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One man, one idiotic quest: to find El Mirador, a mysterious beachfront bar in a very remote and very dangerous part of Colombia. Who knew there would be complications?

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The Caribbean is home to as many rum distilleries as islands. Hop on board for a taste tour—and leave the Coke behind.

Feasting will doubtless bookend the feats of athleticism on the ice and snow at these Winter Olympics. Find out here what it takes to get through Piedmontese culinary boot camp.

Does staying out until last call make you miss first chair? Stick with sake.

In the early nineties, you couldn’t turn around without spilling a microbrew on some goateed guy’s flannel. Replace that six-pack with a bottle of brandy made from organic pears and you have the latest trend in happy-hour chic: craft distilling. Looking for ways to spice up your holiday liquor cabinet?…

Read “Visibility Unlimited” from the September issue of Outside, now on stands, about the life and photography of climber, explorer, and mapmaker Brad Washburn, then view the work of a legend in this exclusive online photo gallery courtesy of the Panopticon gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. For more info on how…

From prologue to Paris, DANIEL COYLE followed the reigning champ throughout the 2004 Tour and all the way to victory No. 6. Now he's written a true-life sports thriller about how the Armstrong machine smashed the opposition. In this exclusive excerpt from Lance Armstrong's War, the author chronicles the brutal turning point of Lance's greatest triumph.

The unsinkable James Cameron on life after Titanic, how films fuel exploration, and the next great adventure epic

A shamelessly hedonistic celebration of the movies that feed our fantasies, explore the DNA of adventure and wild fun, and nourish our rambling, freewheeling, risk-loving souls

IF YOU THOUGHT PAUL GIAMATTI’S CHARACTER in Sideways was obsessed, consider the growing cult of American oenophiles for whom only ultranatural “biodynamic” wine will do. Biodynamic Wine Vintners producing this exalted juice concoct compost by burying cow dung packed in cow horns in the fall, unearthing them in…

She survived a near-fatal accident in Laos, only to be told that her adventure travels were over forever. Why one woman refused to listen. Read Wright's current story and then read If I Can Only Breathe from Outside's May 2001 issue.

Our one-month plan (and some inspiring recipes) will help you elevate your fitness goals

Welcome to Nha Trang, where Vietnam's sophisticated new era and ageless culture meet on a gorgeous beach

Over here in Scandinavia—where I recently moved to edit Outside Sweden—the dark winters can get you down. Enter aquavit: From the Latin aqua vitae, or “water of life,” this missing link between vodka and gin is the favored spirit of Thor’s ski-hard descendants. A tasty, caraway-flavored libation, it’s chilled and…

Telluride-based Outside correspondent Rob Story is the author of Outside Adventure Travel: Mountain Biking. When he isn’t looking for new singletrack or hitting the mountain-Story averages 50 days on the slopes per winter-he’s writing for magazines. An editor-at-large at Bike, Story has also written for Powder and Skiing. He received…

Discover the wild, sandy stretch between Sydney and Melbourne, the next idyllic beach paradise Down Under

Jon Krakauer survives Everest; Sebastian Junger gets lost in the desert, Hampton Sides has a chat with Lance Armstrong; Ian Frazier profiles the world's wiliest mushroom hunter; Mark Jenkins does it The Hard Way; Tim Cahill travels with bandits; Bruce Barcott tracks a Native American artifacts smuggler, Kevin Fedarko spends…

Lately, more and more indie beers—with their mad hops and big barley—are sporting names cribbed from the lexicon of the stoked. But are the brewers of these imbibables just appropriating the cachet of adventure sports to sell a few six-packs? Or do they live and love the wild life? We…

The Outside lifestyle is all about positive adventure and good, healthy fun—but not this month. Grab a six-pack and rev your engines as we celebrate those wild and sinful guilty pleasures we aren't supposed to like but do! Because sometimes you just gotta cut loose.

Blame it on the Naked Chef—suddenly everyone wants to know how to roll the perfect lumpia. Here are four resorts where you don't have to forgo active pursuits just to don your toque.

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 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…

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.

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…

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…

 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…

Two authors and their search for the Anasazi

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…

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…

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  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,…

We’re not talking fries and fat, with fresh nowhere in sight. We’re talking about smart nutrition to help you charge up, trim down, and get the most out of mealtime. We picked the brains of top athletes for their favorite full-flavored quick-and-easy recipes. Prep time is less than ten minutes;…

Though we admire the ease of energy-replenishing snacks like Gu and PowerBars, man can’t live on them alone. So we asked top athletes, from marathoners to pole-vaulters, to cough up their best recipes—after all, if the fuel in their tanks isn’t effective, they’re out of work. They offered a variety…

Ready to take up the challenge of reviving the bloody old days of classic haute cuisine? Steven Rinella bites.

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

Eating Well along Mexico's Pacific Coast

For many, camp cooking is a messy, disheartening, ultimately bland affair. But it doesn’t have to be. Take, for instance, the following gastronomical field trip, led by three of the nation’s finest chefs, maestros of the kitchen who—surprise!—are also no strangers to the demands of wielding a skillet in the…

The South's true country cuisine rises again

Five top jocks share their recovery secrets

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.

After being forced to stomach snake-blood cocktails and rooster-head soup, one afflicted traveler discovers that revenge is a dish best served by Norwegians

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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