Outside (magazine)

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Editor-in-ChiefLawrence J. Burke
Total circulation
(June 2012)
686,623 [1]
First issueSeptember 1977 (1977-September)
CompanyOutside, Inc.
Country United States
Based in Boulder, CO
Website outsideonline.com
ISSN 0278-1433

Outside is an American company and magazine focused on the outdoors. The first issue of Outside was published in September 1977. [2]



Outside 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). [3] Wenner sold Outside to Lawrence J. Burke two years later. Burke merged it into his magazine Mariah (founded in 1976) and after a period of using the name Mariah/Outside kept the Outside name for the merged magazine. [4] Christopher Keyes is the current editor. [5]

Outside, formerly Pocket Outdoor Media, acquired Outside Integrated Media in February 2021. Outside brands include Outside Magazine, Outside Business Journal, Outside Integrated Media, Outside TV, Gaia GPS, athleteReg, Peloton Magazine, Yoga Journal, SKI, Backpacker, VeloNews, Climbing, Rock & Ice, Gym Climber, Trail Runner, Women's Running, Triathlete, Better Nutrition, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Clean Eating, CyclingTips, [6] Fly Fishing Film Tour, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Inkwell Media, Muscle & Performance, NASTAR, National Park Trips, NatuRx, Oxygen, PInkbike, [6] PodiumRunner, ROAM Media, Roll Massif, Trailforks, [6] Vegetarian Times, VeloPress, VeloSwap, Paleo Mag, Beta, FinisherPix, and Warren Miller Entertainment. Outside, formerly Pocket Outdoor Media, is headquartered in Boulder, with offices in Denver, Carbondale, Easthampton (MA), Frankfurt, New York City, Ojai, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Toronto. [7] [8] [9]

Notable contributors

John Rasmus, the editor of Outside, launched the career of 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 Sebastian Junger, Bruce Barcott, Tim Cahill, Daniel Coyle, E. Annie Proulx, naturalist and author David Quammen, and Bob Shacochis. Songwriter David Berkeley also worked for Outside.

Outside television

On June 1, 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico–based Mariah Media, launched Outside Television in partnership with Resorts Sports Network, which was rebranded Outside Television. [10]

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