Outside Magazine, Mar 2003
Question: Can adventure travel take root in struggling, war-ravaged countries where the smoke is still clearing? Test Case: The Republic of Georgia, home to unspoiled wilderness, beautiful mountains, and (oh, drat) fugitive Chechen rebels and rumored Al Qaeda cells Answer: Good question!
The dream is a brand-new river route through a vast, primordial, wildlife-rich wonderland on the verge of environmental salvation. The reality is what happens when a small band of marginally prepared adventurers attempts the 400-mile first descent of Mozambique's mighty Lugendaa journey past kayak-eating crocs, out-of-nowhere waterfalls, and a multitude
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A Trip Is Born
A first descent of MOZAMBIQUE’S LUGENDA RIVER —a mystery world of riotous natural beauty, incredible paddling, rare wildlife, and more than a few deadly waterfalls—underscores a timeless truth: You never know what you’ll find around the bend.
By Peter Stark
TRAVEL’S NEXT FRONTIER
Adventure travel is way, way down in GEORGIA —not surprising, given that the former Soviet republic is broke, still smarting from civil war, and possibly home to a few Al Qaeda guerrillas hiding in its hills. Can the new entrepreneurs of the Caucasus change all that by selling their wild outdoors?
By Fen Montaigne
D E P A R T M E N T S
A team of Belgian canyoneers makes an unsupported, no-way-out assault on Low’s Gully, a flash-flooding 6,000-FOOT CHASM on Borneo. PLUS: Adventurer Mike Horn circumnavigates the ARCTIC CIRCLE by foot, sail, and ski-kite; author Marc Reisner’s posthumous warnings about CALIFORNIA’S INEVITABLE BIG QUAKE ; and this month’s RADAR .
THE WILD FILE
Is your skin waterproof and breathable? Who’s steering that single-minded flock of birds? Do fish drink?
By Brad Wetzler
THE HARD WAY
With tight controls on all tourist traffic, Bhutan has protected its Himalayan mountain treasures from being overrun by the masses. But those few who do venture to these sacred peaks soon learn it’s not the government you need to worry about—it’s the gods.
By Mark Jenkins
Power potions and carbo bars have revolutionized the athlete’s diet—maybe too well. It’s time to heed the latest research on FRUITS AND VEGETABLES , peak performance’s oft-forgotten secret ingredients. PLUS: how painkillers may undermine strength gains ; and Viagra , the mountaineer’s new secret weapon.