Annual Travel Guide 2001



The alpinist navigated sheer descents amid whiteout conditions to complete the first descent of the world’s fifth-highest peak

A handy primer on catching your favorite ski competitions, and when each one is scheduled throughout the Games

One should be a staple in your outdoor kit

Exploring the beaches and islets of the forgotten Jumento Cays, where sharks, drug runners, and fishermen rule the waters—and not even the captain knows where he's going.

From the altiplano to the jungle, a soggy saga of Class V rapids, sandal-sucking mud, and a forestful of hoots, groans, and screams

Annual Travel Guide


Into the Belly of Bolivia

From the altiplano to the jungle, an expedition down the remote Tuichi River is a soggy saga of Class V rapids, sandal-sucking mud, and a forestful of hoots, groans, and screams

PLUS: The Adventure File: At play on Bolivia’s mountains, lakes, and rocks

No beach potatoes allowed! Leave your Grisham behind—we’ll show you some of the best places on the planet to find the sun and play hard

Kiteboarding in Hawaii: Swinging wildly above Maui’s Kanaha Beach, ground zero for the sickest wind sport yet

Scuba Diving in Venezuela: Reef-hopping from a liveaboard through Los Roques, the Caribbean’s oldest marine preserve

Mountain Biking in Costa Rica: A spin through Tarzan country on the Osa Peninsula

Fly-Fishing in the Sea of Cortés: Fishing buddies on a quest to outsmart the wily rooster

Surfing in Mexico: Cruising the coast in search of tubes and tacos

PLUS: Editor’s Picks: Our Favorite Multisport Resorts and Beaches

Powder, Powder Everywhere
At Selkirk Mountain Experience, deep in British Columbia’s rippable fluff, the drill is simple: Climb up, scream down, with nary a helicopter in sight

The Great American Sidecountry: Fourteen U.S. peaks to scale and ride
Lusted-After Backcountry Gear: The best hardware and outerwear anywhere

A Year in Africa
January is best for tracking the continent’s rarest carnivore; August is when migrating wildebeests and zebras meet their predators—month by month, our ultimate guide to viewing wildlife


News from Australia: play like an Olympian, a man-made reef, night climbing in Sydney; world events calendar; sailing to Cuba; alt-sports raves 2001; making like J.W. Powell; heli-rafting; adventure insurance; rock-bottom airfares on the Web; extreme honeymooning; and more.

Way to Go

Vertigo Rising: The upside of learning to pilot a balloon
PLUS: More skill-building trips

Adventure Adviser
Vacation tips from Outside Online’s travel expert

Top Ten Finds

Inns, bush camps, castles, and more—our secrets revealed

Out There

Bahamian Rhapsody: Exploring the islets of the forgotten Jumento Cays
PLUS: The year’s best exploratory trips

All-New Adventures for 2001
By horseback, raft, foot, bike, and sea kayak, ten far-flung trips

Base Instinct
Never mind the altitude sickness, the bitter temperatures, and the notoriously cranky climbers—Everest Base Camp is always worth the trek
PLUS: Outfitted trips to Base Camp

Nooks of the North
Inn-hopping through the Yukon, where the summer sun barely sets, you can pack a month’s worth of fishing, paddling, and hiking into a single week

Cool Stuff
Expedition-worthy buys in cameras, bags and packs, water gear, trekking essentials, travel wear, and safari gear

Directory of Manufacturers
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