Outside Magazine, Jun 2011
Five days before the 2010 Olympic snowboarding trials, Kevin Pearce slammed his head on a rock-hard wall of halfpipe, suffering severe brain trauma that flipped the script of his life. A return to competition is out of the question--he's had to relearn how to walk and talk--but that's not enough to keep him off the mountain.
The plan was to check out Yemen, a little-visited Arab nation that offers glowing deserts, forbidding mountains, and lonely Socotra Island—a naturalist's paradise as imagined by Dr. Suess. But instead all hell broke loose, and a tourist romp became a front-row seat to the bloody upheavals sweeping the Middle East.
To capture an American West ravaged by overdevelopment, landscape photographer Michael Light takes to the skies, leaning his large-format camera out of a single-engine aircraft affectionately dubbed Zoe. The images he brings back are gorgeous, illuminating, and all too often disturbing. By Jeff Gordinier
PLUS: See a photo gallery of Michael Light's images
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Kevin Pearce suffered a near-fatal slam in the halfpipe before the 2010 Olympic snowboard trials. Six days later, he awoke from a coma plagued by seizures and severe memory loss. His competition days are over, but is there a place for him in the sport he gave everything to? By Jonah Lehrer
FATHER PLAYS BEST
Having kids doesn't have to mean shelving the mountain bike/skis/Everest summit bid. But you shouldn't be ramming adventure down their throats, either. Here are six steps to instill a passion for the outdoors in your next generation. Plus: Ian Frazier, Mark Singer, and others on nature-bonding with Dad.
With demonstrations sweeping Yemen, Patrick Symmes landed in the country for a long-planned excursion. A travel piece was the plan—a mix of scuba diving and desert exploration in a country full of exotic history and Al Qaeda menace. The tourists were there, all right, but so were the riot police and pistol-flashing National Security goons.
PLUS: See a photo gallery of photographer Marco Di Lauro's images
First Look: Cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney is already one of the best time-trial specialists in American history, and he's only 20. But will he—or anyone—ever escape Lance's shadow?
News from the Field: Endurance-cycling nut Jay Petervary's 7,000-mile challenge; the slow demise of surf films; Greenpeace's new Rainbow Warrior.
The Wild File: The benefits of cold plunges, the limits of high-altitude living, and the portents of beached whales.
Epic: Amazon swimmer Martin Strel tackles the mighty Colorado for world peace—and a new TV show.
XX Factor: South Africa native Ursula Grobler is out to prove she is the best lightweight rower on the planet.
Books: A year after the BP oil spill, two authors assess its impact on the Gulf; a search for the reason humans hate sharks.
Sunglasses: Get 'em while it's hot.
Weekend Escapes: Summer was made for quick getaways. Here are the 21 best easy-out adventures, from California to Michigan to Maine—all for $500 or less.
In the Lead: Think aging's effects are genetic? Think again. That morning jog could add years to your life.
Fuel: Ultrarunning phenom Geoff Roes's pre-race lasagna.
Tools: The seven best performance-enhancing gadgets.
In the interests of science, amateur cyclist Andrew Tilin spiked his system with testosterone for a year, cheating his way through a dozen races. It elevated his finishes and was shockingly easy to obtain. All of which poses the question: How many other dopers are burning up the weekend circuit?
He made the case that today's children suffer from nature-deficit disorder. Now author and environmentalist Richard Louv, in an excerpt from his new book, The Nature Principle, argues that kids aren't the only ones missing out.
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