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A Climbing Phenom’s Life in (Mostly) His Own Words

In the fall of 2010 I spent most of a week with Alex Honnold at Smith Rock in Oregon, watching him climb and interviewing him for a profile for Outside. I was puzzled and amused by the apparent contradictions in Alex’s character: a raw brashness undercut by self-effacing modesty, his deadpan putdown of other climbers…

Shorts for the Cooling Days of Fall

A couple years ago, my friend Kevin met me in Jackson Hole for a few days. He was wearing a wool Icebreaker t-shirt with an illustration of a fir tree on it. I saw a lot of that little line-drawn tree—his bags didn’t show up for days and he kept wearing what he’d worn on the…

The Return of Madden Equipment

Back when I was a ski patroller in Virginia, my carry was the Madden Mountaineering Patrol pack. Now, “ski patrol” + “Virginia” might sound like a punchline, and I’m not making any claims that it was dangerous or taxing or anything other than a fun way to spend time on the hill and get a…

Everest: The Movie

For various reasons, the 1996 disaster on Everest retains a mythic status, even though far more climbers have died on the mountain in subsequent seasons, including the sixteen Nepali mountain workers who perished in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014. Everest is exhausting. Yeah, climbing the mountain takes a lot of energy, but watching the new…

A Windbreaker for Fall

I went to London expecting rain — a not-unreasonable assumption — and was cursed with the best weather of the year. Day after sogging day of relentlessly pleasant sunshine, light blue skies, and warm breezes. Finally, the clouds unparted, water fell from above, the temp dropped, and I was able to bust out the soft,…

A Running Belt for Keys, Phone, and More

When you get into a trail running groove, it feels like you’re flying, like you’re a perfect kinetic creature, with nothing of excess or without purpose. That is, unless you’re wearing a sloshing hydration pack or have a phone and keys jingling in a pocket. And while lots of companies have made body-hugging packs and…

A Workout Shirt with Sweat-Activated Ventilation—That Works

“The world’s only sweat-activated venting system. Exclusive FreeVent Pro active venting technology uses moisture-activated polymers in strategic sweat zones. The polymers expand to lift open critical airflow channels as the pace climbs, and then close when the body cools and sweat evaporates. Laser-cut patterns aid cooling process and are placed specifically where venting is most…

A Cozy, Cool Wool Blanket That Helps Trail Conservation Groups

Woolrich has some serious roots. The company was launched in 1830—yes, that’s an 18, not 19—to supply fabric to the wives of frontiersman in what is now western Pennsylvania, and it has continued to make long-lasting, beautiful woolen products in the same location since then. Indeed, its facilities are located on the exact spot of…

Anti-Fog Sunglasses for Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Has anybody else found this summer to be hot and humid? Oh, right —pretty much everyone. Hottest year on record and all that. But that humidity…oof. Not being what you’d call a morning athlete, most of my mountain bike rides this summer have started somewhere between 11 and 2. (As my wife likes to say…

Wear Your Llama (Out?)

It was my eleventh trip over the last 25 years on which I indulged in the luxury of letting llamas carry virtually all my gear. On trips lasting from five to ten days, with those stoic Peruvian camelids packing everything from bottles of wine to folding camp chairs, I’d explored the Wind Rivers in Wyoming…