Outside Magazine, Summer 2021

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Presenting your ultimate how-to manual for the outdoors.
Whether you’re just dipping your toe in the water or pushing the outer limits of adventure sports, you can use this handbook for decades to come. Inside are more than 70 technical tips and words of wisdom from the pros, ranging from ways to stay warm while cold-weather camping to nurturing the inspiration to get out there every day.

Beginner

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The Joy of Being a Lifelong Noob: When you start a new sport, everything will be hard, perplexing, and intimidating. But your brain will be on fire.

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Long Haul: All the essentials for crushing your first ambitious day hike.

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Why Running Doesn’t Suck: Hard-won advice from someone who hated the sport, until it changed his life.

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Starter Kit: Launch your journey with the right equipment.

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Fueling Station: Five sustaining and delicious whole-food meals and snacks to pack for your next mission. 

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Some Squad Required: Having a disability and staging epic adventures can go hand in hand. You just have to be willing to ask for a little help.

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Acts of Resistance: Looking to level up? Get started with this inexpensive, four-move, do-anywhere workout. 

Intermediate

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Roll With It: As you progress with a new outdoor passion, you’ll hit a stage where you have to either learn a tough new skill or give up. Here’s how to stay the course.

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The Odd Couple: Climbing’s most famous besties share what to look for in an adventure partner.

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Campfire Hero: Elevate your next outdoor sleepover with these four tricks.

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Road Scholarship: Looking to progress? A trip to these sports-friendly destinations and skills camps will take you to the next level.

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All Inclusive: Seven movers and shakers on how to make the outdoors more welcoming.

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Pedal to the Mettle: Dealing with discomfort isn’t a magical gift. It’s a skill, and you can learn to do it better.

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Coat Check: The right jacket for every outdoor situation.

Expert

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Over the Ledge: After a lifetime in the water, can you pick up big-wave surfing in middle age?

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Way Out There: Three bold destinations that will earn you major adventure-travel cred.

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Own Your Health: Core curriculum for lifelong wellness.

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The Evolution of Emily Harrington: Her list of physical feats seems impossible. But to become one of the world’s best climbers, there were far more daunting obstacles to overcome.

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MacGyver, Meet Bike: Five clever field repairs that can salvage your ride.

Out of Bounds

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Get Off Track: Why reaching outdoor nirvana means journeying far from the beaten path.

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A Higher Calling: Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk had secured her spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Then 2020 happened. Fortunately, she’s always run for more than just the medals.

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Beauty in the Breakdown: On living through loss and heartbreak in the mountains.

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Grow Up, Dirtbag!: Why are so many of us terrible with money? Hint: it’s not just the gear purchases. Here’s the Outside guide to getting your financial $hit together, no selling out required.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: At some point in every adventurous life, one needs to pursue something completely trivial with such single-minded focus that it nearly drives you mad. Here’s why.

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