Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea

Charles Bethea lives in Atlanta.


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The One-Day-a-Year Fitness Plan

More pain quest than workout, misogi is the secret, punishing ritual that has revolutionized Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver's game. You have time for this—if it doesn't kill you first.

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Spend the Night in the Sky: Rent a Fire Tower

Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 manning a fire tower on Washington's Desolation Peak, in the northern Cascades. He didn't do much writing there, apparently, despite being alone with pencil and...

The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles...

Outside Online Dogs Pit Bull

An Ode to My Bad Dog

Adopting a dog can be difficult. But in the end, we wouldn't trade our oddball pets for anything.

Kristopher Houghton

Fair Chase

On the short-grass plains of eastern New Mexico, a band of elite marathon runners tests a controversial theory: Did the aerobic endurance of ancient man allow him to chase down the fastest ungulates...

Black Diamond Spire - Trekking Poles: Reviews

Black Diamond Spire - Trekking Poles: Reviews

BD's signature FlickLock mechanism makes adjusting these sticks literally a snap (no twisting required). The oval-shaped, aluminum shafts are the stiffest we tested, and the grips nest perfectly in...

Exel Pathan AC - Trekking Poles: Reviews

Exel Pathan AC - Trekking Poles: Reviews

A carbon lower shaft and aluminum upper section mean you save weight and money with this utility pole. But you give up the more comfortable ergonomic grips of pricier sticks. 19.2 oz per pair;...


Best Towns 2009

Healthy. That's the word we kept coming back to. And we don't mean a fit or skinny population; we're talking about a city's cultural vibrancy, economic well-being, and overall quality of life....

Dolomites, Italy

Play. Pour. Drink. Repeat.

In which we take back the drinking trip from the wine snob. Here's how to mix world-class adventure and tasting, from Kentucky to Japan.

Surf and Turf

An Aussie filmmaker makes waves with a documentary about gang life Down Under