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October 2002, Volume 4, Number 7

•  Features
•  Departments
  •  Trips
•  Journal
•  Columns
•  Gear
Also in the October 2002 issue


The Great Adventure Circuits
They result from the collective calculus of a thousand dog-eared guidebooks; millions of miles by bus and burro; countless travelers' tales. Here are 33 of the world's best do-it-yourself adventure routes—in Asia, Australia, South America, and beyond—for life-changing journeys from two weeks to a year.
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Adventure Online Extra
Dos and Don'ts of DIY Travel
What are your best tips for independent world travel?

They Shoot Poachers, Don't They?
The great herds had all but vanished. The government of the Central African Republic was powerless to stop the slaughter. Enter a group of Wyoming conservationists, led by Dr. Bruce Hayse, and their mercenary antipoaching militia. Their domain is an anarchic area four times the size of the Serengeti. Their authority: to shoot poachers on sight. BY TOM CLYNES
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Adventure Online Extra
Forum: Is hiring a private army to kill the people who kill the animals a viable solution?

200 Miles to Moab
Like backpackers on wheels, they rode from the Rockies of Colorado to the red rock of Utah, sleeping in the comfy shelters of the San Juan Hut System. No worries about logistics or lodging on America's top mountain bike touring route—all you need are two wheels and a week. BY GRETCHEN REYNOLDS


Adventure Online Extra
Photos From the Trek
See why the San Juan trail may just be the reason mountain bikes were invented.

Washburn's Great Escape
Before Bradford Washburn and Robert Bates became two of America's most famous mountaineers, they were young friends who flew into the Yukon wilderness to attempt a first ascent—and faced a life-or-death march to get back out. BY DAVID ROBERTS
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American Wilds
Monster trees, cobalt lakes, gushing rivers, the fat-tire autobahn—all of this, and it was just a fraction of what the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer in the fall. BY DAVID HOWARD
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Fast Breaks
Cooler. Drier. More colorful. Less crowded. At autumn's best climbing spots—from Arizona to New York—it all comes together in October.

Where Next
Like Spider-Man versus Dr. Octopus, triceratops versus T. rex, it was deet against all comers in an insect-repellent showdown. Plus: Texas paddling, European skiing, and more.



Need to Know
It was the first major international adventure race in the U.S. since 1995. The $250,000 purse was the richest in the sport's history. So why was everyone so irked about Primal Quest? BY ROB STORY

Then & There
How do you raise a 150-ton gun tower from the bottom of the sea? Very, very carefully. The incredible salvage of the U.S.S. Monitor.

Potentially Huge
What's slacklining? Think wilderness tightrope walking, 2,900 feet (880 meters) above the ground. Think flips and 360s. Think: crazy.



Timothy Leary meets Paul Theroux in Breaking Open the Head, by Daniel Pinchbeck; the heroism and folly of North Pole expeditioning in Ninety Degrees North, by Fergus Fleming. Plus, the American West in reality, legend, and art. BY ANTHONY BRANDT



Give 'em the boot: Heavy-duty hiking footwear is back in vogue—now with sneakerlike comfort and light weight.

These svelte, sturdy, affordable, palm-size gadgets can tell you which way to go, wherever you are. They're called . . . compasses.

See what you've been missing with these new image-stabilizing, photo-taking, high-power-zooming scopes and binoculars.

The Leading Edge
In the midst of a perfect turn, his skis tracking like lasers, he had a revelation: Personalized gear begets boosted performance. The new way to see, hike, and bike better. BY STEVE CASIMIRO


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Travel Directory
Tribute: Galen Rowell


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