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September 2002, Volume 4, Number 7

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The Slipping Point
Nine climbers trapped in an icy crevasse on Mount Hood. A huge rescue effort and a shocking helicopter crash. It was one of the most visible mountaineering disasters in United States history, and now, in the definitive investigative account, the survivors and rescuers tell what really went wrong—and right—on the morning of May 30. BY LAURENCE GONZALES
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Interview With a Mount Hood Hero
Rescue commander Steve Rollins offers an inside look at saving lives at altitude.

The First Best Place
Americans first learned to love wilderness in the Adirondacks of New York, and in a park divided between public, private, and commercial interests, we're still trying to figure out what "wilderness" means. Good thing there's plenty of room for doing so: six million acres of rocky peaks, old-growth forests, and tannin-stained streams. BY GEOFFREY NORMAN

The Rise of Fall
Summer, step aside. For canyon biking, high-desert hiking, inland-sea kayaking, and aspen cruising, the action is best after August. Check it out at some of America's top fall destinations: Red Canyon, Utah; Mono Lake, California; Seneca Rocks, West Virginia; and Crested Butte, Colorado. BY ROBERT EARLE HOWELLS


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More of Our Fall Favorites
Only online: guides to three additional destinations that make it easy to say good-bye to summer.

Being the Boatman
He had traveled through India before, but this time he wanted to go deeper. So he settled on a journey that was simple and impossible, stupid and enlightened. A 160-mile [260-kilometer] odyssey by wooden skiff up a river of corpses and coliform bacteria, a river of heaven and beauty—the Ganges. BY CHARLES GRAEBER


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Photos, Interview From This Assignment
Writer Charles Graeber takes you behind the scenes of his article on the epic Ganges.

Lost in the Arctic
Our island is two miles [3.2 kilometers] long and half a mile [0.8 kilometer] wide. Apparently, no one knows it exists. It looks like we'll be here until my two Inuit friends can fix our broken outboard. Can they do it? "Immaqa," one says. "Perhaps." And he laughs. BY LAWRENCE MILLMAN
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American Wilds
Skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding—minus the snow, that is—at America's next national park, the weirdly beautiful Great Sand Dunes of Colorado. BY GREG MELVILLE

Fast Breaks
In fall, the waves are up, the crowds are down, and you—with help from one of these clinics, from Baja to the Outer Banks—are out surfing.

World on the Cheap
Bali highs on the Indonesian isle of Nusa Lembongan: world-class surfing and snorkeling, palm-lined beaches, and $7-a-night bungalows.

Where Next
With newly developed parks, is Nicaragua the next Costa Rica? Plus, a travelers' 911 service, Turkey for less than a grand, and more.



Need to Know
Digging up Anasazi artifacts for souvenirs is disrespectful, shameful, a tragedy—and, on private lands, completely legal. A case study of the controversy. BY DAVID ROBERTS


Adventure Online Extra
Forum: The Ruins Racket
Should landowners profit from artifacts discovered on their property? You tell us.

Then & There
No mere 5K charity stroll, this: To draw attention to the polluted Columbia River, activist Christopher Swain is swimming its entire length—1,243 miles [2,000 kilometers] from British Columbia to Washington.


Adventure Online Extra
Q&A With Swimmer-Activist Christopher Swain
Activism's Aquaman may not communicate with fish, but he's going to heroic lengths to help them out—swimming the length of the once mighty Columbia River to call attention to its sorry state.

Doing It
No. No. No. No. No. Yes! Chicago investment tycoon Steve Fossett has succeeded at last: He's the first person to fly around the world alone in a hot-air balloon.

Potentially Huge
The attitude of skateboarding. The thrills of big-air skiing. This new sport isn't just climbing—it's dyno climbing.



Walking a tightrope between the twin towers in Philippe Petit's To Reach the Clouds, chasing Captain Cook in Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes, seeking Mallory in Jochen Hemmleb and Eric Simonson's Detectives on Everest, and more. BY ANTHONY BRANDT



Does the shell game—soft, hard, Driclime, Drytech—have you confused? Then check out our complete guide to outerwear: wind-, water-, and chill-stoppers that really work.

Base Layers
Sleek, snazzy, stench-fighting, high-tech underwear? You bet. Celebrating the arrival of the golden age of long johns.

The Leading Edge
Why forgo the ease of a multigear mountain bike for a single-speed? Because it's fun, that's why. BY STEVE CASIMIRO


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From the Editor
The Society Page
Adventure on the Web
Travel Directory
Extreme Destination: Lake Manasarovar, Tibet


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