Outside Classics

The Generals in Their Labyrinth

THERE NEVER WAS a man on the ferry to Pakokku, and he didn't say what he said. I didn't meet Western diplomats from three nations. Not for coffee. Not for drinks. Not in the official residence,...

The World's Toughest Bike Race Is Not in France

High Noon is when a proper western should start, but we're still waiting for Floyd Landis, Lance Armstrong, and George W. Bush. The 2007 Great Divide Race kicks off in 18 minutes here on June 15...

Zero to Hero: Above-Average Joes

Ski the double diamonds, surf bigger waves, run your first race, or just take better snapshots. No matter what skill you want to acquire, there's a pro ready to show you how....

Dropped

Hanging 800 feet above Leg Lake, ten hours into a long summer's day of climbing in Wyoming's Wind River Range, Steve Herlihy was just starting to get comfortable. Getting into the bubble, he...

The Kingdom of the Lotus

I'M NOT TELLING you where it is. But in order to reach Shambhala, you need a mixture of merit and dumb luck, and at first the dumb part seemed to be working. When I wrestled my luggage,...

Firestarter

AS TOLD TO MCKENZIE FUNK...

High Times

EVERY year on Mount Everest seems to generate a milestone of one sort or another, however dubious. The 2007 climbing season that just wrapped up saw the first use of a Ping-Pong table at Base...

Dead Weight

SO FAR, I HAVE BEEN CARRYING a bamboo basket and tumpline for roughly three-quarters of a mile in Nepal and already the locals' responses are falling into a tidy pattern....

The Boomtown, the Gringo, the Girl, and Her Murder

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, is a fishing-and-tourist town of colorfully painted wooden homes laid out on lazy Pacific-coast streets where bicycles outnumber vehicles, where kids set up goal...

A Kielbasa Too Far

TRAVEL, AND YOU GET SICK, sooner or later. This truth is universal. I remember reading somewhere that the queen of England, when she leaves her country, always takes with her a certain number of...

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