Blood in the Water
None of the boys of summer are tougher than those trying to secure a seat on the U.S. National Rowing Team. While bad-ass coach Mike Teti heaps abuse upon their heads, exhaustion rules, muscles fail, and minds get blown, all for one holy cause: picking the fastest, strongest, winningest rowers. And this year, two superhuman athletes are fighting a red-hot duel for the same seat in the coveted heavyweight eight boat. Who's in and who's out?
By Max Potter
Good, Clean, Dangerous Places
As Ed Abbey rightly said, "Civilization needs wilderness." With that in mind, Outside set out to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and along the way discovered a few key things: There's a new wilderness consciousness poised to reignite green activism; there's still plenty of land that needs protection; and when it comes to the politics of wilderness, everything old is new again.
O Look at All the Fire-Folk Sitting in the Air!
- The New Wilderness Land Grab
An unlikely but potentially earth-shaking movement is afoot, and its rumblings are just beginning to be felt in Washington, D.C. Fueled by youthful energy, its adherents are laser-focusing on a single issue—creating new wilderness—and discovering a potent new ally: big bucks.
By Elizabeth Arnold
- Virgin Land: A History
A wilderness timeline, from Bob and Aldo to George W. and Al Jr.
- The Wild Bunch
We've already got 104,702,547 acres of officially designated wilderness in the United States. Sounds like plenty, right? Hell, no. Outside respectfully submits its master list of amazing places that could still be destroyed by the hand of man—and damn well shouldn't.
- The Wild Bunch, Cont.
After making our list and checking it twice, we came up with another 30 deserving candidates. (We just couldn't stop ourselves.)
It was love at first sight. Two scientists went into the woods around Elkmont, Tennessee, on a cold-hearted mission to document firefly nookie. What they found instead was a dreamlike gathering of bug-smitten onlookers and a wondrous symphony of light.
By Bill Donahue
The Low-Tech, High-Speed, Retro-Manic Simple Life
Eustace Conway talks to horses. He also bites horses. He catches trout with his bare hands. He has never bought a roll of toilet paper in his life. Eustace Conway is trying to set a land speed record for circumnavigating the Great Plains. Is there a message here? Yep: Being a Type A mountain man ain't easy. (And being his girlfriend is even harder.)
By Florence Williams
Fall Fashion: Hang Time
Newton's Law of Gravity states that what goes up must come down. We have a corollary: When coming down—especially from, say, about 13,500 feet—it's important to look sharp.
Photographs by Jorg Badura
Dispatches: News from the Field
He's French, digs Mariah Carey, and likes to cook bouillabaisse. Does that make downhill mountain biker Nicolas Vouilloz a cream puff? Hardly. He's the fastest man in a sport that just keeps getting faster. How does he do it?
The Wild File
How many people can the Earth support? Does the full moon really drive animals wild? What's the biggest hailstone on record?
By Hampton Sides
The news on our smiling friends the dolphins is hardly fit to print: They're violent. They're promiscuous. And they don't really like us. What did you expect—Flipper?
By Tim Cahill
The Hard Way
In the dark of night, a thief slices his way into snoozing campers' tents with ghostly stealth. But someone is watching—someone who knows that sleep is no sanctuary, and that the line between predator and prey is not always clear.
By Mark Jenkins
Hidden Panama: Just beyond the Canal Zone lies an adventurer's dreamland—deserted Pacific playas, steaming volcanoes, toucan-studded rainforests. Whether you're looking to swing with howler monkeys or snorkel with green sea turtles, the world's most important isthmus will leave you feeling muy tranquilo. Plus: Diving with convicts (and marlin and hammerhead) off untamed Coiba Island.
Hip Moves: The secret to a perfect spike or a lightning-fast sprint is a swingin' set of hip joints and some downright groovy pelvic muscles. How to tap your inner Elvis? Try our thrice-weekly regimen.
Let's get technical: Used to be you'd don a high-performance rain shell and the whole world would know it—blinding colors, overblown extras, noisy fabric. But the latest crop of everything-proof outerwear conquers the elements, and may even impress the fashion police. The season's staunchest from Arc'Teryx, Ibex, Marmot, Moonstone, Patagonia, Pearl Izumi, RLX Polo Sport, Sierra Designs, The North Face, and Zoic.
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