Outside Magazine, May 2001



His life’s grand pursuit has killed his closest companions. His bride-to-be is his best friend’s widow. His exploding fame owes as much to happenstance (stumbling upon Mallory’s body on Everest) and luck (escaping an avalanche in Tibet) as it does to his great skill as a mountaineer. An intimate look at the serendipitous, tumultuous, and nearly unbearable success of Conrad Anker.

 F E A T U R E S

The Climber Comes Down to Earth
Using the metaphysical calculus of mountaineering, it's tough to say whether Conrad Anker is actually ahead of the game. He's alive, but his three closest partners are not. He's famous, but the cameras get in the way of his rapid-fire climbing style. He's in love, but it's with the wife of his deceased best friend. Anker's long-awaited success, in short, is nearly unbearable. By Daniel Duane

Arrested Development
Scratch the verdant veneer of paradise and all too often a deep scar is revealed. The island of Molokai offers a traveler's dream—traditional Hawaiian culture, a top-drawer ecotourism resort, a gorgeous shoreline plunging to a superblue sea. But beneath the fantasy lies a morass of real-estate battles, high-stakes monkeywrenching, and clashing visions of the future. It's Chinatown in the Pacific. By Joe Kane

Bodywork Special: Fitness 2001
Ed Burke's Got a Rocket in His Pita Pocket
Do Ed Burke a favor, will ya? Stop jacking around and hit your glycogen window already. Never mind what it means, it's the cornerstone of Burke's revolutionary theory on muscle recovery–and the biggest idea in athletic nutrition since The Zone. Whether you're Lance Armstrong or Joe Average, herein lies the key to leaving your friends in the dust. By Paul Roberts

  Eat Like a Guru
Five top jocks dish on their recovery secrets.

Food in a Bottle
We taste it so you might not have to.

The Performance Grocery Cart
Stocking the fridge to fuel your body's furnace.

Recovery by the Numbers
A step-by-step guide to training smart.

A Recklessly Picaresque, Highly Philosophical, Gloriously Unmapped Road Trip in Search of Secret Places You'll Have to Find Yourself
One man's deliciously deranged quest for that rare and strange roadside attraction, the Shoe Tree—and an argument against telling all. By Bryan Di Salvatore


  D E P A R T M E N T S
In 1993, scientist Stanley Williams became a hero after living through a deadly volcanic eruption, a story he recounts in Surviving Galeras. But a rival book by outraged critic Victoria Bruce tells a far different tale.

  Killer mud flows threaten the wildfire-ravaged West.
Climbing sensation Jimmy Chin braves Pakistani red tape and wicked first ascents.
The hilarious drama behind the first trans-American skateboard expedition.
Teton Gravity Research unleashes a gnarly new kayaking flick; Leatherman's latest pocket tool takes its cues from the iMac; and your tax dollars create a genetically altered supertrout.

The Wild File
Is it true that many poisonous snakes have mouths that are too small to bite us? What is the advantage of height in humans? How come turkey eggs aren't as popular as chicken eggs? Why do we float better in salt water than in fresh water? By Stephanie Gregory.

Field Notes
A violent bus crash left her bleeding and nearly dead on a rural Laotian roadside. A year later, the author recalls the horror–and the deep breaths that saved her life. By Allison Wright

The Hard Way
With an armed scout for protection, our man seeks out rare ibex, wolves, baboons, and signs of hope along cliff-edged trails in the formerly war-torn mountains of Ethiopia. By Mark Jenkins

Get Lost: When Yellowstone morphs into a car-choked game park this summer, try chartering a bush plane into the 13.2 million acres of Alaska's lonely Wrangell­St. Elias National Park—we guarantee you won't see another soul.

  PLUS: How to hike on the massive Root Glacier, climb 16,390-foot Mount Blackburn, raft down the wild Nizina River, and kayak the frigid waters of Icy Bay.

Rough Riders: Not only do today's dual-suspension mountain bikes take the pain out of riding, they generally outperform any hardtail on the market—going up or down. We put 14 new wide-ranging dualies to the test on 280 miles of red rock singletrack in Sedona, Arizona.

Touching My Father's Soul, by Jamling Tenzing Norgay; The Shadow of the Sun, by Ryszard Kapuscinski; Four Wings and a Prayer, by Sue Halpern; Year of the Fires, by Stephen J. Pyne


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Cover photo by Martin Schoeller
Conrad Anker in Bozeman, Montana, February 2001