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Big waves, fast boats, and sheer giddy, anaerobic pain. The world of endurance sports has caught on to outrigger canoeing—a sport Hawaiians have been perfecting for 1,200 years.
The Wild File
If you're stranded in the desert, can you extract water from a cactus? Do fish sleep? What determines tree line? And how does undertow happen?
By Jim Collins
The Hard Way
A year in Holland opened this American boy's mind to the glory of two-wheeled travel, and the shock of returning home opened his eyes to the hegemony of the car. Inspiration and tough ideas to encourage the impulse to hop on your bike and ride.
By Mark Jenkins
When a writer's livelihood requires him to munch rooster heads and quaff snake's blood, you'd think he'd be prepared to eat anything. Think again.
By Tim Cahill
In shape, in sickness and in health: Survive flu season with your fitness intact. Our Rx for under-the-weather workouts.
PLUS: The truth behind herbal cold remedies; Yoga moves for faster, stronger skiing; now even the tales of your sports injuries have Web sites; how floating in the dark can make you a better athlete.
Getups that go: Lightweight fabrics and fashion-conscious designs mean you can finally give those stiff and uncool travel clothes a decent closet burial. Snappy new adventure duds keep you in style, thanks to Cloudveil, Ex Officio, Golite, Nike, Patagonia, RLX, Royal Robbins, The North Face, and Zoic. Also, the luggage and accessories you need to get there and back. (Don't leave home without that titanium case for your Palm V.)
Surf smart: We rate five of the most user-friendly gear-buying sites on the Web.
||PLUS: On the Rez, by Ian Frazier; Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race, by John Balzar; Gobi: Tracking the Desert, by John Man; and The Peter Matthiessen Reader.
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