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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

The Best Summer Festivals: Wake Up Festival

Looking for radical renewal? Look no further than the first-ever Wake Up Festival. This supercharged lineup of dancers, musicians, yogis, poets, energy healers, neuroscientists, and spiritual teachers, from Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield to yoga goddess Shiva Rea, will give participants the boost they need to get out of a rut, rejuvenate, and really start to live. Practice Qigong purification or mindfulness meditation, take a workshop on topics like “Harnessing Energy As We Age,” or dance under the stars to “Groove Sessions” with Alex Theory. It’s all good.

Where to Stay: The lodge rooms or cabins of the YMCA of the Rockies are affordable and offer close-ups to bighorn sheep or whatever wildlife wanders in. Cabins from $159 per night.

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The Best Summer Festivals: 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

It’s been written that there is “nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame said it best, but those who agree need to be at this late-summer Wooden Boat Festival that takes place in a historic Victorian village 40 miles northwest of Seattle. The eye candy here is endless: More than 300 wooden kayaks, native canoes, tall ships, sailboats, and powerboats will be on display or in use. Watch a boat-building demonstration, sign your boat up, or, if you don’t have one, sign on to crew during the Classic Mariner’s Regatta, or network with the countless other passionate wooden boat fanatics.

Where to Stay: Fort Worden State Park is on the beach a mile from the festival, with 30 forested tent sites adjacent to hiking trails. Book quickly.

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Outside Magazine, Jul 2012

NOW HEAR THIS
For our second annual Interview Issue, we asked 21 of the most colorful, engaging voices of 2012 to sound off.

featuring
SPRINTER JUSTIN GATLIN ON MAKING A COMEBACK

Interview by Abe Streep 

BASE JUMPER JEB CORLISS ON LUCKY CRASHES
Interview by Matt Higgins

CYCLIST ANDY SCHLECK ON TOUR DE FRANCE DESTINY
Interview by Andrew Hood

SWIMMER RYAN LOCHTE ON BEATING MICHAEL PHELPS
Interview by Ryan Krogh

DIRECTOR LUCY WALKER ON FILMING CATASTROPHE
Interview by David Holbrooke

AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL ON GOING BAREFOOT
Interview by Christopher Keyes 

ADVENTURER ROBERT YOUNG PELTON ON DANGEROUS PLACES
Interview by Sam Moulton

CLIMBER SASHA DIGIULIAN ON BREAKING INTO THE BOYS’ CLUB
Interview by Adam Roy

FILMMAKERS ROBERT AND JAMIE REDFORD ON SAVING OUR RIVERS
Interview by Abe Streep

Plus: Getting politicians to speak candidly about the environment, and questions for James Cameron, Christo, and Bobo the Sasquatch tracker.

bodywork + exposure special
NOTES FROM AN ALCHEMIST

Champion decathlete Trey Hardee breaks down his training, diet, and recovery into a customizable formula that will have you in the best shape of your life. By Ryan Krogh 

HIGHWAY OF TEARS
Since 1969, at least 18 women have vanished from a remote stretch of road in northern British Columbia. Bob Friel takes a long drive through a mysterious landscape to ask some frightening questions. 

departments
DISPATCHES
First Look:
Huge crashes, blazing bikes, no clear favorite—just a few reasons we can’t wait for the Tour de France.
Drawing Board:
After a 125-year ban, a tightrope walker takes on Niagara Falls.
Quests:
Why the race to find Amelia Earhart’s plane is heating up. Again.
XX Factor:
Meet the new and beautiful first lady of fly-fishing.
Feuds:
California plans to shutter 70 of its recreation areas. Is this the death knell for state parks as we know them?

DESTINATIONS
Invade Canada!
Our neighbor to the north claims some of the world’s best adventure playgrounds. From mountain biking in Quebec to climbing in British Columbia, these are your prime targets.
Journeys: Four awe-inspiring trips in one (very safe) Middle Eastern country. 

STYLE
Watches that pop and sunglasses with woodsy appeal. Plus: Enough with the sport-specific eyewear in public.

THE ESSENTIALS
Covet:
From slo-mo video to razor-sharp stills, the latest DSLR does it all.
Road Runners:
Shoes for every type of pavement pounder.
Race Tech:
Post your best triathlon with these nine ultralight, aerodynamic, fatigue-fighting tools.

the guide
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR COMPANION

All you need to know about going wild with man’s best friend, including training tips, canine gear, and wilderness etiquette

columns
NATURAL INTELLIGENCE

Burt’s Bees cofounder Roxanne Quimby wants to give the federal government 74,000 acres for a national park. Why do so many locals have a problem with that? By Brian Kevin 

DROPPING IN
Ten summits. Three days. One nagging case of Lyme disease. Nothing can stop aspiring hardman Christopher Solomon from totally surviving one of the most difficult guided climbs in America.  

plus
EDITOR'S LETTER
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