Outside Magazine, Mar 2004

Stories

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The highest points in heartland states like Kansas and Iowa aren't much to look at, but when you knock off seven of them in a four-day, 3,000-mile blitz . . . well, let's just say the little bastards have a way of kicking back.

Good! Let's talk about what our experience of the wilderness has lost now that it's cheap and easy to stay connected—no matter how far out there you go. Ted Kerasote explores the new wired wild.

When Stephen Koch set out to snowboard the insanely steep Hornbein Couloir on Everest, he knew he might die trying. He chose life.

Travel can be a minefield of fatigue, jet lag, strange food, and fitness regimens shot to hell. It doesn't have to be that way. With our road-warrior plan, you can fight backā€”and win.

Eco-stylist Danny Seo has charisma, a fabulous new line of hipster clothing, a reality-TV show in development, and a posse of hot young actors swooning over his righteous aura. Meet the guru who's transforming America one earth-friendly Hollywood makeover at a time.

Welcome to Ghana, where commuting is a nightmare—and optimism is a bright-yellow bike of one's own

Chase your travel dreams with 48 handpicked adventures guaranteed to satisfy every type of wandering soul

With eleven time zones' worth of Tiaga, tundra, virgin peaks, and off-the-dial whitewater, Mother Russia is beginning to open her doors to adventure travelers. If you're brave enough to take her on, the next frontier beckons in the wild, wild East.

On a deadly route in Patagonia, two hotshot climbers seek truth—and the summit

Hidalgo tells the true story of hero Frank Hopkins. Too bad it's all hogwash.


F E A T U R E S

TRIPS OF A LIFETIME
Chase your travel dreams with 48 handpicked adventures guaranteed to satisfy every type of wandering soul

WORLDWIDE WILD
Trek to the heart of Patagonia; cycle Italy’s undiscovered southern hills; dive New Zealand’s sparkling Hauraki Gulf; and dozens more epic journeys, from California to Kenya. PLUS: The Trip of the Year winners—we select the world’s ten best adventures.

WAKING THE BEAR
For the daring traveler, Russia offers a fantasyland of empty mountains, crashing whitewater, and untrammeled backcountry.
By Howard Whelan

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Affordable satellite phones make far-flung expeditions safer. But if you never hang up, you lose the solace of the wilderness.
By Ted Kerasote

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GREEN
Eco-hipster Danny Seo has a plan: Get Hollywood stars to go enviro and the rest of America will follow. But will Britney Spears look phat in those hemp jeans?
By Jay Stowe

FACING THE FALL LINE
An exclusive look at Stephen Koch’s bold attempt to snowboard Mount Everest’s steepest, most dangerous route.
Photographs by Jimmy Chin
text by Rob Buchanan

CLIMB EVERY MOLEHILL
On a four-day alpine blitz, a posse of old high school buddies endure endless highways, weak java, and mind-numbing fatigue to scale the highest “mountains” in seven heartland states. (Hey, it’s not as easy as it sounds!)
By Rob Story

D E P A R T M E N T S

DISPATCHES
Disney’s new epic HIDALGO recounts Frank T. Hopkins’s wild 1890 horse race across the Arabian Desert. Get me rewrite! Hopkins may have been hoaxing. PLUS: KITESURFING’S QUEEN MAI takes off; two Brits attempt a controversial ascent of Patagonia’s CERRO TORRE ; and more.

THE WILD FILE
Which creature makes the shortest migration? What’s the Specter of the Brocken? Do whales shiver? Why does water expand when it’s chilled?
By Brad Wetzler

THE HARD WAY
So you think your commute’s a nightmare? In the Gold Coast nation of GHANA , transportation ranges from primitive to dangerous. Can a bright-yellow $75 bicycle revolutionize the African road?
By Mark Jenkins

REVIEW
That buzz you hear on the blacktop is the return of ROAD BIKES , led by Lance’s latest Trek from the Tour de France and six other top-notch, drool-worthy rigs built for speed, stage wins, and glory.

BODYWORK
Good to go: Whether you’re flying to Sydney or Siam, our essential travel strategies for surviving airports and jet lag, while staying focused on nutrition and wellness, will get you there feeling healthy and FIT FOR TRAVEL . PLUS: Gear from Victorinox and Nike—you’ll book a trip just to use ’em. PLUS: THE PULSE —Bulletins from the fitness frontier.

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