IF YOU'RE ALREADY SENSING a surplus shimmer of enthusiasm surrounding this month's issue and cover story"Life's a Wild Trip", our annual survey of the world's best and newest adventure-travel offeringsyou're onto something. We decided to base this year's edition of the popular package on the idea of classic, archetypal journeys and experiences, and ultimately pulled together a life list of must-see places and must-do adventures that we hope will inspire you as much as it delighted us.
By happy accident, our ideal list added up to 25a number you'll see often in these pages in 2002. This year marks Outside's silver anniversary, and we're launching the celebration with a March issue that shows off the mixture of proud heritage and bold innovation that has been the Outside way throughout our wild ride over the past quarter-century. For a magazine whose mission has always been to keep the spirit of adventure aliveand to explore the range of possibilities implied by that gloriously open-ended name on our mastheadan eagerness to evolve and change is more than an asset. It's the heart of our vision. This month, change arrives in the form of a new look for many of our pagesa style reflecting the recent arrival of our new creative director, Hannah McCaughey, who made her mark at various magazines, including Rolling Stone and Esquire, before joining us in Santa Fe. The influx of talent like Hannah's, and the fresh commitment it brings, leaves us ablaze with the same passion for surprising discoveries that accompanied our launch 25 years ago. Whether you're an old friend or a recent arrival, we hope you'll agree that it's an amazing time to be outside.
Contributing editor Buchanan was first exposed to Africa in 1972, when his Ethiopia-born father took him and his younger brother to the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Thirty years later, Buchanan returned to the heart of East Africa for a journey through modern Masailand, recounted in "Across the Great Rift". Buchanan found that tourism has left its mark on this wild safari country. "It was such a scary place back then," says Buchanan, "but now there are just as many minivans in Kenya as there are in Minnesota."
A closet outdoorsman living in Manhattan, Handey loves to poke fun at "squinty-eyed macho stuff," as he does in "The Respect of the Men". Does that mean he's a wimp? Maybe. "I can't even earn the respect of my cat," says the longtime Saturday Night Live staff writer. Laugh all you like, but Handey is no stranger to playing head honcho. "I once led my brother's family across Central Park," he boasts. "My nephew spotted a rat and an artist who balanced rocks on his head."
The writer of this month's Dispatches story on two British explorers attempting to drive across the Bering Strait ("All-Weather Drive"), Carey is an admitted adrenaline junkie. A fellow at the Explorers Club, the documentary film producer has performed as a professional flamenco dancer, worked for the EPA, and climbed 18,000-foot Andean peaks while filming shamans for Discovery Channel. Sure, it's an exciting career, but after her trip to the Strait, all Carey wants is sun. "The next expedition?" she says. "Hawaii, definitely."
As a staff photographer at The New Yorker, Schoeller usually enjoys easy access to his subjects. But on Tortolaen route to our spring fashion shoot ("Virgin Territory")the security officers at Beef Island Airport were so alarmed by his Rasta coif that they were ready to send him packing, before a BVI tourism official saved the day. Despite airport-security issues, Schoeller, a native of Munich, Germany, who now lives in New York, has no plans to abandon his dreaded locks. "I like the look," he says.