Dispatches: News from the Field
Despite plenty of toxic protest, the Department of Energy prepares to open the nation's first permanent nuclear-waste dump.
An amputee climber hopes his third attempt on Everest will be the charm.
More than 7,000 gather to fete snowboarding's new hero, apparently waiting for sparks to fly.
Can you be too green? Seattle comes to grips with a rancid truth.
Robert Redford's new film sets forth a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a … whatever.
PLUS: David Brower gets a shot at the big enchilada of accolades, French explorer Guy DeLage sees his latest quest sink like a stone, stair racers go global in search of the spotlight, and more.
Out There: One hundred yards of solitude
Never mind the bustling seaports and the huge car ferry bearing down — this was still, at least on this particular evening, a place dedicated to solitude. A reverie on urban wildness, complete with appropriate sound effects.
By Tim Cahill
Field Notes: How Swede it is
Start with about 10,000 sturdy Swedes, from preschoolers to wizened veterans. Give each of them a map and compass and shot of ultrapolite sportsmanship. Now loose them in the woods. The result? The O-ringen, a race quite unlike any other.
By Bucky McMahon
The Wild File
Why do weeping willows weep? Why are moths drawn to light? What's the difference between a pond and a lake?
Destinations: The Nation's Top Sports Camps
No matter what your game, the surest way to step it up is by spending a week under the watchful eye of experts. So you might as well take your tutelage from the best of the best.
Surfing: Bucky McMahon rips the swells with the legendary Paskowitz clan.
Mountain Biking: Mike Steere visits Dirt Camp, where mastering the basics almost takes a backseat to hobnobbing with the stars.
Snowboarding: Zev Borow spends his summer prepping for winter with the carvologists of the High Cascade camp.
Sailing: Laurence Sheehan goes to helm and back with the wise young salts of the Annapolis school.
PLUS: From climbing to road cycling to fly-fishing, a roundup of ten other highly esteemed academies.
Bodywork: No Burden to Shoulder
Assuring yourself of sure-fire shoulders: They're the most mobile — and most vulnerable — of all your joints, so you better know how to ready them for the far-reaching sports of summer. Three on-the-go ways to keep those glenohumerals smiling. PLUS: Stretches that'll keep your back in whack, and sturdier shoulders through the magic of radio waves.
Prescriptions: Keep your muscles from cramping.
Intake: How to tell which carbos are right for you.
Strategies: The keys to honing your running stride.
Review: Crisp shots, no weighting
Little cameras that can: In contrast to their SLR brethren, today's point-and-shoots are light, convenient, and nearly foolproof. Nine of the market's most worthy models.
Buying Right: A new breed of shoe for a new breed of rock jock.
The Other Stuff: The latest in roller skis, form-fitting life vests, and the should-be-standard-issue Leatherman tool.
Books: The Ecology of Eden, by Evan Eisenberg; and more. Between the Lines
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