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July 2002, Volume 4, Number 5

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The Joy of Fear
You can dissect it. Confront it. Maybe even conquer it. But learning to embrace fear—that’s the performance-enhancing secret of adventure psychology. JIM THORNTON reports on the brave new science of scared, the uses and abuses of adrenaline, and the love of life on the edge.
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Q&A: Surfing Into Jaws
Riding high on adrenaline and fear, Dave Kalama tamed Maui’s monster wave with motors, ropes, and a little help from his friends.


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Forum: Fear Factor
What’s given you an adrenaline overdose, and how did you cope?

The Monster Tour
The idea was grand: to pedal the spine of the Rockies from America to Canada, five national parks in 600 glorious miles [966 kilometers]. The idea was poetic: two friends, a sweeping landscape, a journey of both body and soul. The idea, in short, was perfect—so why worry about little details like training? By CHARLES GRAEBER


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Photo Gallery: Jasper to Glacier by Bike
In eight days of pedaling and pedal-to-the-metaling, our photographer shot a monster tour of the Rockies.

Summer Escape Plan
Hit the road running with this guide to 32 of America’s best spur-of-the-moment adventures: Sierra scrambling, southern white water, Colorado climbing, fat-tire B&Bs, and more. Plus: time-savers for travelers, payoffs for procrastinators, and the fine art of the instant escape. By ROBERT EARLE HOWELLS
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Race to the Bottom of the World
To map one of the world’s deepest caves—Huautla, in Mexico—they would need to rappel down 36-story shafts, swim frigid rivers, and squeeze through miles of treacherous passages. The challenge was enormous, and the smallest mistake—a dropped headlamp, a misplaced step, a lost line—could be fatal. By WILLIAM STONE and BARBARA ANNE AM ENDE





Them: 200,000-ton floating, frozen mountains. You: one tiny kayaker. Welcome to Newfoundland’s thrilling Iceberg Alley. By BYRON RICKS
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Fast Breaks
Before Columbus had even discovered his own toes, America’s grandest trees were growing. Herewith, our guide to walking among the ancients, from Oregon to Maine.

World on the Cheap
Alps for you: Among the jagged limestone peaks and undammed rivers of Slovenia, you can raft, bike, and trek—far from the crowds.

Where Next
Alaska’s wildest park, Cuba travel sanctioned by Uncle Sam, and the future of high-altitude, um, evacuation.



Need to Know
Drink up, says researcher Robert Rockwell—reports of giardia in the wild have been greatly exaggerated. By KALEE THOMPSON

Then & There
For some would-be astronauts, Mars is closer than ever: Wayne County, Utah, to be precise. Exploring the stand-in red planet at the Mars Society Desert Research Station.


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Q&A With Robert Zubrin, Mars Pathfinder
“NASA could have people on Mars in ten years,” says the head of the Mars Society in this interview from 2000.

Remembering Thor Heyerdahl, that famous journey aboard a raft called Kon-Tiki, and a lifetime of anthropology on the edge.


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Audio Webcast: Thor Heyerdahl
In a 1997 Webcast from National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., Heyerdahl looks back on his epic voyages.

Potentially Huge
Just when you thought there weren’t enough ways to leap off a cliff, here comes the facedown thrill sport of rap jumping.



A portrait of the 21st century’s Daniel Boone—Eustace Conway—in Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man; Scotland’s beautiful and haunted Shiant Islands in Adam Nicolson’s Sea Room; and more. By ANTHONY BRANDT

The Life
It was an extraordinary sight: a white cliff soaring skyward from the remotest jungles of Mexico. So why hadn’t any outsider ever seen it? By GARY MOORE
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From café to crag, timepieces that marry cutting-edge features—altimeters, GPS readers, training-time recorders—with common sense.
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You can’t walk on water with these aqua shoes. But for everything else—hiking, kayaking, kicking back—you’re covered.

What They Carry
Professional underwater photographer Tim Calver on the art and technology of capturing the life of the sea.
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