Outside Magazine, May 2003
The gray wolf may lose federal protection. Will killing it become the law of the land?
Armed with a revolutionary new tracking device, cave divers map threats to Florida's main water source
The brave new world is coming—fast. With sci-fi fantasy turning into performance-enhancing reality, we separate the hype from breakthroughs you can use.
Radical Chic PR Lesson #127: Put a bunch of VIPs in a raft. Send them down the Futaleufú. Stop a dam. Sounds funand is!
Forget the creepy promise of techno-longevity. Instead, take our advice: Live fast, die hard, and leave behind a worn-out, used-up, good-looking corpse.
The Macal River Valley in Belize is home to three-toed tapirs, elusive jaguars, and a rare subspecies of scarlet macaw. But if Belize Electricity Ltd. gets its way, one of the richest riparian habitats north of the Amazon will disappear beneath the waters of a controversial hydroelectric dam. So who's gonna get zapped?
He's a loner, he's lethal, and he's got your scent. Feline phantom, ultimate predator, the cougar has ghosted back into the American wild and your backyard. (Hey, Marge, have you seen the poodle lately?)
From the heart of Jack London country to Quebec, the best of 60 degrees latitude and higher
Take a tundra tour along the Yukon's loneliest road
The Fountain of Youth is a myth. But take heart: Intelligent training and an adventurous spirit will keep you running, kicking, screaming at the peak of your potential for years to come.
Five adventure bonanzas in the Yukon's summertime wilds
In 24-hour mountain-bike races, riders bond over singletrack and sleep deprivation. What's not to like?
Lodges at base camp? Tourists on oxygen? Everyone seems to have a vision for the next 50 years on the world's highest mountain.
Ten years ago, extreme snowboarder Stephen Koch cooked up a media-savvy plan to become the first to climb and ride down the Seven Summits. Now there's only one mountain left to conquer: Everest. And for his grand finale, Koch is determined to fling himself down the most dangerous descent possible.
We know at least one sponsored paddler who was so smitten with the new RIOT AIR 45 that he defected to the company. And why not? The six-foot Air uses its surfboard-like bow and two removable inch-long fins along its hull to generate more speed on waves and, therefore, more…
With his slick new ms1 helmet, gear guru Thomas Meyerhoffer continues to reinvent technical style
F E A T U R E S
The cougar, America's stealthiest predator, is surging in numbers, and close encounters with humans—some fatal—are skyrocketing. Who'll be shadowing you on your next hike?
By Elwood Reid
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
Good news, adventure athletes. No matter how old you are, you can still get stronger and fitter. Dial in our decade-by-decade fitness plan and discover how to maintain peak performance at any age.
By Andrew Tilin
PLUS: MR. NATURAL
Is aging just a pesky disease waiting to be cured by science? We prefer an even more radical prescription—a maximum dose of carpe diem.
By Bill McKibben
SLAVE TO THE QUEST
Big-mountain hero Stephen Koch is getting ready to climb Everest's deadly North Face—and snowboard back down. It could be the splendid culmination of an astonishing career, or else the final act of an obsession that won't let go.
By Rob Buchanan
LAST FLIGHT OUT
A proposed dam in Belize might drown a jungle paradise and threaten a rare scarlet macaw. Can Harrison Ford, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the Crocodile Hunter, and the Zoo Lady stop the project and save the bright-red bird?
By Bruce Barcott
D E P A R T M E N T S
EVEREST ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
This month, 50 years after Hillary and Tenzing's historic first ascent, a record number of neophyte climbers are gunning for the summit. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR EVEREST? PLUS: Apa Sherpa goes for his 13TH SUMMIT .
THE WILD FILE
What's the deal with sun-blocking apparel? How much does Mount Everest weigh? Will bike tires keep you grounded in a lightning storm?
By Brad Wetzler
The undiscovered wilds of the YUKON and ALASKA harbor North America's supersize multisport paradise: pristine rivers to fish and raft, snowcapped peaks to climb or heli-hike, and even a HIGHWAY TO THE END OF THE ARCTIC SEA . PLUS: SUMMER ADVENTURE starts north of the 60th parallel.
THE HARD WAY
Twenty-four-hour mountain-bike races are notorious for hairy singletrack and mind-bending sleep deprivation, but it's the warm, fuzzy sharing that keeps riders coming back for more.
By Mark Jenkins
When it comes to WHITEWATER KAYAKS , futuristic design will help you rule the rapids. We test six radical new torpedoes that'll take you from Class II surf holes to epic V+ runs. PLUS: ULTRALIGHTWEIGHT WALKING POLES that can increase by miles the distance you hike in a day.