Outside Magazine, Nov 2011
This month in Outside
More than a decade ago, Mike Fay’s epic Megatransect walk across Africa spurred the creation of a string of national parks and made him a conservation superstar. So why, after a lifetime of fighting to protect wild places, is he questioning the very foundations of his work? And why is he looking for answers in a cabin in Alaska?
Norway's forbidding Hardangervidda Plateau nearly killed Roald Amundsen when he attempted a ski traverse in the winter of 1896. But the failure set him on a path of training, study, and exploration that led to his historic conquest of the South Pole. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of that feat, Mark Jenkins and his brother Steve skied the route, an epic challenge that even now can prove deadly.
OSCAR PISTORIUS HAS A HUGE CARBON FOOTPRINT
The game-changing South African sprinter is on the verge of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics. As debate intensifies over “unfair advantage” and the technologically enhanced future of competition, Christopher Keyes takes a moment to reflect on how truly awesome this is.
AMUNDSEN SCHLEPPED HERE
Roald Amundsen and his brother received the spanking of a lifetime during an 1896 ski traverse of Norway’s Hardangervidda Plateau. Not to be outdone, Mark Jenkins enlisted his brother Steve to retrace the Amundsens’ journey and learn—in brutally intimate detail—how it pointed the Norwegian explorer toward his greatest conquest, the South Pole.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
Winter is right around the corner—time to hang up your wetsuit and scuba gear, right? Wrong. Outside’s guide to Central America takes you from the stunning vistas of Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano to the pristine reefs of Honduras to the first-class breaks of El Salvador.
HOW THE NOMAD FOUND HOME
In 1999, ecologist Mike Fay went deep into the rainforest of Gabon and launched a new model for environmental preservation. A decade on, Fay has doubts about his ability to keep humans from trashing the planet. Michael McRae travels to the remote Alaskan cabin where Fay is charting his future.
>First Look: America’s top female skier has yet to hit the global stage. How come? She’s only 16.
>News from the Field: A 280-day yacht race around the world; a lifesaving wetsuit for big-wave riders; and Emilio Estevez’s oddly good ode to travel.
>Feuds: Can the slaughter of 42,000 wild horses in the West be avoided? Also, a nonprofit aims to make scientists out of adventurers.
>Big Idea: Steve Martin’s latest flick pokes fun at birders. Our resident bird nerd reacts.
>Media: An Everest epic breaks down George Mallory’s most daring feat–surviving the Great War. Plus: Why, 80 years later, Rin Tin Tin remains the most important dog in showbiz history.
THE OUTSIDE ESTABLISHMENT
The 25 most powerful people outdoors—in media, business, politics, and beyond.
>Covet: They’re green, weird-looking, and the year’s best ski.
>Snow Sliders: Six new skis for all conditions.
>Boarded Up: The season’s gnarliest snowboards.
>Pint-Size: Winter toys to keep tykes (and parents) stoked.
>No More Barriers: The last in our four-part series on overcoming fitness obstacles takes on injuries. Learn how to avoid and work through setbacks— and recover from them in record time.
Gary Johnson has notched Ironmans and summited Everest. Now he wants to be president. Nick Heil hits the backcountry with the former New Mexico governor to see if the most rough-and-ready contender since Teddy Roosevelt has a shot at the Oval Office.
Airplanes and automobiles are drowning out our natural soundscapes. Tom Vanderbilt follows audio engineer Jeff Rice into the wilds of Utah to discover how nature’s noises are good for the soul.
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