Outside Magazine, Jul 2003
Strength-train outside this summer
It sounds too good to be true: a star miler turned criminal goes to prison, links up with a legendary track coach, trains behind bars until his feet bleed, and earns a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Is the real world ready for Jon Gill's dream?
WHEN THE MERCURY RISES, it’s all about freedom—to hit the road, float a lazy river, down a cold one in a mountain saloon, climb a crag or two, munch some local grub, cast for lunkers, watch the sunset from a seaside lodge. Our ten favorite stretches of American blacktop come…
Horrible winters. A dwindling, aging population. Abandoned farms reverting to prairie grass. Perfect, says our writer.
This spring, a quarter of a million Americans took a trip. It was noisy, hot, and violent. Accommodations were poor. Some of them didn't come back.
A North Atlantic monster puts European big-wave surfing on the map
You better grab a lifeline and hold on tight when Steve Fossett decides to make another manic bid for glory
Here's the Beef
Are the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients packed into everything you chug and chew the real secret to becoming a finely tuned sports superstar? Turn the page.
The latest road runners fit better, feel faster, and work almost as hard as you do
War, terror, and SARS are keeping millions of travelers at home. Sounds like it's time to plan an adventure.
F E A T U R E S
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO IRAQ
It was a war, but for the self-embedded journalists who trailed the Marines from Kuwait to Baghdad, it was also a chaotic, absurd, and unforgettable journey.
By Peter Maass
RUN FOR IT
Jon Gill is a convicted felon doing time in Oregon, and he’s got a dream: to race in the 1,500 at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He has the legs and heart, and even a world-class coach. What he doesn’t have is a plan for getting on with life if his dream falls apart.
By Andrew Tilin
ROAD TRIP 2003
LAND O’ THE FREE
Buckle up for your best adventure yet. From Vermont to California, we map ten of the country’s wildest summer road trips, dishing directions to luxe campsites, cozy lodges, blue-ribbon trout streams, choice climbing spots, warm beaches, great food, and a lot more.
RAISING NORTH DAKOTA
NoDak is going back to the things that once made it an empty, wide-open frontier: bison, Indians, and prairie grass. And did we mention the excellent deals on ghost towns?
By Bill Vaughn
D E P A R T M E N T S
Pick your paranoia: TERRORISM in the shadows, KIDNAPPINGS in North Africa, and SARS in Asia—not to mention a media stuck in fear-mongering overdrive. Can adventure travelers weather the maelstrom? You bet. PLUS: Mon Dieu! A monster 60-foot break off Europe’s Atlantic coast may turn SOUTHERN FRANCE into the next big-wave surfing destination.
An exclusive berth on a speed sail across the Atlantic is the perfect place to find out what drives professional risk manager and world-record hound STEVE FOSSETT . Take our advice: Don’t get in his way.
By Tim Zimmerman
THE WILD FILE
Can whales and dolphins breathe through their mouths? Is there really a hole in the Continental Divide? Are new species replacing the ones that are going extinct?
By Brad Wetzler
These days there’s a RUNNING SHOE for every kind of strider—from 10K sprinters to ultramarathoners—and all of them are light, breathable, and shockingly fast. PLUS: SPORTS SUNGLASSES cloaked in downtown cool; stylish SUMMER BEACHWEAR .
Want to know the secret to all those power drinks and energy bars? It’s NUTRACEUTICALS —vitamins, minerals, and supplements that can help you train stronger and recover faster. Here’s our guide to the ones that work. PLUS: Get outta the gym and into our TRAIL WORKOUT .