My Son and the Bear
William Broyles thought he had overcome the fear of wild places that he’d developed during the Vietnam War. But when he and his ten-year-old son met up with a grizzly on a hiking trail, his demons came roaring back. PLUS: Adventure dad essays from W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr.
That sucking sound you hear in the forest? It’s the slurp of ticks feasting on our blood. Their numbers are multiplying, their range is expanding, and the threats they carry go far beyond Lyme disease. By Carl Zimmer
Silicon Valley is swarming with hardcore endurance athletes. How is it possible to work startup hours and train like an Ironman? Five hyper-fit techies explain their complicated formulas. By Michael Roberts
Dead of Night
When millionaire couple John and Ann Bender built a mansion and wildlife preserve in Costa Rica, it was supposed to be the start of a fantasy life. But something went terribly wrong in the jungle: John was shot dead, and Ann was accused of his murder. Ned Zeman follows the dark trail of guns, jewels, and money.
The Road Goes On Forever
Ultrarunner. Philanthropist. Adventure-film star. Convict. Charlie Engle has put prison and drug addiction behind him and set his sights on running from the Dead Sea to Mount Everest. For a man who’s already seen life’s highs and lows, what’s another 5,000 miles? By Rachel Levin
First Look: Why roving bands of fitness freaks are taking over parks to offer free workouts.
Risk: A death in Utah exposes the dangers of rope jumping.
Primer: As the Endangered Species Act turns 40, we look at which critters have had the most impact on our favorite playgrounds. (Thank you, salamanders.)
Big Idea: A team of African-American climbers plans to become the first to summit Denali—and boost minority participation outdoors along the way.
Rising Stars: Kayaking royalty Emily and Dane Jackson on competition, rivalries, and family values.
Covet: The VW Vanagon is still the best road-trip machine ever invented. Discuss.
Books: The haunting legacy of Three Cups of Tea ghostwriter David Oliver Relin.
Media: Kon-Tiki’s big-screen debut.
Weekend Escapes: From beating the crowds in the Northeast to escaping humidity in the South, we’ve got 19 ways to maximize Friday-to-Sunday bliss.
Dogma: A raft of new paleo lifestyle books—and a few that deflate the underlying “science.”
Grooming: Smart sunscreen choices.
My Body: How Melissa Arnot, queen of Everest, prepares for 29,035 feet.
Foot Feel: The Best Road Running Shoes of 2013