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In the Magazine This Month
August 2002, Volume 4, Number 6

•  Features
•  Departments
  •  Trips
•  Journal
•  Columns
•  Gear


My Fire
On call seven days a week with ten minutes' notice, elite teams of helitack firefighters are usually first to reach a new wilderness blaze. Their mission: Fly to the smoke and contain the wildfire before it leaps into the evening news. Crew boss PETER M. LESCHAK gives a firsthand account of a typically intense and dangerous day on the job.


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AUDIO: Fighting in the Fireground
Writer-firefighter Peter M. Leschak reads excerpts from Ghosts of the Fireground, his new book recounting a legendary wildfire and his own backcountry battles.

The Outlaw's Guide to Iceland
In Europe's last great wilderness, adventurers share a legend-filled landscape of mountains, geysers, and hot springs with giants, elves, and trolls. So it seems reasonable that your best escort to hiking, kayaking, biking, and caving is a hell-raising national hero who's been dead for a thousand years. BY TOM CLYNES
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Wild Rides
Take off this summer on four great road trips that not only steer you through spectacular landscapes but also guide you to a wealth of outdoor fun along the way—hiking and biking trails, backcountry campgrounds, secret swimming holes, lost canyons, and unspoiled islands. Bonus map: a mile-by-mile guide to adventure roads. BY DAVID NOLAND
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  • Utah: Ed Abbey's Canyon Country
  • Idaho/Montana: Mountain Drives
  • Maine: Land-Sailing Down East
  • North Carolina/Tennessee: Chasing the Appalachian Grail

Lost Souls of the Peyote Trail
Anthropologists come looking for an intact culture. City kids come looking for a high. New Age seekers come looking for easy enlightenment. But the peyote-fired spiritual world of the Huichol Indians remains as fiercely guarded as their forbidding mountain homeland deep in Mexico's Sierra Madre. BY KIRA SALAK
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PHOTO GALLERY: High Times on the Peyote Trail
In highland Mexico, photographer Rachel Cobb captured visions of the Huichol, isolated Indians who do peyote religiously.





American Wilds
Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is Lake Superior perfected—sea stacks in gin-clear waters, mountain biking trails, and old-growth forest. Plus, a whole lot of solitude. BY TINA LASSEN

Fast Breaks
Five spots to trade in your sweaty boots for a paddle, and gently float in the wake of Powell, Lewis and Clark, or generations of fur traders.

World on the Cheap
The Zambezi just below Victoria Falls has been called the most thrilling one-day rafting trip on Earth. But the cascade of hippos, impalas, and zebras deserves to be Zambia's top draw.

Where Next
Malaria, cured. Plus: wild Mongolia, America's new island, and 24 cities for under $800.



Need to Know
Special Report: How did a sunny day on Mount Hood turn into the worst U.S. climbing disaster in years? Experts analyze what went wrong—and what we can learn from it. BY JAMES VLAHOS
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Then & There
The theater: Russia's frozen, mile-deep Lake Baikal. The show: ice fishing? Dogsledding? Nah, let's go on a 250-mile [400-kilometer] bike ride.

Doing It
Irishman Richard Donovan's recent 3:48 marathon time was nothing special—except that he ran it at the North Pole.


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Q&A: The Iceman Runneth
"We weren't running most of the time—we were shuffling fast," and other observations from Richard Donovan, polar marathoner.

Potentially Huge
Foil boarding. Because in Maui, big-wave surfing can never be too fast, too difficult—or too much like flying.



Tim Severin explores offshore Chile for In Search of Robinson Crusoe, and the rebirth of a manifesto—The Complete Walker IV, by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins. BY ANTHONY BRANDT

Everest 2002: Tenzing and Hillary scions on top, a half century later. Along with the oldest climber, the first Hungarian, and a 12th ascent by Sherpa guide Apa. BY GREGORY CROUCH



These trail runners are the stickiest, spikiest, most breathable, and rugged ones we could find. And at least one is perfect for you.

Cynics, step aside. GPS, once derided as overhyped and even dorky, is now affordable, easy to use … and darned handy.
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The Leading Edge
Ultralight tents are trendy and innovative. Which is great—as long as they don't leave you out in the cold. BY STEVE CASIMIRO
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