Outside Magazine, Oct 2011
This month in Outside
After 34 books, endless Hemingway comparisons, and too many battles with gout, legendary author Jim Harrison is unsurpassed at chronicling man's relationship with wilderness. His secret? Ample wine, cigarettes, fly-fishing—and an inability to give a damn about what anyone else thinks. Our author takes a literary pilgrimage to Montana.
What does India’s lush Kaziranga National Park have that the rest of the country’s decimated reserves do not? Plenty of tigers, for starters. (The world’s highest density.) Fleets of endangered one-horned rhinos. (More than two-thirds of the remaining population.) And, since last year, a take-no-prisoners antipoaching policy that allows rangers to shoot on sig
Monster earthquakes are going off all around the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. Is the West Coast of North America next?* And can you surf a tsunami?** Join us on a footnoted foray into the terrifying world of megaquakes, tidal waves, and the fine art of being your own Jesus. *YES **NO
NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET
Kaziranga National Park in India boasts two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinos and its highest density of Bengal tigers—both among the region’s most heavily poached species. The secret to the park’s success? They shoot poachers on sight. Rowan Jacobsen reports from the front line of a new conservation war.
PAN-SEARED HAMA HAMA SEA ROCKET TOPPED WITH TOOTHWORT ROOTS AND AGED LICHEN
Meet Evan Strusinski. A high-end forager with an encyclopedic knowledge of edible plants, Strusinski is the U.S. ambassador of the blossoming wild-foods movement. And New York’s top chefs can’t get enough of him. By Richard Conniff
TOTALLY PSYCHED FOR THE FULL-RIP NINE
Many geologists believe the Pacific Northwest is overdue for an offshore megaquake. And when it arrives, it could churn up a tsunami large enough to swamp the Northwest coast, transforming it into a Katrina-like disaster area. Bruce Barcott walks us minute-by-minute through the coming quagmire.
THE LAST LION
Jim Harrison is the king of a dying breed: a larger-than-life novelist and poet who partied with Jack Nicholson and once ate a 37-course meal just for the hell of it. Through it all he’s remained true to his mission, chronicling man’s fraught relationship with the wilderness. On the eve of Harrison’s 34th book, The Great Leader, Tom Bissell visits the master at his Montana cabin.
HOW TO LIVE NOW
BEST TOWN EVER
The rednecks and chiggers of Chattanooga have a brand-new title to celebrate. Chuck Thompson spends a day getting to know the town Outside readers say tops them all. Plus: find your own best town with our interactive town finder and map.
No excuses. It’s time to ditch that gas-guzzler for an electric car.
MORE GREAT TOWNS
These 18 burgs are the finest runners-up you’d ever want to call home, from a Midwestern mountain-biking hub, to a Seattle-area hang-gliding mecca, to, um, Boulder. (We know, shocker.)
An ode to bike parking in the big city. Plus: A dapper shirt, cap, and kicks for urbanites.
High-tech gear to navigate the city.
Bike shares, LED streetlights, and five more upgrades making U.S. cities shine.
>Phone Books: Cycle, surf, ski, climb—13 apps that put you a click away from the beta you need.
>Epic: A sub-urban caver preps for Paris.
>Transformers: Pimp your iPhone with a titanium case, detachable lenses, and more.
>The Urban Dweller’s Life-Hack Manual: Five ways to enrich city living.
>Street Cleaning: Metros are shrinking their footprints with these five tactics.
The buildings we live and work in account for more pollution than the cars we drive. Architect Jason McLennan’s Living Building Challenge is a manifesto for greener cities.
Americans are lining up for marathons, triathlons, and adventure races in record numbers. Here are 15 of the nation’s premier races and the best reason to enter each one.
Go-anywhere bags for quick escapes, from a duffel to a man purse you’ll actually want.
On chilly San Francisco Bay, members of the Open Water Rowing Center train in shipping lanes and thick fog. Outside executive editor Michael Roberts dips an oar and gets crushed by a pack of middle-aged women.
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