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(THE NEW ALL-STARS)
All hail the wunderkinder, our power list of prodigies age 25 AND UNDER who are expanding the frontiers of sports and adventure. Inside you'll meet snowboard goddess KELLY CLARK , speed skating's poster boy APOLO OHNO , alpine phenom BODE MILLER , rodeo kayaking's megastud BRAD LUDDEN , and 21 other ultratalented up-and-comers. This dream team is a fitting finish to our 25th anniversary year—hey, we like to think we've made a mark, too—and a spirited reminder that plenty of milestones are yet to come.
Including: fly-fishing's laser-guided angler // A swimmer to rival Mark Spitz // Boardsailing's high-flying hotties // The crown prince of cyclocross // surfing's new Alpha male // and many more
The first casualty of global warming may be a bucolic South Pacific island nation slowly disappearing under a swelling sea. Now, in addition to demanding a new place to live, Tuvalu's miffed citizens are handing the world's fossil-fuel gluttons a rather hefty bill. Time to pay for our sins? Or could this be the greenest boondoggle of the 21st century?
By By Mark Levine
CLIMBING AT THE SPEED OF SOUL
In September, speed climber Dean Potter flashed Half Dome and El Cap in a continuous blitz that left his competition eating chalk. As the amazing Zen king of Yosemite aims for even harder routes, it looks like the records have only just begun to fall.
By Rob Buchanan
D E P A R T M E N T S
From Mark Synnott's planned first ascents to kayaker Brad Ludden's around-the-world odyssey, the 2003 EXPEDITION CALENDAR is guaranteed to make you go "Whoa!" PLUS: A climbing accident claims the life of adventurer GÖN KROPP; competition heats up in reality TV's Global Extremes: Mount Everest , where winning requires bagging the Big E.
THE WILD FILE
Does cannibalism still exist? Who discovered the North Star? Why are poisonous berries poisonous if they depend on critters to propagate?
By Brad Wetzler
Discover our secret Mexico, the one that's tourist-free and packed with adventure hideaways.
Surf deserted beaches in Baja
Bomb down singletrack above Oaxaca
Refuel on seafood in Tamaulipas
Live like the Maya in the Yucatán
Pedal Coahuila's wine country
Trek con salsa in Jalisco
Seattle: city of software, coffee, and, each December, swarms of tiny, ink-squirting squid that rush the waters off Pier 63. Welcome to the high-octane urban sport of squid jigging.
By Steven Rinella
We investigate the hype behind SUPER SLOW, the 15-minute, once-a-week weight routine that purports to build stronger muscles super fast. Does it work? Uh-huh. Does it hurt? Yup. PLUS: The buzz on honey—the newest energy gel ; and research proves that music rocks your workout.
OUTSIDE'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
IT'S IN THE BAG
The gotta-have goodies that you know you want—no, need—this year
What's not to love about Sony's water-resistant minidisc player, the first full-suspension ski bike, a river board for boogie-boarding whitewater, Pentax's digital binoculars, Suunto's powerful wrist-top computer, cozy winter jackets, sweet beach attire, fancy photo books, and more—way more.
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