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April 2004, Volume 6, Number 3

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Features

The American Icons
Jack London's Klondike Country, Ansel Adams's Sierra, John Ford's Monument Valley, Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico: When great artists take on the American landscape, the results are often classic. Here, 12 timeless trips in the footsteps of the greats. Read excerpt >>

BY JAMES VLAHOS

The Sons of Thor
Could ancient South Americans have crossed the Pacific to Polynesia? Thor Heyerdahl thought so, and his 1947 journey on the balsa raft Kon-Tiki proved it was possible. Modern-day "drift voyager" Phil Buck has been trying to further the Norwegian's theories—and this time he is determined to sail his 64-foot haystack all the way to Australia to do it.

BY CARL HOFFMAN

The Indie Traveler's Handbook
Ah, to travel the world on your own . . . few undertakings hold more allure—and more potential for misery. That's where DOUG LANSKY comes in. A seasoned globe-trotter delivers a fact-packed checklist—from finding a doctor on the go to avoiding scams—for doing the solo circuit right. Read excerpt >>

BY DOUG LANSKY

Into the Land of Bin Laden
Afghanistan's Pashtun tribal areas along the Pakistan border are the suspected hideout of the world's most wanted terrorist. This winter, Contributing Editor ROBERT YOUNG PELTON infiltrated the region—alongside the men charged with finding bin Laden.

Online Extra
Photo Gallery
Pelton takes us to the frontlines with his own photos from the shadowlands of Afghanistan. Get the inside story in our exclusive photo gallery >>

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Departments

JOURNAL

American Wilds
Utah's Zion National Park has one of the densest and most spectacular collections of slot canyons in the world. To explore them, you've got to learn the ropes—and the knots.

BY JEFF GREENWALD

World on the Cheap
Europe's Age of Discovery began here, and it's not over yet. From skiing to surfing, Old World Portugal is an outdoor-sports-lover's new frontier.

BY JOE ROBINSON

Global Health
Feeling numb on the trail? You're not alone. A new report finds that a condition associated with desk-bound office workers is also affecting endurance athletes. Plus, the mighty moose: friend or foe?

BY JIM THORNTON

Next Weekend
The perfect springtime mountain hideout: Idyllwild, California. Plus, 13 other short-on-time, big-on-thrills escapes, from Colorado's dunes (yes, dunes) to Kentucky's caves.

BY JIM GORMAN AND KATE CHENEY

Wild Roads
This here's Deliverance country—Appalachian hills split by the rapids of the Chattooga River, the stream of film legend. Soak it up on a road trip through northern Georgia. Read here >>

BY CLIFF RANSOM

Books
Luis Alberto Urrea's powerful account of desertion and death along Arizona's infamous Devil's Highway; the incredible story of a Pennsylvania farm boy who became an Afghan king; plus, Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries come to the big screen.

BY ANTHONY BRANDT

GEAR

Spring Lineup 2004
Trail. Beach. Mountain. World. No matter where your body meets nature, what you wear will have an impact on what you get out of your trip. Here, lightweight, versatile, stylish new gear—it's everything you want for everything you do.

BY MELISSA WAGENBERG

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