Outside Magazine, Sep 2011
This month in Outside
Just when we need it most, along comes a wave of enlightened companies that believe success starts with smiling employees.
Avoid the pitfalls.
Bouldering climbs are short, but they demand as much strength, agility, and puzzle solving as anything done on rock. Here are the fine points of a classic challenge—Paul Robinson’s V16 route Lucid Dreaming—to show how the game is played.
Breakfast is necessary if you want to tear up the countryside, hit the pool, or simply get through a gym workout. Pick the right one.
Old favorites and new standbys in the energy-bar world
How to ensure you get the calories you need
Get faster by getting leaner.
Seven surfers from Montauk, New York, give you the lowdown on one of the East Coast's premier surf towns.
Everything you need to know to fuel properly this year
Six superfoods, plus a recovery drink that uses four of them
Ultramarathoner Josh Cox's attempt to break the 50K world record through proper nutrition and hydration
Forget complicated meal plans. Build good eating habits around basic food knowledge, and keep these three guidelines in mind.
Superstar chef Jamie Oliver became a hero in England by convincing his countrymen to eat better. Now he's on the case in the U.S. with Food Revolution, an ABC series in which he exposes the evils of processed fare, sends Americans back into the kitchen, and learns firsthand just how much we hate to change our recipes.
Each fall, in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas, a little-known miracle transforms one of America's most iconic—and tragically dammed—waterways. Revived by diamond-clear spring-fed creeks, the mighty Pecos River is reborn, creating a 60-mile stretch of wild and secret Class III whitewater. And did I mention we had it all to ourselves?
A five-step strategy for landing your dream job in the action-sports or outdoor industries
The skyrocketing market value of yarchagumba, a rare fungus prized as an aphrodisiac, has led to turf wars—and possibly murder.
Even if you're not a professional climber or cyclist, there are ways to get in on the action.
Jonah Smith and Palmer West, both 38, Los Angeles
Jordan Davidoff, 37, New York City
Margie Shapiro, 34, Herndon, Virginia
Apply Liberally: At Outside’s 50 Best Places to Work, you can’t go wrong
Gregory Goode, 50, San Francisco
T. J. Sassani, 34, San Francisco
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, 35, Lawyer, Wyoming
Richard Jeo, 43, Portland, Oregon
Mikael Hanson, 43, New York City
Cliff Hodges, 31, Santa Cruz, California
Ten case studies in switching careers, big-time
Presenting eight romantic, spontaneous, epic, and quest-driven cruises down America's emptiest highways.
How a group of under-the-radar snowboarding filmmakers created one of the most innovative action-sports empires.
A closer look at Brain Farm's high-tech arsenal.
Denis Johnson's Train Dreams
Alexandra Fuller's Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Arctic adventurer Lynne Cox tackles the legend of Roald Amundsen
BEST PLACES TO WORK 2011
TAKE THIS JOB AND LOVE IT
Used to be that work was what happened to you when you were busy making other plans (climbing Everest, floating the Nile). No longer. A new generation is finding ways to turn their life’s passion into a rewarding career. Here’s how you can too. Plus: Hot industries, career-switching case studies, and landing your action-sports dream job.
OUTSIDE‘S TOP 50 COMPANIES
Our annual ranking, including the best perks, who’s hiring, and how to apply.
WILL WORK FOR FOOD
Jamie Oliver never planned for any of this. An appalling student with a faux hawk and a flair for osso bucco, he rewrote the celebrity-chef script overnight. Now with Food Revolution, he’s become a polarizing advocate for a reformed American diet. By Jeff Gordinier
YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM ON YOUR HANDS
With its microscopic holds and laser precision, bouldering is the brain surgery of climbing on rock. And nobody’s digging deeper into the gray matter than 24-year-old Paul Robinson. Matt Samet breaks down his most difficult send, Lucid Dreaming.
THE LOST RIVER OF DIVINE REINCARNATION
In its last alkaline stretch before sluicing into the Rio Grande, the Lower Pecos is a river abandoned by time. Which is why, when four friends get lost, stranded, and thirsty while canoeing it, their encounter with the real West couldn’t be more complete. By S.C. Gwynne
First Look: For their new film The Art of Flight, filmmakers at Brain Farm used cutting-edge HD cameras to capture some of the most face-melting snowboarding footage ever seen. Is this the birth of the action-sports blockbuster?
Media: A hundred years ago, Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. A new biography by coldwater swimmer Lynne Cox revisits the feat.
Also: A tragic novella places a lonely hermit in the aftermath of an Idaho wildfire, and a memoir recounts the trials of motherhood—and crocodiles—in Central Africa.
Road Trips: Presenting eight romantic, spontaneous, epic, and quest-driven cruises down America’s emptiest highways—plus the gear you need to make the most of them.
Seven surfers from Montauk, New York, give you the lowdown on one of the East Coast’s premier surf towns.
No More Barriers: Part three of Outside‘s four-part series on overcoming fitness obstacles tackles fueling and nutrition. Here’s how to optimize your diet, improve performance, and still eat like a champ.
Top Chef: A modern chuck box to keep your cook kit organized
The Bright Side of the Lens: From pocketable HD point-and-shoots to a do-it-yourself 3-D videocam, eight perfect ways to capture the moment.
Spectrum: Four soft shells hard enough for any weather.
OUT OF BOUNDS
In 2009, seven Nepalese villagers died mysteriously while foraging for a fungal aphrodisiac worth its weight in gold. Was it murder? Eric Hansen travels to the remote Lost Valley, in the high Himalaya, to investigate the little-known, immensely profitable yarchagumba trade.
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