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Unadulterated escapes to turn you on to the South Pacific

Ten go-now getaways that are short on hassle but long on adventure—no passport required

From beach to back-a-bush, the other Caribbean's best adventure base camps

Two Italian brothers launch a woodworking renaissance in the mountains of Montana

Cut the rope or a rug with the same knife. The VICTORINOX S. BEAT integrates a one-gig audio player in the classic blade-scissors-tweezers-file model. The 1.1-ounce unit comes encased in stainless steel, and the player detaches for air travel. $200; www.victorinox.com Victorinox S. Beat Victorinox S. Beat…

BRIDGE CLIMBING— scaling the trusses and cables above suspended roadways—has been popular in Australia for years. But if you tried it stateside, you’d likely land in jail—until now. Cincinnati-based Purple People Bridge Climb has received permission to lead patrons on half-mile scrambles from Newport, Kentucky, across five spans of the…

With a new ban on Caspian sturgeon eggs, caviar fans turn their eyes to the Rockies

We never knew that the world needed another polycarbonate water bottle until we wrapped a hand around CamelBak’s 750ml splash-, spill-, and shatterproof beauty. The bottle mates ‘Bak’s bite valve with a plastic straw for no-head-tilt hydration. Just try to find an easier way to suck down agua in the…

Whiteman By Our Contributors Sebastian Junger, whose 1997 bestseller The Perfect Storm began as a story in Outside‘s October 1994 issue, turns to true crime in A Death in Belmont (W.W. Norton, ), the chronicle of a 1963 Boston Strangler–like murder in Massachusetts—and the uncomfortably close connection between the killer…

The Caribbean is home to as many rum distilleries as islands. Hop on board for a taste tour—and leave the Coke behind.

For a compulsive adventurer who can't stay put, sometimes there's only one cure: Get Zen. If only it were that easy.

President Bush says Americans guzzle too much petroleum, and James Howard Kunstler would certainly agree. But the flamethrowing author of The Long Emergency—a wickedly entertaining and terrifying look into a future without cheap fuel—thinks the world isn't doing nearly enough to get ready, and nobody is safe from his wrath.

Snowbound in the Andes after their plane crashes, the starving members of a Uruguayan rugby squad are forced to live off the flesh of their fallen teammates. Now, for the first time, the hero of their ordeal writes his own story. In this exclusive excerpt from Miracle in the Andes, Nando Parrado reveals the untold horrors of their suffering—and the

Brace yourself for a slosh. Wolfgang Petersen, master of the seafaring-disaster epic, is back in the water with Poseidon, a big-budget update of The Poseidon Adventure, the 1972 camp classic. From Das Boot, a claustrophobic chronicle of life on a World War II German U-boat, to The Perfect Storm, the…

The victim of a brutal attack in the Oregon outback finds justice—by the book

Biking & Nightlife

Wind, waves, and siestas—just a few of the reasons to discover Tarifa, Spain

Costa Rica's Nature Air gets an emissions-free face-lift

Norwegian fishermen call it an honest day's work. Greenpeace calls it a violent crime. The issue is the annual hunt for North Atlantic minke whales, a plentiful species that, every spring, gets harpooned by the hundreds and then sold in Norway's seafood aisles. Who's right? As PHILIP ARMOUR learns during a voyage aboard the whaleboat Sofie, the truth isn

Feasting will doubtless bookend the feats of athleticism on the ice and snow at these Winter Olympics. Find out here what it takes to get through Piedmontese culinary boot camp.

Follow all the action from Turin and the Piedmont Alps as the 20th Winter Olympics gets underway in Italy

Whether you're skating perfect corduroy or blazing backcountry powder, skinny-skiing the wide-open West is the path to cold-weather bliss

With heli-ski tours in the central Alps, the Swiss prove their mastery of perfection´┐Żagain

From Caribbean hurricanes to the Asian tsunami, last year was hell in paradise. A special recovery report.


F E A T U R E S

A WHOLE NEW WHIRL
On the ultimate heli-skiing tour of Switzerland, our man abandons his earn-your-turns ethic for a high-flying taste of the good life.
By Tim Neville

SKI AND BE SEEN
From good bets for early-season dumps to the hottest springtime mountain festivals, a definitive guide to your best winter ever.
By Christopher Solomon

THE CULT OF BELIZE
The reefs are teeming, the jungle’s jumping, the lodging is luxe, and everyone speaks English: Why you should go to Belize now.
By Bruce Barcott

THE HOMELAND ADVANTAGE
Pack your gear and your swim trunks, but leave your passport at home for these ten authentic, easy-to-reach adventures.
By Sally Schumaier

THE EDGE OF INFINITY
With a slew of tiny islands scattered across endless miles of crystal seas, the South Pacific can be a tough place to navigate. Start with these 15 way-out escapes.

VILLAGE IN THE MIST
In Luang Prabang, the timeless little village in northern Laos, thrill-seeking travelers are shaking up centuries-old traditions with bikes, boats, and a healthy shot of adrenaline.
By Christopher R. Cox

D E P A R T M E N T S

GO NEXT: The Best In Adventure Travel

BIG GLIDE COUNTRY
Call it “nordic skiing plus”: two north-woods hideaways where fresh-laid slots and backcountry fluff meet chalet comfort.

AFTER THE STORM
Neither rain nor wind nor mammoth waves have deterred the residents of tsunami-soaked Phuket and hurricane-smashed Grenada. These two tropical paradises are rebuilt and ready for business.

HOT PROPERTIES
From Marrakesh, Morocco, to South Beach, Miami, ten plush lodges where you can play hard by day and luxuriate at night.

THRILL OF THE HUNT
Shop for tchotchkes till you drop at our five favorite world markets.

PHANTOM WATERS
Dive into the clear blue sea off Indonesia’s Bunaken Island, home to a plethora of the planet’s rarest fish.

SHAPE SHIFTER
Relaxing doesn’t have to mean lazing by the lake. At these five fitness resorts, tone up while you calm down.

WORLD PARTY
Sri Lanka in fall, Mali in winter, California in spring, Scotland in summer—a music festival for every season.

NOEL—OR NOT
Three holly-jolly getaways for travelers who long for Santa’s visit, plus three December escapes from the commercial yuletide madness.

OUT-SIZED HOSPITALITY
On the Out Islands, you’ll get Bahamian sun and surf and a warm welcome—minus the crowds.

COSTA FAMILIA
On the lookout for a kid-friendly surf spot, one young family lands happily on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.

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