Outside Magazine, Apr 2002
To film Valhalla, the cinemaniacs at Teton Gravity research went to great lengthsof rope, that is
CHERRY Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen and Jack Kerouac in the Cascades, by Jon Suiter (Counterpoint Press, ) illuminates these beats’ little-documented time tending fire lookouts in the north Cascades—summer pockets of productive A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard BY SARA WHEELER (Random…
At the First Church of What Happens NextMIT a NASA-trained engineer and his stable of whiz kids are jump-starting the future of outdoor gear
Hop on (HUH?), rev up (WHAT?!), and take a trip (I can't HEAR YOU!) deep into the hillbilly heart of West Virginia, where gas-huffin' ATV motorheads churn through the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Areaa private preserve devoted to the joys and sorrows of four-wheeling. (ARRRRGHHH!)
In our lifetime, the outdoors has been reinvented by visionaries who opened new worlds for explorers, athletes, travelers, and dreamers. And the adventure is just getting under way—so take a closer look at the bright minds creating the next frontier. Jake Burton, son Timmy, and Ruby the retriever at…
Trailblazers Who Put the Up in Downhill
A History of Modern Gear, From 1875-2002
Diving on lost ships is one thing. Exploring the boat that shadowed your life is a murkier adventure entirely.
Backpacking's Upright Evolution
ONCE THERE WAS A WORLD WITHOUT SNOWBOARDING. A world where mountain biking was a strange and obscure cult, kayaking fiendishly inaccessible. A world without fleece vests, single-walled mountaineering tents, down sleeping bags, or GPS. In fact, until the late seventies—around the time this magazine was born—the universe of outdoor recreation…
Ten lodges where you can take it all in, and then launch an expedition out the back door
Camp overnight or camp all week. We've got the gear to let you go fast and light under blue skies or gray.
Stymied by the dark side of sport? Don't panic. Mastering fear, fatigue, and pain is easier than you think.
Big Wheels in Biking's Off-Road Stampede
As lawmakers accuse seven government biologists of fraud, the truth is drowned out by the headlines
After a dark year, Nepal offers up a trove of glittering new prizes: 103 peaks and miles of virgin terrain
When the weather turns ugly and conditions get rough, every mountaineer must make the ultimate choice: storm the summit, or call it quits.
To make his mark in Europe's toughest races, George Hincapie needs more than guts. He needs an old friend.
How does a caffeine-loaded energy drink become a billion-dollar brand? RED BULL's creators inject their product with the adrenaline-by-association of extreme sports, and they never stop in the quest for buzz.
The New Faces Revolutionizing Adventure Sports
The Brightest Stars of Stage and Scree
Paddlers Who Set the High-Water Mark
WILL GADD is a world-class adventurer who wants his exploits to pay off. He tackles breakthrough climbs all over the planet (sounds good), makes so-so money doing it (less good), and could easily get killed every time he goes to work (sounds bad). Is this any way to make a living?
Joe’s hand began to tingle, and he called the group together. The toxins would leave his system in 48 hours, he said. He’d be conscious the whole time.
F E A T U R E S
25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL REPORT
THE BIG IDEA
Meet the visionaries, gear gurus, scientists, risk-taking adventure entrepreneurs, and blessed masters of bigthink and hype who created the new world of adventure—and are taking it places we never knew it could go.
THE OUTSIDE INNOVATORS
Jake Burton, Bob Gore, Yvon Chouinard, Phil Knight, Jim Jannard, and a horde of creative disrupters. ALSO: the explosive evolution of skiing, backpacks, mountain bikes, adventure filmmaking, and whitewater boats.
How the Austrian energy-drink company Red Bull leveraged extreme sports to build a billion-dollar brand. By Rob Walker
Adventure athlete Will Gadd wants to profit from doing all the things you do for fun. Is that so wrong? By Brad Wetzler
ACTUALLY IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE
Inside MIT’s Center for Sports Innovation, where young brainiacs are reshaping the future of gear. By Brad Wieners
PLUS Eight new faces revolutionizing adventure sports; a history of modern gear, from 1875-2002, and more.
When death came for herpetologist Joe Slowinski, he was in Myanmar, doing the thing he loved most: tracking down and studying the world’s most poisonous snakes. A colleague recalls the final days of a scientific explorer who believed in risk. By Mark W. Moffett
NASTY, BRUTISH, AND LOUD
As the backcountry echoes with the din of motorized fun vehicles (and the howls of their critics), we follow the noise to West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area—a newly created off-road Disneyland where ATV mud hogs run wild and free. Yee-haw! By Bill Donahue
D E P A R T M E N T S
Ten months after the royal massacre leveled Nepal’s adventure-travel economy, the government is opening 103 new peaks to lure back climbers. Is it safe to return? Plus: Lance Armstrong plays domestique for a frustrated teammate; conservatives turn a biologist’s error into a “lynxgate conspiracy”; new books by Judy Blunt, Richard Flanagan, and Sara Wheeler; cinematics paddle for paradise in Valhalla , the latest in extreme kayaking; and this month’s RADAR.
THE WILD FILE
Is it ever too cold to snow? Why are there no fireflies in the West? Does drinking hot tea in hot weather cool you down? By Brad Wetzler
Exploring pristine backcountry doesn’t have to mean restless sleep and dehydrated camp food. Our guide to the TEN BEST WILDERNESS LODGES in North America proves you can have your remote adventure and live in grand style to boot.
THE HARD WAY
As downpours wash away his shot at a New Zealand summit bid, a lifelong mountaineer wrestles with the sport’s toughest question: Is turning back an act of courage, or the ultimate failure? By Mark Jenkins
On a scuba tour in New Jersey’s murky waters, the author pays homage to the sunken S.S. Mohawk—the looted wreck where his family’s bad luck began. By Patrick Symmes
Stop the insanity! The latest in lightweight camping gear will shave pounds off your pack. Plus: An all-mountain watch Dick Tracy would love; BMW’s Streetcarver skateboard; and more.
Fear, anxiety, pain, and fatigue—they’re the dreaded dark side of sports. But don’t panic. Coping with them is easier than you think.