Outside Magazine, Jul 2000



Canoeing pioneers unveil the new 700-plus Northern Forest Canoe Trail

They fly into lands of hunger and madness, dispensing food while warlords dispense terror from the barrel of a gun. They trade safety and comfort for the sharp edge of altruism, predictable careers for the daily bread of death and disease. They're relief workers on the front lines—and once they're hooked, they can never go home again.

Rejected–twice!–by the people behind the phony "reality-based" TV adventure show, our vengeful writer pays a surprise visit to Survivor's Island shoot to wreak some authentic havoc.

An outsized wilderness lives on in mythic dreams and salvaged hope

What's a brilliant woman like this doing in a rough-and-tumble sport like downhill mountain-bike racing? Trying to think her way to the top of the winner's podium, that's what.

New-school nomads pedal the singletrack of the ancients on the first mountain-biking trip to northern Mongolia

We liberate the sport of fly-fishing and take you back to the clean and simple basics. Now go fish.


Marla Streb's Mind-Body Problem
What is Marla Streb trying to prove? First, that abandoning a lab job for a smash-bone career as a pro downhill biker was a no-brainer. Second, that excruciating training and ultracalibrated gear will make her world champion. Third, that she can fly.
By Andrew Tilin

Fly-Fishing 2000
Don't be cowed by gear fetishists and country squires. Take our clean and commonsense advice on tools, technique, and cagey quarry, and launch your superfly into the fray.

Lighten Up: It's the cast, stupid. By Ian Frazier
Fishville: Ten fly-friendly towns on the banks of waters frothing with trout. By Nate Hoogeveen
A Trout's Innermost Desires: It's all about finding his comfort zone, baby. By Nick Lyons
How to Eat a Fish: If you don't release it, cook it. Simply. With the head still on. By Bob Shacochis
The Only Fly You Need: Chernobyl Ant or Double Bunny, ma'am? By Florence Williams
What Burns My Ass: Judge not, dry-fly snob, lest ye suffer the ire of my rod. By Angus Cameron
Your Best Angles: Top guides' tips for stalking paranoid fish. By Kent Black and Nate Hoogeveen
A Manifesto for Ignorance: Ah, cluelessness! Or, just do it yourself. By David James Duncan

Climb aboard, strap in, and hang on, Sloopy, as a super-fast (and affordable) new skiff called the 29er blasts sailing out of the doldrums.

  What does it take to hump hundreds of pounds of cold cuts and cheese up a Chinese glacier? Ask Mike Libecki—when he comes down in two months.
Sharp competition: Getting to the bottom of the "genuine" versus "original" Swiss Army knife conundrum.
After toiling in obscurity, big-wheel riders gain a powerful ally in Gary Fisher.
PLUS: The tsunami that ate Lake Tahoe (well, maybe); nerdy German taxonomists hawk the names of newly found bugs and frogs to webheads.

Another Day in the Drop Zone
The job unfolds in the chaotic free-fire zones of Sudan and Somalia, in villages shadowed by famine. The work is the most dangerous on earth. But relief workers like John Miskell and Sienna Loftus have front-row seats to history in motion. It's a tough job, sure, but somebody's got to be addicted to it.
By Peter Maass

Survive This!
Take one Malaysian island, 16 gender-balanced contestants, a million-dollar prize—et voilá! You've got the telegenic Eden that CBS calls Survivor. But wait. Who's that slithering past the palm-tree cams, armed with matches and a bottle of gin? Could it be? It is! An Outside espionage exclusive.
By Bill Vaughn

The Wild File
Do foods and beverages determine how ripe you smell after a workout? Are flowers part of animals' regular diets? Do roaring waterfalls purify contaminated rivers? Can moose dive deep underwater?
By Stephanie Gregory

The Hard Way
The past is never past, as Faulkner was fond of saying. But sometimes—like in the middle of a canoe trip across the drowned cypress graveyard that is Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin—you get the feeling it wishes it was.
By Mark Jenkins

Steppe by steppe: Fat tires follow in Genghis Khan's tracks as a herd of hardy souls braves wind, snow, and the beautiful emptiness of Upper Mongolia to make the first guided mountain bike trek through Lake Khovsgal National Park.

  Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 720-mile water route billed as the Appalachian Trail for boaters.
New! Fresh Tracks brings you the latest buzz on the adventure circuit: India opens up 96 Himalayan peaks, a Moab guidebook outrages the locals, Montserrat spews more magma for the masses.
PLUS: See what Vietnam really looked like in the Stone Age; southern Colorado ranching, dude; and how to fly your bike overseas.

How's your boof? Learn the gateway moves that unveil the deeper pleasures of boardsailing, steep-creek kayaking, shortboarding (that's surfing to you inlanders), open-water swimming, whitewater canoeing.

  PLUS: Mastering a sport that requires finesse when it comes down to coolers.

"Hey, man, check out those prismatic crystal carbonates…" We bypass the technobabble and don the best sport sunglasses from Zeal, Pan Optx, Carrera, Maui Jim, Climb High, and Cebe.

  Water shoes that suck (but in a good way).
The lightest and sharpest binoculars ever.
The ultimate in summit chic: Storage boxes to keep the ocean at bay.
Lighterliners for mountain bike tires.
PLUS: Roads, by Larry McMurtry; View from the Summit, by Sir Edmund Hillary; The Eighth Continent, by Peter Tyson; and Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, by Marq De Villiers.


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