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FITNESS IS AN ADVENTURE
Variety is crucial to great conditioning. So we canvassed coaches, athletes, and trainers to whip up ten high-impact workouts covering everything from endurance to power to recovery. It's a plug-and-play menu for top-shelf performance—all you provide is the sweat. PLUS: TEN-MINUTE MEALS , and gear to help you train like a pro. By Paul Scott
SEE THE LAST CLOUDED LEOPARD
Steve Galster, the swashbuckling co-founder of WildAid, may have figured out the only way to save the world's most endangered species: Play the same kind of hardball the animal traffickers do—because in this game, the losers go extinct.
By Natasha Singer
MAJESTY OR TRAVESTY?
In a spirited pro-con debate—hey, put down that oxygen bottle!—two climbers who have been to the top of the world ask if hype, crowds, and too many boots on the same old routes have tamed the tallest beast.
By Greg Child and Dave Hahn
Stacy Peralta turned skate punks into cult heroes with his 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Now he's back with Riding Giants, a cool homage to big-wave surfing. Is Hollywood ready to anoint him the new Chairman of the Boards?
By Josh McHugh
D E P A R T M E N T S
Roiling whitewater, trigger-happy rebels, and hungry crocs have kept expeditions away from Africa's NILE RIVER for decades. This spring, two teams make daring bids to capture historic source-to-sea descents of the 4,000-mile beast. PLUS: DENNIS QUAID versus global warming in The Day After Tomorrow; FOUR-EYES FEVER ; AMAZING OCEAN RESORTS that pick up and move; canoe racing's SUPERWOMAN ; and more.
UNTAMED EUROPE: Beyond the museums and Brie, Europe is a wild continent packed with adventure hot spots, where you can follow a day of hard play with a vintage Château Margaux. From CHAMONIX , France's alpine-sports hub, to GIRONA , Spain's cycling-mad town, we uncover five hamlets with unstoppable spirit and Old World class. PLUS: SECRET EUROPEAN HIDEAWAYS that will get you far off the beaten path.
THE HARD WAY
At the controls of an ultralight, alone in the open sky, our man rediscovers the age-old dream of SOARING WITH THE BIRDS . As the creators of Winged Migration proved, there's magic in pure, simple flight.
Wrist-top computers, digital coaches, MP3 players—the latest BRAINIAC GADGETS will energize any adventure. PLUS: SWANK LUGGAGE for the fast and stylish; SOCKS THAT ROCK ; and more.
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