Outside Magazine, May 2012

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May 2012

The Adventure Issue     Photo: Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films

To read these articles and more, check out our Adventure Issue page.

GIVING EVEREST THE BIRD
Since high-altitude rescue helicopters arrived in the Himalayas, the choppers have saved countless climbers’ lives. But as one tragic crash reveals, they’ve also introduced a new dimension of risk. Nick Heil investigates. Also: Mapping the most perilous zones on Everest. 

EXPOSURE SPECIAL
RARE HEIR

Shaun MacGillivray, the son of Imax mogul Greg MacGillivray, has been on movie sets since age three. The next king of the mega-screen talks to Thayer Walker about how to safely swim with polar bears, what he learned from Dad, and how documentaries can change people in ways blockbusters can’t. Plus: Images from a life behind the lens.

FEAT FETISHES
Sailing the world solo—at 16. Kayaking monster rapids in the Congo. Pulling off a daring first ascent in the Himalayas. And that’s just for starters. Meet Outside’s 2012 Adventurers of the Year: the men and women on the knife’s edge of exploration. By Tim Neville

WHY NOAH WENT TO THE WOODS
After three tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps, Noah Pippin did his best to live a civilian life. Then, on his way to California to redeploy, he disappeared into Montana’s remote Bob Marshall Wilderness. What caused a dutiful soldier to go AWOL? And will he ever be seen again? Mark Sundeen follows Pippin’s trail into the woods.

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DISPATCHES
First Look:
Between an angry mob, a big-budget film crew, and two landmark ascents, 2012 was Patagonia’s craziest climbing season ever. And 21-year-old super-alpinist David Lama was at the center of the racket. By Grayson Schaffer 

DESTINATIONS
Summer is prime time in our national parks, and that means crowds—unless you know where to go. From Washington to Maine, here are 12 adventures that will have you exploring the emptiest quarters of our most spectacular landscapes. 

BODYWORK
Mark Jenkins
has seen his share of backcountry accidents, and he used to think he knew how to handle them. Then he took a wilderness medicine course and learned just how wrong he’d been. Plus: How to survive four shockingly common injuries. 

THE ESSENTIALS
Covet:
A fresh take on a World War II–era motorbike.
Footloose:
Adventure-specific shoes for beach, travel, and trail.
Spectrum:
Four new boats for all waterways, including two sit-on-tops and a kayak built for rough seas.

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DROPPING IN

Iceland’s 5,000-foot peaks stay cloaked in world-class corn snow late into spring.  Nick Paumgarten heads north to ski from summit straight to the sea.

PERSONAL RECORD
Peter Stark
moved his family to Brazil for one long year abroad. It wasn’t easy, but life-changing experiences rarely are.

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PARTING SHOT

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