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In 1993, scientist Stanley Williams became a hero after living through a deadly volcanic eruption, a story he recounts in Surviving Galeras. But a rival book by outraged critic Victoria Bruce tells a far different tale.
| ||Killer mud flows threaten the wildfire-ravaged West.|
|Climbing sensation Jimmy Chin braves Pakistani red tape and wicked first ascents.|
|The hilarious drama behind the first trans-American skateboard expedition.|
|Teton Gravity Research unleashes a gnarly new kayaking flick; Leatherman's latest pocket tool takes its cues from the iMac; and your tax dollars create a genetically altered supertrout.|
The Wild File
Is it true that many poisonous snakes have mouths that are too small to bite us? What is the advantage of height in humans? How come turkey eggs aren't as popular as chicken eggs? Why do we float better in salt water than in fresh water? By Stephanie Gregory.
A violent bus crash left her bleeding and nearly dead on a rural Laotian roadside. A year later, the author recalls the horror--and the deep breaths that saved her life. By Allison Wright
The Hard Way
With an armed scout for protection, our man seeks out rare ibex, wolves, baboons, and signs of hope along cliff-edged trails in the formerly war-torn mountains of Ethiopia. By Mark Jenkins
Get Lost: When Yellowstone morphs into a car-choked game park this summer, try chartering a bush plane into the 13.2 million acres of Alaska's lonely WrangellSt. Elias National Park—we guarantee you won't see another soul.
| ||PLUS: How to hike on the massive Root Glacier, climb 16,390-foot Mount Blackburn, raft down the wild Nizina River, and kayak the frigid waters of Icy Bay.|
Rough Riders: Not only do today's dual-suspension mountain bikes take the pain out of riding, they generally outperform any hardtail on the market—going up or down. We put 14 new wide-ranging dualies to the test on 280 miles of red rock singletrack in Sedona, Arizona.
Touching My Father's Soul, by Jamling Tenzing Norgay; The Shadow of the Sun, by Ryszard Kapuscinski; Four Wings and a Prayer, by Sue Halpern; Year of the Fires, by Stephen J. Pyne
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