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With his home life strained, his training widely emulated, and a score of riders hungry to dethrone him, Lance Armstrong faces his toughest Tour yet. In an exclusive interview, the world's top cyclist reveals why he's obsessed with remaining king of the road—and what it may cost.
By Eric Hagerman
The U.S. spent $1.6 billion (and lost 23 lives) battling wildfires last summer. This year could be worse, thanks to huge swaths of forest that remain clogged with explosive fuel. There's a way out, but it requires a dramatic shift in how we tame the demon in the woods.
By Douglas Gantenbein
HOW GREEN IS MY POLDER
In Holland, a benevolent eco-queen named Beatrix has kick-started an environmental revolution that, lo and behold, now drives a humming economy. Up next from the country that gave us windmills and clogs? Planetary salvation.
By Florence Williams
TOP TEN: MOUNTAINEERING 101
So you want to climb the big mountains? Rope up for our multi-peak course, beginning with a Yosemite walk-up and ending on the summit of McKinley. We map the routes, choose the guides, rate the gear, and get you started on the trail to high adventure.
By Nick O'Connell
D E P A R T M E N T S
In the aftermath of war, evidence emerges casting new light on four American climbers' harrowing tale of ABDUCTION IN KYRGYZSTAN . PLUS: A tell-all CANYONEERING guidebook riles rescue officials in the Southwest; and this months RADAR .
THE WILD FILE
How far out to sea can mosquitoes stalk us? Is runner's high for real? Do raptors ever crash because they can't release their prey?
By Brad Wetzler
BRAZIL'S WILD WEST: Track caimans and jaguars from a remote ranch in the Pantanal, a 90,000-acre freshwater wetland where the critters don't play hard to get. PLUS: Five-star fly-fishing at Montana's posh PAPOOSE CREEK LODGE ; EASY LIVING in the Caribbean; and more.
THE HARD WAY
Retracing a doomed expedition through the Australian outback, our man confronts adventure's harshest truth: Death and glory keep close company.
By Mark Jenkins
Before taking on the routes in this month's mountaineering guide, elevate your CLIMBING FITNESS by building power, stamina, and technique. PLUS: EXPEDITION FIRST-AID , and more.
ADVENTURE ELECTRONICS: Hit the trail with an innovative new wave of wilderness-ready GPS units, phones, radios, and watches. PLUS: Kick-back SUMMER STYLES from RLX Polo Sport, The North Face, and others.
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