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Summer 2021

Outside readers are passionately committed to leading an active lifestyle. Outside not only motivates readers to uncover and define their own personal day-to-day adventures, but also provides them with the tools, products and information to fulfill them.

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United States
Mariah Media
R 85,50
R 342,58
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
long haul

Keep a Paper Trail A paper map and a compass are the most reliable navigation tools for unfamiliar terrain. Before you set out, write down your itinerary and estimated return time. Leave a copy in your car, and send one to a friend. Stay Warm Weather can change quickly, especially when you’re hiking at altitude. Pack a rain jacket and a warm midlayer, such as a puffy or a wool sweater. And don’t forget a space blanket. In an emergency, this heat-reflective piece of plastic can stave off hypothermia. Fuel Up PB&Js and trail mix are classics, but my favorite hiking snack is onigiri—Japanese rice balls with various fillings. (I like smoked fish and pickled plums.) Make sure to balance carbohydrates, protein, and salt, and always bring more than you think you’ll need. Occupy Your Mind Even…

3 min
acts of resistance

LIGHTWEIGHT, affordable, and compact, resistance bands make it easy for almost anyone to get a full-body workout at home. That’s why they’re a staple for Seth Keena-Levin, an alpinist and coach with the training platform Uphill Athlete. You can work in any plane of motion and make precise tension adjustments, so they’re great for mimicking the demands of outdoor activities. To boost performance and prevent injury, Keena-Levin suggests running through this beginner-friendly workout two or three times a week. Cycle through the entire sequence three to five times, with a one- to two-minute rest between each circuit. You will need a mini band (small, with a flat profile) and a heavy-duty band (longer and thicker). a. Lateral Leg Extension Why: Works the glutes, which promotes knee stability and prevents common overuse injuries. How:…

1 min
guest lecture

“The first thing I needed to learn when I started writing about climate change was that we weren’t really in the argument I thought we were in. Writers tend to think of things as an argument and believe that if you assemble enough well-crafted words, studies, and research data, then the powers that be will do what needs doing. It took me a number of years—and a number of books—to understand that this wasn’t completely true. By 1995, the world’s scientists were in strong agreement about the danger of climate change. But you can win the argument and still lose the fight. Our opponents, the fossil-fuel industry, had enough money and power to keep winning the fight long after they’d lost the argument. Once I figured that out, I started…

3 min
mental maintenance

REGULAR EXERCISE keeps illness at bay and promotes overall physical health. So why do we treat the mental side differently? “People often wait until things are completely falling apart to start therapy,” says Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and cofounder of Coa, a mental health gym that offers classes on skills like resilience, mindfulness, and self-awareness. “But that’s like waiting until you have heart disease to start cardio.” Just as getting your blood pumping can help prevent cardiac disease, “therapy can be a proactive way to stay on top of your emotional well-being,” Anhalt says. According to the American Psychiatric Association, therapy has been shown to increase career satisfaction, improve physical health, and enhance our connections to others. “Therapy can help us become more authentic versions of ourselves, which can…

8 min
roll with it

“MOST ACTIVITIES HAVE A MAKE-OR-BREAK SKILL BUILT IN, WHICH YOU REACH WHEN YOU’RE NO LONGER A BEGINNER AND ARE BECOMING SOMETHING MORE.” IT’S APRIL on the coast of Maine, and I’m upside-down underwater again. The ocean’s surface is a green gauze curtain swaying in the wind, and I can’t tell sideways from up. Think. I force my numb hands to loosen their grip on the paddle and let it float upward, finding the edge of my kayak. I’ve run out of air to blow through my nostrils, but I can hold my breath a little longer. Remember the steps. Inside the cockpit, my knees grip the underside of the deck. My thoughts are frozen sludge, like honey moving to the bottom of an overturned jar. I touch the blade of my paddle…

3 min
campfire hero

a. Forage for cocktail ingredients. Pine needles, which are packed with vitamin C, were brewed into a tea by sailors to stave off scurvy. You’re going to use the wild evergreen to spice up a hot toddy. Needles from white pine in the eastern U.S. and Douglas fir in the West both contribute bright citrus flavors. Drop a handful of needles into three cups of boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then pour into mugs, adding lemon, honey, and whiskey to taste. For an Instagram-ready garnish, hang a cluster of needles on the rim. b. Build a hammock tower. A single hammock is relaxing. Several hammocks stacked in a tower is a unique, full-on experience for a group. Start by securely hanging the first hammock a few feet off the ground. Next, standing…