Outside Magazine, May 2015
The Adventure Issue
Thanks in part to advances in wing technology, a few pioneering paragliders are smashing the limits by completing long-distance flights that were once thought impossible. Last spring, high-fliers Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg pulled off one of the most ambitious trips ever attempted: 385 miles down the jagged, frozen, potentially deadly spine of the Canadian Rockies.
Norman Ollestad's father taught him to surf during rambling, tough-love safaris down the coast of Mexico. Then the education came to a sudden and tragic end. Forty years later, Ollestad heads south with his own son—and finds that the old road maps can only take them so far.
They get paid to climb mountains and raft whitewater. But guiding isn't all a dream—not with whiny clients, lousy tips, and the occasional colleague pranking you in a gorilla suit.
Endurance cyclist Juliana Buhring left a notorious cult, wrote a bestseller, and then rode her bike around the world. She's just getting started.
Our anonymous survey results are in. These are the genuine horrors and joys of leading strangers into the wild.
Arrive prepared no matter where the trail takes you.
We've cut the fat (and circumnavigated the crowds) so you can enjoy any of these thrilling parks in just one day
Just because it's theoretically possible to climb and ski off North America's tallest volcano in 24 hours or less, including travel time from the airport, doesn't mean you should.
Get a jump on the crowds. Explore our favorite hidden corners, empty spaces, and wild places in ten iconic National Parks
The steeplechaser failed hard, then became a superathlete a week later—fueled by beer and burgers.
Even if you run every morning and stand instead of sit at your desk all day, you may be dying inside
Hiking boots get a long-overdue dose of style.
How to assemble your first kit.
The rugby shirt is making a comeback.
We've come a long way from the days of instant coffee and card games by flashlight.
Are biotech entrepreneurs on the leading edge of science or just looking to make a quick buck? A little of both, probably.
The avalanche that effectively closed Everest last spring hasn't stopped crowds of climbers from flocking to Base Camp. These are the stories that will define another controversial season.
When paragliders Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg spread their wings over the jagged, frozen spine of the Canadian Rockies last year, they were embarking on one of the most insane long-distance flights ever. By Michael Behar
The Secret Life of Guides
They get paid to climb mountains and raft whitewater. But guiding isn't all a dream—not with whiny clients, lousy tips, and the occasional colleague pranking you in a gorilla suit. By Christopher Solomon
The Road Goes On Forever
First she escaped a notorious cult. Then her boyfriend was killed by a crocodile in the Congo. So Juliana Buhring left it all behind by cycling around the world—and she's still rolling. By Grayson Schaffer
The avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas on Mount Everest last spring hasn't stopped crowds of climbers from flocking to Base Camp. Anna Callaghan and Molly Loomis map out the dangers of another controversial season.
Forty years after his father taught him to surf the empty, picture-perfect waves of Mexico's sprawling Pacific coast, Norman Ollestad returns with his own son—and finds that tough love is just as difficult to give as it is to receive.
The Ultimate Weekend Escape: Fly to Mexico on Friday. Climb an 18,500-foot volcano. Ski down. Be home in time for Monday-morning coffee. What could go wrong? By Brody Leven
National Parks: The Park Service turns 100 next year. Get a jump on the crowds and explore our favorite hidden corners, empty spaces, and wild places in ten iconic parks. Plus: Exposure shots from Yosemite, Zion, and more.
In the Lead: Biohackers are going beyond Bulletproof coffee with performance shortcuts they claim will lead to You 2.0.
Do It Better: How to avoid being killed by your sedentary desk job.
Pulse: Fruit and veggie gels, a power meter for runners, and wireless earphones that measure your heart rate.
My Body: Ultrarunner Max King on the value of heavy rocks and dark beer.
Watches: Back-to-the-future classics.
Wanted: Patagonia's retro rugby shirt.
Upgrade: Live large with the perfect five-star camping setup.
Stress Tested: Bouldering basics.
Outfitted: Finally, functional hiking shoes with style.