Outside Magazine, May 2002
Fifty-five parks, 70 all-new experiences, and nothing but long summer days ahead. Here’s how to CLIMB. KAYAK, HIKE, FLY-FISH, MOUNTAIN BIKE, or just wander far from the maddening crowds in every national park in the United States. You’ve got 61 million acres of wilderness heaven at your disposal. What are…
32 YEARS AGO this summer, my pal, the crime novelist Jim Crumley, his overeducated farmer friend from Arkansas, Harold McDuffy, and yours truly hiked six miles to Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. For someone who had spent most of his life in the desert country of southeastern Oregon, this…
The Cadence of Grass by Thomas McGuane (Knopf, $24) A HEARTY WELCOME-HOME: After a decadelong foray into nonfiction, Thomas McGuane returns to Storyville with a tale of familial strife and kidney theft played out against Montana’s sweetgrass valleys. The Cadence of Grass, McGuane’s first…
IT WAS JUST ANOTHER QUIET BRAZILIAN EVENING, IN JUST ANOTHER PORT. THE BOAT WAS JUST ONE MORE SLEEK YACHT, bristling with electronics and expensive gear. The pirates were just another band of small-time water rats. And after the shoot-out, there was just one man dead on board the Seamaster. But…
F E A T U R E S
YOUR OFFICIAL NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE PASS
Fifty-five parks, 70 all-new experiences, and nothing but long summer days ahead. Here’s how to climb, kayak, hike, fly-fish, sail, mountain bike, or just wander far from the madding crowds in every national park in the United States. You’ve got 61 million acres of wilderness heaven at your disposal. What are you waiting for?
Singing to the Grizzlies
…And getting hooked on the purple mountain majesty of it all.
By William Kittredge
Dive shipwrecks at Isle Royale. Sea kayak Acadia. Run with wolves in Yellowstone. Creek-hop the Smokies. We pick 12 of the park system’s crown jewels and let you in on the wildest ways to explore their hidden corners.
By Mike Grudowski
The Best of the Rest
Start in Arches, then move on to the B’s (Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne). Forty-three parks later, you’ll be at ease in Zion.
By Jennifer Villeneuve
And our new national park is…
By Brian Alexander
INCIDENT IN A NOWHERE PLACE
Once, they were called pirates, brigands, highwaymen. Today, no matter what name you give them, they’re the bane of adventure travel in the world’s remote places. When Sir Peter Blake—legendary Kiwi sailor and America’s Cup winner—was brutally slain while defending his boat near the mouth of the Amazon River last December, an ancient dilemma took on a new urgency. In a confrontation with terror, do you simply try to survive—or do you fight? By Peter Nichols
25th ANNIVERSARY FITNESS SPECIAL
THE SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE
Can’t smoke your friends on the steeps (or up the trail, or down the singletrack) like you used to? Take heart, champ, and get ready to maximize the endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, and power you never knew you had. We call it The Shape of Your Life—and five months from now, we expect you to be in it. By Paul Scott
D E P A R T M E N T S
HAWAIIAN ADVENTURE SPORTS SPECIAL
Island kiteboarders, surfers, sailors, and other homegrown gurus dish out the Aloha State’s best-kept secrets.
Maui: Get yanked to heaven on a kiteboard in Kanaha Bay.
The Big Island: Take on the slimy singletrack of Mud Lane.
Oahu: Race the ancient wind in a modern-day outrigger canoe.
Kauai: Calling all beginners: Catch your first wave in Hanalei Bay. Plus: Tips and inside dope on nightlife, stargazing , native food, whale-watching, bodysurfing, and more.
Making like a salmon across 1,214 miles of the Northwest (and into PCBs and raw sewage), toxic avenger Christopher Swain plans to save the Columbia River one stroke at a time. Plus: Keeping our adventurer’s ear to the ground on Hollywood’s latest on-screen antics, climbing’s queen looks back at 30 up-and-down years, new books by Alan Rabinowitz, Thomas McGuane, and Julia Whitty. And this month’s RADAR .
THE WILD FILE
Why do people get squeamish at the sight of gore? Do compasses stop working at the poles? How come fishing is called “angling”? What do mosquitoes eat when they can’t get blood? By Brad Wetzler
THE HARD WAY
What can you learn about the agonies of ocean rowing from the ultimate masochistic loser? Meet Debra Veal, the bodacious last-place finisher of the Atlantic Rowing Challenge. By Mark Jenkins
Borrowing a few cues from fat-tire technology, road bikes have stepped up the evolutionary chain—and made a smashing comeback. We’ve tested SIX FEATHERLIGHT RIDES and the toughest new pavement-ready accessories to put you at the front of the peloton. Plus: Light the trail with an LED headlamp that weighs less than a PowerBar; enjoy hand-cranked wilderness smoothies with GSI’s backcountry blender; and more.