Outside is an American magazine focused on the outdoors. The first issue was published in September 1977. Its mission statement is:
The mission of Outside magazine is to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness, gear and apparel, style and culture that define the active lifestyle.
Its founders were Jann Wenner (the first editor in chief), William Randolph Hearst III (its first managing editor), and Jack Ford (an assistant to founding publisher Donald Welsh and a son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford). Wenner sold the magazine to current owner Lawrence J. Burke two years later. Christopher Keyes is the current editor.
Outside launched the careers of Sebastian Junger, Jon Krakauer, and other freelance travel and adventure writers. Though the magazine has tilted toward a more commercial aesthetic in recent years, it has also recruited figures from the literary world for freelance assignments. Writers whose work has appeared in Outside include Bruce Barcott, Tim Cahill, Daniel Coyle, E. Annie Proulx, naturalist and author David Quammen, and Bob Shacochis. Songwriter David Berkeley also worked for Outside.
Effective June 1, 2010, its owner Santa Fe, New Mexicoâ"based Mariah Media launched Outside Television in partnership with Resorts Sports Network, which was rebranded Outside Television.
- Official website
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