Outside Magazine, Mar 2002
EVER SINCE RED BULL charged into the United States beverage market in 1997, stimulant-laden sodas from a host of different companies have been generating big buzz. In the last five years, domestic sales generated by these power-gulps have grown from $10 million to nearly $300 million. That’s in part because…
Beyond Kenya's endless plains lie the mythic Loita Hills, home to one of East Africa's last great swaths of wilderness. To a young Masai who gave up his birthright for the hustle and blare of Nairobi, a journey to the pure heart of Masailand offers a vision of what he left behindand a glimpse of his people's fearful future.
We’ve learned a lot in a quarter-century of roaming the planet. This month, to kick off Outside‘s silver anniversary, we’ve chosen 25 bold, epic, soul-nourishing experiences that every true adventurer must seek out—from the relatively plush and classic to the cutting-edge and hard-core. All that’s left for you is the…
It sounded like a good idea at the time: Journey to the sopping epicenter of the wettest place on earth, bag the peak, and get back in time for supper. But that was before the clouds clamped down on Mount Waialeale. Before the jungle closed in and the map became irrelevant. Before the machete-wielding, pig-hunting swamp guide said, "Would be so easy to get lost
HAVING LONG HELD A PLACE America’s heart for its endearing 1950s nerdiness (you gotta love those hats), the National Park Service will select a group of its rangers to look a tad dorkier this April when they start tooling around on Segway Human Transporters—those much-hyped self-balancing scooters, also known as…
F E A T U R E S
THE 25 MOST WANTED EXPERIENCES OF A LIFETIME Behold the wonders of the cosmos. Bond with mighty beasts. Chart a first ascent. Live a South Seas fantasy. Help save an endangered species. And 20 more epic journeys worth adding to your to-do list.
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ACROSS THE GREAT RIFT
A native son of Masailand journeys to the hidden heart of Kenya's most famous tribe: the Loita Hills, one of East Africa's last pure swaths of pastoral wilderness and a tense proving ground that will determine the Masai's uncertain future. By Rob Buchanan
In which a brave, mold-resistant band sets out to conquer Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai—a forbidding, misty, jungle-encrusted peak that just happens to be the wettest place on earth—and comes away with a deep, damp appreciation of what it takes to get there. By Bruce Barcott
THE RESPECT OF THE MEN
Forget the magic tricks, the boot-kissing, that funny cowboy dance. When you lead a group of guys into the woods, respect has gotta be earned. By Jack Handey
D E P A R T M E N T S
Strapped behind the wheel of an amphibious snowcat, two lunatic Brits try to drive across the Bering Strait. PLUS: IMAX director David Breashears takes his cliffhanger moviemaking to Kilimanjaro; surfers head for the Amazon to find the world's longest ride; why legendary Kiwi skipper Sir Peter Blake was murdered; new books by William Fiennes, Michael Novacek, and Charles Bowden; park rangers get empowered; Sean Isaac, the rising star of mixed climbing; and this month's RADAR.
THE WILD FILE
What happens if you inhale a bug? Why is lichen used in natural deodorant? Can lightning strike swimmers? By Brad Wetzler
THE HARD WAY
Far-flung travel in exotic, remote places is great—but true adventure doesn't require packing a dozen duffels, spending big bucks, and crossing time zones. Instead, try striking out from your own backyard. By Mark Jenkins
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