F E A T U R E S
Legend of the Fall Line
He's the best backcountry snowboarder in the solar system. And with his amazing speed, smooth form, and mind-blowing first descents, 36-year-old Tom Burt could have become the Tom Cruise of Tahoe's "Squawllywood." But he didn't—and that's just fine with him. By Rob Story
America's Little (Well...) Actually Kind of Serious (Um...) Maybe It's Worse than We Thought (Hmmm...) Pretty Damn Big (Gulp!) Arsenic Problem)
Fallon, Nevada, has a drinking problem: The town's water supply contains the highest concentration of arsenic in the country. But Fallonites—many of whom feel just fine—don't like the feds tellin' them what to do about it. A report from the dyspeptic front lines of eco-backlash. By Bill Donahue
Our Son of a Bitch
Remembering the life and accomplishments of the late David Brower, climbing legend, environmental titan, and unbending gadfly. With tributes from John McPhee, Doug Peacock, Barry Lopez, Dave Foreman, Stewart Udall, Julia "Butterfly" Hill, Don Kegley, and Roderick Nash. By Bruce Barcott
The Great Indoors
Your friends are appalled. The womenfolk are considering an intervention. The kids are wondering what you've been smoking. But what, you ask, is so wrong about a little climbing equipment strewn across the living room floor, a few auto parts in the kitchen sink? By Ian Frazier
WILD CARIBBEAN 2001
Life Is Way, Way More than a Beach
If successive days doing nada on some incredibly remote and unbearably beautiful Caribbean beach leave you rested but restless, you've come to the right place. Here are our lovingly researched, adrenaline-and rum-spiked reasons to love the horse latitudes.
Bahamas: Sea kayaking the Exumas archipelago
Puerto Rico: Surfing the other North Shore
Honduras: Scuba life on Utila, the diver's dive island
Dominican Republic: Mountain biking El Choco National Park
Grenadines: Island hopping under sail from Mustique to the Tobago Cays and beyond
Dominica: Hike to Boiling Lake and taste a local delicacy: "mountain chicken"
Venezuela: Windsurfing Los Roques, a windward slice of heaven
PLUS: Cuba; Jamaica,; the Virgins,; the Caymans and other classic Caribbean isles and tropical adventures. D E P A R T M E N T S
You can take a running leap off Mount Tam, buzz the Golden Gate Bridge, and shark-watch from a hundred feet up. No wonder the disco-era sport of hang gliding is getting a second wind in the skies above San Francisco Bay. Montrail's R&D team introduces the ultimate extreme clog. Thank God they're not serious.With his sights on the Seven Summits, mountaineer Elliot Boston is an outdoor hero for young African-Americans.Chevron spills $300,000 to rebuild a legendary surf break in Southern California.Crash and burn: Why the Lake Placid luge track has Olympic hopefuls begging for mercy.PLUS: An epic bike tour bites the dust; a Russian doctor uses a nasty hypodermic to combat hypothermia; and brilliant insights from boardercross's reigning badass.
The Wild File
Can a tree live forever? Do the Inuit really have 20 different words for snow? What do dogs smell when they sniff each other? Why are parts of my body cold to the touch when I don't actually feel cold in those places?
By Stephanie Gregory
The Hard Way
"You call yourself an ice climber? Why, when I was your age we only used one ax, and the pick was dull, and..." On a foray to Scotland's Ben Nevis, Mark Jenkins gets an earful from ice climbing's old school.
By Mark Jenkins