Outside Magazine, March 2018



Six women talk about their experiences with harassment while recreating or working in the outdoor industry

Travel, be more productive, get the right degree, and customize your career

Creating a workplace that truly makes us happy and healthy takes a lot more than standing desks and on-site yoga. Thankfully, new research has sparked a growing design revolution.

An otherwise fit 42-year-old, I had the range of motion of a sycamore.

It’s hard to make a living from just one thing. The champion middle-distance runner, cofounder of Picky Bars, coach, and mother of two lets us in on how she juggles it all.

Five times the size of Texas, the country offers a stunning array of options for getting lost. Here are eight of our favorite escapes.

How Ray Maker, a man with no formal journalism training, built DC Rainmaker, with an audience of millions and the power to make or break your next running watch

While political and legal battles rage over the future of our national monuments, one of the most important things you can do is go see them—and then share your experiences widely. Here are some of our favorite adventures. 

Gorgeous blades from down-home cutlers

Former pro Jon Rose was chasing the biggest swells in Sumatra when the 2009 earthquake hit, and he spent the next decade providing clean water in remote disaster zones. Last fall his Waves for Water crew was in Saint Croix when Hurricane Maria struck, so the team did what came naturally: got to work.

A versatile getup for winter’s last throes and spring’s first showers

Eleven companies making apparel and equipment just the way you like it

Twice as strong as most stainless steel alloys yet half as light, titanium makes sense for watch building

With the arrival of a long-rumored drink, endurance athletes want to know

At USU, students in the country’s first program for gear designers aren’t just learning how to sew a bestselling jacket. They’re being groomed to lead the industry’s next big political and environmental fights.

Travel companies are creating a generation of digital nomads, flying gig workers and tech nerds to exotic locales where they can pursue dream jobs. These brands make it their business to solve the significant logistical problems that come up when trying to get work done while abroad—but can they solve the problem of other people?

The real fight to protect America’s public lands isn’t in Utah. It’s right outside our biggest cities.

An Outside investigation of sexual harassment in outdoor workplaces, where unwanted advances, discrimination, and assault are a frequent and destructive occurrence for far too many women


Corey Arnold photographs Alaska’s largest and most threatened salmon run—and the people who depend on it

Work Smart 2018

Rethink Your Commute: A new tribe of digital nomads are trading cubicles for cabanas and suits for swimwear. Alice Gregory joins a band of untethered teleworkers to see if a Balinese villa and WiFi equal paradise. —Alice Gregory

Get Schooled: For tomorrow’s gear makers, it’s not enough to create a bestselling puffy. Utah State University’s outdoor-product design program is teaching students to lead the industry. —Axie Navas

Make Yourself Useful: Surfer Jon Rose found his purpose in Indonesia after the 2009 tsunami: bringing clean water to natural-disaster victims. Last fall his nonprofit Waves for Water brought its brand of guerrilla humanitarianism to Puerto Rico. —Andrew S. Lewis

Hustle Your Side Gig: Lauren Fleshman wears many hats—runner, blogger, book publisher, Picky Bars founder, coach. Oh, and she just had her second kid. With the help of Side Hustle School podcaster Chris Guillebeau, Kate Siber unpacks how she juggles it all. —Kate Siber

Conjure Up a Storm: “If a big tech company puts out a piece of crap, I’ll call them on it.” So says Ray Maker, a.k.a. DC Rainmaker, a computer programmer who carved out a kingdom as the most influential reviewer in wearable tech. —Andrew Tilin

Change the Culture: Sexual harassment doesn’t just happen in big corporations. The seemingly laid-back world of commercial guiding is rife with abuses. Krista Langlois reports. —Krista Langlois

Step Outside the Box: What makes a healthy office? Wellness-minded architects are designing spaces that go way beyond LEED certification. —Tom Vanderbilt


Big Idea

Bring the Parks to the People: If we really care about public lands, we need to focus just as much attention on urban spaces as we do on wild landscapes. —Glenn Nelson

The Outsider

Margo Hayes: The 20-year-old made climbing history when she became the first woman to send a 5.15 route. We talked with her on the heels of her film Break On Through.


Monuments: With Bears Ears and other protected tracts under assault, the time to explore these recreation meccas is now.

Journeys: India is ablaze with adventure, and we have the best ways to surf, cycle, eat, and meditate your way across it.


Watches: Time for titanium.


Performance: At $33 a pop, are ketone superdrinks really the key to endurance?

Grooming: Subscription shaving kits for taming your winter scruff.

Fuel: Flatbread pizza as recovery fuel? Count us in.

Mobility: It’s not enough to do static stretches at home. What you need is a flexologist.


Wilderness Films: A post-Revenant survival renaissance in Hollywood. Plus: Oscar picks with outdoor cred.


Portfolio: Corey Arnold documents a community under threat in Alaska’s Bristol Bay.


Bespoke Gear: Customizable bikes, packs, boots, and wetsuits, made just the way you like them.

Blades: Knives forged by master cutlers.

Layering: The right kit for all-of-the-above spring weather.