F E A T U R E S
Adventure at the End of the Century
The sight of George Leigh Mallory's well-preserved body on Everest confirms that adventure, like life, is not always pretty. It means risking all on a mountain—as Mallory did, with tragic results, and as Edmund Hillary did, triumphantly—or putting yourself at the mercy of the wind, as Bertand Piccard and Brian Jones did when they circled the world in a balloon. As we near the close of a remarkable year in a remarkable century of adventure, this is our tribute—to the mystery, the gallantry, and the lure of the overwhelming world outside.
Ghosts of Everest
It took 75 years for Everest to loose its frozen grip on George Mallory, and an instant for the news to rocket around the globe. In the months since the 1999 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition returned to sea level, the team leaders haven't told the full story of their mission on the brutal North Face, nor have they revealed the provocative key evidence they found enshrouded there. Until now.
By Jochen Hemmleb, Larry Johnson, and Eric Simonson
The Man Who Knocked the Bastard Off
On a sunny day in 1953, a tall young New Zealander named Edmund Hillary became the first human to stand atop the world's highest mountain—and, thereafter, a paragon of grace and bonhomie for explorers who would follow.
The first humans to circumnavigate the globe by hot-air balloon had to be diplomats, meteorological seers, engineering savants, and very, very, very lucky guys. From takeoff in Switzerland to landing in the Egyptian desert, come fly with the duo who made it up, up, and the all the way around.
Letter to My Future Brother-in-Law
Suppose your sister falls for a feckless, thrash-loving, rock-and-snow-worshipping bon vivant (i.e., a guy not unlike lots of people who read this magazine). And then she has his baby. And then, even though he's still sowing his wild oats, she announces she's going to marry this dude. What do you do?
By Steve Friedman