet.

First Look
: Hilaree O'Neill, one of the best climbers of her generation, points her skis down 27,766-foot Makalu.
Business: The coolest new gear is made in Montana.
Games: The dream of action-sports fantasy leagues is becoming a reality.
Media: Paul Theroux turns his traveler's eye on Dixie. Plus: Ed Caesar on marathons, and what we're reading now.
Stunts: Jeb Corliss's crazy-ass Great Wall jump will be televised. But should it be?

: From an Airbnb for adventurous car rentals to pain-free new ways to board planes, these are the innovations that are changing how we get out and see the world.
Plan of Attack: Off-season in the Grand Canyon, three ways.
Base Camp: A sprawling lodge in Chile's adventure capital.

The Wired Athlete: The explosion in wearable technology was supposed to change our lives. Instead, it's consumed them. Our guinea pig wades through the data to tell you how best to plug in—and when to leave the gizmos at home.

Boots: Rugged footwear for office and trail.

: A positively presidential rowing machine.
Spectrum: Workhorse jackets for fall's fickle weather.
Stress Tested: Gravel grinders and other adventure bikes that power over anything. Plus: the best accessories for rough riders.
Tools: Cutting-edge knives.


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