Best of 2016: Outdoors & Fitness

A look back at the best stories our Outdoors and Fitness writers tackled over the course of 2016 — from bass fishing to road cycling to the ultimate bugout bag.

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365 days is a lot of time to seek out stories on adventure, gear, and everything in between. Here’s a look back at the best stories our Outdoors and Fitness writers tackled over the course of 2016 — bass fishing to road cycling to the ultimate bugout bag.

Quotes of the Year


Choice Words from Our Favorite Interviews


“I do some hand-drawn stuff, but with the bikes it’s tough. You try to draw a bike and it ends up looking like a fucking clown machine.”

– Thomas Callahan, Horse Brand

“I look at snowboarding now, and there’s great talent out there, but the direction is pretty interesting. It’s people spinning, holding their butts! Is that snowboarding now?”

– Jussi Oksanen, Former Professional Snowboarder and Owner of Mizu

The Stories


Our Finest Work From the Past Year


A Mountaineering Legend Reflects on a Lifetime of Summits (and Almost Losing His Toes)

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New Balance just redesigned a hiking boot. We talked to the guy who gave them the idea to make it in the first place. – Tanner Bowden

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Why Does America Love Bass Fishing?

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“The secret is,” Kramer said, “Joe still really likes this. He’s having fun. The best stuff that we get is when the fishing’s really good. And he and his guests are having a good time. And they forget the camera is there.”


Why would a fisherman be content to flip on the tube, sit on the couch, and watch someone else fish? I followed a production crew at the world’s best bass lake to find out. – Chris Wright, Associate Editor

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How to Read a Rock Climbing Route, as Told by Conrad Anker

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Essential climbing advice from the greatest living mountaineer, Conrad Anker.
– Michael Finn, Editorial Apprentice

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The Ultimate Survival Bag for When Disaster Strikes

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It’s a scary world out there — who knows what disaster might occur tomorrow. Be ready for the worst-case scenario by preparing a survival bag. – Michael Finn, Editorial Apprentice

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The 25 Best Outdoor Stores in America

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Looking for some new outdoor gear? These are the best places in the country to refresh your kit. – AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer

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An Interview With The Greatest Living Mountaineer

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Drinking beers and climbing rocks with mountaineer Conrad Anker. – Jeremy Berger, Contributor

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Meet the Young American Cyclist Kicking Ass in Europe

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Ian Boswell credits Lance Armstrong with his pro career. Read the interview to find out why. – AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer

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Climbing Partners

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They climbed the 13,770-foot Grand Teton peak on their first date. What’d you do?
– John O’Connor

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Is Climbing Everest Without Supplemental Oxygen Reckless?

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Climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards talk about the merits of climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen. – Outdoors and Fitness Desk

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Gear from Outdoor Retailer Summer 2016

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Ball-bearing knives, advanced sweat-wicking fabric, and much more. – AJ Powell, Associate Staff Writer

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