Outside Magazine, July 2018



From day trips to five-month treks, hiking is more popular than ever. But as the old standbys become more congested each year, there’s a new crop of trails waiting to be explored. Here are ten of our favorites, plus fresh finds for bikers, paddlers, and equestrians.

Five ice chests that keep food and drink colder, longer, anywhere

Ingenious tools to change how you cook outside

Board basics for a season on the waves

Cycling brands are delivering quality rides right to your doorstep

A glorious and ill-considered expedition to retrace the nearly 300-mile sufferfest endured by colonial badass (and not yet turncoat) Benedict Arnold and his 1,100 brave, starving men. Their aim: to take Quebec City from the British. Ours: to survive.

You can get by with a kitchen spatula and seasoning salt. Or you can run a better barbecue.

The Spanish ultra-athlete has spent the past decade crushing a generation of elite rivals and redefining the limits of human endurance. But when he notched back-to-back speed ascents of Everest in 2017, critics pounced on the claims.

The Tour de France still has cheats, but we owe it to the clean riders to keep watching

One of the world’s most recognized adventure photographers is redefining life behind the lens

The new documentary captures the surfing legend's life and tragic death, but leaves out a key part of the story


“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 that initial experience: whether it’s with a bear, a great white shark, an epic wipeout, or another teenage mouth. Susan Casey, Ian Frazier, Pam Houston, and more on the moment when their worlds changed.

Up the Creek (And Over the Dams, and Across the Ponds and Down This Other River, and, OK, Maybe a Few Miles in a U-Haul): Back when he was still cool, the traitor Benedict Arnold laid down one of the greatest expeditions in American history—a 290-mile slog up Maine’s Kennebec River to take Quebec City from the British. W. Hodding Carter sets off to find out how hard it could be. —W. Hodding Carter

Is Kilian Jornet for Real?: The Spanish ultrarunner had already blown minds by effortlessly notching victories and superhuman feats of endurance in the mountains. Then he went for a run. To the top of Everest. Twice. In one week. —Nick Heil


Big Idea

Reclaiming the Tour de France: Cycling’s greatest race is safe to watch again, now that doping is (somewhat) on the wane. —Marc Peruzzi

The Outsider

Chris Burkard: The king of adventure photography has a winning formula—tiny human plus big landscape equals Instagram gold.


Portfolio: Chris Burkard’s wildest shots.


Best Trails: From Oregon’s Wild Rogue Loop to the Great Trail across Canada, these 13 unspoiled tracks​​​​​​​ beckon with solitude and epic views.

Base Camp: Tierra Chiloé Adventure and Spa Hotel


Grilling Accessories: The extras you need to up your cookout game.

Grills: Heat masters that char anything.

Coolers: The frosty explosion continues.

Women’s Surfing: Wave-ready essentials that play hard and stay put.

Online Bike Sales: Direct-to-consumer cycles just got great.


Surf Documentaries: New films explore the death of Andy Iron​​​​​​​s and the life of Lisa Andersen.


Summer Footwear: Walk on water—or dock or sand or sidewalk.


Race Report: The only rule of competition is that it has to be fun. So sign up for something new, try an ExplOreo, and remember: failure is your friend.