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March 2002, Volume 4, Number 2

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America's Sweet Spots
Mostly easy to reach and definitely hard to forget, these 20 campsites are some of the country's best accessible places to pitch a tent: below the granite ramparts of the Rockies, between the tumbling ridges of the Smokies, beside the hoodoos of canyon country, and beyond. BY JIM GORMAN

The Legend of Heavy D & the Boys
Author ROBERT YOUNG PELTON is known for seeking danger, and in Afghanistan, he found it. Teamed up with General Abdul Rashid Dostum—the commander who toppled the Taliban in the north—and an elite team of Green Berets, Pelton was on hand for some of the war's most dramatic and critical moments, including the prison uprising at Qala Jangi and the discovery of American Taliban John Walker, whom Pelton interviewed in a worldwide scoop. Read excerpt >>


Online Extra
Life on Assignment: Inside the Afghan War Machine
Go behind the scenes of the Adventure assignment that took writer Robert Young Pelton inside Green Beret operations and face-to-face with John Walker Lindh—includes exclusive photographs.

The Classic Baja Road Trip
In a dozen days, you can drive 2,000 glorious miles [3,220 kilometers] to the tip of Baja and back. Along the way? Dive with sea lions, paddle in mirrored water, cruise desert singletrack, and surf curling tubes. Just don't forget this user's guide to one of the continent's ultimate road trips. BY STEVE CASIMIRO

Riders of the Lost Plateau
Montana's Beartooth Plateau—with the country's largest collection of 10,000-plus-foot [3,048-plus-meter] peaks and countless virgin lines—is the next great frontier for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. An expedition there was a chance to be enlightened, humiliated, or both. BY JOHN VAILLANT Read excerpt >>





Need to Know
A river may run through it, but that doesn't mean you have the right to run that river—or so claims a Colorado landowner in a closely watched lawsuit. BY KALEE THOMPSON


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Forum: Public Paddling, Private Property
Should rivers that run through private land be off-limits? You tell us.

Then & There
Into the abyss: exploring the fantastic void of Rumbling Falls Cave in eastern Tennessee.


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Q&A With the Photographer
See the only photo of the awe-inducing Rumble Room, and find out how photographer Chris Anderson finally exposed this biggest—and perhaps most secret—cave chamber in the eastern U.S.

Murdered by pirates last December, Sir Peter Blake was one of the greatest yachtsmen ever, and a Cousteau-like crusader for the oceans.

Doing It
Tanis Hammond is the fastest woman in the world—and she wants to speed up.

Potentially Huge
When horse-riding cowboys and skiers team up, you'd expect nothing less lunatic than the high-speed, high-impact sport of ski joring.



American Wilds
With 4,000-plus routes in the high desert, California's Joshua Tree National Park is the Pebble Beach of rock climbing. Your guide? Don Reid, the resident Tiger Woods. BY DAN KOEPPEL Read excerpt >>

Fast Breaks
Low prices and high peaks make this the year to ski the Alps.

World on the Cheap
Framed by volcanoes, Antigua is the gateway to hiking, pedaling, and rafting in the stunning highlands of Guatemala. Read article >>

Where Next
Big Ditch biking, telemark madness, manta-viewing, and more.



The dark legacy of Willi Unsoeld in Robert Roper's Fatal Mountaineer, Kerouac and company in John Suiter's Poets on the Peaks, and a round-the-world avian escapade in William Fiennes's The Snow Geese. BY ANTHONY BRANDT

The Life
On a remote pirate island off the coast of Madagascar, a smiling Jolly Roger carved into a tombstone can lead you to treasure, if you can crack the code. BY PAUL PERRY Read excerpt >>



Light Loads
Clever and svelte new daypacks that display the distinction between nifty feature and needless frill. BY BEN HEWITT
Read our guide to new daypacks >>

Itch-free, windproof, and soulful, wool is making a comeback.
Read our guide to new wool outerwear >>

What They Carry
To hike 7,000-plus miles [11,265-plus-kilometers] in a year—as Brian Robinson, America's fastest hiker, did last year—you need to hike light.


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From the Editor
The Society Page
Travel Directory
Extreme Destination: Star Dune, Namibia



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In the Magazine | Excerpts | Afghan Warlord | Colossal Cave | Property-Rights Forum | Antigua Travel Guide Gear Guide: Wool | Gear Guide: Daypacks

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