Outside Magazine, Apr 2014

Best trips and 50 new ideas for adventure



A fresh look at Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey, plus this month's best novel-soundtrack combo

Our seven favorite models from this year's bike test.

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, we wanted to know whether the Gulf had recovered—and how much remains to be done.

The Whitewater Grand Prix is paddling's most insane event, a scrappy, alcohol-soaked gauntlet that sends competitors down some of the most fearsome rapids in the world. It's so dangerous and spectator-unfriendly that many sponsors won't go anywhere near it. But it might be exactly what the struggling sport needs.

Stop using that beat-up suitcase—and pack your new luggage with these foolproof essentials

How one team is leading pro cycling out of the concussion Dark Ages—and providing a potential road map for the NFL

Fly for less to Hawaii, save big on next season's Epic Pass, and compete to own a piece of Maine for $125

You favorite supplements—now available in powder form

New gear for more informed—and more fun—training

Think of these as your most dependable travel buddies, coming to the rescue at a moment's notice.

Hey, outdoor-equipment companies: Please stop ignoring women who rip

Research almost any travel destination and you'll probably wind up on travel-industry Goliath, where passionate people praise and denounce everything from romantic getaways to cockroach-infested hotel rooms. But who can you trust?

Don't plan any vacations before reading this year's Best of Travel winners.

These adventure geniuses will make your next trip the one you never, ever forget.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will now attempt the first solar-powered, round-the-world flight in their high-tech, carbon-fiber, kind-of-cramped plane

Two adventure masterpieces revisit epic failures of ambition

For the first time, armed police will patrol Everest Base Camp. just don’t expect them to curb the growing conflicts.

An iconic pair of sunglasses make a comeback.

A daredevil's plan to jump off the top of the world

Our April 2013 magazine makes a foray into the bizarre but edible—from insects to IPAs. But it's not all about the shock factor.

California guide Adrian Ballinger makes his play to become Everest's top dog with a climbing model that's fast, light—and very expensive.

After 18 years, Andrew Tilin’s marriage ended with a crash, leaving him in a crippling state of sorrow, anger, and loneliness. He decided to get serious about riding again, hoping that the pain and discipline of pure exertion would set him right one more time.

Feast your eyes on the next big thing in sports nutrition: insect energy.

It makes you faster. It lessens the sting of road rash. It’s a rite of passage. Compelling reasons for cyclists to shave their legs abound. Here’s the best stuff to shine them up right.

A new breed of adventure-ready cameras make capturing your journeys easier than ever, no matter where you're headed.

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.

Visiting the City of Angels and in desperate need of exercise? Here’s our guide to getting outside.

An innovative sushi chef named Bun Lai has a new strategy in the war on invasive species: If you can’t beat ’em, plate ’em. Feral hog sashimi, anyone?

Bold concoctions made from foraged ingredients are coming to a keg near you.

South African Johnny Olivier was just looking for an easy job to pay the bills. But after agreeing to help a buddy collect lion bones for an international wildlife-trafficking kingpin, he found himself in the middle of an unprecedented poaching scheme that involved imported sex workers, heavy gambling, bags of cash, and the slaughter of more than 30 rhinos.


Planet of Escapes
The votes are in, and our 50 winners reflect the best trips, deals, destinations, and adventures on earth, from island-hopping in Indonesia to tracking wolves in Sweden. Your life list just got longer.

Waiter, There’s a Lionfish in my Soup!
A new front has opened up in the war on invasive species: the plate. With chefs like Bun Lai serving
up jellyfish rolls and feral-hog sashimi, the dinner bell has rung on America’s invaders. By Rowan Jacobsen.

The Flat-Tire Project
When his marriage ended after 18 years, cyclist Andrew Tilin crash-landed into loneliness, anger, and sorrow. Then he turned to the one thing he could count on to get him back on the road to life: his bike.

Young Man in a Hurry
Can a 25-year-old photographer remake the flailing Lonely Planet guidebook brand for the digital age? It’s complicated. By Charles Bethea

A bizarre poaching scheme in South Africa started with lion bones and ended in wholesale rhino slaughter, with plenty of partying, gambling, and prostitution along the way. Paul Kvinta digs into one of the world’s strangest cases of wildlife crime.

Everest 2014:
The climbers who will grab headlines at the top of the world. Plus, the tech and stunts that will make this year one for the ages.
The perfect sunglasses for spring skiing.
Peter Stark and Carl Hoffman retrace historical adventures gone awry; James Cameron tackles climate change.
Rising Star:
Hawaiian surfer Alessa Quizon.
Eating local has reached its natural apex—foraged beer.

Are athletes ready to embrace energy bars made from crickets? Some upstart nutrition companies say yes.
To shave or not to shave—a cyclist’s primer.
Active Cities:
Los Angeles

Travel Cameras:
Slimmed-down shooters that don’t skimp on image quality.
Pro Picks:
The gear that guides don’t leave home without.
Luggage for every trip and purpose.

The art of looking good on the road.

Between the Lines
Parting Shot