Outside Magazine, Jun 2011

Surfer Ryan Heavyside at Moorings Village in Islamorada, Florida (Photo by Augustus Butera)

exposure special
To capture an American West ravaged by overdevelopment, landscape photographer Michael Light takes to the skies, leaning his large-format camera out of a single-engine aircraft affectionately dubbed Zoe. The images he brings back are gorgeous, illuminating, and all too often disturbing. By Jeff Gordinier
PLUS: See a photo gallery of Michael Light's images

Kevin Pearce suffered a near-fatal slam in the halfpipe before the 2010 Olympic snowboard trials. Six days later, he awoke from a coma plagued by seizures and severe memory loss. His competition days are over, but is there a place for him in the sport he gave everything to? By Jonah Lehrer

the guide
Having kids doesn't have to mean shelving the mountain bike/skis/Everest summit bid. But you shouldn't be ramming adventure down their throats, either. Here are six steps to instill a passion for the outdoors in your next generation. Plus: Ian Frazier, Mark Singer, and others on nature-bonding with Dad.

With demonstrations sweeping Yemen, Patrick Symmes landed in the country for a long-planned excursion. A travel piece was the plan—a mix of scuba diving and desert exploration in a country full of exotic history and Al Qaeda menace. The tourists were there, all right, but so were the riot police and pistol-flashing National Security goons.
PLUS: See a photo gallery of photographer Marco Di Lauro's images

First Look: Cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney is already one of the best time-trial specialists in American history, and he's only 20. But will he—or anyone—ever escape Lance's shadow?
News from the Field: Endurance-cycling nut Jay Petervary's 7,000-mile challenge; the slow demise of surf films; Greenpeace's new Rainbow Warrior.
The Wild File: The benefits of cold plunges, the limits of high-altitude living, and the portents of beached whales.
Epic: Amazon swimmer Martin Strel tackles the mighty Colorado for world peace—and a new TV show.
XX Factor: South Africa native Ursula Grobler is out to prove she is the best lightweight rower on the planet.
Books: A year after the BP oil spill, two authors assess its impact on the Gulf; a search for the reason humans hate sharks.

Sunglasses: Get 'em while it's hot.

Weekend Escapes: Summer was made for quick getaways. Here are the 21 best easy-out adventures, from California to Michigan to Maine—all for $500 or less.

Tools of Summer: All the gear you need to rock our favorite sun-season events, from Crankworx to the Teva Mountain Games. Plus: Gauley Fest and Targhee Fest.

In the Lead:
Think aging's effects are genetic? Think again. That morning jog could add years to your life.
Fuel: Ultrarunning phenom Geoff Roes's pre-race lasagna.
Tools: The seven best performance-enhancing gadgets.

In the interests of science, amateur cyclist Andrew Tilin spiked his system with testosterone for a year, cheating his way through a dozen races. It elevated his finishes and was shockingly easy to obtain. All of which poses the question: How many other dopers are burning up the weekend circuit?

He made the case that today's children suffer from nature-deficit disorder. Now author and environmentalist Richard Louv, in an excerpt from his new book, The Nature Principle, argues that kids aren't the only ones missing out.