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Outside magazine, May 1996
Few genres of writing can match the world of outdoor literature for richness, exuberance, or sheer eclecticism. Whether it’s the novels of Herman Melville or the travel epics of Paul Theroux, the Boy Scout Handbook or the non-fiction of Annie Dillard, one could argue that the natural world has provided the raw inspiration for more printed words than any subject this side of
For the past few months we’ve been combing libraries and bookstores, polling various outdoor cognoscenti, and burning the midnight oil with our own extracurricular reading. The result is “The Outside Canon,” a surprising, passionate, and sometimes irreverent compendium that ranges from poetry to adventure
Maybe the only thing more pleasurable than reading great books about the natural world is immersing oneself in it. And what more classic form of immersion is there than a through-hike on the Appalachian Trail, the 2,200-mile strand of wilderness that runs along the country’s eastern spine? When associate editor Brad Wetzler and photographer Eric O’Connell set out on the AT last
Elsewhere in this issue: Richard B. Woodward heads off to the savannas of Botswana to meet with Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a team of acclaimed cinematographers whose rapturous documentaries have helped transform the nature film industry from the sentimental early days of Born Free to today’s generation of unflinchingly graphic documentaries.
Finally, in this month’s cover story, which begins on page 99, we offer a special edition of Bodywork, just in time to whip you into shape for the warm months ahead. In an age when fitness advice seems to be a cacophony of both hype and often contradictory opinions, we asked Mark Jannot to assess the training strategies of six supreme athletes–from beach volleyball legend
Should this regimen fail to condition you for the summer, then we would politely advise you to go take a hike. How about, say…from Georgia to Maine?