Outside Magazine, Sep 2010
Dallas Trombley spent about $200,000 on six failed attempts to build and float a raft down the Hudson River. He’s not sure why, but he’s back for more.
Author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger on covering war, being selectively lazy, and the rewards of following the rough road.
All told, the Marolts have six ski descents from about 7,000 meters. “People who haven’t done this have no concept,” Mike says. “It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do.”
There's no better way to get in shape than to prepare for a triathlon. Here's your guide to the ultimate first-time experience.
Herein, a primer on the talents—like chopping firewood or putting an edge on a knife—that will never be obsolete.
Presenting 51 dream trips, daring quests, essential skills, and exalted states of body and mind.
Presenting 25 of the best adventure, investigative, and nature documentaries ever. Plus: the best of a new generation of action films.
life list 2010
YOU'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BUCKET
Live abroad. Win a race. See a giant panda in the wild. Ski-bum for a year. And 47 more must-do items for the adventurous soul. Plus: Reader picks.
All the indispensable items—from a heavyweight duffel to a killer pair of sunglasses—that every gearhound needs.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP
The 25 best documentaries for the Outside reader, as chosen by the crew at Mountainfilm in Telluride. Plus: Our favorite action-packed sports films.
STEP INTO CELLULOID
These seven visionaries represent the vanguard of a new generation of filmmakers who give adventure top billing.
BACHELOR OF LOST ARTS
Somewhere between Frogger and the advent of the iGadgets, we lost some crucial knowledge. Here's how to get back to—and master—the basics, from steering a canoe to perfect campfire tale.
THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE
Eric Hansen catches up with Sebastian Junger—world-class author, prodigious runner, undaunted war correspondent, and, now, director of a new film from the front lines.
Wait, a pair of identical accountants, when not playing the calculator, are using those left brains to knock off the world's tallest mountains—on skis? Damn skippy.
By Nick Paumgarten
HEART OF DARK CHOCOLATE
In which Rowan Jacobsen floats deep into the Bolivian Amazon to play Marlow to a German agronomist's Kurtz. Discovering wild cacao—presumed extinct, source of the world's most bafflingly awesome chocolate—has driven the man to extremes.
WATERSHIP DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, AND (ALAS) DOWN AGAIN
Dallas Trombley has an obsession. Or is it a compulsion? The Huck Finn hopeful just knows he has a mission to complete: to build a raft that can survive the mighty Hudson and float him to Manhattan. But will the seventh time be the charm?
By Christopher Solomon
The old man of the mountains (just three years shy of 90) still climbs as boldly as ever. Having lost count of his first ascents, we thought it was about time you got to know Fred Beckey. An oral history
by Justin Nyberg.
YES YOU CAN … FINISH THE ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ
Part three of our four-part fitness special takes on the Bay Area's infamous triathlon. We break down the course and dish up training tips for conquering San Fran by sea and by land, including what to wear, what to eat, how to strengthen your core. BONUS: A complete five-month training plan.
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