Outside Magazine, September 2015

Surviving Everest and Best Towns



Five exceptional sport-specific shades

Spurred by hipster idealism, the former automobile capital of the world is enjoying a post-bankruptcy renaissance. Rents are low, millenials are moving in, and the old neighborhoods are buzzing with potential.

In 1990, a grisly double homicide on America’s most famous hiking route shocked the nation and forever changed our ideas about crime, violence, and safety in the outdoors

With the rise of top-shelf white liquors, your end-of-summer cocktail just got a lot better

One day our computers will revolt. Until then, they’re making our mountain bikes ride better than ever.

We review the top six timepieces for everyone from surfers to backcountry skiers

The all-American Vintage Overland is custom-made for you to beat the ever living hell out of it

Perfect for shooting mind-bogglingly clear footage in hard-to-reach spots

But don't worry—a stateside version of Europe's grueling Skyrunning series is ready to kick your ass

The best new next-to-skin layers for a ramblin’ man

Does the catastrophe that gave us 'Into Thin Air' still have the power to captivate? We talk to the cast and crew of the new movie 'Everest' about making an adventure epic roar to life for a new generation.

Two days in the city should be enough to convince you to make the move

A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.

Pedaling to work is a lot more fun with the right setup

The jack-of-all-trades swaps the pigskin for an ice axe (and the tent for a real bed)

With grown-up leadership and slick production values, the World Surf League is betting that it can attract a mainstream audience online

Everest Stays in the Picture
Hollywood hits the Death Zone with a gripping take on the mountain's infamous 1996 tragedy, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Nick Heil talks with the actors and director Baltasar Kormákur about breathing new oxygen into an adventure classic.

Cache Money
Hunting for a mysterious chest of gold, rubies, and diamonds sounds like the plot from an old western. But the search for Santa Fe millionaire Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure has turned plenty of modern lives upside down, none more so than a former Seattle cop named Darrell Seyler. By Peter Frick-Wright

Style Special: Detroit Rising
Active cool is being reborn in the Motor City, where idealistic young entrepreneurs are colonizing old neighborhoods and setting up shop in former factories to manufacture watches, bikes, and heritage denim with a new American spirit. By Meaghen Brown

Up on Cove Mountain
Twenty-five years ago, Earl Swift was hiking the Appalachian Trail when two young trekkers he'd met along the way were murdered in a camping shelter. Last spring, he returned to the Pennsylvania mountains to try to understand the killings that shattered our idea of safety in the woods.

First Look
: The World Surf League has invested millions to stream contests to viewers. But will landlubbers watch?
Drink: Clear craft liquor.
Racing: An American Skyrunning series is punishing ultra athletes. 
Tech: Juicing up mountain bikes.
Outsider: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald swaps the pigskin for an ice ax.
Covet: Vintage Overland's custom backcountry trailer.

Performance Nutrition: In the last of our three-part series, we take you to dinner. Eight athletes share their evening fuel strategies, from wild-caught salmon to prosciutto and chocolate. (We'll have what he's having.)

Best Towns 2015: River- and mountain-loving Chattanooga, Tennessee, took home the top prize—again—in our annual contest. But the other 15 finalists have something for everyone, too. Plus: the biggest challenge facing our favorite adventure hubs.

Wanted: A compact, Hollywood-caliber adventure camera.
Outfitted: From wheels to work, the perfect bike-commuting kit.
Stress Tested: Sport-specific shades for running and more.
Spectrum: Training watches.
Basics: A primer on underwear.


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