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Adventure racers endure hundreds of miles of rocky trails, canyons full of icy whitewater, and balky sponsors. But is this true sport or television hype?
PLUS: The planet's one and only vegan wolf; free-diver Pipin Ferreras goes deep on one lungful of air.
The Wild File
What's the stuff of a perfect wave? Do animals laugh? Can you stay drier by running through the rain? How many people have lived on earth?
By Jim Collins
The Hard Way
Raging snowmelt in Jakeys Fork brings a 100-mile spring ski traverse of Wyoming's Wind River Range to a sudden halt an hour from the car. And the only way across the swollen creek involves a tree, a rope, and two parallel lives.
By Mark Jenkins
On the lam in New Zealand: The Maori people grow hushed and reverent when they speak of the South Island's Mackenzie Country—an alpine idyll of towering peaks and lush river valleys named after a legendary freebooter and escape artist. Patrick Symmes goes deep into the most remote of renegade territories.
| ||Who cares if the fish are toxic? Paddling among cormorants and corroding cars in the Bronx River, a New York canoeist discovers that nature is still sublime.|
PLUS: Sea-kayak to the Statue of Liberty! Surf Rockaway Beach! Cycle the New Jersey Palisades! Return alive to brag about it!
Stand fast: What are the twin pillars of the wise outdoor athlete's strength? The legs, Grasshopper, the legs. Now hop to it—just in time for the adventures of summer.
Digital devices for the outdoor athlete: Pining to crunch the numbers on your precise speed, distance, and altitude? We sort through a bushel of altimeters, heart-rate monitors, and cyclometers, and dish out the best silicon from Thomen, Casio, Polar, Specialized, Avocet, Sigma Sport, and more.
Sport-specific lumbar packs kick butt.
The world's finest pocket camera: the Contax TVS III.
The atlas, updated for the 21st century.
Plush mats for bouldering or (we won't tell) napping.
PLUS: The Last Marlin, by Fred Waitzkin; Frost on My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer, by Tim Moore; Horse Heaven, by Jane Smiley; and more.
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