F E A T U R E S
BEST TOWNS 2006
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING
Where should you live if you live for adventure? We polled a slew of top skiers, bikers, climbers, and paddlers to bring you the ultimate guide to America's premier outdoor playgrounds. PLUS: Boulder smackdown! The good, the bad, and the, um, beautiful.
EVERYBODY MUST GET ZONED
Hit the sand running with two Red Sox fans who volunteer to distribute aid in Baghdad and end up in a coalition of steroidal grunts, sketchy foreigners, and circus clowns. Seriously.
BY RAY LEMOINE AND JEFF NEUMANN, WITH DONOVAN WEBSTER
THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN SWIMMER
You call it a rum-drunk spring break spent in the party bars and shark-thronged waters of the Virgin Islands; he calls it training for the Olympics. We're just confused.
BY W. HODDING CARTER
O but to don a fat suit and BASE-jump off a skyscraper! BRYAN CURTIS reveals how "extreme" went from rad to sad.
He's traveled the world, knows famous adventurers, and looks fabulous in a safari shirt. He's Richard Wiese, the new ex-president of the Explorers Club and just maybe TV's next action hero.
BY PATRICK SYMMES
A KIELBASA TOO FAR
When you go somewhere exotic, you're bound to spend some time paying the toilet gods. But in the crazy calculus of getting to know a place, an intimate relationship with the local bugs isn't always a terrible thing.
BY IAN FRAZIER
D E P A R T M E N T S
» THE O ZONE: The SmokeJumper watch, a cruise to view global warming, and Oakley's new tint-shifting lenses.
» RISING STAR: P-Rod leads Nike's skate revolution. Can he keep his cred?
» MEDIA: Kelly Slater and others pick their favorite sports flicks of all time.
» NEW WORKS OF FICTION dip into the dark, deadly side of travel.
» The demise of the ELECTRIC CAR.
» TECHNOLOGY: Three novel gadgets give you flight, speed, and strength.
» STREAKS: A ski bum notches his thousandth day in a row on the snow.
» THE WILD FILE: What's the pole of inaccessibility? Why are flamingos pink?
The wetter the summer, the better you feel. Splash down with 16 beach, lake, and river toys, from snorkel gear to an all-in-one skim-bodyboard.
THE HARD WAY
A thousand feet up, MARK JENKINS discovers the sacred air of Wyoming's Devils Tower.