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In the Magazine This Month
February 2004, Volume 6, Number 1

• Features
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Features

The Cruelest Journey
On a fog-shrouded night in 1815, the Commerce ran aground on the coast of northwestern Africa. Captain James Riley and four of his crew spent the next two months on an 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) forced march through the Sahara. Their story is one of the greatest survival epics ever told. Read excerpt >>

BY DEAN KING
Online Extra
Q&A: Enslaved in the Sahara
Dean King talks about the remarkable story of Captain James Riley and the crew of the Commerce in our online Q&A >>

Quest for the Green Giant
He's tall (242 feet), old (about 2,000 years), and doesn't see many visitors. And it's about time someone took his portrait. To get the first ever top-to-bottom photographic profile of a giant sequoia, JAMES BALOG needed 451 individual frames, good rain gear—and plenty of rope. Read excerpt >>

Online Extra
The Sequoia Photo Project
View the results of James Balog's adventures in Stagg and learn more about what it took to capture one of America's largest—and most frequently overlooked—treasures in our online exclusive >>

Sun Zones 2004
Leave the tiki bars behind. We've found 16 fresh, eco-friendly multisport playgrounds—all just a few hours away. White-water raft through Panama. Beach camp on Hawaii's Big Island. Sea kayak Baja. Hike the Virgin Islands (really!). Or just bag bragging rights. Welcome to the wild tropics.

   • Hawaii's Multisport Big Island
   • Panama's Wild West Rivers
   • Baja's Secret Bay
   • U.S. Virgin Islands Eco-Camp

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Departments

JOURNAL

Frontiers
Like your slopes cheap and deep? Get ready to lose yourself in the Powder Triangle: British Columbia's laid-back Fernie, Whitewater, and Red Mountain resorts, where the trails are only the beginning. Read excerpt >>

BY STEVE CASIMIRO
PHOTO GALLERY
Powder Rangers
Join Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro on his hunt for the best snow this side of Siberia. Discover big slopes, unbroken powder, and the best of backwater British Columbia. Enter gallery >>

World on the Cheap
Fiji's 300 or so palm-strewn isles are a crowd-free paradise for windsurfing, snorkeling, volcano trekking—or none of the above. No wonder Hawaiians come here to chill out.

BY JOE ROBINSON

Global Health
Why bends-wary scuba divers are better off hitting the bar than the treadmill. Plus, the skinny on how fat fights cold.

BY JIM THORNTON

Wild Roads
On a spin through southern Arizona, the caving and climbing are world-class—and great Mexican food is just south of the border.

BY CLIFF RANSOM

Tip Sheet
In the developing world, eating well is for more important that trying to eat authentically.

BY ROBERT YOUNG PELTON

Books
Two new travelogues explore wild corners of strangest South America.

BY ANTHONY BRANDT

Next Weekend
Lace up your boots: You're Birkebeiner bound! Plus, hot springs, toboggan runs, wolf watching, and 13 more reasons to get out of town this month.

BY JIM GORMAN AND CLIFF RANSOM

The Essentials
Hut-to-hut ski touring is easier than you think. Here, the tools, skills, and smarts to glide into the snowy backcountry.

BY BEVIN WALLACE

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COLUMNS

The Adventures of Tim Cahill
Yellowstone's a hot spot all right . . . a giant, magma-filled hot spot that's just about due to explode. TIM CAHILL has seen the future of the great park, and it doesn't look pretty.

The Life
Ascension island may be nothing but a tiny speck in the middle of the Atlantic. But when the stars align for one night, it's also a place to be the luckiest guy on earth. Read excerpt >>

BY SIMON WINCHESTER

GEAR

The Leading Edge
Will the new "integrated" ski-and-binding systems really change your life? That depends on what you're looking for.

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

Lights
From headlamps to bike beams, we've found the best new tools to light up your (camping, riding, hiking) night.

BY MELISSA WAGENBERG

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Also in the February 2004 Issue

From the Editor
Contributors
Letters
Adventure on the Web
Travel Directory
Wild Angle: Børge Ousland

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