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Dispatches : Jan 2012

Outside Magazine, Feb 2012

THIS WE LIKE
Ever sit down, pen in hand, and copy out a list of the stuff that makes you sigh like a contented sheepdog? Well, we just did. From Kromer caps to Badger Balm to a good, stiff rye, here are 63 things that make us say—out loud, to no one in particular—“Life is good.”

SECOND CHANCES
World-class hurdler Lolo Jones faced down long odds to become one of the fastest ­women on earth. Then it all fell apart in ­Beijing. Grayson Schaffer cues the reboot.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE LAB RATS
Surprise! The Lance Armstrong Foundation donates almost nothing to ­cancer research—its mission now is about ­patient advocacy and “aware­ness.” And lately it has played an additional role: helping Armstrong fight off intensifying accusations that he doped his way to the podium. By Bill Gifford

DESTINATIONS SPECIAL
WAY OUT AND BACK
From the rainforested north coast to the parched and cracked Red Center, Australia’s ­Northern ­Territory is the wild and woolly heart of the continent. ­Matthew Power hits Explorer’s High­way in a rented 4x4 to take it all in. Plus: Seven can’t-miss Down Under adventures.

WHO PINCHED MY RIDE?
In 2006, Patrick Symmes had a crappy bike stolen out from under his nose on West 44th Street in Manhattan, and he just couldn’t let it go. A revenge-fueled report from the seedy underbelly of ­urban bicycle theft. Also, how to boost-proof your ride.

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DISPATCHES
First Look: Run two marathons. Sleep six hours. Repeat for 13,000 miles. Jon Billman talks to Australia’s Pat Farmer about his ten-month quest to trot from pole to pole.
News from the Field: Inside the Malloy brothers’ new bodysurfing flick. Plus: outfitted trips guided by top pros.
XX Factor: World-champion freeskier Angel Collinson opens up about recent deaths on the mountain and why she’ll always love the sport.
Drawing Board: Garrett McNamara rode a 90-foot wave. Or was it only 80? How we measure the giants surfers conquer. 
Media: Liam Neeson keeps wolves—and reality—at arm’s length in Hollywood’s latest wilderness epic. Plus: A tale that lets in the lighter side of reservation life.

THE ESSENTIALS

Covet: A motorbike built for blacktop but tough enough for trails? We’re in.
Road Warriors: Compacts, SUVs, luxury sedans—12 new rides winning the battle for better fuel economy.
 
STYLE
Leather boots are back. Here are five ­rugged varieties and our tips on wearing them well.

BODYWORK
In the Lead: Doctors and coaches weigh in on why triathlon training is fitness gold.
Tools: The best full-featured heart-rate monitors and how to use them.
Pulse: A protein to keep climbers stronger at altitude; beat your personal record by lying to yourself; and a carb calculator to make bonking a thing of the past.

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NATURAL INTELLIGENCE
Capitalism wreaks havoc on the earth, right? Not necessarily. David Wolman explains how an enlightened new approach to investing is nudging Wall Street toward social responsibility.

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USER PROFILES
With 250 million websites and more than a billion social-media users, it’s easy to get lost in the cloud. We run down the essential blogs, Twitter feeds, and mobile apps for everybody from gearheads to greens.

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Ranger Killed at Rainier National Park

Law enforcement officials in Washington State are searching for a man who shot and killed National Park Service Ranger Margaret Anderson Sunday morning, then fled into the forest in Mount Rainier National Park. Anderson, 34, a mother of two, was shot while attempting to stop a speeding car believed to be driven by Benjamin Colton Barnes. Rangers began pursuing Barnes, 24, an Iraq war veteran who police say was involved in a four-person shooting in Seattle early on New Year's day, when he failed to stop at a park checkpoint for snow chains. Officials found weapons and body armor in Barnes's car. More than 100 visitors already inside the park spent Sunday night at a ranger station. Law enforcement officials from the FBI, U.S. Forest Service, and Washington State Police are searching for the shooter.

Read more at The Seattle Times

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Romero Completes Seven Summits

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 15-year-old climber Jordan Romero became the youngest person ever to summit the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents when he successfully climbed Antarctica's 16,050-foot Mt. Vinson. Romero became the youngest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2005 at age 10 and is also the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest, which he climbed in May of 2010 when he was 13. Jordan's Seven Summits record may remain unchallenged, as China and Nepal have since passed laws banning climbers under the ages of 18 and 16, respectively, from attempting Mount Everest.

Read more at Discovery News

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Writer Paralyzed After Climbing Fall

A California outdoors writer is reportedly paralyzed after a climbing accident in Joshua Tree National Park in December. Bill Becher was climbing Saddle Rock, a 600-foot formation in the park, when he fell 30 feet and  landed on his lower back. Rescue workers transported Becher to the park's Oyster Bar Parking Area, where he was picked up by helicopter and transferred to the Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs. Becher was named California Outdoors Writer of the Year in 2004, and has contributed to Outside.

Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle

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