Outside Magazine, January/February 2019
The Kurdish region of Iraq is home to spectacular peaks, wild rivers, and fiercely hospitable people, and it could be the Middle East’s next big adventure tourism destination. But there’s one small catch: it’s still dangerous as hell.
From deserted beaches to raucous singletrack to ancient Maya ruins, these new adventures and resorts in Central America will warm you up
He's a retired Navy SEAL, so prepare to suffer
Weather-ready footwear with street-worthy good looks
Notes from a monthlong hydration quest
Layer up and conquer the cold
Keep your fitness regimen in-house
Addicted to efficiency? Start by finding your lowest point in the day.
Sal Masekela, first son of a Haitian immigrant and a legendary South African jazz musician, was the face and voice of the X Games, Red Bull’s Media House, and the Olympics. Now, as the meteoric growth of the action-sports industry comes back to earth, the most connected man in the room is left wondering what’s next.
Some of the world's most passionate athletes are high pointers, climbers who will do anything to reach the tallest point in every state, county, or whatever other designation they can dream up. A lot of those peaks aren't so tall—like Delaware's 447.85-foot Ebright Azimuth—but there's plenty of challenge in this quest. Just ask John Mitchler, who had knocked off everything on his dream list except the tallest spot in a remote U.S. territory: Agrihan.
A month on mPEAK, a performance-driven mindfulness program
A fast-mimicking program called ProLon claims it can
Winter jackets for every occasion
For decades Jeffrey Lendrum helicoptered up and rappelled down to aeries on cliff faces from Patagonia to Quebec, snatching unhatched raptors and selling them, investigators believe, to wealthy Middle Eastern falconers. This week in London, one of the most bizarre criminals in modern history goes on trial for the fourth time. Here is his story.
A frank survey of the hottest new workout classes
One of our editors spent a month working through her feelings with Woebot, a therapy chat bot. Here's how it went.
Advocates of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are trying to make an end run around the law and the American people. If they succeed, your backyard conservation area could be next.
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 Action Sports: Sal Masekela, first son of a Haitian immigrant and a legendary jazz musician, was the face and voice of the X Games. Now, as the meteoric growth of action sports comes back to earth, the most connected man in the room is wondering what’s next. —David Shultz
Get Shorty: High pointers are climbers who will do anything to reach the tallest point in every state, county, or whatever other designation they can dream up. Just ask John Mitchler, who had knocked off everything on his list except the tallest spot in a remote U.S. territory: 3,000-plus-foot Agrihan. —Peter Frick-Wright
The Egg Thief: For decades he helicoptered up and rappelled down to aeries on cliff faces from Patagonia to Quebec, snatching unhatched eggs from protected raptors and, investigators believe, selling them to wealthy falconers in the Middle East. Joshua Hammer tracks one of the most bizarre criminals in modern history.
It’s Not About the Oil: The drilling forces trying to get into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are undercutting existing laws and bypassing our democracy. They must be stopped. —Marc Peruzzi
David Goggins: The former Navy SEAL tells you how to push past pain, fear, and mental blocks to reach your full potential.
Portfolio: Frédéric Lagrange’s vibrant images of life in Mongolia.
Winter Escapes: From deserted beaches to raucous singletrack to ancient Maya ruins, Central America will warm up your insides.
24 Hours: Spinning through Tucson, Arizona.
Puffies: The season’s warmest down and synthetic jackets.
Winter Boots: Weather-ready footwear with street styling.
Women’s Winter Workout: The endurance layers you need to conquer the cold.
Home Gym: Having your own training space means no excuses.
Casual Warmth: Shackets for crisp sunny days.
The Performance Project: Could you handle a month of eating only meat? Five weeks of mindfulness? Chugging a gallon of water every day for 30 days? Our guinea pigs tried out seven unorthodox wellness quests.