Outside Magazine, May 2003
The Macal River Valley in Belize is home to three-toed tapirs, elusive jaguars, and a rare subspecies of scarlet macaw. But if Belize Electricity Ltd. gets its way, one of the richest riparian habitats north of the Amazon will disappear beneath the waters of a controversial hydroelectric dam. So who's gonna get zapped?
Ten years ago, extreme snowboarder Stephen Koch cooked up a media-savvy plan to become the first to climb and ride down the Seven Summits. Now there's only one mountain left to conquer: Everest. And for his grand finale, Koch is determined to fling himself down the most dangerous descent possible.
We know at least one sponsored paddler who was so smitten with the new RIOT AIR 45 that he defected to the company. And why not? The six-foot Air uses its surfboard-like bow and two removable inch-long fins along its hull to generate more speed on waves and, therefore, more…
F E A T U R E S
The cougar, America's stealthiest predator, is surging in numbers, and close encounters with humans—some fatal—are skyrocketing. Who'll be shadowing you on your next hike?
By Elwood Reid
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
Good news, adventure athletes. No matter how old you are, you can still get stronger and fitter. Dial in our decade-by-decade fitness plan and discover how to maintain peak performance at any age.
By Andrew Tilin
PLUS: MR. NATURAL
Is aging just a pesky disease waiting to be cured by science? We prefer an even more radical prescription—a maximum dose of carpe diem.
By Bill McKibben
SLAVE TO THE QUEST
Big-mountain hero Stephen Koch is getting ready to climb Everest's deadly North Face—and snowboard back down. It could be the splendid culmination of an astonishing career, or else the final act of an obsession that won't let go.
By Rob Buchanan
LAST FLIGHT OUT
A proposed dam in Belize might drown a jungle paradise and threaten a rare scarlet macaw. Can Harrison Ford, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the Crocodile Hunter, and the Zoo Lady stop the project and save the bright-red bird?
By Bruce Barcott
D E P A R T M E N T S
EVEREST ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
This month, 50 years after Hillary and Tenzing's historic first ascent, a record number of neophyte climbers are gunning for the summit. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR EVEREST? PLUS: Apa Sherpa goes for his 13TH SUMMIT .
THE WILD FILE
What's the deal with sun-blocking apparel? How much does Mount Everest weigh? Will bike tires keep you grounded in a lightning storm?
By Brad Wetzler
The undiscovered wilds of the YUKON and ALASKA harbor North America's supersize multisport paradise: pristine rivers to fish and raft, snowcapped peaks to climb or heli-hike, and even a HIGHWAY TO THE END OF THE ARCTIC SEA . PLUS: SUMMER ADVENTURE starts north of the 60th parallel.
THE HARD WAY
Twenty-four-hour mountain-bike races are notorious for hairy singletrack and mind-bending sleep deprivation, but it's the warm, fuzzy sharing that keeps riders coming back for more.
By Mark Jenkins
When it comes to WHITEWATER KAYAKS , futuristic design will help you rule the rapids. We test six radical new torpedoes that'll take you from Class II surf holes to epic V+ runs. PLUS: ULTRALIGHTWEIGHT WALKING POLES that can increase by miles the distance you hike in a day.