Outside Magazine, April 2009
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Outside Magazine, April 2009

Ed Viesturs, Outside Magazine, April 2009

Features
WHY AM I HERE AGAIN?
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So asks elite alpinist Conrad Anker when a blizzard stomps on his second attempt to knock off a treacherous 6,500-foot Himalayan route called the Shark's Fin. The answer? Duh, because he lives for this kind of thing.

HUGO'S WORLD
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We provided an irresistible challenge for our nomadic wordsmith: Seek out the abundant natural treasures of Chávez's Venezuela (and check out those legendary oil fields) as a plainclothes Yankee devil. And, you know, come back alive.
By Patrick Symmes

THE TUBER    Watch a Video
Wells Tower—of his own volition, mind you—attempts to transect Florida by way of its ridiculously gorgeous, much endangered spring-fed rivers. In a rubber tube. With very large alligators about. And one highly antagonistic "assistant" in tow.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON ADVENTURE
All that talk of action-sports "junkies" and their "highs"? It's more than metaphor. In an effort to understand why we do the crazy things we do, Florence Williams observes aggro (and accident-prone) BASE jumper Ted Davenport as he falls off cliffs and lets neurologists map his noodle.
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ME, MYSELF, AND RIBEYE    Watch a Video
Way down in Argentina, they use the whole damn cow. And, sure, our man will eat that. Join Steven Rinella on a gluttonous quest for the world's tastiest beef.

Exposure Special
OUR KIND OF CRAZY
We asked 15 of the boldest people we know why they huck cliffs, build rockets, swim among icebergs, and otherwise risk it all. Here's what they said.

2009 Travel Awards
GO FARTHER, SPEND LESS
You told us your travel dreams; let's make them reality. Behold, the best trips and deals on the planet, from a multisport journey in New Zealand to budget-friendlier treks in your own backyard.

Special Foldout Section
THE EVOLUTION OF ADVENTURE
A highly scientific, utterly comprehensive history, from Kon-Tiki to Tang, sat phones to . . . Romancing the Stone?

Columns
FIELD NOTES
Old guys rule. They've got the wisdom, authority, and insomnia to pull off any epic. Gather 'round ol' Ian Frazier.

OUT OF BOUNDS    Watch a Video   Listen to Podcast version
Is barren, cloudy Iceland, with its economy on life support, still home to the world's happiest people? Eric Hansen hitchhikes the Ring Road to find out.

Gear to Go
THE ESSENTIALS
»   COVET: A carbon-fiber kayak that's almost half the weight of a plastic boat and reinforced with Kevlar.
»   NAVIGATION: The world is a confusing place; these GPS tools will fix that.
»   OUTFITTED: All the travel gear you need to get off the beaten path, from Rio de Janeiro to Kathmandu.

The Guide
MAN VS. WILD
Intimidated? Don't be. We've evened the playing field by assembling all you need to plan and execute your own expedition. Gear? Check. Food? Check. Five incredibly cool itineraries and great advice from expert explorers? Check, check, check ...

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