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TheWildFile YOUR URGENT INQUIRIES ABOUT THE WORLD, ANSWERED BY STEPHANIE GREGORY Q: Can you fall asleep while walking? —Krista Hurcomb, Minneapolis, Minnesota A: “You can sleep while you’re walking,” says Jerry Siegel, a psychologist at UCLA’s Sleep Research Center, “but of course, you can’t get REM or restful…

Week of June 6-12, 1996 Canada’s warmest shores Alaskan cabins and lodges Georgia’s Civil War legacy Ditching D.C. for river R&R Hiking the San Jacintos in So.Cal.

Week of June 11-17, 1998 Exploring the Outer Cape: Activities galore Selecting a trek in Nepal Finding summer bliss in Vermont Wildlife vacations fit for families Wildlife vacations fit…

Click here for this month’s Wildfile! Got a question for Wildfile? 1999 April 1999 Topsoil, numb hands, worms, warm garbage March 1999 Detritus…

Outside magazine, September 1999 WILDLIFE MOBILITY Unnatural Selection When a protected bird preys on a nearly extinct fish, who do you back? From the water, tiny rice island in the Columbia River seems a peaceful place, the tall…

Two authors and their search for the Anasazi

Dispatches, June 1998 Wildlife When Elephants Collide Two legends of conservation vie for the soul of Kenya’s hallowed national parks By Kevin Fedarko (with Ilona Eveleens and Sarah Friedman) The view from Tsavo is one of the most impressive…

Outside magazine, July 1995 Wildlife: Hey, You’re Not My Mommy! Duane Kraemer’s lab is a through-the-looking-glass place where cows beget oxen. Is it also the last hope for species on the run? By Paul Kvinta Standing in the office of Texas A&M…

Dispatches, March 1997 Wildlife: Velcome to Delusionland To the chagrin of conservationists, Siegfried and Roy open a big-cat zoo By Paul Kvinta E A R   T O   T H E G R O U N D…

Outside magazine, April 1995 Wildlife: To Love, Honor, and Consume Do American Indians have a better idea for Yellowstone’s bison mess? By Amy Linn Sunrise glows on rifle barrels as park rangers and game wardens huddle in a Montana snowfield just outside…

Dispatches, July 1997 W I L D L I F E Yoo-hoo! Mr. Sasquatch! Debonair woodsman Peter Byrne hones in on his elusive, malodorous prey By Robert Sullivan For The Record…

Outside magazine, November 1995 The Wayward West: Browning up the Neighborhood Ten Wise Use outfits that are moving in–fast–to a dispute near you By Jon Christensen When the wise use movement emerged in the late eighties, environmentalists mocked it as an industry-funded…

Our biggest library of essentials, with classic tales of adventure, poetry, and how-to bibles

 Outside magazine, April 1997 Oh, Wilderness By Frederick Turner A C C E S S  &  R E S O U R C E S The Wildest West Exploring the geologic marvels and agoraphobia-inducing expanses of Grand Staircase“Escalante National Monument will put you in…

Vacation Special, August 1997  K A Y A K I N G   T H E   F L A M B E A U   Wild, Wild Midwest This just in: You can say “Wisconsin” and “wilderness” in the same…

  A River Running West: The Life and Times of John Wesley Powell, by Donald Worster (Oxford, $35). On May 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil War veteran named John Wesley Powell put in to the Green River, in what’s now Wyoming, with a crew of nine roustabouts,…

Outside magazine, November 1997 Forty Acres and a Scrumptious Beaver In northernmost Maine, laying out the welcome mat for the once-exiled gray wolf By Paul Scott E A R T O  T H E G R O U…

Dispatches, February 1999 Wildlife Book ‘Em, Danno (and Mind Those Antlers) In Banff, an unusual APB: suspect last seen on the 18th green By Jake Brooks “We fertilize the grass, and we let…

The most wanted man in America survived five years in the North Carolina woods, eating salamanders, sleeping on the cold ground, and stalking deer. Or so he says. Spend a night in his secret mountain hideaway and you get the feeling there's more to this story.

Occupy your off-season with the successes, failures, and bemusements of fellow adventurers. Plus: author picks and ten underappreciated books.

Yoho National Park Mountain Hut Trip Canada’s Rockies Just another brick… China’s Great Wall MINIMUM AGE: All ages welcome DESCRIPTION: Who better to introduce kids to backpacking than a naturalist who was a teacher for 27 years? The owner of Back of Beyond, Bud Ettiger, puts his expertise…

Tearing through the banquet of life, Radish, the author's omnivorous, irrepressible red heeler, was a happy and undiscriminating guest—not to mention a philosophical beast who maybe, just maybe, had it all figured out

A peek inside the dog-eat-dog world of archaeological sleuths, historic aircraft buffs, and serial entrepreneurs trying to solve the mystery of what happened to one of the greatest aviators of the 20th century

Five wunderfamilies show how children are no impediment to real, no-holds-barred, self-supported adventure.

A Whale Hunt, by Robert Sullivan; Noodling for Flatheads, by Burkhard Bilger; Full Creel, by Nick Lyons; and To the Elephant Graveyard, by Tarquin Hall

Ripped from tomorrow's headlines, the ecobiography of Tyrone Tierwater—failed monkeywrencher, ex-husband, ex-con, ex-zookeeper of the last Patagonian fox, and still-grieving father of the tree-dwelling Sierra, 21st-century martyr to the redwoods.

Inside the high-risk Hollywood quest to bring Sebastian Junger's true-life thriller to the screen

The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places, by Robert Young Pelton; The Snakebite Survivors' Club: Travels Among Serpents, by Jeremy Seal; Teewinot: A Year in the Grand Tetons, by Jack Turner; and The Water in Between, by Kevin Patterson.

Tibet's Secret Mountain, by Chris Bonington and Charles Clarke; A Newer World: Kit Carson, John C. Frémont, and the Claiming of the American West, by David Roberts; Savage Shore, by Edward Marriott; and The Change in the Weather, by William K. Stevens.

Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice. And if you listen carefully and act right away, it's absolutely free!

Books to upgrade your coffee table, featuring photography by NASA's Apollo astronauts, mountaineering legend Vittorio Sella, Glen Canyon chronicler Tad Nichols, and wildlife portraitist James Balog, along with Patagonia moments, Jane Goodall's chimps, and the world's most disgusting foods.

The Longest Silence, by Thomas McGuane; River Horse, by William Least Heat-Moon; The Voyage, by Philp Caputo; and more.

A few gentle, words of advice to an athlete, father, breadwinner, and no-good freeriding, grooved-out, yurt-dwelling, patchouli-soaked dirtbag

Late one evening last fall, as darkness drew in on Montana's Great Bear Wilderness, a hunter on a lathered horse reined up in front of Carrie Hunt and Tim Manley's camp, shouting breathlessly. A radio-collared grizzly was ripping apart his tent, and he wanted to know what the hell the…

Are Peltier's supporters—or his attackers—the true "merchants of myth"?

He became a rallying cry for centuries of oppression against his people, one of America's most potent political symbols. But now, 20 years after the murder of two FBI agents that put him in prison for life, he's more important as a legend than as a man, and the legend has begun to unravel.

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