Outside Magazine, May 2010


Bear Grylls Plays Dirty
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As the Man vs. Wild host continues to insert himself into ever darker, scarier, and hairier situations, he’s also prepping his latest show, Worst Case Scenario. We sent HAMPTON SIDES in to bear witness tothe carnage.

The Guide
In our third annual Best Places to Work report, we present the seven strategies of the ideal workplace–and 50 companies leading the way. PLUS: Who’s hiring now.

2010 Cycling Special
We tested the latest mountain, road, and utility bikes and put together a choice list, with something for every rider.

A Mountain of Trouble
Last year, three young Americans set out for a weekend in the wilderness of Iraqi Kurdistan, then made a terrible mistake, unwittingly crossing into Iran. Nine months after their capture, JOSHUA HAMMER stands at the border, exploring what fate has in store for them.

Just Don’t Call It a Submarine
Engineer Graham Hawkes, who thinks the sea is our most important frontier, has a dream: to create the Boeing of underwater ocean travel. So why isn’t anybody besides Richard Branson signing up? By THAYER WALKER

Style Special
In anticipation of this June’s World Cup, in South Africa, we check in with members of the U.S. national soccer team.

»   FIRST LOOK: Jessica Biel, Isabel Lucas, Emile Hirsch, and 255 porters make a run at the summit of Kilimanjaro to save the world’s freshwater View Gallery
»   NEWS FROM THE FIELD: The BASE jumpers who poached the world’s tallest building; Chanel’s new adventure line; Everest report
»   XX FACTOR: Alana Blanchard, the hottest upstart in pro surfing View Gallery
»   MEDIA: Eric Volz, who was jailed for murder in Nicaragua, tells the story of his horrific ordeal; Craig Welch on the dark underbelly of clam poaching; the latest books by our contributors

While the rest of the country goes wild for the national parks, head someplace wilder. Presenting our picks for the best state parks and wilderness areas. PLUS: Best park eats

»    Covet: Rapha’s natty, convertible wool blazer is designed for stylish cyclists
»    Technical Footwear: Hit the ground running with the best new adventure kicks
»    Spectrum: Expedition-ready watches

»    Yes You Can–Ride the 24 Hours of Moab: Part two in our onward-and-upward series will keep you up all night. We break down the course and dish training advice for the biggest party on two wheels. PLUS: How to train without a trainer

The new battlefield is not conservatives against enviros; it’s green-on-green rumbles over wildlife, water use, and transmission lines. And it’s playing out in the solar and wind farms of the desert Southwest. By TIM DICKINSON

In which anonymous uber-blogger BIKE SNOB NYC goes on a black-op mission to sample the progressive cornucopia of cycling weirdness that is Portland, Oregon