Outside Magazine, Jan 2000



What gets the equivalent of 1,000 miles per gallon, doesn't pollute, will save the world, and transports you in breezy style? Your bike.

The Pacific Rim's most explosive endurance sport combines speed, pain, and ancient tradition

Twentieth Century Fox sought out an isolated tropical beach in Thailand. Then they put Leonardo DiCaprio on it. And then created a vision of wilderness despoiled by a tale of wilderness despoiled. Out of which unfolds a media fable with real-life consequences in a world haunted by travelers' dreams of paradise.

The Outside Prognosticator 2000

What are you waiting for? All you need for an unforgettable adventure is a little inspiration—and some inspiring information. The world awaits, so go on then: Get lost!

After being forced to stomach snake-blood cocktails and rooster-head soup, one afflicted traveler discovers that revenge is a dish best served by Norwegians

A Wetland Restoration Comedy: how one man transformed vile, polluted, dank little swamp into the perfect glassy ice pond

Trouble on Fantasy Island
Before Hollywood "discovered" it, before the location shoot for the movie version of Alex Garland's dark adventure-travel novel The Beach, before Leonardo DiCaprio was photographed lounging on its silken strand, before local environmental activists got all riled up and Taiwanese tourists got in line for the official tour, it was just Phi Phi Lay, a tiny chunk of paradise floating off the coast of Thailand.
By John Tayman

Skating Home Backward
For years, an overgrown fen at the base of Black Mountain had been used as a garbage dump. Then a Montana man with some spare time and all sorts of memories got it into his head to drag the tires, tree stumps, farm implements, and carcasses from the muck and mire. And when life and health returned to the swamp, something else also appeared: perfect ice.
By Bill Vaughn

The Outside Prognosticator 2000
Can you say "Survival of the Dumbest"? Sure you can! It's our special Y2K Panic Preview: Learn not just to live through but to thrive amid the collapse of civilization.
Art and text by Bruce McCall


  D E P A R T M E N T S
Big waves, fast boats, and sheer giddy, anaerobic pain. The world of endurance sports has caught on to outrigger canoeing—a sport Hawaiians have been perfecting for 1,200 years.

  Will a cable-car project transform the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu into yet another tourist trap?
BASE jumper Jan Davis set out to vindicate her controversial sport, and instead lost her life.
What does a top female mountain-biker do in the off-season? Storm the cyclocross circuit.
  P L U S : Farewell to beloved wilderness educator Paul Petzoldt; breakthroughs in edible camping gear; and news about a pioneering bouldering park.

The Wild File
If you're stranded in the desert, can you extract water from a cactus? Do fish sleep? What determines tree line? And how does undertow happen?
By Jim Collins

The Hard Way
A year in Holland opened this American boy's mind to the glory of two-wheeled travel, and the shock of returning home opened his eyes to the hegemony of the car. Inspiration and tough ideas to encourage the impulse to hop on your bike and ride.
By Mark Jenkins

Out There
When a writer's livelihood requires him to munch rooster heads and quaff snake's blood, you'd think he'd be prepared to eat anything. Think again.
By Tim Cahill

In shape, in sickness and in health: Survive flu season with your fitness intact. Our Rx for under-the-weather workouts.

PLUS: The truth behind herbal cold remedies; Yoga moves for faster, stronger skiing; now even the tales of your sports injuries have Web sites; how floating in the dark can make you a better athlete.

Getups that go: Lightweight fabrics and fashion-conscious designs mean you can finally give those stiff and uncool travel clothes a decent closet burial. Snappy new adventure duds keep you in style, thanks to Cloudveil, Ex Officio, Golite, Nike, Patagonia, RLX, Royal Robbins, The North Face, and Zoic. Also, the luggage and accessories you need to get there and back. (Don't leave home without that titanium case for your Palm V.)

Surf smart: We rate five of the most user-friendly gear-buying sites on the Web.

PLUS: On the Rez, by Ian Frazier; Yukon Alone: The World's Toughest Adventure Race, by John Balzar; Gobi: Tracking the Desert, by John Man; and The Peter Matthiessen Reader.


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