Outside Magazine, July 2016

Featuring John John Florence



Two new companies want to bring the bike shop to the rider—in totally pimped-out vans, of course

For years, Chuck Thompson dreamed of picking some random spot on the map of British Columbia and plunging in for an adventure. He got all he could handle and more on the Klinaklini River, a Class V rager that cuts through heavily forested wilderness north of Mount Waddington. In fact, he's lucky he got out alive.

Larry Olmsted's new book reveals the surprising truth about counterfeit foods.

Some argue that so-called trail angels, who hand out 
food and water (and beer!) 
to weary through-hikers, 
are cheapening what should be a life-altering experience

Convinced you’ve got the world’s most active pooch? Prove it with a pet fitness tracker.

Across the map, companies large and small are putting out quality gear crafted stateside with pride

Adventure narratives written by women are finally getting their due—and Blair Braverman’s 'Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube' is a new classic.

For a certain breed of adventurous souls, the key to happiness is a road machine that forever stokes their desire to chase fun. Looking at these seven dream rigs, it's hard not to want to play along.

Decoding your cool-off strategy at the bar

The city has taken a turn toward smart development, livable neighborhoods, and high-energy amenities.

It's Canada’s take on California—hip coastal cities, rugged alpine terrain, and huge ocean swells—but without the tech bros and traffic jams

Tri, a stunning new eco-resort in Sri Lanka, is a gateway to the island nation's underexplored interior

The twenty-three-year-old makes millions of dollars a year, lives a stone's throw from Pipeline, and is the heir to Kelly Slater's throne. The question is: does he want it?

The creators of a new kind of driving range are betting that loud music, tons of booze, and an addictive point system will make golf cool again

This is the story of a place at the edge of the world, where a black bear ventured into a Russian hamlet and attacked a human. One bear became two, two became dozens, and before long no one would leave their home, and no one had any idea what to do.

Thanks in part to Olympians and a certain reigning NBA MVP, sensory-deprivation tanks are exploding in popularity. Are they the next frontier of mindfulness training for athletes?


Back in the eighties, vintage Land Cruisers were fetish objects to Tim McGrath and his buddies at Albuquerque’s Eldorado High School. During his junior year, McGrath was ecstatic to find a dark green 1974 FJ40 decaying in a barn. He scoured out the mud, mice nests, and chicken shit, then spent weekends testing the truck on camping excursions in the local mountains.

James Crowe didn’t start out a motorcycle guy. After a childhood filled with romping around the British Columbia backcountry on skis and mountain bikes, he became fascinated with combustion-powered vehicles and landed an apprenticeship at Steve’s Auto Restorations, a legendary shop in Portland, Oregon, in 2006.

The Ride of Your Life
Many of us dream of hitting the open road in the perfect adventure vehicle—a vintage Land Cruiser or a tricked-out Westfalia. Customizing your machine takes dedication, but as these obsessives can attest, once you go all in, you never look back. By Chris Dixon 

The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away
When the first black bears sauntered into the eastern Russian town of Luchegorsk, the locals gawked. But then someone was attacked. Then more bears came, moving into basements and swimming in the lake. And they had no intention of leaving. By Sarah A. Topol

Yours Is the Earth and Everything That's in It
John John Florence makes surfing look easy. He started riding waves as a baby, was sponsored at age six, and tackles the ocean's biggest monsters with nonchalant style. So why hasn't the best surfer on earth won a world title yet? By Mike Sager

The Klinaklini River—a 125-mile ribbon of whitewater plunging through British Columbia—is so hazardous and remote that almost nobody paddles it. That sounded perfect to Chuck Thompson. But the wilderness had other plans.

First Look
: The best new place to blow off steam is… the driving range?
Business: Mobile mechanics are on their way to fix your bike.
Outsider: Hawaiian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard fights her way into the lineup.
Gear: Finally, fitness trackers for dogs.
Feud: Are trail angels taking the magic out of long-distance hikes?
Drink: The beers you'll be cooling off with this summer.
Media: Thank Cheryl Strayed for a new wave of memoirs by adventurous women.
Style: Sunglasses that throw shade.

British Columbia: Rugged coastline, world-class climbing, dog-friendly hostels: B.C. is Canada's answer to California, minus the crowds.
Go List: Climate change and air turbulence, a pocket-size smartphone battery pack, and more.
Base Camp: Sri Lanka's new lakeside retreat.

Made in America
: From the redwood forest (North Face's Backyard Full Zip hoodie) to the Gulf Stream waters (Tchoup's upcycled Flap pack), these things were made—right here—for you and me. 

In the Lead: Sensory-deprivation tanks and the power of floating.
Fuel: How your food is lying to you.
Performance Enhancer: Ultrarunner Rob Krar on training in the heat.
Active Cities: Atlanta, Georgia.


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