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Features Hustle and Float: In her quest to master the wheelie, our writer finds the sweet spot at the crossroads of work and play. —Kim Cross The Searchers: Forty years on, investigators are still trying to solve the case of Paul Fugate, a ranger at Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument…

Features So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: A revolution is hitting the seafood aisle—new brands of imitation tuna, crab, and shrimp that look and taste like the real thing. Among other benefits, the switch will help curb our reliance on an international fishing industry that has become an…

Features What’s Wrong with Jeb’s Brain? BASE-jumping pioneer Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen, a fiend for the extreme who has miraculously survived multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely allows second chances. Now, at 44, with a self-diagnosed psychological disorder, he’s embarking on his most fraught…

Features Ciao, Brumotti! Coronavirus hasn’t stopped Italian two-wheeled avenger Vittorio Brumotti from righting society’s wrongs. The cyclist has delighted Italy with his TV news segment “100% Brumotti,” shaming people for parking in handicapped spaces and taking on the mafia. Tom Vanderbilt rides along with Italy’s favorite vigilante. #SheHunts: A new…

Features Fire and Fury: Last December, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand’s White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. It was supposed to be a routine six-hour voyage, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island’s…

Features Camping Has Been Upgraded: Booking apps! Luxury tents! Tricked-out Sprinter vans! If you hadn’t noticed, life under the stars has never been better—or easier. Here’s your up-to-date primer on the ultimate weekend getaway. On the Grid: In an era dominated by online shopping, dubious influencer endorsements, and trendy direct-to-consumer…

Features World’s Best Kayaker Seeks Full-Time Employment: With a résumé full of wins at kayaking’s most prestigious competitions and historic first descents of the planet’s deadliest whitewater, Nouria Newman is considered one of the greatest paddlers around. So why can’t she turn her passion into a sustainable career? —Kyle Dickman…

Features Health and Wellness 2020 We’re Calling Time Out: Americans are overworked, overscheduled, and just plain exhausted. The solution? Forget about radical diets and intense new fitness plans—what we all really need is to sloooow down. Presenting 17 relaxing strategies for beating back stress and reclaiming your…

Features Outsiders of the Year: Forty-two athletes, activists, hustlers, makers, movers, and rule breakers who shaped our world in 2019, from the champion soccer team fighting for equality in sports to the teenager inspiring a wave of global climate activism to the humble farming couple reminding us where…

Features Total Immersion: The compelling virtual worlds in big-budget games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and World of Warcraft can become an addictive substitute for actually going outside. But there’s no need for Reefer Madness panic: the same technology is being used to open up a vast…

Features Colin O’Brady Wants to Tell You a Story: The explorer’s crossing of Antarctica put him in the spotlight. His skill in presenting himself to audiences hungry for vulnerable heroes will keep him there. —Tim Neville Up Next: How climate change is disrupting wilderness…

Features We’re in the Deep End Now: Like the rest of us, Tom Vanderbilt was ­dreaming of a new kind of vacation. He wanted adventure and a physical challenge, but also a trip that would appeal to his wife and young daughter. The answer: swimming in the…

Features It’s Not About the Bike: Ötillö Swimrun is a grueling race series alternating long passages of open-water swimming with rugged runs of up to 40 miles. But unlike a triathlon, there’s no biking. That’s great news for W. Hodding carter, a former collegiate swimmer who’s trying…

Features Ask Your Doctor if Nature Is Right for You: A grassroots movement of physicians are prescribing time outdoors as the best possible cure for a growing list of ailments. Can they really convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future? —Aaron…

Features Our Love Is Like a Ship on the Ocean: Can a relationship survive a grand adventure? That’s a question neither partner thought to ask when She got the bright idea to refit an old sailboat while He was dreaming of life on the range. A dueling he-said-she-said tale of…

Features Among Mountains and Martyrs: Kurdistan is home to rushing rivers, spectacular peaks, and fiercely hospitable people. It could be the Middle East’s premier outdoor destination—except for a few lingering problems, like the thousands of land mines left over from decades of war. —Jason Motlagh The Unlikely Preacher of…

Features The Outsiders: We bring you the year’s boldest athletes, activists, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and lifesavers. From Alex Honnold, whose climbs of El Capitan left us all gasping for air, to the women surfers breaking barriers on the world’s biggest waves, to the Navajo runners uplifting Native…

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Features The Inner Lives of the Obsessed: Director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is shaking up the world of climbing films with stories that reveal the fellowship among elite alpinists—­including her husband and collaborator, Jimmy Chin. With their latest project—Free Solo, about Alex Honnold’s ascent of El Capitan—the power…

Features Rewilding the American Child: Kids today, we can all agree, are disconnected from nature, addicted to screens, and tamed by well-meaning parents. So how do we restore their freedom, fire up their imaginations, and let them loose to play? The answers are all around us. In…

Features Amazon Is the Future of Gear! Amazon Is the End of Gear! Jeff Bezos’s empire has been called a monopoly in plain sight and a wrecking ball to America’s retail economy. With Amazon grabbing a larger share of gear sales every day, outdoor stores face an existential crisis.

Features “I Am Patient Zero”: Can Liz Parrish live forever? The biotech entrepreneur has endured experimental gene modification in her effort to spin the clock in reverse. McKenzie Funk reports from the front lines of radical longevity. —McKenzie Funk A First Time for Everything: You never forget…

Features The Sea Is Come Up: When a damaged crab boat and its father-and-son crew sailed into a violent storm in the Chesapeake Bay, the isolated Virginia community of Tangier Island swung into action. Could they get there in time? —Earl Swift Style: Go wherever the road…

Features Faces of Change 2018 This Is What Adventure Looks Like: From Ayesha McGowan, who is vying to become the first female African American pro cyclist, to Elyse Rylander, a travel expert facilitating outdoor experiences for LGBTQ youth, these 12 rising leaders are building a more inclusive…

Features The Ultimate Fitness Machine: Dave Asprey, the man who brought you Bullet-proof coffee, is expanding his biohacking empire into performance. Nick Heil hops inside the Vir­tual Float Tank at the pilot Bullet­proof Labs. —Nick Heil Irmageddon: Two months after Hur­ricane Irma flattened the house where he grew…

Work Smart 2018 Rethink Your Commute: A new tribe of digital nomads are trading cubicles for cabanas and suits for swimwear. Alice Gregory joins a band of untethered teleworkers to see if a Balinese villa and WiFi equal paradise. —Alice Gregory Get Schooled: For tomorrow’s gear makers, it’s not…

Daddy Has to Go: No matter how many times Mark Jenkins tells his wife that his latest dangerous expedition will be his last, he’s soon scaling peaks again thousands of miles from home. Trapped in a whiteout on the Chinese mountain Nyambo Konka, he reflects on the costs—and benefits–of…

“Don’t Worry About It and You’ll Be Great, Said Nobody Ever.”: Mikaela Shiffrin is not up for a beer. Or a movie, or a game of spoons. The alpine racer isn’t dusting the competition by slacking off. She’s putting in the work, and then she’s taking a nap. —Elizabeth…

The best stories from the November 2017 issue of Outside

Special 40th Anniversary Issue

Innovation 2017

The Good Life

Fit & Healthy Now

The New Heroes

The Love Issue

Fitness Special

16 Adventure Towns

Olympics Preview

Featuring John John Florence

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