Outside Magazine, June 2015

Weekend Escapes



The best stories aren't just on paper anymore. Our (totally subjective) ranking assembles the millenium's 33 best new classics.

The oceans are in serious trouble, creating a tough question for consumers: Should I eat wild fish, farmed fish, or no fish at all? The author, a longtime student of marine environments, dove into an amazing new world of ethical harvesters, renegade farmers, and problem-solving scientists. The result: your guide to sustainably enjoying nature's finest source of protein.

The questions to ask, the apps to download, and the labels to seek out if you want to sustainably enjoy nature's finest source of protein

Beat the crowds and head for fresh climbing, mountain-biking, and chill-out spots within easy driving distance of eight burgs

When François Guenot vanished last summer on a wild and remote Alaskan coastline, many in the state dismissed him as yet another unprepared greenhorn. But a revelatory road trip with François's father and brother revealed he was something special: a tough, soulful wanderer whose story resonates with the grand traditions of the American outdoors.

In the grueling world of ultrarunning, she's an anomaly: a low-key athlete who thrives on unstructured training, competes by instinct, and crushes men in the sport's most prestigious race

By age 34, the Colorado native had won the World Extreme Skiing Championships and an X Games medal, starred in sweet ski-porn videos, and had two kids. But his desire to ski big mountains was still growing and inspired his biggest project yet.

California may be the birthplace of high-quality brews, but suddenly our favorites are all from Baja.

Angry hikers are setting up booby traps on popular trails to scare off cyclists. Is segregation the answer?

The GoldCoast Jetty is an updated cruiser board for the young at heart.

Here's how world-class athletes do the trickiest meal of the day

Want to crush it on NBC's hit show? Be a rock jock.

Put some bounce in your step with the season's best road running shoes.

The cycling market is exploding with interesting ideas—everything from wider tires with knobby tread to serious racers with disc brakes, which means we're going places we never previously imagined.

The silver is gone, but the town is experiencing an adventure-fueled boom

Forever Alive, Forever Forward
Not since Into the Wild's Chris McCandless has a disappearance in Alaska resonated so far. François Guenot, who vanished last summer, was more than just another lost soul. By Brendan Borrell

The New Adventure Library
In the age of GoPro, viral video, and blockbuster documentaries, the best stories aren't just on paper anymore. Our (totally subjective) ranking assembles the millennium's new classics. By Abe Streep

The Piscivore's Dilemma
Wild or farmed? Caught on a hook or with a net? As ocean stocks plummet, the question of which fish belong on our plates is more confusing than ever. By Tim Zimmermann

Rory Go Lightly
Ultrarunner Rory Bosio doesn't really train. She hikes, she hula-hoops, she walks her dog… And she's dominating. By Nick Heil

Style Special
Miami's triathletes, paddlers, and mountain bikers bring the heat in this surprising adventure mecca. By Meaghen Brown

First Look: 
Why Chris Davenport, who this month wraps up a nine-year project to ski the highest 100 peaks in Colorado, is the best athlete you've never heard of.
Covet: Updates of classic kicks.
Media: Climbers take on American Ninja Warrior.
Drink: Mexico's craft-beer scene is en fuego.
Feuds: Hikers are resorting to sabotage in their fight with mountain bikers over trail access.

Weekend Escapes: 
Beat the heat this summer and head for fresh climbing, mountain-biking, and chill-out spots within easy driving distance of New York City, Atlanta, and six other sweltering burgs.
Adventure Hub: Getting high in Leadville, Colorado.

Performance Nutrition: 
It's just lunch, right? Not so fast. What and when you eat can mean the difference between optimum fuel and food coma. In the second installment of our three-part series, eight athletes make the most of the trickiest meal of the day.

A laid-back cruiser board.
Spectrum: Running shoes for quick sprints and long miles.
Road Bikes: We tested 70, from hand-built racers to knobby-tired SUVs. The best will surprise you.


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