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Once considered blasphemous, tow-in surfing has become de rigueur among big-wave aficionados. And this spring, a jet skiassisted cadre plans to conquer the biggest break ever surfed.
PLUS: Our illustrated Everest 2000 preview; wind-chill science gets blasted by new research.
The Wild File
What's the world's deepest cave? How do birds detect worms underground? Does poor eyesight disprove Darwin? Why do kayaks fishtail when you stop paddling?
By Jim Collins
The Hard Way
The Matterhorn has lured thousands to its lofty summit, but many have failed to return. Why, then, would two guys attempt an ascent in conditions so dismal that even seasoned guides beat a swift retreat? Because every climb is a gut call, and their guts were saying go.
By Mark Jenkins
In a fenced-off, concrete canal at the base of a hydroelectric dam, one angler discovers abundant runs of whitefish, fence postsize Atlantic salmon, and a rare seam where nature and industry exist in equilibrium. Greetings from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
By Steven Rinella
Safari so good: By day, spy on lions at 50 yards, creep up on impalas and wildebeests, and dodge hippos in a canoe. By night, picnic by candlelight. In Zambia's wildlife refuges, African game viewing is the way it used to be: in wild country, in small groups, often on foot, and always up close and personal.
||Much more than "the Polar Bear Capital of the World," Churchill, Manitoba is a gateway to a vast tundra, and, for those brave enough to dip into icy waters, a place to have a tête-à-tête with Beluga whales.
PLUS: Budget flights to Hawaii's Big Island; spring skiing—and deals aplenty—at Mount Bachelor.
Right on Parcourse: Before you trudge back to the gym to get in shape for summer, read this. We take you through a baseline fitness assessment and help you get a jump (and a run, and a pull-up) on summer. The best part: It all takes place outdoors, at your long-forgotten neighborhood Parcourse.
In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick; Patrick O'Brian, by Dean King; My Quest for the Yeti, by Reinhold Messner; and Anil's Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje.
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