Outside Magazine, Oct 2002
Remember the rainforest? Fourteen years after the martyrdom of Brazilian activist Chico Mendes, environmentalists are once again being murdered, while illegal logging pushes deeper into the world's last great tropical jungle. In this investigative report, Patrick Symmes follows the money, the mahogany, and the mafiasand goes underground to join a brave ne
One of climbing’s most famous survival sagas began on the night of July 13, 1977, after British mountaineers CHRISTIAN BONINGTON and Doug Scott completed the first ascent of Pakistan’s 23,900-foot Baintha Brakk—a beastly massif known as The Ogre. During his rappel down, Scott swung wildly across the face and broke…
A quarter-century after he changed everything by summiting Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, Reinhold Messner is looking fit, feeling adventurous, and acting about as mellow as a snapping turtle. Ah, well: Great men aren't always sweetheartsand Messner is still the best there ever was.
By Marshall Sella BEFORE HE VANISHED in Mexico in 1914, never to be heard from again, the formidable writer Ambrose Bierce, whose short stories often explored themes of horror and death, cobbled together his Devil’s Dictionary. It was a fiercely satirical work, filled with definitions such as “fidelity…
T H E 2 5 T H
Is the future melting before our eyes? Let us ponder the mystery of icebergs, dead ahead.
By Ian Frazier
[BIG MOMENTS: 1977]
The Ogre Bites Back
EVERYBODY LOVES THE ASSASSINS
Welcome to Iran's rugged backcountry, where the axis of evil meets the birthplace of terrorism.
By Tim Cahill
[BIG MOMENTS: 1980]
Mount St. Helens Blows its Top
From the day he was born 12 years ago, Roger Carver seemed destined for hard times. To see him fly down a mountain on a snowboard is to realize that destiny had other plans.
By Daniel Coyle
[BIG MOMENTS: 1984]
The Ozone Gets Ripped
In the Amazon jungle, the rainforest war rages again. Now the battle prize is rare mahogany, and the body count is rising. An exclusive report from the front lines.
By Patrick Symmes
[BIG MOMENTS: 1985]
Pop Go the Seven Summits
THESE PANTS SAVED MY LIFE
Clothes don't just make the Alaskan man (or woman)—they cover your butt. No wonder everyone shows up for the Carhartt Ball, an annual shindig celebrating the lifesaving glory of outerwear.
By Natasha Singer
[BIG MOMENTS: 1990]
The Word Gets Out: Maverick's
In the forests of India's Madhya Pradesh, we seek a glimpse of the elusive tiger—before the poachers come, before its habitat has vanished, before the earth's greatest land predator is gone for good.
By Peter Matthiessen
[BIG MOMENTS: 1993]
Lynn Hill Busts a Move
THE BIRDMAN DROPS IN
Behold the eternal kid, soaring weightless above the halfpipe! Marvel as he becomes rich beyond his wildest dreams! Give it up for Tony Hawk, the biggest name in the business of play.
By Hampton Sides
[BIG MOMENTS: 1995]
Wolves Run Wild in Yellowstone
KINGDOMS IN THE AIR
Far from the political storms elsewhere in Nepal, the secretive land of Mustang was once impervious to development, tourists, and change. But nothing lasts forever, not even in Shangri-la.
By Bob Shacochis
[BIG MOMENTS: 1996]
The Everest Disaster: All Eyes on Top of the World
REINHOLD DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK
He's rich, he's famous, he's cranky as hell. A golden-years gut check with Reinhold Messner, the best climber who ever lived.
By Brad Wetzler
[BIG MOMENTS: 1999]
The Balloonatics Go Global
THE SNOW ON THE SWEETGRASS
To Native Americans, wild landscape is sacred. A road trip seen through Indian eyes could make believers of us all.
By Bill Vaughn
[BIG MOMENTS: 2002]
Lance Conquers France—Again
D I S P A T C H E S
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITION
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
What's left to do out there? Everything.
By Sara Wheeler
BETWEEN THE LINES
By Hal Espen
THE OUTSIDE CRUSADES: BIG IDEAS FOR THE
NEXT 25 YEARS
Like to say "Me first"? Plenty of 21st-century challenges await
2004 Diving the Seven Plummets
2007 Climbing Mount Rushmore
2015 Hiking the around-the-world trail
2027 Bagging the highest peak in the solar system PLUS: A glimpse of future gear from today's secret swag labs
DON'T FORGET TO WRITE
You mean we didn't have an assignment to chronicle a two-year surfing trip? An oral history of Outside's grandest goof.
THE WILDEST FILE
Natural-history queries we couldn't—OK, wouldn't—answer. PLUS: Who rules the top of the food chain? Our no-holds-barred critter throwdown.
THE SMACK-TALKING, HUCK-STALKING ALL-ADVENTURE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXTREME EDITION
A must-grok lexicon for the slang-impaired. Sick!
By Marshall Sella