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June/July 2004, Volume 6, Number 5

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Features

Grail Trails
The Appalachian. The Pacific Crest. The Continental Divide. They're America's boots-on-the-ground epics, with enough mountain scenery to fill a summer (or just a long weekend). Read excerpt >>

By JIM GORMAN

One Day at a Time on the Five-Million-Step Program
A four-day walk on a rugged stretch of the Appalachian Trail is enough to drive a man sane. Read excerpt >>

By CHARLES GRAEBER

Three Mega-Maps: The Epic Hikes
Mile-by-mile guides for the three national tracks—with trail lore, thru-hike strategies, and insider tips.

BY JIM GORMAN

Off the Face of the Earth
In the spring of 1943, a group of Jewish families fled the horrors of the Third Reich by disappearing into Priest's Grotto, a mammoth underground labyrinth in the wheat fields of western Ukraine. For half a century, their story was largely unknown—until an American caver discovered the remnants of their refuge and uncovered their incredible tale of sacrifice and survival. Read excerpt >>

BY PETER LANE TAYLOR

Southbound on the Mekong
In the tiny landlocked nation of Laos, you're not apt to find reliable roads, bridges, or news reports. But what you will find is pristine mountain jungle, ancient Khmer ruins, sacred Buddhist caves—and Southeast Asia's superhighway: the mighty Mekong River. Lucky for you, hitchhikers are welcome. Read excerpt >>

BY JAMIE JAMES
Photo Gallery
Check out outtakes from photographer Ben Lowy's remarkable journey through Laos down the Mekong River. Enter gallery >>

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Departments

JOURNAL

American Wilds
Dinosaur National Monument's Yampa River is a saved-from-extinction rafting gem.

BY TINA LASSEN

Next Weekend
Come spring, Durango, Colorado, is the place to find altitude without attitude. Plus, 12 more reasons to get out of town in June and July.

BY JIM GORMAN AND ABRAHM LUSTGARDEN

Wild Roads
Seeing green in multisport Vermont. Read story >>

BY CLIFF RANSOM

World on Your Own
A new twist on ancient Peru

BY MICHAEL BENOIST

The Big Trip
Pack a tent, rent a car, and tackle gargantuan Alaska wilds—all on a lower 48 schedule.

BY MARK KIRBY

Tip Sheet
How to communicate in a foreign land when you can't speak a word.

BY ROBERT YOUNG PELTON

Global Health
As outdoor sports evolve, so do outdoor injuries. Here's how to prevent the pain.

BY McKENZIE FUNK

The Essentials
Everything you need to know to start singletrack mountain biking.

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

GEAR

Timepieces With Splash
Next-generation sport watches are sleek, stylish, and waterproof.

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

Wish List
The year's best beach gear

BY MELISSA WAGENBERG

Leading Edge
Haven't used a camcorder since 1983? It's time to check out the new age of video.

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

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COLUMNS

Books
When paradise attacks; a new biography of William Clark; plus, the Olympics, naked.

BY ANTHONY BRANDT

The Adventures of Tim Cahill
The world's largest fossilized forest is in his backyard. Now if only he could find it.

 
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