Outside One Hundred


Dec 5, 2006
Outside Magazine
Iceberg climbing

Will Gadd perfects iceberg climbing, Makkovik, Labrador    Photo: Christian Pondella/Red Bull

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78-80) With a triple-podium display at September's World Cup, the Jacksons made it clear why they're the first family of kayaking. Results: dad Eric (first, men's open pro); 16-year-old daughter Emily (second, women's pro); and 12-year-old son Dane (second, junior men).


81) Score one for kids' health: In May, beverage distributors agreed to remove soda from public schools.

82) Earning his turns: Chris Davenport, 35, climbed and skied 45 of Colorado's fourteeners from January to May in his bid to become the undisputed first schusser to nail all 54 in a calendar year. If winter snow complies, he'll attempt to knock off the balance before December 31.

83) One-upping his own first ascents in Labrador's Iceberg Alley in 2005, Canadian adventurer Will Gadd, 39, won the U.S. National Paragliding Championships, then, in January, climbed Alberta's Steel Koan, arguably the hardest mixed route in the world.

84) Martin Stepanek, 29, of the Czech National Freediving Team, plunged 354 feet off the Cayman Islands, a new world record.

85) The greenest power yet: This year, energy producer NRG began harvesting algae to convert industrial emissions into biodiesel. It could produce up to 250 times the energy of soybeans per acre.

86) The 100-Mile Diet
Save the world! Eat fresh eggs!

With most grocery-store food traveling at least 1,500 miles from field to plate, it's no wonder that eating locally has become a catchphrase of our times. It reduces the use of fossil fuels and pesticides, encourages more humane treatment of animals, and supports small-scale economies. But just how local is local? In March 2005, Alisa Smith, 35, and James MacKinnon, 36, decided to try to survive for a year on only those items found within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apartment. They quickly discovered that while greens and fruit are plentiful in coastal B.C., certain staples—like wheat—aren't. After several desperate months (and 15 lost pounds between them), they temporarily eased their rules to include locally milled flour made from Saskatchewan grain. Despite such challenges, the 100-mile diet proved diverse and delicious, thanks to eggs from local chickens, fresh apple cider from the Cowichan Valley, and shellfish from the Strait of Georgia. // These days, MacKinnon and Smith are still eating 90 percent locally; their Web site (100milediet.org) has inspired thousands of converts, including 250 residents of Powell River, B.C., who hatched their own 50-mile variation; and a book, Plenty, is due in March. Yet the pair is far from preachy. "We're not suggesting that every person on earth eat 100 percent locally all the time," says MacKinnon, adding that simply switching from orange to apple juice can have benefits. "Unlike so many environmental campaigns out there, this one is really pleasurable." —Arnie Cooper

87) Fat tires get national-park invite: This summer, the International Mountain Bicycling Association helped broker a timeshare trail in Tennessee's Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

88) Sustainable luxury? Oh yeah. Devil's Thumb Ranch, a 4,000-acre Colorado resort, features geothermal heating, low-emissions chimneys, and an organic menu with free-range antelope steaks. devilsthumbranch.com

89) Technology for a hard world: *SanDisk's crushproof Cruzer Titanium 2GB memory stick. $110; sandisk.com

90) Wear one helmet for snow, skate, and bike and you're bound to risk frostbite, heat exhaustion, or ridicule. Enter the revolutionary *Bern multisport helmet, with an interchangeable liner, temperature gauge, and integrated headphones for all your melon-smashing activities. $120; bernunlimited.com