Outside Magazine, Mar 2012

This month in Outside



In 2009, Outside readers met Colton Harris-Moore, a smart, slippery teenager who became notorious for stealing cars, boats, and planes in the Pacific Northwest. The climax came a year later, when Harris-Moore swiped a small plane in Indiana, landed in the Bahamas, and vanished.

The PR spin that keeps tourists coming when rabies, kidnapping, and other calamities make headlines

From hidden fishing rivers in Chile to mountain biking in Whistler, our guide shows you where to go and the gear you'll need to take your adventures to the next level.

Six nightmare scenarios that keep the best adventurers up at night

BASE stands for “buildings, antennae, spans, and earth,” and jumpers parachute from these and other fixed ­objects—an incredibly risky pursuit that has claimed at least 180 lives since 1981. The world’s deadliest sport has no governing body, but the online magazine Blinc maintains the official BASE jumping fatality list (BFL), which assigns each dead jumper a B

According to the Peltzman effect, helmets and seat belts cause people to ski, drive, and ride more recklessly, if only slightly. We don’t suggest you trash your lid, but consider these numbers.

If there’s one bike tour that’s a must-do, it’s this Colorado cruise: snowcapped peaks, open valleys, and winding blacktop through the Rocky Mountains. The best part? You don’t need to be an endurance freak to finish.

Wearable cameras aren’t just changing the way we watch sports—they’re changing the way we play.

Sporting events on the prison circuit

We crack the evolution of the safety helmet

Can a new fleet of scary-fast catamarans make the America's Cup wild enough to lure a different breed of fan? So far there have been epic wipeouts and multiple injuries. Which means everything is right on track.

The freediving world championships occur at the outer limits of competitive risk. ­During the 2011 event, held off the coast of Greece, more than 130 athletes assembled to swim hundreds of feet straight down on a single breath—without (they hoped) ­passing out, freaking out, or drowning. Meet the amazingly fit, unquestionably brave, and possibly crazy people who line up for the ultimate plunge.

Professional daredevils Rex and Melissa Pemberton were drawn together by a mutual passion for risk and adrenaline. Now they have a marriage based on love, trust, and the strange, stoic acceptance that their life partner could die at any moment.

The sign read, “Tenaya Canyon is extremely dangerous. Many have lost their lives in the attempt.” Thus warned, my 78-year-old dad was set to hike and rappel through it. And I had agreed to join him.

California’s San Quentin State Prison is home to a ball field where you can take your cuts against convicted felons. This I had to try.

Aksel Svindal has three Olympic medals, two World Cup titles, and the affections of fellow ski racer Julia Mancuso. But can he transcend the sport and become the next Hermann Maier? HAMPTON SIDES tracks down the Norwegian beast slopeside to talk about the 2007 crash that nearly ended his career and his chances of dominating the 2012 World Cup.

Ski filmmaker Nick Waggoner talks to Caty Enders about losing two friends while producing Solitaire, the story of a ski pilgrimage through South America


Alpine powerhouse Aksel Svindal’s 2007 World Cup wipeout was epic—a 72-mile-per-hour launch that propelled him 197 feet through the air and ended with a ski impaling his backside. Four years later, the Norwegian reflects on the crash, the recovery, and his quick return to the podium. By Hampton Sides

Faces turning blue. Noses gushing blood. Welcome to the free-diving world championships—where, if you can withstand your lungs collapsing to the size of oranges, you might come away with a medal. (And your life.) Plus: the author takes a freediving lesson. By James Nestor

Rex and Melissa Pemberton fell in love while BASE jumping in Australia, got engaged (with the aid of an avalanche beacon) in Antarctica, and now fly aerobatics routines around the world. The only problem? The nagging fear they’re about to be widowed. By Brian Mockenhaupt

Remember the last America’s Cup? Us neither. That’s why defending champ Oracle Racing is retooling the 161-year-old competition for the X Games generation. Faster boats, tighter courses, gnarly crashes. Michael Roberts straps in.

Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore shot to infamy in 2010 with a multistate crime spree involving five stolen planes and a getaway run to the Bahamas. In an excerpt from his new book, Bob Friel
reconstructs the cat-and-mouse pursuit that brought him down.

First Look:
Monkey see, monkey—please don’t! How the proliferation of wearable video cameras is changing the way we play.
Nick Waggoner confronts death in his arty, surprisingly poignant new ski film, Solitaire.
Fear Factor:
Six nightmare scenarios that keep the best adventurers up at night.
A disaster glossary.
Fatal Data:
Why so many BASE jumps end in tragedy.
The PR spin that keeps tourists coming when rabies, kidnappings, and other calamities make headlines.
We crack the evolution of the safety helmet. Plus: Does your lid really keep you safe?

Basic Training:
From hidden fishing rivers in Chile to mountain biking in Whistler, our guide shows you where to go and the gear you’ll need to take your adventures to the next level.

A well-equipped running shoe that weighs almost nothing.
Trail Bound:
A light hiker, a beefy runner, and a featherweight hybrid, plus three more kicks for off-road action.
Spring Suite:
The gear you need for the return of running season, and a survival story in a singlet.

Six killer timepieces, and seven things to keep in mind when choosing one.

Yes You Can… Ride the Rockies:
This 446-mile bike tour features stunning scenery and some of Colorado’s most lung-searing climbs. Our training schedule and nutrition tips will get you ready for six days in the saddle.


Two baseball squads square off at San Quentin State Prison. One never leaves. Abe Streep heads to Northern California to play hardball with hardened criminals. Plus: A guide to prison sporting events.

The route would include hanging rappels and cliff-face scrambles. Perfect for 78-year-old Dad, right? Maybe not. Dave Hahn learns the hard way in Yosemite’s Tenaya Canyon.