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Dispatches: News from the Field
At the World Extreme Skiing Championships, a new generation of competitors breathes life into a do-or-die contest.
The Wild File
What kinds of matter does Earth leave behind in space? What's the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? How does frost form? Are baby snakes really more poisonous than their parents?
In search of the solace that only violence can provide, our man stretches his legs among the bellicose fauna of Argentina's Vald‰s Peninsula — and finds that the "them" is disturbingly like the creature we call "us."
By Tim Cahill
The only thing to fear is fear itself? Not on a camping trip in Yellowstone's grizzly alley, where there's plenty of time to obsess over that "minty fresh" bear bait concealed in your pack and ponder that most perversely exhilarating of emotions.
By Patrick Symmes
Destinations: Welcome to the real Bali Hai
Maroon yourself on Vanuatu and you'll find idyllic South Seas adventure right outside your door. An island hopper's guide to world-class hiking, wreck diving, and sea kayaking on and around the Pacific's best-kept secret.
P L U S : Mastering the nuances of Vanuatu's ingenious national language. (Manwiwi means "Frenchman." Think about it.)
Bodywork: The new ways to stretch:
With so many cutting-edge theories, it's hard to know how or when to limber up. Enter our no-fuss guide to help sharpen your competitive edge. P L U S: Nine essential moves for a more pliable, injury-free you.
Review: Mobile electronics for your every move
The latest breed of totable technology — smart phones, wireless computers, and no-fail satellite devices — makes it possible to go into the backcountry without going incommunicado. Cutting-edge gadgetry from Compaq, DeLorme, GoAmerica, Magellan, Motorola, Nokia, Novatel, and Samsung.
||Buying Right: Beefy leather hiking boots to last you a lifetime.
||The Other Stuff: Marker's inimitable Spring Glove, still the only one you need in all but the chilliest of climes; Protozoa-free drinking made easy with Safewater's new filter-in-a-bottle.
||Books: Thomas Berger's The Return of Little Big Man, Annie Dillard's For the Time Being, and more.
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