Outside Magazine, Aug 2011

This Month in Outside

   

SPECIAL REPORT
THE APOCALYPSE HANDBOOK
OK, so that Rapture thing didn’t happen—doesn’t mean you aren’t about to be carried off by a towering tsunami. Presenting ­Outside’s comprehensive guide to surviving disasters both natural and man-made, from devastating plagues to cataclysmic wildfires to planet-­poisoning meltdowns.

THE AFTERMATH
LAURENCE GONZALES on how we cope when the nightmare’s over.

PANIC BUTTON
SCOTT CARNEY on how false alarms are swamping search-and-rescue organizations.

57 FEET AND RISING
When the biggest floods in 75 years rolled down the Lower Mississippi, three river rats couldn’t ­resist putting in. The result: an epic 300-mile ­canoe ­journey filled with police boats, deadly whirlpools, and a feral pig.
BY W. HODDING CARTER

SWELL GUY
In the lunatic world of big-wave surfing, Greg Long is the low-key master strategist, a meticulous planner who obsessively crunches data to ensure the surf he paddles into is the hugest on earth.
BY MATT WARSHAW

SHARK BAIT
Off the coast of South Africa, birthplace of shark-cage diving, ­attacks seem to happen near areas where dive companies chum the waters to deliver thrilling encounters. Could the practice be conditioning sharks to think of humans as food? JOSHUA HAMMER takes (gulp) the plunge.

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DISPATCHES
First Look:
Richard Branson, James ­Cameron, and Triton Submarines are in a race to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Whose sub will dive to 36,000 feet first?
News from the Field: Ernest Shackleton’s whisky of choice resurfaces; ­fly-fishing the world; the annual circus in the Himalayas
Epic: Climber Ueli Steck, a.k.a. the Swiss Machine, tries to become the first ­mountaineer to bag three 8,000-meter peaks in a season.
Books: In 1934, drifter Everett Ruess ­disappeared in Utah’s canyonlands. Two new books detail the ongoing search for his body.
Media: Director Chris Paine talks about his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car; the best websites for ­long-form journalism; and an iPhone app with beta on 17,000 climbing locales.
STYLE
High Caliber: Eight Army-inspired watches for weekend warriors.
DESTINATIONS
Get Lost: Twenty ­reasons why there’s no better place than the Northwest to climb, kayak, and hike. Plus: The best microbrews and seafood shacks.
THE ESSENTIALS
Covet: A stylish single-speed commuter that’s as functional as it is indestructible.
Running Gear: This summer’s top road and trail shoes. Plus: Ultralight apparel.
BODYWORK
In the Lead: Some believe a concentrated injection of your own blood can help heal sports injuries. Does science agree?
Tools: The seven best fitness apps.
Fuel: HTC-Highroad’s chef shares his recipe for success: potato gnocchi Tourmalet.
COLUMNS
NATURAL INTELLIGENCE
Can electric bikes make inroads with people who don’t usually ride? Or are they doomed from the start by their hefty price tag and an elitist bike culture? Todd Balf ­motors the hills of San Francisco to find out.
PLUS
BETWEEN THE LINES
LETTERS
EXPOSURE
PARTING SHOT
UNDER THE COVER
Yes, our cover image is a composite. But it ­really was shot underwater, and only the shark and buildings were added later. “I wanted to get as many objects in the frame as possible,” says photographer Michael Muller. The hardest part: surfer Josh Mohr had to dive 18 feet to the ­bottom of the special-effects tank—50 times. “He was a trooper,” says Muller.

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