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Shoot to Thrill Hollywood star Scott Eastwood would much rather be diving for lobster, spearfishing tuna, flying a helicopter, and surfing gnarly waves. Or, as he calls it, Monday. By Josh Eells



The United States of Adventure The nation’s best excursions and some little-known ones, from sea to shining sea.



The Ballad of John Prine How a modest mailman from Maywood, Illinois, became America’s greatest living songwriter. By Rick Bass

ON THE COVER: Scott Eastwood photographed for Men’s Journal by Jeff Lipsky on January 26, 2018, in Malibu, California. Styling by Jeanne Yang for the Wall Group. Grooming by Natalia Bruschi. Set by Mark Helf for Rex. Production by Gail Salmo. Eastwood wears a T-shirt by Onia, pants by Paige.


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Make mouthwatering Sichuan fare at home.


On the hunt for Rwanda’s gorillas.

How to refresh your run.


22 Off Duty Breakfast guru Jonathan Brooks’ essential kitchen tools and the secret to his unbeatable omelet.

44 Seal of Approval Judd Apatow’s favorite things; plus, nonfiction page-turners that revisit largely forgotten pasts.

47 Grooming Editor-approved products, gadgets, and shops to help put your best face forward.

36 Q&A Ricky Gervais is back, and if you think he’s been crude before, just wait.


61 Climbing Guide 38 Dispatch After the closing of the last selvedgedenim mill in the U.S., here’s why you may have to give up on “Made in America.”

From stronger ropes to durable carabiners, here are the must-have items you need to get started on the mountain.

66 Backpack Coolers 42 We’re With Her Keri Russell on The Americans and survival skills with Bear Grylls.


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With more soft-sided coolers on the market than ever, you can travel—and transport that six-pack—easily. MEN’S JOURNAL

68 Pasta Makers Make healthier, fresher-tasting noodles like a seasoned pro with these chef-tested machines.

70 Kid Carriers With innovative strollers and haulers, you can combine childcare and working out.


99 Health and Fitness The ultimate weighted-vest workout, Glenn Howerton’s go-to squat, the unexpected health benefits of kimchi, and more.


112 Laurence Fishburne The actor on Black-ish, skipping school, and how he stays humble.



Letter From the Editor

daughter fly. Before she was truly airborne, she rocked back and forth, balanced on a foothold no wider than a banana, hands pressed into the wall, trying to stick to it like only a spider can. Then, harnessing her momentum, she sprang six or seven feet laterally and grabbed a protruding hold by the tips of her fingers and pulled herself up. My heart leapt. She’d attempted this same move four times, and each previous time she’d hit the mat—hard. But she persevered, and she nailed it. She’s a climber, on a team at a local gym, and she’s pretty darn good. That acrobatic move took place at the recent USA Climbing: Bouldering Youth New England Divisional Championship, where she proved to be one of the top climbers in seven states. When I’m looking for inspiration, or what it’s like to go outside your comfort zone, I look no further than my 12-year-old. I’m proud, but I’m also jealous: Taking risks and f lying high, it’s the type of adventure that’s good for the soul, the kind of thing most of us don’t do enough of. And the very thing we’ve dedicated our April issue to. It wasn’t hard to do: Adventure is where WATCHED MY



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Men’s Journal lives. It’s where we feel most comfortable, and it’s the lens through which we look at the world. That doesn’t mean every story is a death-defying escapade of peril (although we love those—see page 10). But we do like to think about how to push ourselves, and our readers, away from the ordinary. That can mean a wide range of things: learning to cook a new cuisine like fiery Sichuan (page 18), taking a normal workout to new and painful heights by adding a weighted vest (page 102), or just heading out for a trail run with your toddler in tow (page 70). For the centerpiece of this issue, we did something a bit risky ourselves— attempted to find an archetypal adventure in each of the 50 states. Of course, we defined adventure broadly (as we always do), including everything from a 310-mile backpacking trip in Minnesota to a f loat in a stock tank on a lazy river in Nebraska with a beer in hand. We assume you have your own favorites, and we invite you to share with us what we missed and even rib us (gently please!) for our picks. At the very least I hope there’s something in our “United States of Adventure” feature for everyone—unless you happen to be Scott Eastwood. For our April cover star, 50 might not be enough. If ever there was a person who embodies the adventurous spirit, it’s Eastwood. Our writer got a chance to go spearfishing with him off the coast of San Diego. Then they jumped into a helicopter with Eastwood at the controls. And that was a particularly mellow morning for the Pacific Rim Uprising star, who’s also into surfing, bowhunting, backpacking, and cliff diving—to name a few of his many pastimes. But don’t let an actor with really good genes intimidate you. Pick an activity, go all out, and have fun. My kid taught me that.

GREG EMMANUEL Chief Content Officer


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I loved reading about the best undiscovered beaches in “The Last Wild Shores.” I’ve been to Isla Holbox and Baia Do Sancho. They’re full of natural beauty and friendly people, but beware of shark-infested waters. —STEVE DONOGHUE, BOSTON





As a veteran, I was impressed by the heroic instincts that surfaced in Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos during the terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train [“The Ride of Their Lives,” by J.R. Sullivan, February 2018]. It was an incredible choice to have them play themselves in Clint Eastwood’s new film, The 15:17 to Paris. I can’t wait to see the movie. ART GOMEZ CHARLESTON, SC



LEARNING CURVE About the 2018 Winter Olympics Preview and your comments on curling [February 2018]: It’s one of the fastestgrowing sports and one



that everyone can play, and yet you call it boring—maybe you should actually try curling before judging it. MOE LEWIS-WOLF BARRE , MA

BREAK THE ICE As the founder of a cryotherapy sauna, I read “The Big Chill” [by Kristen Dold, February 2018] with great interest. I think many can benefit from cryotherapy, from marathoners to post-surgery patients. It can provide a ton of therapeutic benefits.

REAL DEAL I quite enjoyed your cover story on Gerard Butler [“Full Throttle” by Josh Eells, February 2018]. Scary to hear of his surf accident while working on the movie Chasing Mavericks. The film is based on the real life of a legend, Jay Moriarity, who died tragically while diving. It’s important that people know: Without him, there wouldn’t be a story to tell. PHILLIP MCLEAN NOVA SCOTIA

I can’t think of a single good reason why extreme cold would be a good choice. I’m a certified exercise physiologist and can tell you that the actual risks far outweigh the theoretical benefits. The cost of a bag of ice from the gas station is more convenient than treatment in a cryotherapy pod, with less chance of longlasting damage.

HEART OF THE MATTER As someone who trains triathletes, I found your Health News item on triathlons and their effect on the heart fascinating [by Julia Savacool, February 2018]. From my experience, I rarely advocate for people to participate in more than two long-distance races in a season, and I recommend a medically supervised screening if you’re at risk. Just practice good judgment.






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Walk the Line UST OFF THE RUGGED COASTLINE of Praia do Norte, in

Nazaré, Portugal, lies the iconic Pedra do Guilhim, a roughly 50-foot rock where colossal waves break at heights that envelop the crag. Standing on a nearby cliff and facing the ocean’s powerful surge, Australian photographer Aidan Williams captured slackliner Andrey Karr above the rocky waters using a Fujifilm XT2, just as a wave crashed behind him. Karr successfully traversed the nearly 85-foot line, though Williams says it was tough going. “It’s hard enough just staying on a line, but here the waves can knock you off,” he says. “Even taking the photograph was difficult.” The quiet seaside town has become an adventurers’ retreat, where slackliners and surfers alike come to experience the raw natural forces: a place where record-breaking waves of over 100 feet have been known to pound the coast. “You’re constantly confronted by different elements, like the water or the wind,” Williams says. “I’d seen massive waves before, but seeing this right in front of you is something you can’t believe.” Williams has developed something of an obsession with slacklining, traveling the world to photograph adventurers crossing deep canyons in Utah and mountain ranges in Switzerland during turbulent snowstorms. “The belief is that your life is literally on the line,” he says. “And I fell in love with it.” —JOSH OCAMPO



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Andrey Karr slacklining from Pedra do Guilhim toward the cliff of Praia do Norte

photograph by AIDAN WILLIAMS


Up in the Mist Rwanda’s mountain gorillas were nearly extinct. Now the population is on the rebound—and helping to heal a fractured nation in the process. by TODD PITOCK



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mountain gorillas in those countries, too, but Rwanda both has the largest population and has done the bulk of the scientific research; it is, after all, where the legendary primatologist Dian Fossey came to do her work. Rwanda also boasts a burgeoning infrastructure geared toward “gorilla tourism,” with wellappointed bush lodges scattered around Volcanoes National Park and a range of knowledgeable, reliable guides and outfitters. You’ll need one of those, because getting into this jungle to see the gorillas requires a permit, and they can be sold out a year in advance: The Rwandan government strictly limits the number of visitors to keep the wilderness pristine and manageable, and for the gorillas’ well-being. Some groups of gorillas are designated for research and others for MEN’S JOURNAL

A mother mountain gorilla and her child in Volcanoes National Park (above left). Sabyinyo Mountain, one of the park’s five volcanoes (above right).


E A R E M A R C H I N G single f ile on a mountain path, winding our way through a bamboo forest, tall spindles shooting to the sky. Sunlight splashes through the canopy, hitting the pale green of the bamboo sheaths and turning the light a refulgent green. It’s magical, and strenuous. About 2,000 feet up, the vegetation turns into a jungle of hairy plants with needles and nettles. My ankles and calves itch terribly, but I concentrate on the mission at hand: getting face-to-face with a mountain gorilla. The jungle is in Volcanoes National Park, on the Rwandan side of the Virunga Massif, which Rwanda shares with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can see

tourism, which funds the research; the “tourist gorillas” are permitted no more than eight human visitors a day. You don’t know how long it will take to encounter the animals: It could require two hours of hiking; it could take eight. From the moment the guide spots the animals, the humans have 60 minutes to spend with them. Then it’s time to go, lest the humans have an impact on these wild beasts. I’d yearned to trek among the gorillas since I first read Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist. The primatologist established the Karisoke Research Center in 1967 and worked to stop poachers, who had reduced the gorilla population—whose hands and heads they’d sell as souvenirs—to a remnant of 250. Fossey lobbied for support and protection and became a thorn in the poachers’ side, then drew international attention with her best-selling autobiography in 1983. Two years later, she was murdered. The Rwandan genocide occurred less than a decade after that. In April 1994, as the world was celebrating the death of apartheid


Volcanoes National Park Kigali RWANDA


RWANDA: A USER’S GUIDE WHEN TO GO The driest months in the rain forest are December to February and June to September. Book at least six months ahead, and bear in mind that permits can sell out a year in advance.

GETTING THERE Fly direct to Kigali from Amsterdam on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines or Brussels Airlines; there are daily regional connections from Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg.

COST Trekking packages, which typically include a private guide and transport, accommodations, and meals, start at about $1,000 per person/day—plus $1,500 for a gorilla trekking permit.



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Stalking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park (left).

suckling, mothers gathering, the alpha silverback at leisure. The alpha claims all females for himself, but evidently the laws of the jungle differ from its customs. Our guide, Emmanuel Harerimana, offers a kind of abridged Kinsey Guide to Gorilla Sex: If the other males can’t displace the alpha, they leave to start their own groups, or they agree to stay on as bachelors. This has benefits. The alpha is primarily after his own pleasure; he can be quick and quickly disinterested. “So if the females want to have fun,” Harerimana explains, “they go to a younger one, and they go behind a bush.” If a female gets pregnant, she’ll be sure to nuzzle and cozy up to the alpha, who might kill the baby is he suspects it isn’t his. Harerimana, who is 31, communicates with the gorillas in tonal grunts he has learned in his eight years as a guide. His first contact with gorillas was when he was very young. His mother was working in a f ield and left him with his infant sister. Suddenly a big male bounded toward him. He ran for his mother, and by the time they returned, the gorilla was holding his sister in his hands. His mother fell to her knees pleading. The gorilla laid the baby down and walked away, disappearing into the jungle. We settle in for our allotted time, taking photos and sharing the gorillas’ space. They are used to it and incurious, much the way that locals shrug at a new set of tourists. They have amazingly expressive faces, but who can guess what they are thinking? Are they pondering whether the bamboo downhill tastes better than that of other terroir? Or wondering if the alpha has his suspicions, and maybe they should stop before things get really ugly? Harerimana taps his watch. “OK guys, it’s time to go,” he says. But for a minute, or maybe two, no one really responds, forcing our guide to repeat himself. It’s as if we’re all waiting for someone else to make the f irst move, and no wonder: Those 60 minutes have added up to a precious moment that no one is eager to let go. Q


For luxury, head to Bisate Lodge. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge offers comfortable cottages with great views of volcanic peaks. For even better views, try the Virunga Lodge. Both are located in Volcanoes National Park and offer gorilla treks.

in South Africa, extremist Rwandan Hutus went on a killing spree that would make the country’s name synonymous with mass murder. In just 100 days, they slaughtered 800,000 fellow citizens. Two million people became refugees. Gruesome permanent injuries, physical and psychological, were too numerous to count. This is all told, profoundly and painfully, at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which is a must-see for anyone visiting Rwanda. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Rwandans are striving for national unity; it is commonly said there are no Hutus or Tutsis now, only Rwandans. That is still probably more an aspiration than a reality; such suffering is not so easily put aside. But you can see a nascent infrastructure of tourism and business. Kigali, where 1.2 million of the country’s 12 million citizens live, is now a destination, one of the continent’s emerging commercial centers. A lot of this development, as it happens, is thanks to the gorillas, which Rwanda protects assiduously and treats as a national treasure. In 2017, the country doubled the cost of a trekking permit, which funds gorilla conservation, to $1,500—Uganda charges $600; the DRC, $400. As a result of such efforts, the gorilla population has risen to 880 and is growing. Now, in the forest, I am anxious to see them for myself. The hikers in front of me suddenly hush and freeze in place. The anxiety I had that we wouldn’t find the gorillas is replaced by anxiety that we have. We’ve been briefed on the proper pose of subservience should a gorilla go, well, apeshit (a submissive bow, so the gorilla knows you know who’s the boss). We’ve also been instructed to stay 22 feet away, to keep the gorillas safe from catching any bug or illness we might have brought, but it’s hard to judge distances on a slope, and the gorillas, 17 in this group, are spread out. Suddenly two of them pop up behind me to the right, a mother and a baby, and behind me from the left two blackbacks, adolescent males. I am surrounded, which is at once disconcerting and thrilling. Thirty feet below, the core of the group nests in a patch of jungle, babies

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Feel the Heat Few foods can match the flavor and drama of Sichuan cuisine. Make it at home and you just might say goodbye to takeout forever. by ANDREW LEONARD

mapo tofu, twice-cooked pork… chances are you’ve been gobbling t hese Sichuan classics from takeout containers for years. Perhaps you’ve even grown addicted to the unique tingling heat of Sichuan pepper. But cooking the stuff in your own kitchen? Likely not. Not that we blame you. The exotic complexity that makes Sichuan food so irresistible is intimidating. And many of the key ingredients are borderline unrecognizable—sweet wheat paste, anyone? Pickled mustard greens? But mastering the wonders of mala—a description of Sichuan fare that translates literally to “numbingly hot”—is easier than it looks. Ingredients that used to be difficult—or impossible—to find are now easily available online. And once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that what you make yourself is far superior to the stuff you get from Szechuan Delight. China’s Sichuan province lies in the country’s remote southwest, bordering the foothills U N G PAO C H I C K E N ,



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of Tibet, cut off from its neighbors by fierce rivers and forbidding mountain ranges. Its cuisine is a product of its isolation, its fecundity (nearly everything grows in the region’s temperate, well-watered climate), and regular injections of outsiders fleeing chaos elsewhere in the empire. The star of the cuisine is the mighty Sichuan pepper—which has been employed in regional cooking for thousands of years because of its unique ability to induce the numbing sensation that makes eating Sichuan such a roller-coaster ride. Indeed, there’s a paradox to cooking with Sichuan pepper: Its anesthetic effect balances out the burn of the chili pepper, which encourages cooks to add even more hot chilies. That dance of heat and relief results in something few cuisines can offer: total sensory overload. But cooking Sichuan is about more than just putting food on the table. The color, the spice, the sizzle of hot oil, the clang and rattle of stir-frying—it’s all about the drama. Your friends won’t just clamor for the food; they’ll stand captivated in your kitchen while it all happens, enraptured by the spectacle. MEN’S JOURNAL

photographs by MARCUS NILSSON


Serves 4 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine 1 tbsp Chinese light soy sauce 1 lb boneless, skinless dark meat chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes 3 cups, plus 1⅟2 tbsp, whole dried red Sichuan chilies 4 tbsp cornstarch 1 tbsp cayenne powder 1 heaping tsp kosher salt 1½ cups peanut or canola oil 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh ginger 2 tbsp red pepper flakes 1 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp red Sichuan peppercorns 4 scallions, roughly chopped, greens and whites separated 1 tsp sugar

1. Marinate the chicken. Mix Shaoxing wine and soy sauce, add chicken, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 2. Make the ground Sichuan pepper. Toast 1⅟2 tbsp of the whole chilies in a dry wok over medium heat, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Grind into powder with mortar and pestle or spice grinder. 3. Coat the chicken. Mix ground pepper, cornstarch, cayenne, and salt in a large sealable plastic bag. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Add chicken to bag, seal, and shake until pieces are lightly coated. 4. Cook the chicken. Place wok over high heat. Add oil and heat until wisps of smoke appear. Carefully add chicken, reduce heat to medium, and fry until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels. Return oil to a high heat and add back chicken in two batches, to avoid overcrowding. Finish frying at high heat, with oil at a fast bubble, until chicken is crispy and golden brown, 1–2 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. 5. Finish the dish. Pour oil into a bowl and return wok to medium heat. Add back 4 tbsp oil and heat briefly. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring vigorously, until softened, about 1 minute. Add red pepper flakes and sesame seeds, stirring until lightly toasted, another 1–2 minutes. Add remaining whole chilies, Sichuan peppercorns, and scallion whites. Stir until fragrant. Add sugar, chicken, and scallion greens and stir-fry until well-mixed, about 2 minutes. Serve.

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Serves 4 1 lb boneless pork belly, skin attached 2 tbsp peanut oil 1⅟2 tbsp broad-bean hot pepper paste 1⅟2 tsp sweet wheat paste 2 tsp fermented black beans 2 leeks, sliced diagonally

1. Prepare the pork belly. Bring pot of water to boil. Add pork belly, reduce heat, and simmer 20–25 minutes. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Thinly slice pork into rectangles roughly 1 inch by 2 inches, about half fat, half meat. 2. Fry the pork belly. Heat peanut oil in a wok over medium heat. Add pork and gently stir-fry 15-20 minutes. Slices are ready when they begin to curve inward at the tips and appear “toasty.” (Pour off some of the rendered pork fat if the slices become fully submerged.) 3. Finish the dish. Push pork to one side of wok. Add hot pepper paste, wheat paste, and fermented beans and mix together. Add leeks. Stir-fry until everything is coated in sauce and leeks are slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve.

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For the authentic zhen wei, or true taste, of Sichuan cuisine, you must obtain the holy trinity of Sichuan pepper (hua jiao), fava bean hot pepper paste (doubanjiang) made in the city of Pixian, and pickled mustard root (suimi yacai) from the Yangtze River town of Yibin. (See “The Sichuan Tool Kit,” opposite). Finding this stuff used to be nearly impossible, even in a good Chinatown. But now it’s easy, thanks to online emporiums like the Mala Market ( and Posharp Store ( For beginners, the Mala Market’s ingredient kits will painlessly cover all your needs—including the sweet wheat paste that is vital to the twice-cooked pork belly, above.

Preparing Sichuan food is both fast and slow. Most of your cooking time is spent prepping ingredients: mincing garlic and ginger, marinating chicken or slicing pork, and assembling the mise-en-scène so that everything is ready as soon as your oil starts to smoke. Then it’s all about speed and constant motion—45 seconds of stirring garlic and ginger; a minute or two to sear or deep-fry your protein; a splash of hot pepper paste, soy sauce, and salted, fermented soybeans. You’re ready to dig in. (Before you do, a quick note on that Chongqing chicken, piled terrifyingly high with bright red chilies: Don’t eat the peppers. While they add heat, flavor, and high drama, they are not meant to be consumed.)

OK. Your pantry is stocked, and you’ve mastered your pork belly and Chongqing chicken. Time to have some fun. That basic garlicginger-scallions-hot pepper paste template can be applied to just about anything—leftover steak, grilled vegetables, home fries. Take your fried rice to the next level by adding a large dollop of pickled mustard greens. The next time you grill shrimp, baste them with a marinade of minced garlic, ginger, scallions, and cilantro along with hot chili oil, Sichuan pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil, and mustard powder. Even easier: Slather a couple of tilapia fillets in hot pepper paste and sauté for five minutes a side. You’ll never look at that bland fish the same way again.



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SECRET WEAPON SORGHUM SYRUP I use a lot of sorghum, which is a syrup made from grain. It’s a great alternative to maple syrup. It’s a little bit nuttier, earthier, and thicker than maple, with a richer, darker, more caramelized flavor.

RECIPE EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW SEARED FISH FILLET Buy the freshest fish you can—I like ocean trout or branzino—with the skin on, and cook it skin-side down. Get the pan hot, and put some pressure on the fish so the skin won’t seize up. Then turn the heat down, and cook it nice and slow without moving it. The skin gets really crispy, and the flesh cooks very gently. At the end, throw ob of butter, and flip the fillet to ge kin.


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STACK OF PANCAKES For perfect pancakes, it’s important to use lots of butter, both melted in the batter—one tablespoon per pancake gives the batter a milkshakey consistency—and in the pan. And you have to have a thick, sturdy pan to cook them in. Cast iron is best. I hate traditional diner-style pancakes that almost are steamed. With cast iron and lots of butter, you really get a nice crispy crust.


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WORKOUT PLAN SWIMMING Swimming is an incredible workout that engages all of your body. Plus, it’s fun, and I like workouts that don’t feel like workouts. I think there’s something free and cool about being in the water. Being a chef puts all this stress on your body—it’s nice to feel light, feel tension taken off your legs and back and feet.

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A PERFECT OMELET You need a good nonstick pan and a rubber whisk that won’t scratch the pan. Put cold butter and unbeaten eggs in the pan at the same time. Beat them in the pan, and cook over very, very low heat, constantly whisking, like you were making scrambled eggs. Leave it loose, a little bit runny, and fold it into an omelet. Brush some butter over the outside of the omelet, so it’s shiny with butter, and finish with salt. If you put salt in the eggs before they’re cooked, it actually makes them watery.


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DEL MAGUEY MEZCAL Most people think that mezcal is too smoky, because the agave piñas are roasted underground or in a wood-fired oven. But my favorite, from Del Maguey, is smooth. I just sip it at room temperature.

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KITCHEN ESSENTIAL LARGE CUTTING BOARD One of my pet peeves when I’m cooking in other people’s houses is having a tiny, little, dinky cutting board. It’s just so aggravating when you’re cooking something and you can barely fit it on the cutting board. A nice, big, thick wooden board is essential; Boos is my brand. The key is not to scrub it too hard and then to make sure that it’s dried right after you clean it, so moisture doesn’t seep into the wood and warp it. 024

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NOVO FOGO SPARKLING CAIPIRINHA Novo Fogo’s organic cachaça has long been a cult favorite, and this canned caipirinha only adds to its sterling reputation. The full, grassy funk of cachaça punches right through the fine bubbles and tart, fresh lime flavor. $20 for a four-pack.

INTERBORO GIN & TONIC This New York City brewery-distillery, in East Williamsburg, is best known for its cult IPA cans. But this G&T, made with house Goodwin Hill gin, is sure to make some cocktail converts out of beer lovers. For now, it’s available only at the brewery. $24 for a four-pack.


PAMPELONNE BLOOD ORANGE SPRITZ Named for the most famous beach in St-Tropez, in the French Riviera, this wine-based cocktail is as casually sophisticated and Continental as its nautical stripes suggest. It’s refreshingly bitter, bone-dry, and bubbly. $17 for a four-pack.

CUTWATER SPIRITS SPICY BLOODY MARY Cutwater makes 12 different canned cocktails (with plans for more), but the Bloody Mary was “the hardest to get right,” says founder Yuseff Cherney. The result is a bar-worthy Bloody with tons of flavor and just the right amount of spicy kick. $15 for a four-pack.

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HOCHSTADTER’S SLOW & LOW ROCK & RYE Mellow, balanced, and deceptively drinkable, this is a better old-fashioned than many bartenders make at even the fanciest establishments. At 84 proof, the four-ounce can has the potential to knock your day sideways, so share with a friend. $5 each.

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The No-Dread Treadmill Get group-run-level motivation in your bedroom. by JEFF DENGATE

Peloton upended the spin-class landscape a few years ago when it built an at-home bike with a massive display that can tap directly into studio classes—both live and on demand—from your own home. Now it’s looking to do the same to group runs. The new Peloton Tread won’t replace all of your training, but it will deliver extra motivation during speed sessions and provide structured workouts to help you reach your fitness goals. Here’s how. $3,995;





Console displays have been growing ever larger with a wider array of programs, but you won’t find any like the 32-inch touchscreen on the Tread. It allows you to connect directly to trainers in New York City for live running and walking workouts, and bootcamp-style strength routines you do on the floor next to the machine.

Costing four grand, the Tread is positioned as a premium training tool, and it has the bones to back it up. Powdercoated carbon steel rails connect to a sturdy platform that won’t shake when you’re sprinting through intervals. But unlike other hefty models, it has a sleek look that doesn’t beg to be banished to the basement.

One of the cleanest, most modern designs we’ve seen on a treadmill, the machine has none of the numbered buttons that clutter other models. Instead, handrail-mounted dials are used to adjust your speed and incline. Simply rotate them to go as fast as 12.5 mph or raise the deck to a quadbusting 15 percent incline.

Unlike conventional treadmills, which use a belt that slides atop a solid deck, the Tread has 59 connected slats that roll on ball bearings. Similar construction has been used before, notably by Woodway, whose machines can be found in high-end gyms. It’s a winning setup and feels consistent and natural with every stride.


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YOUR BODY YOUR HOPE Your immune system may be the key to beating cancer. lmmunotherapy, a new approach to cancer treatment, is bringing hope to cancer survivors everywhere. lmmunotherapy works by empowering your body’s own immune system to correctly identify and eradicate cancer cells. This approach has been used to effectively ďŹ ght many types of cancer, with new research leading to greater hope each day. Speak with your doctor and visit to learn if immunotherapy may be right for you. Jimmy Smits, SU2C Ambassador Photo By: Timothy White

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In Living Color Khaki and white sneakers? Boring. Take your spring style up a notch with more eye-catching shades, and pair them with subtle, complementary colors. In other words: Let the hues do the talking. by JUSTIN FENNER

From left: Polo Ralph Lauren chinos, $175; Tommy Hilfiger Bleecker chinos, $140; Mavi Johnny Rose Wood twill chinos, $98; J.Crew Wallace & Barnes workwear suit pants, $158; Nautica flat-front classic fit, $55; 34 Heritage Naples twill chinos, $175; Gap Original Skinny Fit khakis, $60; Save Khaki light twill trousers, $160;


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MULTICOLORED KICKS Clockwise from top: Vans Sk8-Hi, $65; Vince Ernesto, $275; Diadora Football 80s Core 3, $180; Adidas Originals Campus, $80; Lacoste Explorateur Sport, $110; Seavees Monterey Sneaker, $68;


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But the Navigator’s real differentiator is you thought the polish of its technology and interior. It’s about Lincoln, it might have a thoughtful beast: When you approach with been when Daniel Daythe key fob in your pocket, the ground lights up L ew is nabbed an Oscar and the running boards prostrate themselves, as our most famous highwhile the 30-way driver’s seat adjusts itself to pitched dead president. But your preferences. Even if you’re not the driver, the car company Lincoln? The brand has there isn’t a bad seat in the house—efforts to been searching for a reason to exist. So what abolish road noise run from laminated glass might set Ford’s luxury brand apart in 2018? to microphones used to actively cancel An autonomous limousine? A plug-in the din. If you tire of silence at a stopelectric for the well-heeled? How about light, dial up the 20-speaker Revel an ultra-luxe, fossil-fuel-burning SUV roughly the size of a cargo container? HORSEPOWER sound system, which makes even comparably pricey car stereos sound like You got it! These are complex times, you’re listening to a laptop. and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a And did I mention that the thing’s complex vehicle—a tech-laden, sevenbig? It’s enormous. Hit a button and the adult shuttle built to Cheesecake Facthird row (and second, if you want) distory scale and Michelin-star execution. appears into the floor, opening up 120 Its ingredients are thoroughly MPG cubic feet of space. You might find, as I modern: Inside the mostly aluminum did, that it makes the spoils of a Costco shell is the same 3.5-liter twin-turborun look modest. During my weeklong charged, 450-horsepower engine that stint with the Navigator, a neighbor lives in the Ford Raptor supertruck. wandered over, pointed toward the Here it’s paired with a 10-speed auto22-inch wheels, and said it was the matic transmission that constricts the engine to low RPMs, and the result is a MSRP (FROM) most intimidating SUV he’d ever seen. If you are looking to live large—and vehicle that’s not only more powerful you have people or stuff to haul—Linbut thriftier than its closet competitor, coln might just have your next ride. Q the Cadillac Escalade. H E L A ST TI M E






Cadillac’s SelfDriving Savior? Talk of Tesla hogs the conversation around autonomous vehicles lately, so you might be surprised to learn how far Cadillac has come in the self-driving department. GM’s Super Cruise system, launched on the CT6 sedan, can pilot the car for minutes—hours, even—with your hands off the wheel. We took a CT6 equipped with the system to Texas Highway 130—also known as the fastest road in America (speed limit 85)—to test it out. Like Tesla’s Autopilot, the Super Cruise system uses radar and cameras to locate lane lines, other vehicles, and obstructions. It also adds 130,000 miles of 3-D laser-mapped roads to pinpoint the exact location of your car within a few inches, and it knows what’s ahead. A camera on the steering column tracks your head motion to ensure you’re paying attention and, when adaptive cruise is active on limited-access highways, a light on the steering wheel turns blue. Push a button and it “takes the wheel.” We went minutes between wheel touches but had to resume control in construction zones or when lanes widened at an exit. Super Cruise is not perfect—attention is still required—but it’s a peek at the future, for sure, and you can drive it today. APRIL 2018


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Fender’s electric guitars shaped the sound of an entire generation and are still employed by rock royalty. Now the company is overhauling some of its most iconic models dating to the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s for an all-new U.S.-made Fender American Originals series. Eleven popular models, including the ’60s Jaguar—Kurt Cobain played a vintage version—pair period-correct styling and hardware with thoroughly modern playability. From $1,800;

Ever wonder what creatures lurk in the sea—or your pool? The Fifish P3 Underwater Robot lets you take an up-close look without ever getting wet. A large one-inch camera sensor and 4,000-lumen lighting help capture 4K HD video and 20-megapixel images, which are streamed back to the Fifish app from depths of up to 100 meters. $3,499;

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The Quicker Carafe There are enough details to sweat before a dinner party; remembering to uncork a bottle of wine so it can properly breathe shouldn’t be one of them. Instead, pour a bottle into the Breville Sommelier decanter, which circulates 90 percent oxygen through the wine to speed up the process. It takes as little as one minute to get the same results you would by letting wine sit undisturbed for an hour in a traditional glass container. $500;


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If plastic men aged like humans, that Lego police officer—the original Minifigure in 1978—from your childhood would be showing some gray hairs at 40. To commemorate the anniversary, the company released the LEGO Minifigures Party Series, 17 costumed characters, including this clown, sold separately in mystery grab bags. $4 each;

The Armored Speed Suit It’s only fitting that with the rise in popularity of retro bikes, we’d see a resurgence in vintage motorcycle wear. Unlike gear from bygone eras, the Dainese Rapida72, part of a collection honoring the company’s 45th anniversary, packs armor in the shoulders and elbows in case you don’t keep the rubber on the road. $650;

The Weightless Shelter When every ounce counts, carry the Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 in your pack. At just over a pound, it’s little more than a pyramid-shaped tarp that uses trekking poles to prop up the center. The extremely durable Dyneema Composite Fabric will keep the wet out, and a separately sold waterproof floor and mesh canopy fits inside. $715;

The Automated Housekeeper

“Twenty-one to the right, 7 to the left…” is a thing of the past. In this golden age of connected devices, of course we’d get Tapplock, which uses a thumbprint sensor like those you find in smartphones. It pairs with an app to manage who can unlock it (you can add friends and grant them access remotely), and the battery lasts up to a year on a single charge. $99;

This beer-delivering Aeolus Robot, about the size of a 12-year-old, was a standout at CES, the annual electronics showcase, and launches before year’s end. How much? Aeolus says only that it will be about the cost of an overseas vacation for a family of four. That’s a lot of dough to fetch beers, but it can also vacuum the house and even put away dishes. $TBD;



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The Lock That Can’t Be Picked

Ricky Gervais Means No Offense

The British comedian is back with an unflinching stand-up special, and if you think he’s been crude before, just wait. by MICKEY R APKIN

Everyone knows I’m rich. So I invite them in. I say, “You think it’s brilliant being rich and famous at the queen’s dinner party? Well, look what happened to me…” I let them know that I’m still a putz. Tell me about a time you were a putz. Well, the first time I hired a private jet, I thought, “This is amazing.” I felt slightly guilty. But I needed to do it. I turned up, and the pilot thought I was the chef. I still play the guy who is not meant to be there. I don’t wear fancy clothes. I turn up in a T-shirt and jeans and drink Foster’s out of a can. And I talk about things that money doesn’t help. I talk about getting fat and old.

You were away from the stage for seven years. Is it hard to relate to audiences since you’ve become famous? Traditionally a comic has to be low status. We’re court jesters. We have to stick it to the man. Also, we have to talk the truth.

Is there an upside to aging? I mean, apart from the distended testicles? [Laughs] Well, I hope so. I hope there’s a wisdom. And a serenity. The point of life— as futile and finite as existence is—is learning about the world.



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What have you learned? I was the guy that would roll my eyes if some long-haired hippie got up and said, “The oil companies are killing us.” I’d go, “Sit down, Che Guevara.” But now I think, “You’re fucking right!” What’s funny is, it takes you 50 years to suddenly go, “Oh my God, the only important thing is sharing.” You’re a proud agnostic. Do you ever think, “I’m so phenomenally wealthy, there must be a God?” I sometimes say things like that to annoy people who think God only rewards believers. But no, I don’t think there’s a God. What if you’re wrong? I’d have loads of questions. Like, why did you make chocolate kill dogs? And if you hate homosexuality so much, why put the male G-spot up the ass? [Laughs] I have no problem with spirituality. I have no problem with one person’s belief that their


first standup special in seven years premieres this month on Netf lix, and it’s a whopper: a 78-minute, boundar ypushing commentary f ittingly titled Humanity. Gervais, who helped create the British Office, has made a career out of playing un-self-aware, attention-seeking narcissists. In Humanity, which was filmed over the course of two shows in London, he embodies the beer-swilling philosopher, tackling rape, social-media trolls, religious fundamentalism, aging, and Caitlyn Jenner. Of the show’s title, he says: “I don’t know why I called it that. I’m not a fan.” Here he explains why. ICK Y GE RVAIS’

In Humanity, you talk about deciding not to have children. You’re worried that you’d inflict some terrible, spoiled brat on the world. But seriously, do you ever regret not having kids? No, I don’t. I’m only joking when I say kids are horrendous and scroungers and all that. People who have kids, they absolutely love it. It’s personal. I think some people who have kids had thought, “Oh God, I don’t want to get old and regret it and have no one to look after me.” Then the kids put them in a home. [Laughs] You shouldn’t have little people so you’ve got someone to look after you when you’re old. That never works out. How are you feeling about humanity now? Well, I watch the news every day.… So I don’t know. I don’t know what Trump has to do for his core supporters to go, “Oh, well, that’s gone too far now.” Is there something he’s said that even you— as a comedian—wouldn’t say? That’s the thing! Comedians joke about bad subjects, and they don’t mean it. Whereas arguably the most powerful man in the world says terrible things, and he means it and doesn’t get in trouble! I think, “Where is the justice?” Your new show addresses people who are easily offended. The number of times I get on Twitter and people say things like, “I enjoyed your show, but I didn’t like the bit about food allergies, because I’ve got a food allergy and it’s really serious.” And I go, “Yeah, but

you laughed about AIDS, the Holocaust.…” You know what I mean? You do a bit in Humanity about Caitlyn Jenner’s penis and a javelin. This felt a little too personal. Here’s a woman who never felt comfortable in her own body. And to have someone stand on stage— The joke is that I’m being childish and I’m

it again?” I said, “I don’t know. The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press said I’d never be invited back.” De Niro said, “Do you want me to have a word with him?” And I thought, ’cause he’s Robert De Niro, “Is he gonna have him whacked?” If you had hosted this year’s Golden Globes, would you have gone after Harvey Weinstein?

RELIGION IS LIKE A RUTHLESS BUSINESS SAYING: “YOU BELIEVE IN GOD? WELL, HE TALKS TO ME. GIVE ME SOME MONEY AND I’LL PUT IN A WORD FOR YOU.” getting it wrong. Even though I’m dealing with truth in my comedy, those aren’t my feelings in real life. As a comic persona, I still have to exaggerate them and be angry or as petty as the people I’m putting down. I don’t have to keep saying after every joke, “I’m only joking.” They know that. I’ve been around for 15 years. It’s all still a minefield. I don’t think I’ve had a complaint—playing [this show] to half a million people—but taken out of context, everyone is going to find their thing. I don’t want to hurt people.

I certainly would have confronted the elephant in the room. But it’s how you do it, you know? You better have the right target. And you better be able to come down on the right side. I will say, on the whole, of course it’s good that Hollywood is having a spring cleaning and clamping down on this. That’s one thing I hate about Twitter. The misogyny is ludicrous. They make feminism a bad word. How can feminism be a bad word? How can wanting equal rights for anyone be a bad word?

Apparently Robert De Niro called you after you hosted the Golden Globes in 2011? Yeah, when I did the Golden Globes, and there was outrage, I got a phone call. And it was Robert De Niro. He got my number and he said, “Hi, it’s Bob. I just want to say you were great last night.” I said, “Some people didn’t think so.” He went, “Oh, fuck them. They were jokes! Are you gonna do

You drink a can of Foster’s onstage during Humanity. What’s the best pint of beer you ever had? Let’s have a think. To be quite honest, I’ve had so many pints in my life. [Laughs] If there is a heaven, I’ll go, “What’s that mountain?” and God will go, “That’s all the pints you had, Rick. That’s all the empty cans of beer.” Q



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grandparents are looking down on them. But religion is like an organized, ruthless business saying: “You believe in God? Well, he talks to me. Give me some money and I’ll put in a word for you.”

The Death of Denim Todd Smith walked the maple f loors of the White Oak denim mill in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the last time. He’d worked in the factory since September 1980, when he was 19 years old and scored a job on the factory floor. His dad, who worked for White Oak’s parent company, Cone Mills Corporation, for three decades himself, had pulled some strings to get his son the gig. Over time, Smith worked N JAN UARY 1 9, 2 01 8 ,



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There’s no uniform more uniquely American than jeans and a T-shirt. But after the recent closing of the country’s last selvedge-denim mill, you may have to give up on “Made in the USA.” by MATT JANCER

his way up and became one of the mill’s electricians and now, three weeks after the last run of denim came off the storied looms, it was his job to help shut off the facility’s electrical system as it prepared to close down for good. “It was terrible, just like a ghost town,” Smith says. “The machines are all still there, and it felt like you could still see people doing their jobs.” Most of the plant’s 200 other workers had been gone since December 28, the company having extended its last day past Christmas so MEN’S JOURNAL

its employees would get holiday pay—its final act of generosity. For more than 120 years, Cone Mills had churned out cotton textiles, from corduroy to f lannel, for hundreds of apparel companies using dozens of mills. But it was White Oak’s

Before each batch of denim was woven in White Oak’s looms, the dyed yarn was coated with a protective layer, a process called slashing (above).

photographs by DUSTIN COHEN

A Cone Mills employee inspects the denim for defects (top). A worker checks the tension on one of the vintage Draper X3 looms (below).



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selvedge denim that earned Cone Mills a place in American lore. “White Oak was an institution,” says Michael Maher, co-founder of the apparel brand Taylor Stitch. “It was a place people had a strong connection to, and they made an amazing product. They’d been doing something so well for so long and never wavered.” Almost from the day it opened in 1905, the White Oak facility was a titan in the industry. During its heyday, it had a workforce of more than 2,000 and produced more denim than anywhere in the world, supplying the likes of Levi’s and Blue Bell, the precursor to Wrangler. It was so big that it had its own power plant, schools, stores, churches, ball fields, and worker housing. Cone Mills also managed to be one of the few American denim makers to weather the offshoring trend that began in the 1980s, as big brands transitioned to cheaper, faster-to-make, prewashed denim in Asia and Latin America. When White Oak finally closed, it was the last mill producing high-quality selvedge denim on U.S. shores. And in die-hard circles, its death was the equivalent of France shuttering its last Champagne vineyard. “It’s an embarrassment to our country that we can’t keep one selvedge denim mill open,” says Christian McCann, founder of the menswear brand Left Field NYC. “I purchased 3,500 yards of White Oak denim as soon as I heard about the closing, which was pretty much all my free money.” What made White Oak’s selvedge denim so coveted was, in part, its machines. Since the 1940s, the plant had produced its selvedge denim on Draper X3 looms, which were the most advanced machines of their day but a far cry from the mass-production

THE LAST BATCH OF WHITE OAK DENIM After the announcement that Cone Mills’ iconic White Oak facility would close, last orders rolled in for its premium selvedge denim. Here’s where you can find it. Empty spools wait to be loaded with yarn,


then attached to the loom for weaving

Cone Mills Selvedge Denim Jeans These made-in-America jeans are constructed with bandanna pocket bags, Universal copper hardware, and 13-ounce White Oak selvedge denim, with classic red selvedge ID thread and a button fly. $175

(above). The White Oak superintendent’s book, dating to 1917, was still used to help re-create vintage styles (left).

2/ WRANGLER 27406 Men’s Rigid Slim Fit Selvedge Jean Greensboro-based Wrangler likes to point out that its 27406 Collection, named for the city’s zip code, is “designed and manufactured in a three-mile radius.” The 27406 is made of raw White Oak selvedge denim and has several design elements in common with Wrangler’s original 1947 jeans: flat rivets, a rodeo watch pocket, and W stitching on the back pockets. $225

3/ TAYLOR STITCH Long Haul Jacket Made in California out of 13.5ounce raw White Oak denim, the Long Haul has an indigo selvedge ID thread, copper rivets, and two intricate maps of Taylor Stitch’s home city, San Francisco, on the pocket linings in the jacket. $188


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models of today, with microprocessors able to create rolls of f lawless fabric. The lowtech X3s, combined with White Oak’s jiggling maple f loorboards, created a subtle motion that would weave small irregularities into the fabric—little errant threads and denim buds. Technically they were defects, but the irregularities came to be seen as oneof-a-kind traits and an aesthetic rebuke to ultra-uniform, mass-production denim being made in Asia. It was denim with personality. “There’s a sense of character to the yarn, the color, and the shade of it,” says Vivian Rivetti, Wrangler Jeans’ vice president of design. “But also, fundamentally, there is a quality difference.” Selvedge doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality—it’s just a method of finishing a seam by folding over the end into a neatly unfrayed edge inside each pant leg. But it’s typical that selvedge denim is thicker and denser, the stitching stronger and the indigo dye nicer. Cone Mills’ fabric had all of those traits. It also had history behind it, and a sense of nostalgia in the garments it produced, which is why they are fetishized by many aficionados. “It kind of has that old ’50s greaser, Sears-and-Roebuck, stiff, dry-goods-store look to it,” says McCann. White Oaks’ closing came as a surprise to many even though the writing was clearly on the wall. Selvedge denim, once the industry standard, began dying out as a mainstream MEN’S JOURNAL

product in the 1980s, as brands like Wrangler and Levi’s transitioned to nonselvedge, prewashed denim. Japanese companies bought up America’s selvedge looms—or manufactured their own, based on American designs— and raw selvedge denim lived on as a men’s luxury item. Cone Mills was one of the few American companies that continued producing through the 1980s and 1990s. In 2004, the investor Wilbur Ross, the current U.S. secretary of commerce, purchased Cone Mills out of bankruptcy through his company International Textile Group. It was good timing, as buy-American sentiment dovetailed with a boom in men’s fashion. Employee numbers, which had been dwindling since the 1980s, leveled off, and orders picked up. Wrangler, Levi’s, Lee, and J.Crew had all begun selling premium lines made of White Oak denim, and small labels like Taylor Stitch, Railcar Fine Goods, Rogue Territory, Raleigh Denim Workshop, and Rising Sun began advertising “100% Authentic Cone Mills White Oak Denim,” the way American automakers in the 1970s had advertised Corinthian leather. It was a marketable distinction of luxury and quality. “When I first went there, they told me, ‘You can work all the overtime you want,’ ” says Ricky Cook, who maintained White Oak’s 51 X3 looms, “because they had so many orders to keep up with.” In the late 2000s, the mill accelerated from a five-day workweek to a six- and sevenday workweek. “We was actually running good,” Smith says. “Weren’t makin’ a lot of money, just enough to keep the building up. When Ross bought us, he said as long as the plant was making a little bit of profit, he’d keep us going.” But shortly before he was picked by President Trump as secretary of commerce, Ross sold ITG to Platinum Equity, an American private equity firm. One year later, almost to



the day, ITG made the announcement that it was closing White Oak and laying off all its employees. “To be honest with you, I seen it coming years ago,” says Smith. “We had such a big facility, and we had a lot of space that wasn’t doing anything. I think it was the overhead of having to keep the lights on. We came to where we was just slowin’ down and layin’ people off. We’d do real good for a year or six months, and then we’d start hittin’ a drought again, and we’d lay another 20 or 30 more people off.” Rivetti, and designers at other labels, were caught off guard. Wrangler had actually increased its orders in 2017, and never had an issue getting all the denim it needed

White Oak still did almost everything inhouse, including dying and weaving on the looms. More than 200 workers were let go when it closed.

from White Oak. Wrangler, Levi’s, and all the boutique brands using White Oak will have no problem finding selvedge denim elsewhere—the Japanese are still cranking out super-high-quality fabrics—but almost certainly the White Oak closure will set off a scramble for the last products made from the plant (see “The Last Batch of White Oak Denim,” previous page). “As brands start to sell out their remaining quantities, there’s going to be a lot of people just freaking out and going into collector’s mode,”


says McCann. “People will start hoarding it.” The 51 Draper X3s are still sitting on the swept maple f loors, and the building is dead quiet but intact. So far, no one knows what’s happening with the machines, and the company has refused to comment. Rumors are that ITG declined an offer to buy the looms and asked some employees if they would ever consider coming back, if the mill opened again. Many of them said yes. “White Oak was a good place to work,” says Cook, who was employed for more than a decade at another denim maker, Dan River, in Virginia. “Most of the people in Greensboro referred to us as the ‘Cone Mills family.’ I never heard nobody refer to Dan River as the ‘Dan River family.’ ” Q


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Selvedge is a corruption of “self-edge,” a manufacturing process that folds over the border of a roll of denim into a neatly finished edge inside each pant leg (below right), as opposed to the frayed look of nonselvedge (left). Often, selvedge denim is also raw or washed only once, meaning indigo dye wears off high-use areas such as knees and pockets, and along creases that form as you walk and bend your legs. It’s the worn-in look companies go for when they pre-distress their denim.


Keri Russell As her hit series The Americans enters its sixth and final season, the actress talks about wide-open spaces, raising adventurous kids, and why she’d rather be camping. by SAR AH Z . WEXLER

So Keri, how are ya? Well, right now I’m talking to you from bed, because I have the f lu, which turned into bronchitis and pneumonia. I’m just in bed going, “What the fuck.” That sounds terrible. Yeah, but I’m also a working mom of three kids, so when you’re not sick, you have these fantasy dream sequences every day where you’re like, “Oh my god, if I could just get sick, I could lie in bed. I just need a week of rest where I’m not working outside in the freezing New York snow, and I’m not fucking taking care of kids.” But then it actually happened, and I’m like, “Waaahhhh.” Part of me thinks I should really just be relishing this and ordering everyone around, but the other part’s like, all I want to do is drink 8,000 cups of coffee and run around and get on my bike.

Make them? I say “make” because the kids [River, 10; Willa, 6; and Sam, 2] are not always into it. We have a fireplace here in the city, and we made them help us stack a massive pile of wood for winter. We do these mountain activities in our Brooklyn apartment. Is that how you survived being on Bear Grylls’ show? How did that come together in the first place? My son, my 10-year-old, loved that show. They asked me if I’d do it, and he was like, “You have to!” Getting dropped off in the Canary Islands, no kids, camping, doing hardcore sick climbs, sweating... it felt so wild and rebellious. I didn’t realize how hard it would be. Listen, I’m not a couch potato. I pride myself on being prett y physical—I grew up dancing, and I’m athletic. But it was tough. There

I THINK THE LESS PLANNING YOU DO, THE HAPPIER YOU ARE. THE RIGHT THING USUALLY FINDS ITS WAY TO YOU. Where do you usually ride? On the weekends we have this rule that, rather than everyone sitting around and doing hours of electronics, Matthew [boyfriend and The Americans costar Matthew Rhys] and the kids and I get up at seven in the morning, even when it’s freezing out, and ride our bikes to the Brooklyn waterfront. We have the park all to ourselves, and we just sit there and have our croissants and coffees, and the kids can go crazy.


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Like what else? Well, I went with the Sierra Club to the A rctic Wildlife Refuge in A laska. A little plane dropped seven of us off and then disappeared. We camped out every night—we’d set up for the night and then get back on the river, and we did that until we got to the Arctic Circle. The point was to protect it forever from oil drilling—but, of course, now that’s been overturned by the current administration, which is just unbelievable. MEN’S JOURNAL

Back in 2006 you had to learn martial arts to star in Mission Impossible III. Did you feel like a badass? I think anytime you get to jump out of burning buildings, strapped to Tom Cruise, in a movie like a Mission Impossible movie, you feel like a badass. What are you going to do when The Americans wraps up this year? I’m hoping for some semirestful vacation after we stop filming, something warm and good and relaxing. But I think the less planning you do, the happier you are. I find that the right thing usually finds its way to you, and I try not to worry about it too much. But aren’t you going to miss playing a Soviet spy? It’s one of those weird things because you don’t really miss something until it’s gone, and it’s so not gone yet. We have so much work ahead of us, so there is still this fierce uphill sprint I have ahead. What I think I’ll miss most is that it’s such a cool part for a girl. For all intents and purposes, Matthew’s character of Phillip is the much more emotional, relatable one. I’m not some nice mom or a doting, caring, thoughtful girlfriend. I’m exactly the opposite of that, which is so fun. Yet I’m also not the wicked witch, you know? I feel like I’m in this sweet spot. Did playing that role for the last few years change your personality at all? Elizabeth is way tougher than I am. She doesn’t take shit from anybody, and I wish I was more like that. I can be broken by my 6-year-old in a matter of minutes. Q

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Living in New York City, do you think it’s important that they spend time outdoors? I grew up in Arizona and Colorado and very much feel at home in those big, wild spaces. They feel so important to my wellbeing and are a part of who I am. So we go upstate, and we make them go on hikes.

were moments on those climbs when I was like, “Yeah, but someone’s going to help me up now, right? ’Cause I can’t make it.” But I had to do it. The whole thing was a real adventure. And that’s something I’m endlessly searching out in my life—real adventure experiences.

Did you spot any cool wildlife? Bears, arctic fox, really incredible birdlife, tons of porcupine caribou. You’re so far up that the sun never sets, so we would go for these amazing hikes at midnight. It was by far one of the favorite experiences of my life. As silly as sometimes being in my profession feels, the experiences it affords me—getting to meet these people, getting to go on these trips—have been unbelievable.


TRUTHS BE TOLD Three nonfiction page-turners that revisit largely overlooked pasts.

FILM I always go back to Being There, starring Peter Sellers. It’s about this gardener who everyone thinks is really profound, but he’s actually just an idiot. By the end of the movie, there’s a group of people who consider making him president. Watching it now, it seems like a darker version of that has come true.

APPAREL I buy James Perse polos by the dozen. They’re the only shirts that don’t make me look like I have a gut. I get them in different colors, and based on how fat I am, I’ll wear a darker one. If I’m at 200, I go black. If I’m at 195, I go blue. If I’m at 190, I go red. It saves me time thinking about what to wear each day.

BOOKS I’m really into self-help books. I’m reading one called Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr. Joe Dispenza, about how to rewire your emotions. But I read so many self-help books that I mix up all the different ideas, then drown in them and get nothing done.

MUSIC Randy Newman’s new album, Dark Matter, is powerful but so hilarious. It’s remarkable how Newman has worked at a high level for so many years. I’m a sucker for his love songs. “She Chose Me” wrecks me.


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BENEATH A RUTHLESS SUN by Gilber t K ing In 1957, the wife of a prominent Florida orange farmer is raped, and a mentally impaired 19-year-old, falsely accused of the crime, gets shipped off to a state mental institution, where he endures hellacious treatment without the chance to stand trial. This is just the beginning of the injustice that King, a Pulitzer winner, brings to light in this true-crime masterwork.


THIS L AND IS OUR L AND by Ken Ilgunas Part history, part call to arms, Ilgunas’ book examines how we lost the right to wander public lands, tracing the issue back to the 1400s, when the English aristocracy began seizing and closing off commoners’ property. The privatization movement continued in the New World, thanks to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, and Ilgunas boldly proposes opening all private lands for public recreation.

DOME SWEET DOME A new podcast follows six faux astronauts as they simulate a mission to Mars.


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BLOOD MOON by John Sedgwick Sedgwick explores the blood feud between two early leaders of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross and Major Ridge. The men start as friends. But as they struggle to protect Cherokee land in what is now the southeastern U.S., their relationship sours, sparking a violent civil war that in time unravels the nation that they’d hoped to defend. —J.R.S.


For eight months in 2015, six volunteer scientists lived in a dome at the foot of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, pretending to be on a long-term mission to Mars, to see how such a trip might affect astronauts of the future. The team had to conduct experiments, don spacesuits whenever they left the dome, and endure 20-minute delays in radio communications, just as they would if actually 34 million miles away. The crack team at Gimlet Media got hold of the audio diaries that the team recorded during the experiment and whittled them down into a new serialized podcast called “The Habitat.” Imagine Real World with nerds instead of sloshed coeds and more science than spray tans.




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Grooming Kits for Every Guy

There’s a tool for every job, and there’s a grooming product for every occasion. We’ve rounded up the essentials for our favorite situations: post-workout, on the trail, at the beach, jetting away, and recovering from a night out.




Go from a.m. sweatfest to morning meeting in no time.




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(1) Lqd Face Calm ($50) rehydrates skin that’s been stripped of natural oils from frequent showering while guarding against redness and breakouts. (2) A dollop of Scotch Porter Hair Balm ($15) adds definition without stiffness to justwashed hair. (3) For swimmers, Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Sport Shampoo + Conditioner ($12) prevents discoloration and dryness caused by chlorine. (4) Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor ($10) minimizes irritation with a moisturizing gel strip. (5) The aluminum-free formula in Baxter of California Deodorant ($19) uses tea tree and witch hazel extracts to disinfect underams and destroy odor-causing bacteria.






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(1) Chapped hands crave Badger Balm ($8), an all-natural combination of olive oil and beeswax that comes in a backcountryfriendly tin. (2) If your scalp is itchy from too many shower-free days, spritz in Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo ($35) and give it a good rub. (3) Cliff’s Charcoal Detox Face Wash Brick ($16) breaks off into chunks, so you bring only what you need. (4) Originally used by U.S. troops to fend off mosquitoes and sand fleas, Skincando Combat-Ready Bug Repellant ($17) is effective without harsh chemicals. (5) Yes to Natural Man Shower To-Go Cleansing Cloths ($6) are essential when you’re a little ripe and running water is a ways away.

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Protect your skin from the sun, and help heal it when you forget.

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(1) Zinc oxide–based Beyond Coastal Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 ($14) stays put for up to 80 minutes in the water, and is reef-safe and cruelty-free. (2) Fun in the sun is hell on the hair; V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Shampoo ($19) rescues your scalp with one of the most moisturizing formulas we’ve ever tried. (3) Cool your sunburned face with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask ($52), a soothing gel made from cucumber, pineapple, and citrus extracts. (4) The coconut oil, aloe, and bee pollen in Burt’s Bees After Sun Soother ($10) calms and moisturizes on contact. (It works on dry skin, too.) (5) Jack Black Lip Balm SPF 25 ($8) contains sunscreen and skin protection, to avoid burn and stave off chapping.





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THE MORE WE CARE ABOUT YOU, THE LESS YOU THINK ABOUT US. Nothing protects you like GORE-TE X ® products.






The carry-on-size must-haves you won’t find on the housekeeping cart.

(1) Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum ($34) will hydrate your face without the need for a moisturizer. (2) When your day is packed from wheels-down to


after-dinner drinks, R+Co Control Flexible Paste ($27) saves your do with an all-day hold and matte finish. (3) The Lab Series 3-in-1 Shave and Beard Oil

($35) acts as a skinsoftening pre-shave, a lubricant to help the razor slide nick-free, and a beard oil, which leaves a healthy glow. (4) The

manly, fresh Roosevelts Beard Company Dry Tortugas Solid Cologne ($15) is more airplanefriendly than spray cologne. (5) Clean up for the board

meeting or a night out with the Art of Shaving Manicure Set ($160), which clips nails, cleans up cuticles, and banishes nose hair.


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Pop an antacid, rub on this stuff, and hide the fact that you went too hard last night.

(1) If there’s no time for blow-drying, use Port Products Texturizing Hair Putty ($22), an easy-hold aid for a lifeless mop. (2) Nothing says morning


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after like irritated skin from a quick shave; slap on some American Crew Revitalizing Toner ($18) to calm things down. (3) The caffeine-, vitamin-, and menthol-

infused Kiehl’s Energizing Face Wash ($22) shocks dull skin, giving it a healthy flush. (4) Before that quick shave, use Grooming Lounge The Shavior ($25) ointment


to stop razor burn and ingrown hairs. (5) Brickell Repairing Night Serum ($75) uses plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to brighten your face

overnight. (6) The caffeine in Oars + Alps Wake Up Eye Stick ($21) depuffs eyes and hides bags and dark circles. (Use it regularly to help elasticity.)




New Edge 2-in-1 Shave Cream. Hydrating formula, with 50% more moisturizers than traditional shave gels, conditions skin throughout your shave.







This stainless-steel gadget comes with four attachments and 12 clip-on guides, which is great when you need a quick cleanup, no matter the length of your facial hair. It charges fully in an hour, and if you’re using it mostly for touch-ups, the battery can last months.

If your beard is Letterman-esque, you need a serious clipper. The Beardsman comes with an extralarge grooming comb to keep your bristles long, just better-behaved. Plus, its reinforced blades and 120-minute run time work especially well tackling thick, coarse hair.




Your Beard’s Best Friend Sharp-looking, head-turning facial hair doesn’t happen overnight. It takes extra maintenance, and that starts with a quality beard trimmer. There’s one for every preferred level of scruff.












Beard clippings have a knack for getting everywhere. This bad boy changes everything, due to a vacuum built right into the head that catches most of the shorn hair as you go. Another handy feature: the battery indicator, so you’ll never risk losing power mid-shave.

Your beard’s not the only hairy situation requiring attention. This is a one-stop grooming shop, thanks to different attachments for clipping your mane, trimming body hair, tackling ear and nose hair, and detailing your scruff. Detail is the key word: The trimmer has 13 precision-length settings for true customization.

This waterproof device lets you shower and shave in tandem. (Do your beard last, when the steam has made your hair more pliable.) The trimmer works on mustaches and sideburns (do those in front of a mirror), and its wide-set teeth and high-speed motor make quick work of dense body hair.







The Future of Grooming They may seem odd, but you should consider getting these into your morning routine.


It looks toxic but is just the opposite. Charcoal has made its way into grooming products on the promise that it removes toxins from your skin. It shows up in soaps, shampoos, deodorants—even toothpaste. “The body cannot absorb charcoal, so toxins that bind to it get washed away and are eliminated safely,” says Heather Rogers, a dermatologist in Seattle. For instance, charcoal in a face scrub extracts dirt and oil from pores to help avoid breakouts. One caveat: Deploy these products sparingly. Use soaps and cleansers two or three times a week and masks once a week at most, so you don’t dry out your skin, Rogers says. LOOK FOR Origins active-charcoal face mask prevents pimples. Treat dandruff with Briogeo charcoal and tea tree oil serum. Try Schmidt’s cedar and juniper charcoal soap for the woodsy scent alone.

Some ingredient lists sound like a salad bar.


The bud helps your skin chill out, too. Cannabidiol (CBD) has long been an alt-medicine remedy, credited for soothing skin and relieving inflammation when used topically. Although CBD is nonpsychoactive, it is still extracted from marijuana plants, so it couldn’t go mainstream until now, when more states have legalized pot. “Topicals with CBD are often chosen by people who want the benefits of marijuana without the euphoria associated with other delivery methods,” says Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City. Choose a CBD-infused


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product for aching muscles and inflammation or to relieve skin issues like eczema. LOOK FOR CBx for Men, from Perricone MD, has a CBD postshave tonic, great for reducing razor burn. In pot-legal states, try Dr. Kerklaan skin cream for inflammation, or Dixie Elixirs bath soap and muscle rub. The THC in these gets you high when smoked but just relaxes you in the tub. MEN’S JOURNAL

Boosters of the food-as-product-ingredient trend say that whole foods are best for your skin for the same reason they’re good for your diet. And some foods are just as effective as their lab-made counterparts—or more so. Essential oils from nuts and other plant components, like hazelnut and carrot seed, are hydrating. And green tea is a great detoxifier. But be cautious. Just because the label says “tomatoes” doesn’t mean that ingredient will benefit your face. Eat a kale salad and you’ll get vitamin C, but your skin doesn’t digest food. Antioxidants can degrade fast, so a kale-infused facial cleanser may not totally deliver, warns Houston dermatologist Rajani Katta. LOOK FOR Plant Apothecary matcha face mask uses green and chamomile teas with white clay. Nova Scotia Fisherman scrubs contain sea buckthorn oil, kelp, and sea salt, of course.





4/ Throne While many barbershops will offer you a beer, this place stocks top-shelf booze to sip during your traditional cut or shave. Its skilled barbers have a reputation for being lively—but not too chatty— conversationalists. CHICAGO

5/ Handcrafted Elevate your look at this vintagefeeling, appointment-only spot with some of the Windy City’s most prominent barbers. Downside: It’s cash only. Upside: A beard trim is only $15. And if a Chicago team is playing, it’ll be on the shop’s TV.


6/ Proper Barbershop

America’s Coolest Barbershops

Although the vibe at this hip shop near the Grove (and another in Orange, California) is a little punk, the cuts are more focused on tight fades inspired by the refined men’s styles of the 1920s and ’40s. Arrive early to grab a turn on the Xbox. SAN FRANCISCO

7/ Dogpatch

Even better than a favorite local watering hole is a great place to get a trim on the regular. Some of these spots will serve you a drink, too.

The edgy cuts and shaves (including freestyle designs) are so popular that this shop now has two locations in the up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood. If you’re looking to go rockabilly, one of the barbers here is known as the Pompadour King.






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2/ Cutthroat

3/ York Barber Shop

8/ Turner’s Barber Shop

The lumberjack beard is a mainstay in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood, and many guys here perfect the look at this hybrid barbershop–clothing store that offers cuts, shaves, and a house line of all-natural grooming products.

With two locations, this shop is responsible for many of the fresh fades on Houston’s male population. There’s a gratis beer and a Kendrick Lamar–heavy soundtrack for you upon arrival; after your cut, get a snack at the neighboring taco truck.

It’s the kind of place the hipster Brooklyn shops model themselves on. Other than the prices, not much has changed here since the Upper East Side institution opened in 1928. Insiders recommend the traditional straight-blade shave.

This shop, decked out in taxidermy and vintage shaving tools, is a standout in the already cool Short North area. The owner, Chris, sports an impressive handlebar mustache, so book with him if you’ve been wanting to try one out.



After showering, rub on preshave oil. It softens facial hair and provides slickness to the skin.

Apply shaving cream or shave soap. Employ a badger brush to work it in thoroughly.

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Shave. Use smooth strokes, no more than two passes on an area. And swap your blade every three to five shaves.

Rinse with cold water. This cleans off excess product and closes pores, minimizing redness and irritation.



Apply aftershave. The lotion soothes skin and often has a pleasant, but manly, scent. APRIL 2018



Get Ready to Rock (Climb) Climbing indoors, where all the elements are controlled, is a blast. But there’s a whole world waiting to be explored outside. In a gym, you’ll never encounter the scenery you find by scaling high up a granite wall, nor the challenging, unpredictable grips Mother Nature delivers. The best way to get started is to try sport climbing (anchors are prefixed to the rock) with experienced partners—or hire a guide. With safer climbing gear, stronger ropes, and extra-durable carabiners, outdoor climbing is more accessible than ever. Here are the must-have items you need to get started. by CHRIS VAN LEUVEN photograph by JASON KARN

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Metolius Alpine P.A.S. $27


Petzl Sirocco Helmet $130


Edelrid Bulletproof Quickdraw $29


Step one: Protect your noggin. The ultralight Sirocco weighs just six ounces but delivers excellent protection in case of a slip or fall. The foam shell dips low in the rear to cover more of your head, while the crown is reinforced for extra protection. An adjustable headband and chin strap dial in fit and comfort.

Black Diamond ATC Pilot $45



Gyms often use big, easy-to-spot footholds where just about any shoe will do. This is not the case outside, where crevices can be slick and hard to balance on. The Kronos is more streamlined than an entry-level shoe, making it easier to get purchase on fingernail edges, but it still delivers all-day comfort on any rock type.


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Tube-style belay devices have been around for decades, attaching to a climbing partner’s harness so they can stop a fall if the lead climber slips. But only recently have they been constructed with brake-assist functionality. The compact, lightweight ATC Pilot catches falls quickly and smoothly without putting strain on the belayer.

Carabiners are an essential part of the climbing arsenal. Used in pairs and connected with webbing, they form quickdraws, which attach your rope to anchors in the rock and allow it to move freely. The Bulletproof is more durable than traditional aluminum-only models because it uses steel in the basket, a high-wear spot.

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Once a route is completed, the anchors need to be cleared—meaning you have to retrieve your carabiners on the way back down. But before you can be lowered, you’ll untie your safety rope and thread it through rings at the top of the climb. That’s, obviously, dangerous. Enter the Personal Anchor System, which attaches to your harness and acts like an umbilical cord, so you’re always tethered to the rock while you untie your rope. The Alpine P.A.S. has a lower profile than others, so it takes up less room on your harness, and has multiple clip-in points.


BEST PLACES TO GET HIGH Rocks to scale are found in most states in the U.S., but if you want to conquer the big ones, it’s best to seek out top-shelf guide services. Here are some hot spots where you can get started.


Patagonia Venga Rock Pants

Constructed from an organic cotton and polyester blend, the Venga Rock Pants are made for high-stepping and thrashing up hard climbs without slowing you down. With a sleek waist and backside, they’re designed to fit comfortably under a harness. You might end the day with some scrapes on your body, but these pants will still look fresh.



Black Diamond 9.6mm FullDry Climbing Rope $240

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK A three-hour drive takes visitors from the bustle of Los Angeles to nearly 800,000 acres of desert filled with blocks, tall faces, and cracks of all sizes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by guidebooks to the area. Seth Zaharias and Sabra Purdy, owners of Cliffhanger Guides, will keep you on track, and their stoke is contagious. CLIFFHANGERGUIDES.COM

If you think ropes in the gym take a beating, wait until you get outside. Inevitably they get stepped on, rub over edges and corners, and catch fall after fall. A FullDry rope is specially designed to keep out crud and moisture, making for a low-friction experience. Bonus: When it starts to pour, the rope doesn’t absorb water, keeping it light for the hike back out. blackdiamond


ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS At 6 million acres, this the largest park in the continental United States. There are 320 areas to climb, with walls up to a thousand feet tall. The full-service lodge at Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service in Keene, NY, offers affordable rooms. Just down the road, visit the Mountaineer, one of the finest outdoor shops around. ROCK ANDRIVER.COM, MOUNTAINEER.COM


Petzl Sitta Harness $180

COLORADO’S FRONT RANGE Once you get going, you’ll want to move to Boulder, where you can climb right in town, right after work. Colorado Mountain School, with locations in Estes Park and Boulder, is the largest guide service in the state and is perfect for first-timers and experts alike. Its staff guides rock and ice climbing, and offers an assortment of classes. COLORADOMOUNTAINSCHOOL.COM MEN’S JOURNAL

Hanging from a rope or supporting a fellow climber’s weight puts heavy pressure on your hamstrings and lower back. The lightweight, load-distributing Sitta helps alleviate this discomfort by using wireframe technology— ultrastrong fibers resembling dental floss are sandwiched inside the harness.

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Not So Plain White Tees



1/ LADY WHITE 2-PACK $99 for two If you base your summer style on the James Dean jeans and a basic white tee look, why not get the details right with a shirt that’s more period-correct? These are made with vintage style, including double-stitched collars, and are built to last from cotton grown and knitted in California.



$32 for two This East Coast outfit built a rep on nailing the basics, and its line of cotton-, modal-, and Lycra-blend undershirts is no different. Case in point: The shoulder seams are moved forward to prevent the arms from bunching up under a dress shirt.

3/ THOMPSON TEE SWEATPROOF HYDRO-SHIELD $25 regular, $30 slim Nothing ruins the look of a custom-fit dress shirt like sweat marks. The Thompson Tee comes to the rescue with hydrophilic patches sewn into the pits of an otherwise 100 percent cotton garment. Trust us: It sounds stranger than it feels.




5/ MINISTRY OF SUPPLY ATLAS TEE $40 If you step off the treadmill with sweat-logged armpits and a drenched back, the Atlas is welcome relief. The tee is body-mapped with subtle vents under the arms and down the back, and the 45 percent cotton, 55 percent nylon blend wicks moisture.


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$68 Not a fan of the slick sheen of most performance wear—but don’t want to stay soaked in wet cotton, either? The Terminal is built from a unique waffle-knit-like merino and polyester, so it ushers sweat away from your body and prevents stink afterward.








Designed for hunting and K9 dogs, the Arc is perfect for pets with active owners. A single controller button buckles onto a backpack strap or handlebar so you can correct behaviors with a stimulation level you’ve preset. Success requires training, however; don’t just zap your dog to scare him.

This e-collar keeps your dog in your yard but also can be used inside the house. It uses tones, vibration, and electrical stimulations as your dog approaches borders you set—up to two acres. Or attach the Keep Away Tags to off-limits items like the sofa to train your mutt even when you’re not home.

Pawscout looks like an ID that you’d get engraved at a pet shop. But the electronic tag and app let you store Spot’s medical records, your contact info, and any red-flag medical or behavioral issues online, accessible to other Pawscout users. Set up the virtual leash to have an app ping you when he strays.

GIBI DOG TRACKER $130 A light, durable, and waterproof tracker that uses cell service and GPS to monitor your dog, this digital tag shows you his location live on Google Maps, accurate to within 10 feet. Using Gibi’s app, you can set safe zones and get alerted when your dog crosses the line. It requires a service plan ($99 per year).

Fido 2.0 5 PETCUBE BITES $250 Reward your buddy even when you’re not home: Using Petcube’s app, this treat dispenser with a live streaming camera gives you two-way communication, so you can talk to him and see just what he’s up to when you’re away. Slide the bone icon to fling a treat. And your dog may get lucky—sometimes it drops multiple biscuits.


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Better Beer Haulers By adding shoulder straps, manufacturers are finally making soft-sided coolers that travel easily to parks, campsites, and beaches. But which one is right for you? by CLINT CARTER Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24




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Built with the ultratough lining and waterproof zippers that Yeti developed for its previous soft-sided coolers, the BackFlip 24 resisted leaking even when we filled it with water and gave it an upside-down shake test. So feel free to throw it into a tent or set it in the cabin of a rocking sailboat. Your case of beer will stay cold, and the sloshing water will stay contained.

The top compartment is a standard daypack that carries everything you need for an afternoon at the beach, and the bottom is a 15-can cooler with a zippered side pocket that allows you to pop out beers on the go. But drink fast: The bag’s thin insulation won’t keep drinks icy overnight, and any ice that melts will drain right out onto your back.

Insulation Power: 7 Carry Comfort: 7

Insulation Power: 4 Carry Comfort: 8


Insulation Power: 9

Dakine Party Pack 28L


Igloo Daytripper Backpack $100

Otterbox Trooper LT 30


This grown-up’s wine-and-cheese lunchbox is exactly what you need for a concert in the park. The Daytripper relies on an internal partitioning wall to keep bottles from banging together, and nested neatly in dedicated pockets under the top flap are a cutting board, two cheese knives, a serving fork, and a corkscrew–bottle-opener tool—all of which are included.

A clamshell mouth locks open so you can easily identify your target before plunging your fingers into the ice. Then it snaps shut firmly with plastic hardware that resisted our best efforts to force a leak. The wide, stubby bag rode high on our back, which isn’t ideal for long-distance treks, but the duffelstyle handles make it manageable for short walks.

Insulation Power: 5 Carry Comfort: 7

Insulation Power: 7 Carry Comfort: 5

Perfect Pasta

Healthier, fresher-tasting noodles with just the right amount of bite are possible with these chef-tested machines. by JESSE WILL

Gourmet Pasta Press

Smart Pasta Maker




Use your stand mixer to extrude six types of pasta. (Unlike the Marcato and like the Philips, this machine doesn’t make sheet pasta.) Chef Coté got killer results from the fusilli and rigatoni attachments but didn’t like that you have to use the mixer to make dough, then shape it into balls before feeding it into the press. “The portioning and repetitive loading of dough balls gets cumbersome,” he says.


Rarely do ambitious, automated kitchen gadgets actually back up their claims, but after Coté used the Philips to make toothsome tagliatelle and rigatoni, his initial skepticism vanished. “It’s dummy-proof,” Coté says. The Philips has an internal scale that measures whatever amount of flour you’ve put in, then tells you exactly how much water to add. The one downside: It steals counter space.

About Our Tester MICHAEL COTÉ is the executive chef at Stella Barra Pizzeria in Chicago. Coté perfected his pasta-making in Italy, during a stint early in his career at Modena’s Osteria Francescana, widely known as one of the best restaurants in the world.



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Noctilight PETZL

Lighthouse Core $20

Ultralight hikers often sacrifice evening ambience by packing a headlamp as their sole source of lighting. That harsh beam becomes obnoxious in the dark, when it’s time to unwind. Petzl’s solution is a separate housing unit that diffuses the light, effectively mimicking the soft glow of a lantern—it adds a mere three ounces to your pack and accepts most standard headlamps. We set ours by the camp stove while cooking and suspended it from the roof of our tent at bedtime.


Flux LED Light & Power Bank $50

Proving that LED lanterns don’t need to be tricky or confusing, Goal Zero designed the Lighthouse Core with only one control—a dial at the top that turns it on and adjusts the intensity. On high, the light runs for four hours and delivers a glow on par with a 40watt incandescent bulb. But dial it back and you’ll get 350 hours of soft light. The meter at the top lets you monitor the remaining power, while the attached USB cable makes it a cinch to recharge.


Cairn $180

Just call it a portable floodlight. On its highest setting, the Flux can basically blow out a small field party with 13 hours of 640-lumen lighting, which is about as much as your car’s low beam. Or dial it down to 20 lumens for eight days of continuous glow. We found the warm-color adjustment soothing at night. But the Flux’s camera-body threading is what really amps up the versatility. It allows for endless mounting options on a tripod or actioncamera rig.



A rechargeable orb the size of your palm, the Lander delivers up to 300 lumens of light, and thanks to the loop-and-toggle lanyard, it attaches as easily to the shoulder straps on your pack as it does to the accessory hooks inside your tent. The fact that it weighs a mere 10 ounces means that you won’t regret carrying it as a backup light, while the impactresistant, waterproof housing ensures that it won’t crap out when you need it the most.

The Light Stuff Advances in LED lighting have made bulky lanterns obsolete. Say hello to the new class of powerful camp illuminators.

Luminoodle Rope



from $40

Whether strung from trees, stuck to a car with the included magnets, or laid out on the ground to establish a dramatic campsite perimeter, the Luminoodle’s atmospheric effect made string-light converts out of every camper who used it during testing. The light’s advantage over traditional lanterns is its ability to create good visibility around a campsite without totally blowing out the night sky. The waterproof silicone string comes in spools of five or 10 feet and runs off any standard USB power bank, including the 4,400 mAh one that comes with it.


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Baby on Board Children demand a lot of the free time you’d otherwise dedicate to exercise, but innovative new strollers and haulers eliminate any excuse for growing a dad bod. by JEFF DENGATE

Revolution Flex Lunar BOB

The Revolution Flex jogging stroller offers great performance and value—the slim design reduces weight without sacrificing features. We like the locking front wheel and suspension system, so our baby naps uninterrupted even as we jog down bumpy roads.




A fact of parenting: When you take your youngsters on a hike, they’re all but certain to ride back to the car on your shoulders. The Scout saves your back (and their tired legs) by giving them a perch to rest on. They stand on the low-slung bar, centering their weight over your hips.

Chariot Cross THULE

from $950

This is our top pick for year-round use. We most often use it as a stormproof jogging stroller—we’ve run 10 miles in a whiteout while our daughter snoozed in her own little bubble—but it can be converted (with separately sold accessories) to a bike trailer or cross-country-ski rig.

Jogging Stroller KIDRUNNER

Load Touring HS RIESE & MÜLLER


Leave the car parked the next time you have to drop your kids at school or run to the store. The Load uses two rechargeable 500 Wh batteries and a Bosch motor to effortlessly haul two youngsters, and it hits speeds up to 28 miles per hour in turbo mode. The low-riding cargo bucket, full suspension, and rigid frame handle up to 200 pounds without feeling tippy. Just make sure you have space in the garage or on a ground floor: Weighing 80 pounds, the Load isn’t a load you want to schlep up a flight of stairs.


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An innovative new jogging stroller, KidRunner straps to your waist and puts your little boy or girl in tow. Our tester in Bend, Oregon, found it let him run naturally, freely swinging his arms instead of using them to push a sled. The narrow design also helped him easily run into headwinds.

Sources: 2016 Survey, Pew Research Center; GfK MRI, Spring 2016.


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Hollywood young gun Scott Eastwood is heating up the multiplex. But he’d much rather be diving for lobster, spearfishing tuna, flying a helicopter, and surfing gnarly waves. Or as he calls it, Monday.

as Scott Eastwood paces around his driveway, throwing f ishing gear into the back of a GMC pickup. Wetsuits. Dive tanks. Three well-used wooden spearguns. It’s pitch-black at 6 a.m., and Eastwood hasn’t even had coffee, but he’s surprisingly chipper. “This is a gentleman’s start,” he says, peeling a banana. “During tuna season, we’ll go out at 3:30 or 4. Fish all day. By the time you get home at night, you’re absolutely destroyed. You just sleep for 15 hours.” He smiles. “It’s the best.” Eastwood lives half an hour outside San Diego, in a woodsy subdivision f lanked by a golf course. He used to be in a little bungalow by the beach, over in Encinitas, where he could walk to go surfing, but when his acting career started taking off, strangers began showing up. (“I was like, ‘What the fuck, bro?’”) So he moved out here where it’s quieter, to a rambling ranch house on one and a half acres that he shares with his yellow Lab, Fred. The 32-year-old has been fishing since he was a kid growing up in Northern California and Hawaii. But as his career heats up, it’s getting harder for him to find time on the water. He was in three movies last year, including The Fate of the Furious, the latest installment in the gajillion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise. Now he’s headlining a blockbuster of his own: Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to 2013’s robots vs. sea monsters extravaganza Pacific Rim, which opens this month. Eastwood plays military pilot Nate Lambert, who captains one of the aforementioned robots. When he first heard about the role, Eastwood, who flies helicopters in real life, says, “I was like, ‘I could do that. I know how to pilot an aircraft—I can fuckin’ pilot a giant robot.’” But right now he has a few days off, so fishing it is. He’s going out with two buddies— Tim, who works “caring for high-net-worth individuals’ properties,” and Jesse, a Santa Barbara photographer who often tags along to document Eastwood’s globe-trotting for social media. (Most recently, they went cliff diving in Tahiti and surfing in Japan.) Eastwood throws in the last bag and climbs behind the wheel, and after a quick stop at the supermarket for DAW N I S BA R E LY A S U G G E S T I O N

Piloting a Robinson R44 copter, high over San Diego (top). Eastwood and his posse on the lookout for a prime spearfishing spot (above).

You probably would, too, if your dad was Clint Eastwood. As day breaks at the marina, the family resemblance is unmistakable. There’s the lifeguard’s build, the wolfish smile, that legendary squint. Scott is a little bro-ier than his old man, like an Abercrombie’d version of Clint. But he’s also warmer, friendlier. “We’re so lucky,” he says as he loads the last bit of gear. “It’s gonna be a beautiful day.” Steven pilots us out of the marina, past a U.S. Navy base and a submarine shipyard. In the distance, to the south, there’s a mountain range cloaked in smog. “That’s Mexico,” Eastwood says. He tells a story about a friend who jet-skied to a beach down there to do some towin surfing but got spotted by the Mexican navy, who tried to take him into custody. His buddy led them on a 20-minute high-speed chase back to the States, as they fired their .50-cali-



ice and sandwiches, we hit the road for Marina Cortez, where his friend’s boat is moored. Eastwood has his own little boat, an 18-foot Grady-White, but his buddy Steven has generously offered his 35-foot catamaran for the day. “It’s an awesome boat,” Eastwood says. “It’s a fish-killing machine. “You know what they say,” he adds. “The best boat is a friend’s boat. And also: If it flies, floats, or fucks, rent it.” He laughs. “It’s true, though!” On the drive out, Eastwood warns us it will be cold on the water until the sun comes up. “I hate being cold,” he says. “My dad used to have these old Wagoneers at his ski house in Sun Valley. They had no heat—you’d start it up and just be freezing all the way home. Like, ‘Dad, can’t we just get a new car that has heat? We’re in the mountains!’ ” Right, Eastwood’s dad—maybe you’ve heard of him? Name’s Clint. He does something in the movie business. Before we met, I’d heard Eastwood didn’t love talking about his famous father. But that’s not quite true— it’s more that he doesn’t love being asked about him. He talks about him all the time.

“I always thought in the back of mind, ‘I’m gonna give this till I’m 30—and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just go be a firefighter.’ My identity was never wrapped up in being an actor.”

Skin-diving for dinner (above). The catch of the day—fresh lobster and California sheepshead (left).

ber rif les in the water around him. And that was the last time he snuck into Mexico to surf, right? “Oh, no,” Eastwood says, laughing. “He goes down there all the time.” Eastwood has plenty of stories of his own. Like the time he road-tripped his way up the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, fishing and diving and searching for the perfect wave. Or the time he almost crashed in a helicopter during a snowboarding trip in the Canadian Rockies—then got caught in an avalanche on the same trip. Or the time he was held down by a big wave in Australia, when he remembers thinking, “Oh, this is it—this is what it feels like before you die.” Eastwood has a blue belt in jujitsu, hunts elk with a bow, has backpacked the John Muir Trail, golfs in the mid80s, and remodeled his own kitchen. In short: He’s a man who can do stuff. After about half an hour, we drop anchor in photographs by JESSE NATALE AND SCOTT MORTENSEN

a kelp bed near a peninsula called Point Loma. Eastwood knows these waters well. “In the summer it’s a friggin’ playground out here,” he says. “We’re in green water right now, which is kinda shitty. But once you get a few miles out, it’s blue water, 500-foot visibility, 72 degrees. Big schools of tuna, dolphins, whales...” He puts on his gear—green camo wetsuit, weight vest, mask, snorkel—and Jesse asks him what the water temperature is now. “Cold!” he says, gritting his teeth. Then he loads a shaft on his speargun and jumps in. “Whoo!” The winter isn’t the best season for fishing, so Eastwood isn’t expecting much—maybe a yellowf in tuna or a white sea bass if he’s extremely lucky, but more likely a California sheepshead, a docile local species of whitefish. He and Steven free-dive for about an hour but come back empty-handed; they didn’t so much as see a fish. “Nada,” Eastwood says, climbing back aboard. By now the sun is out, the day heating up, Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin blasting on Pandora. Steven motors the boat to a different spot, over a rocky reef, and he and Eastwood suit up again, this time with scuba gear. Eastwood straps on his dive tank and hops in the water. “God, it feels good to pee,” he says, enjoying the wetsuit warmth. Jesse hands down his speargun, and a dive bag in case they see any lobster. “All right,” says Eastwood. “Let’s go find some dinner.” Thirty-five minutes later, they bubble back to the surface. “Fuck, that was a good spot!” says Steven, pulling out his regulator. “I know!” says Eastwood. He f ins over to the boat and hands up his line, with two good-size sheepshead strung on it. He’s also toting a bag filled with about a half-dozen spiny lobsters. “Two shots, two f ish,” he says, smiling. “Now let’s get the fuck out of here.”

good-looking military guy.’ But I really want to play some complex characters with more depth. Real roles that have real demand for acting.” Steven, who’s been listening, grins: “But you’re so pretty!” Eastwood laughs. “Thanks, buddy.” As we near the harbor, the San Diego skyline comes into view. “Beautiful city, huh?” Eastwood says. He likes San Diego because it’s peaceful and the weather is great. “And the people are really active, which is nice,” he says. “Most of my friends are not in the film industry.” Back at his place, Eastwood gives me a quick tour. There’s the garage filled with dude gear— surf boards, paddleboards, golf clubs, lawn chairs, a gun safe. There’s a huge American flag on the front porch, and in the backyard, a pool, a fishing boat, and a volleyball court. The interior is decorated in a sort of post-frat chic, with a pool table covered by architectural blue-

Eastwood and co-star John Boyega battle to save humankind from extinction in Pacific Rim Uprising.

Reeves; other than as a namesake, Clint didn’t appear on the birth certificate. The general public didn’t know about their relationship until years later, after a tabloid exposé. But growing up, Scott says, Clint was always his dad. “For sure, he was busy,” he says. “You gotta remember, at his height he was doing two or three movies a year. But he definitely was there. I shot my first gun with my dad; he taught me how to fish. He did a lot of that stuff.” And even though Clint was already 55 when Scott was born, it didn’t slow him down. “My dad at 50 was like most dads at 30,” Eastwood says. “He was ripped. He’s just a natural athlete.” And just how was Clint Eastwood as a dad? “Pretty hard-ass,” Eastwood says, laughing.

“I’m trying to get out of that pretty boy thing. Hollywood loves to put you in a box. I want to do what Brad Pitt did—get a little down and dirty.”


prints (for the guesthouse he’s building) and a humongous flat-screen TV with a PlayStation. (For the record: Eastwood is single.) “Oh, you want to see something amazing?” he asks. On a bookcase in the living room, there’s an old black-and-white photo of a family on the beach. “Pacific Palisades, 1942,” he says. “This is my Grandma Ruth; my grandfather, Clint Sr.; my Aunt Jeanne; and my dad. Twelve years old. Pretty cool,” he says. “And what’s even crazier is, if you look at a picture of me at 12, you cannot tell the fuckin’ difference.” Eastwood’s family history is slightly complicated. His mom, Jacelyn Reeves, was working as a flight attendant in the 1980s when she met Eastwood’s dad at a restaurant he owned in Carmel, California. Clint was in a decadelong relationship at the time, but he and Reeves started an affair, and in March 1986, Scott was born. His legal birth name was Scott Clinton

“Big shocker. He was very tough, very matterof-fact about it. My dad was gonna man me up for sure. There were no handouts. It was like, go out and get a job, get it done. It gave me a lot of drive: Are you gonna keep busing tables the rest of your life, or are you gonna go work hard and create something?” Growing up, Eastwood moved around between Carmel (where his mom lived), Hawaii (where she later moved), and Los Angeles (where his dad lived while he worked). “I was back and forth,” he says. “I’d piss my mom off, then I’d piss my dad off....” Growing up, his father was “my biggest inf luence and my hero,” but Eastwood never dreamed of being an actor per se. “I always liked movies, I loved the art of telling a story,” he says. “The actor thing was more of a conduit to learn the craft and be a part of it, but I didn’t make it my life. I always thought in the back of my mind,


IT ’S PAST LUNCHTIME and everyone’s starving, so we head back in. On our way, a pod of dolphins appears and starts leaping alongside the boat wake. “A lot of time they come right up,” Eastwood says. “You can literally lean down and pet them.” He runs a hand through his salty blond hair. “Having long hair is so weird,” he says. I tell him it doesn’t seem that long to me—a few inches at most. “It’s the longest it’s been since I was a teenager,” he says. “I’m trying to grow it out for a year or two. Commit to something.” But what about acting gigs? So far, he’s been cast as mostly straight-arrow guys—soldiers and government agents. Wouldn’t long hair limit the kind of roles he could play? Eastwood shrugs. “I’m trying to get out of the pretty-boy thing,” he says. “I want to do what Brad Pitt did—get a little down and dirty. Hollywood loves to put you in a box: ‘You’re the


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‘I’m gonna give this till I’m 30—and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just go be a firefighter.’ My identity was never wrapped up in being an actor.” Despite the famous name, there’s no trace of the entitled scion or slacker prima donna to Eastwood. When he first decided to try acting, at 17, when he was going to community college in Santa Barbara, he insisted on identifying himself as “Scott Reeves” and supported himself busing tables at a brewpub, driving down to L.A. for auditions in his 1991 Crown Vic. (“An old cop car,” he says. “A piece of crap.”) Later on he paid the bills working construction or bartending and valet parking. He says he never got any special treatment from his dad. He’s played tiny roles in four of Clint’s movies— Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino, Invictus, and Trouble With the Curve—but the old man made him audition for them. Indeed, maybe the best glimpse of the Eastwood father-son dynamic can be seen in the one time they’ve shared the screen together, in a scene from Gran Torino where Clint’s crotchety old racist scares off some neighborhood toughs with a gun. “Way to go, old man!” cheers Scott, who plays a dopey local teen. “Shut up, pussy,” snarls Clint.

along? Why not? His truck is parked at the airport, so we hop in my SUV, where I apologize that the passenger seat is covered in sand. “Welcome to my life, bro!” he says cheerily. “It’s all good.” Eastwood grew up f lying with his dad. “Some of my fondest memories were getting in the helicopter with him and flying up to his ranch in Northern California, just the two of us,” he says. “We’d set down in the middle of nowhere, on top of a mountain or in a field, get out, and have a sandwich. Then we’d take off and fly the rest of the way up. I was always like, ‘That is the coolest thing in the world.’” He got his license a few years ago. “People don’t realize, you have to legitimately go back to school for two years,” he says. “It’s like getting a master’s.” He says he loves the freedom of helicopters, the way “you’re not confined to an airport.” Sometimes he’ll fly to L.A. for meetings, but he stresses that he’s still a student. “Even the really good pilots with thousands of hours, they’re never cocky,” Eastwood says. “The learning process never ends.” We pull into the parking lot of McClellan– Palomar, a single-runway airport north of town. Eastwood tells me to park in front of his

“I’m a massive fan of my father. I really admire him. I’d love to do another movie with him before he’s done doing movies. That would be a dream come true.”

Eastwood eventually landed starring roles in a few lesser-seen romances and action flicks as well as supporting roles in bigger movies like Fury, Snowden, and Suicide Squad. (“Suicide Squad—sorry about that one,” he jokes. “I owe you 10 bucks.”) Now that he’s taking over his own mega-budget franchise, he’s thinking about what a career as a leading man might look like. “I admire guys who’ve done the movie star thing really well,” he says. “Leonardo DiCaprio. Mark Wahlberg. Denzel Washington. Harrison Ford.” But he’d also like to produce, and maybe even direct—just like a certain other Eastwood he knows. “I’m a massive fan of my father,” he says. “He went from movie star to director and really had an evolution—telling different kinds of stories. I really admire him. I’d love to do another movie with him before he’s done doing movies—I’m trying to find a great piece of material we could do together. “That,” he says, “would be a dream come true.” EASTWOOD RUNS UPSTAIRS to take a quick shower. “So,” he says when he returns a few minutes later. “Should we do a lap in the chopper?” In order to legally carry passengers, pilots are required to fly at least once every 90 days: what’s known as a “currency f light.” It turns out Eastwood is due for his. Do I want to come


hulking F-150, which is taking up two spots. (“Wow, I parked like an asshole,” he says. “Real dick move.”) We go inside and meet Candise, his f light instructor, who’ll be observing his flight today. She says Eastwood is the real deal. “He’s really knowledgeable, especially for how many hours he has,” she says. “He’s f lown to L.A. a ton of times, flown to Palm Springs to see his mother, to Coachella.” She laughs. “Pretty much what you would do if you had money and a helicopter.” Today we’re f lying in a Robinson R44, a four-seat model popular with many private pilots. Eastwood buckles up and checks his instruments. “We clear?” he asks Candise. She says we’re clear. Eastwood fires up the rotors, and we lift slowly off the ground as he steers us toward the coast. His laid-back vibe recedes a bit. He is more focused, even serious, as he guides us carefully over the turquoise ocean, high above the surf breaks he knows well. “Beautiful!” he says. Eastwood could keep doing this all day, but unfortunately I have to hit the road. So he turns back toward the airport and puts the skids down to drop me off. “Great day!” he shouts over the whirring blades. Then he turns to Candise on the headset: “Now let’s go do some real flying.” A nd w it h t hat , East wood f lashes a thumbs-up and a smile, then takes off again— climbing higher and higher until he disappears out of sight. MJ







Alabama ROAM THE BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST This 181,000-acre swathe of pine and hardwood wilderness, north of Jasper, has 90 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and more than a thousand waterfalls. Inside Bankhead lies the Sipsey Wilderness, a particularly prime 25,770-acre expanse along the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River, one of the state’s few trout spots and a designated Wild and Scenic River. Afterward, visit the nearby Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery, hallowed grounds dedicated to the memories of prized hunting dogs.

ARIZONA OFF-ROAD IN THE DESERTS OF SEDONA The desert outside Sedona is a mountain-biking and hiking hot spot, sure. But it’s also home to some of the country’s best offroad-driving and dune-buggy routes. Broken Arrow gets all the hype, but the Smasher Trail, in Tonto National Forest, with its steep climbs, gnarly obstacles, and desert views, is the way to go. You’ll be lucky if your rig doesn’t get a couple of dings.

Arkansas Hikers climb above the sixmile caldera.

RIDE THE FLOW TRAILS OF BENTONVILLE Over the past decade, the quaint Ozarks town of Bentonville has quietly become a top mountain-biking destination, comprising 40 miles of world-class routes. Start at Slaughter Pen, a 23-mile network of rolling cross-country singletrack, with a good mix of tabletop jumps and obstacles. Next, hit the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve for the double-black-diamond jump trails and black-diamond rock trails.



COLORADO Governor John Hickenlooper

ALASKA CHARTER A FLOATPLANE TO MOUNT ANIAKCHAK Mount Aniakchak, a 3,500-year-old collapsed volcano in the Aleutian Range of southwest Alaska, is one of the leasttrafficked areas in the national park system. Camp in the six-mile-wide caldera, then packraft down the whitewater of the Aniakchak River with the folks at Alaska Alpine Adventures. Don’t be surprised if you see more grizzlies than people.


“The 12-mile West Maroon Pass trail, outside Aspen, goes up and over the Maroon Bells to Crested Butte. It’s about 12,500 feet, and from the top, there are great views of some 14,000-foot peaks. Then it goes over the pass and down the other side and—in the late summer—into a field filled with glorious wildflowers. I hiked it last August, and we were wading through them up to our hips. It started to rain, and it was almost like the flowers were rejoicing, sucking up the water.”


EXPLORE THE LOST COAST This 60-mile stretch of roadless NorCal coastline may be the last truly wild place on the West Coast. Wander black sand beaches, surf cast for perch, roast wild mussels over a driftwood campfire—all in the shadow of the King Mountains.



SET SAIL IN MYSTIC An hour outside Hartford, this handsome shipbuilding village dates to 1654, and you can still find old-school schooners docked at the seaport. After exploring Fishers Island Sound, sail to nearby Mumford Cove or Mouse Island to dig for fresh clams and oysters.

RUN THE JUNCTION AND BREAKWATER TRAIl This five-mile path, in Rehoboth, follows a section of old railroad line through lush, sweeping marshes. It concludes in Lewes Beach, where you can reward yourself for all that exercise with a beer at the top-notch Dogfish Inn.

Cavers descend Fantastic Pit.


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“There’s a series of rivers that comes out of the Everglades—like the Watson and the Chatham. I’m friends with fishing guide Steve Huff; you get in a boat with him and it’s 12 hours of going places where you won’t see another human. It’s not for everyone; there’s an abundance of mosquitoes. But I’m a fly fisherman, so we get back into these creeks, casting at giant tarpon. You see gators, crocodiles. It’s as close to a flashback to what Florida was centuries ago as you’re going to find.”


HAWAII TOUR THE SEA CAVES OF THE NAPALI COAST The 4,000-foot cliffs that dominate Kauai’s Napali Coast make it one of the least-accessible places in Hawaii, but the sea caves that pock the 15-mile shoreline are well worth chartering a boat to explore. “It’ll get pitch-black,” pro surfer John John Florence says. “Then you’ll come around a corner, and there’s an opening in the cave roof with a waterfall falling through it. It’s incredible.”

From the outside, Ellison’s Cave, in northern Georgia, doesn’t look like much—just a two-foot-wide hole in the middle of the woods. But below await 12 miles of subterranean passageways ripe for exploring—not to mention the deepest natural pit in the Lower 48. At 586 feet, the vertical drop, known as Fantastic, is nearly as deep as the Space Needle is tall, and the Incredible Pit, also in Ellison’s, is only 146 feet shallower. No surprise, the cavern is the crown jewel of the TAG Corner, a caving mecca in the worm-eaten hills of the Cumberland Plateau. Ellison’s isn’t even the only pilgrimageworthy spot on Pigeon Mountain. Nearby Pettyjohn’s Cave, with seven miles of passageways, most of which don’t require ropes or harnesses, makes for a killer first foray into DIY subterranean exploring. Or you can have the guides at G3 Adventures show you the way. —J.R. Sullivan



Illinois Riders explore the Magruder Road



WINDSURF IN WOLF LAKE Chicago may be the Windy City, but one of the state’s best windsurfing spots is east of town, in Wolf Lake, 380 acres of inland water on the Indiana border. The lake enjoys strong winds off nearby Lake Michigan but has flatter water, so you can really pick up speed. If you’re new to the sport, Northwestern U’s Sailing Center offers lessons.

Indiana CAMP AT THE INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE This 15,000-acre reserve, outside Michigan City, boasts picturesque dunes, savannas, and swamps and some 15 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. For a morning of lounging, you’ll find the fewest crowds at Mount Baldy Beach; then you can hit the five-mile Cowles Bog Trail for an endurance-testing afternoon hike.


TRAVERSE THE HOLY GRAIL OF BACKCOUNTRY TRAILS Through the middle of the largest chunk of wilderness in the Lower 48 runs a single one-lane trail: the Magruder Road. Located in north-central Idaho, between Elk City and Darby, Montana, the 101-mile unimproved path links the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness and the 1.2-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It’s no doubt one of the country’s wildest and most rewarding hikes or horseback, ATV, or dirt-bike rides. The rugged trail traverses a sea of mountains—home to bighorn sheep, bears, elk, and wolves—and weaves past dozens of subalpine lakes and streams, including the Selway River, equally famous for its rafting and its steelhead. You can drive the Magruder in as little as six hours. But don’t rush it. Pack three or four days’ worth of fuel and gear so you can explore the countless campgrounds, pull-offs, lookouts, and trails along the way. At night, the sky sparkles with constellations you’ve never seen, and in the mornings, you can watch steam rise from spots where elk bedded nearby. Whatever you do, just remember to bring a fly rod in the summer and a can of bear spray in the fall. This is wild country, after all. —Ben Romans

Kentucky SCALE THE CLIFFS OF THE RED RIVER GORGE The Red, as it’s known, is a 26,000-acre climbers’ playground in the Daniel Boone National Forest, with 1,600 routes—including the Golden Ticket and Pure Imagination, two legendary overhung sport climbs, both rated 5.14c and located 50 feet from each other. The Red also has tons of lesser-known gems, such as Gettin’ Lucky in Kentucky (5.10b) and Jesus Wept (5.12d). The cliffs aren’t huge, at least not compared with ones out west, but you’d be hard-pressed to find better juggy, single-pitch sport routes anywhere else in the country. After a day of scaling the walls, grab a slice at Miguels Pizza, a popular climbers’ hangout, in Slade.


LOUISIANA FOLLOW THE AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL The 15 courses that make up this suite of gorgeous low-country links were designed by a murderer’s row of architects, including Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, and Robert T. Jones, and they’re each dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the environment. So it would be tough to go wrong at any of them. That said, a four-day golf road trip—beginning at Audubon Park Golf Course, in New Orleans, and continuing to Carter Plantation, in Springfield; TPC Louisiana, in Avondale; and Atchafalaya at Idlewild, in Patterson—would be damn tough to top.

CLIFF JUMP IN THE CHICKASAW PARK QUARRY The old rock quarry in Chickasaw Park, in Chickasaw County, has 15- to 50-foot ledges perfect for hurling yourself into the water. Obviously, don’t be an idiot and hurt yourself.

Kansas CYCLE THE FLINT HILLS NATURE TRAIL This 117-mile converted railroad corridor runs from Osawatomie to Herington. It’s the longest bike trail in the state and runs through one of the world’s few remaining tallgrass prairies. Stop at Trails Day Cafe, in Council Grove, for the roast buffalo.




Red River Camps, in Portage, Maine.


SPEND A WEEK AT AN OLD-SCHOOL SPORTING CAMP The evening stars winked overhead as I cast toward every slurp and gurgle in the pond, unsure whether my line straightened perfectly or crumpled in a mess. Some casts must have been on target, though, because one wild brook trout after the next grabbed my fly and fought all the way to the canoe. Fishing this good, I’ve learned, is common in the North Maine Woods, a 3.5-million-acre expanse of wild and semiwild timberlands that spans the upper third of the state. Once a year I make the trip to stay at one of the 15 or so sporting camps that remain in this old-growth frontier. They’re part of a tradition that dates to the mid-1800s, when hunters, fishermen, and

outdoor types from across New England began to flock to these north woods to spend their vacations. Today, these little-known, and increasingly rare, retreats still serve as entry points into a near-endless wilderness, teeming with grouse, woodcock, and moose. A favorite camp of mine, Chandler Lake Lodge, three hours north of Bangor, is in the bull’seye of the best brook trout waters in the Lower 48, with tons of hiking, canoeing, and kayaking options to boot. But no matter at which camp you end up, staying at one feels as if you’ve been beamed into a 1950’s L.L. Bean catalog, thanks to the hand-hewn cabins and lumberjack-chic amenities. But the adventure is as real as it gets. —T. Edward Nickens


graze on Assateague Island.




Wild horses

MARYLAND GET LOST ON THE DELMARVA PENINSULA Though the 180-mile-long Delmarva Peninsula, between Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is technically connected to the mainland, the vibe is pure island. Life in the hamlets of Crisfield, Havre de Grace, and Rock Hall still revolves around the ports upon which they were founded, and driving through you’ll pass marshes teeming with crabs, cypress forests, and black-mud swamps. To really feel like you’re in another world, visit Assateague, a 37-mile-long barrier island on Delmarva’s east coast; there you can camp on the dunes where wild ponies and sika deer still roam.



HOOK A TROPHY DURING THE STRIPER RUN Each fall, a frenzy of striped bass charges down the East Coast from Canada to North Carolina’s Outer Banks in one of nature’s greatest displays. Cape Cod, Buzzards Bay, Governors Island, and Martha’s Vineyard are all legendary striper spots and will afford you a chance to hook a serious pig during the blitz.

PEDAL THE BIG M CROSSCOUNTRY TRAIL This 25-mile singletrack loop cuts through the thick woods of the Manistee National Forest, in the uplands of the Udell Hills. The trail has a superb mix of tough, sandy climbs and fast but not terribly technical downhills. Plus, in the winter months, the outer loop stays open for fat-bike-only snow riding.

MINNESOTA BACKPACK THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL This 310-mile trail follows a ridgeline of the Sawtooth Mountains through the dense Superior National Forest and overlooks Lake Superior for much of its length. The southernmost part of the trail begins near Duluth, at the Martin Road Trailhead, but you’d be wise to begin your adventure a little farther north, in Castle Danger, where there’s good parking. Fair warning: The 11-mile portion from Silver Bay to Tettegouche is one of the toughest stretches, with some brutal ups and downs, but the thousand-foot-high views of the lake will quickly make you forget about the burning in your legs. Expect to take two to four weeks to complete the hike, and be sure to arrange a pickup with Superior Shuttle if you don’t want to do an out-and-back hike. (Trust us, you don’t.)


A trail along Minnesota’s North Shore, outside Duluth.



CRUISE THE NATCHEZ TRACE This 444-mile parkway follows a historical route used by Native Americans and settlers from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. Much of the land along the Trace is protected, making for an idyllic motorcycle ride through lush rolling hills. Stop at the Old Country Store, in Lorman, for the fried chicken.

HOOK A TROUT IN THE NORTH FORK OF THE WHITE RIVER The 109-mile North Fork, outside Mountain Grove, is home to the Midwest’s largest wild rainbow population and can rival the West’s big freestone rivers. Canoe from Rainbow Springs down to Dawt Mill Dam for a chance to stick a 20-incher, or hit up guide Brian Wise to really get on fish.

Nebraska GO TANKING ON THE CEDAR RIVER This adventure is a Nebraska original. And no wonder. It’s called tanking, and it involves retrofitting an eight-foot stock tank—normally used for watering cattle—into a lazy-river vessel topped with a plastic picnic table and chairs. That way, you and a few buddies can pound beer as you lazily drift and take in the scenery. What better way to kill a hot Midwestern afternoon, right? In the event you don’t have a spare stock tank lying around, the guide service Get Tanked operates out of Ericson and offers three-hour floats down the Cedar River.


alded landscapes, and it makes for a incredible daylong road trip. Starting in Reno, you’ll soon pass by 17-mile-long Walker Lake and the Hawthorne Army Depot, the largest cache of weapons on the planet, with bunkers dotting the valley. Farther on, there’s the old mining town of Tonopah and the Extraterrestrial Highway, which is about as close to Area 51 as you’ll ever get. As you drive, you’ll occasionally hit a highway junction and see a sign like “Next Gas 126 Miles.” It’s not lying—so fill up. The beauty of this country is its vastness: You can pull over, step out of the car, and feel as if you’re the last person on the planet. —Ryan Krogh


MONTANA Conrad Anker, mountaineer “The canoe float through the Upper Missouri River Breaks Monument, in north-central Montana, is fantastic. It’s been a decade since I visited, and I’m planning to return this summer. The first trip was with the family, when my boys were still in school. This summer, I want to experience the river alone. It’s a good place to reflect on life and have an internal conversation. It will also afford me the chance to take a few side hikes. I’m sure the third time I experience the upper Missouri will be when I’m an old man and the boys and their families haul me along.”

New Hampshire

New Jersey

ENDURE THE PRESIDENTIAL TRAVERSE This 23-mile hike summits all ten 4,000-foot-plus peaks in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, beginning at Mount Madison and ending at Mount Jackson. The hike is a bear, with endless losses and gains in elevation, so give yourself two days to do it. The best views this side of the Rockies are the reward.

CATCH A WAVE IN THE MANASQUAN INLET The waves at Point Pleasant Beach are among the few true big swells on the East Coast. They are consistently good—and consistently crowded, especially in summer. But the surfing is prime year-round, and come fall, the beaches will be deserted, making it the perfect time to hit the water.



Island homes on the


St. Lawrence.


New Mexico SEE THE MOON GLOW AT WHITE SANDS White Sands National Monument, near Las Cruces, with its glistening dunes blown into wavelike patterns, may be one of the U.S.’s most surreal natural wonders. Camp there on a full-moon night during a rainy spring, and you’ll feel as if you’re floating in space.


Thousand Islands is a misnomer. The chain, in northern New York, is, in fact, made up of closer to 2,000 islands strung along the St. Lawrence River—some miles long with little communities, others rocks with just a few trees. Straddling the U.S.–Canada border, this gorgeous archipelago is dotted with inlets and bays, where you can fish for bass, muskie, pike, and walleye in water so clear that you can see the trophies you’re targeting. But the island chain is more than an angling retreat. The 2,636-acre Wellesley Island State Park has campsites, miles of trails, and a marina, where you can rent a jon boat for cruising. And you should have no trouble finding an affordable rental house, many of which share an island with just a few other homes. If you really want seclusion, head north to Canada’s Thousand Islands National Park, where you can paddle out to and camp on an uninhabited isle.


North Dakota




HIKE THROUGH A STONE FOREST Ditch the crowds gawking at prairie dogs in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and hike to the Petrified Forest, a series of sequoia trees turned to stone over eons. To get there, you’ll almost certainly have to pass wild horses and 1,500-pound bison. It’s the closest thing to America’s version of the walking safari.

BIKE THE TRAILS OF CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK The last of the park’s nearly nine miles of purpose-built singletrack opens in May, with berms, jumps, and a twisting layout through the forest along the Cuyahoga River, outside increasingly hip Cleveland. After your ride, head to the Winking Lizard for a tall craft brew and world-class wings.

JUMP THE SAND DUNES OF THE LITTLE SAHARA Rev up the 4x4 and launch yourself off the sand dunes of the Little Sahara State Park, a 1,650-acre mini-desert outside Waynoka. The dunes range from 25 to 75 feet tall, so you better know what you’re doing. After jumping all day, indulge in a sirloin at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City.

SPEND THE NIGHT AT A FIRE LOOKOUT TOWER Decommissioned fire towers dot the Oregon wilderness, and for about $40 a night, you can stay at one of the 20 or so the Forest Service now rents out. Not only do these retreats have killer views, but they also have great hiking right outside the door. Check for availability.



The rainbow trout streaked for cover as I cleared the water from my face mask. We had been locked in a staring contest of sorts, the fish so close that I could see its gills ruffle in the river flow. Gone, too, were a pair of greenside darters and a redbelly dace I’d been stalking, and the tiny madtom that had been skulking at the stream bottom. I had to move only 10 feet to spot another half-dozen fish with kaleidoscopic colors. It was a trove you might expect off a Honduran coral reef, not in the chest-deep waters of the Little Tennessee River, in western North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. But a growing number of Appalachian creek and river snorkelers have learned that you don’t have to travel far to find a dazzling underwater display. The waters of the Southeast are home to half of the United States’ freshwater fish species, and the Little Tennessee, the nation’s first Native Fish Conservation Area, alone boasts at least 100. The American Fisheries Society has called the region “the country’s equivalent of a piscine rain forest.” By that measure, I was snorkeling through an aquatic Amazon of sorts, and all I needed for a taste of the tropics was a pair of river shorts and a cheap snorkel. After a moment of watching the fish, I swam on, pulling myself along the bedrock, a prospector in search of more gold. —T. E. N.

Rhode Island

CANOE THE SUSQUEHANNA The Susquehanna River Trail Middle Section spans 50 miles, from Sunbury to Middletown, and has 23 primitive island campsites for public use. Volunteers maintain the semiwild waterway, helping make it one of the most scenic parts of the state. Hit Blue Mountain Outfitters, in Marysville, if you need a rental canoe.

GO FOR A FIRST-LIGHT SAIL IN NEWPORT Sure, you can catch some serious waves at Ruggles Beach. But Newport, at its heart, is a sailing town, and by boat is the best way to experience it. Wake at dawn and sail past the towering stone walls of Fort Adams, at the mouth of Newport Harbor, and then gawk at the Gilded Age mansions along the Cliff Walk.

South Carolina STALK CHARLESTON’S SALTWATER FLATS The vast salt marshes that surround idyllic Charleston are home to some of the best redfish fly-fishing in the South. The Charleston Angler in West Ashley can outfit you with the right flies, and you can find a lot of good hard-bottom, low-grass areas at the mouth of the Ashley River if you’re wading. Or, for a more productive day, you can hire veteran guide Harry Demosthenes to boat you around. Either way, afterward, head down to Folly Beach for crab cakes, fresh oysters, fried fish, and a bucket of beer at Bowens Island Restaurant, a beachside plywood shack that’s easily the best seafood joint in the state.


SOUTH DAKOTA Tom Brokaw, newsman “I spent my boyhood learning to swim on Lewis and Clark stretches of the Missouri River and trekking through the Black Hills as a Boy Scout. Nowadays my favorite adventure is shooting wild pheasants flushed by my Labs. I like to hunt on cold, windy days along the Missouri, near Gregory and Fort Pierre. The birds rocket out of the cornfields, timber, and ravines like F/A-18s. I’m always grateful when I nail one, and doubly grateful that they can’t shoot back.”

One of Stone Fort’s 700 problems.





For at least a decade, people have been saying that Chattanooga, in southeastern Tennessee, is going to be the next big outdoors town. And though it gets recognized as a must-visit southern city, it hasn’t blown up like folks had hoped. Selfishly, I count this as a good thing, because spots such as Stone Fort—a blue-ribbon boulder field and a host location of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series—have remained mostly local hangouts. Twenty minutes from downtown, on the Montlake Golf Course, the bouldering hub boasts 700 problems, rated V1 to V12, so you’ll have no problem staying busy no matter your skill. The golf course charges $8.75 to climb for the day, and rents crash pads and offers climbing guides to help get you going. Afterward, if it’s Friday, venture up Signal Mountain to catch live old-time bluegrass at the Mountain Opry, off Highway 127. —J.R.S.






A kayaker paddles Devils River rapids.

UTAH VISIT THE MOST DISPUTED MONUMENT Bears Ears National Monument, which the Trump administration is in the process of downsizing, has long been at the center of the fight for public lands. It also happens to be one of the best places in the Southwest to explore. For starters, you can hike to the ruins known as House on Fire, Pueblo granaries at the base of a rock feature with swirling marks resembling flames. Then there are the North and South Six Shooters, twin sandstone towers that sit nearly 6,000 feet atop talus cones and are famous among rock climbers. What’s more, the upper section of the San Juan River, from the put-in at the Sand Island Recreation Area to the take-out at Mexican Hat, makes for a mellow paddle through scenic canyon country, with thousands of petroglyphs etched into the red cliffs. —Jayme Moye

GO BOWFISHING FOR INVASIVE CARP As invasive Asian carp have slowly moved up the Mississippi River into Wisconsin, competing for resources with native fish, bowfishing—in which an angler uses specialized archery gear to shoot and retrieve fish—has caught on as a way to address the issue. Yes, it’s kind of redneck. Yes, it’s a helluva lot of fun.



VERMONT Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards “Mount Mansfield, outside Stowe, has so much personality, in part because it has all these old, mostly forgotten hand-cut ski trails. My favorite is called the Bruce Trail, and it’s the oldest on the mountain. It runs through the woods and is only 25 feet at its widest. It’s the quietest place in my world.”



ROAD TRIP DOWN THE OYSTER TRAIL This food tour includes more than 40 top Virginia seafood joints. But the event not to miss is the Chef’s Table Tour, during which you’ll be boated to the Pleasure House Oysters farm, and, while wading up to your knees, be able to gorge on oysters plucked straight from the Lynnhaven River.

CAMP IN THE ENCHANTMENTS The Enchantment Lakes basin is a series of glacial cirques boasting towering peaks, clear lakes, and ancient larch trees. Permits go fast, and it takes nothing short of a seven-mile hike to reach the lower basin. But the reward is solitude in one of the most stunning wilderness areas in the Lower 48.

West Virginia



Two hours outside Del Rio, the Devils River is perhaps the wildest, purest stretch of whitewater in Texas. Fed almost entirely by natural springs, it is a deep Caribbean-blue gash through soaring, sun-bleached limestone cliffs. It holds large- and smallmouth bass, catfish, and giant carp. But the landscape is the draw. The river runs through the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, the savanna-like Edwards Plateau, and the shrublands of Tamaulipan mesquital. On a recent trip, my buddies and I paddled through placid canyon pools, braided streams best waded with a steady hand on the boat, and obstacle-course rapids. We pitched tents feet from the river, on smooth ridges formed from the coral beds of an ancient sea, the Milky Way sprawled overhead, scorpions skittering underfoot. —T.E.N.


RIDE THE WHITEWATER OF THE GAULEY RIVER The famed New River deserves all the hype it gets among rafters. But the Gauley River is by far the gnarliest piece of whitewater in the state, if not the entire eastern seaboard. It runs for only six weeks in the fall, when the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Dam. But this narrow window provides a chance to ride the Gauley through 25 miles of rugged country that drops nearly 700 feet. You will leave with a story. Guaranteed.

A mild stretch of the Snake River.

WYOMING Dan and I were standing on a bridge south of Jackson, watching as the Snake River rushed by. “You’ve paddleboarded before, right?” he asked. We had just started dating. I nodded slowly. I wasn’t being dishonest, exactly. I had ridden a standup paddleboard, or SUP, on lakes a few times. But the Snake, with its swift current, surfable swells, and massive boulders to dodge, was nothing like the flat water I’d explored. We were about to head down a nine-mile stretch of the river, from South Park to Astoria Bridge. What was I doing? At the water’s edge, I stepped on my rented board and followed Dan out of the eddy. I wasn’t feeling totally confident

about my SUP skills yet, but it was a gorgeous day, and we had the place to ourselves. We followed the river through Class II rapids, a good intro to whitewater. Then we found swells. We surfed one roller-coaster wave train after the next, getting drenched by surges the size of compact cars, a rush unlike I’d ever experienced. Despite a few wobbles and a near collision with Dan, I never fell off. At a swimming hole, we laughed as we plunged off our boards and listened to our voices echo through the canyon. By the time we reached Astoria Bridge, a few hours later, I could tell Dan was impressed. “That was actually my first time paddleboarding a river,” I told him. He laughed. “I know,” he said. —Megan Michelson



is a classic, cafeteria-style “meat and three,” and it’s packed, mostly with working folks on their lunch breaks—telephone repairmen, still wearing their baseball caps; girlfriends, four to a table, leaning in close. I’m seated at a corner table, the only empty one remaining, waiting on John Prine. He arrives, pushing through the old glass double doors. No one looks up, which is probably one of the reasons he comes here. When I rise to greet him, Rose Arnold, the diner’s coowner, glides from out of nowhere, like a free safety descending on a receiver who’s gotten behind a linebacker and is out in space. “Do you know this man, John?” Arnold asks. And Prine, who doesn’t know me from boo, nods, smiles carefully, shakes my hand. He’s wearing black jeans, a black sweater, a black leather jacket, and round designer black sunglasses. We head over to the buffet, Prine moving with a bowlegged, rocking gait, like an old rodeo cowboy. He piles his tray with roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken-fried steak, simmering brown gravy. The servers here seem to know him, greeting him with great fondness. Prine tells me that on days when they have banana cream or strawberry pie, Arnold always hides the last piece and saves it for him. We carry our trays back to the table and, like country folks,


begin talking about the weather. A waiter with a slight limp, his vague stoop not unlike Prine’s, keeps stopping by, asking if we want more sweet tea, wiping crumbs from our table, refilling our water glasses. When Prine begins telling a story, time seems to slow down. The topic at the moment is cigarettes, which he gave up after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 1996—surgeons had to cut out a chunk of his neck and irradiated his throat for six weeks. He says he still misses cigarettes “desperately, every day.” The last song on Prine’s new album, Tree of Forgiveness—his first new material in 13 years—is called “When I Get to Heaven,” but it’s no sad dirge. Instead, like many of Prine’s best songs, it’s rollicking and funny, a list of all the fine things Prine, now 71, will be able to do when “on up to heaven he does ride.” Among the highlights: “I’m gonna smoke a cigarette nine miles long.” In the middle of our lunch, Fiona Prine, John’s third wife and his manager, stops by— to suss me out, I think. The two have been together for 30 years; now 56, she’s striking, with lush red hair and a freckled face that radiates passion and authority. “What you see with him is what you get,” Fiona tells me about her husband. “What I saw when I met him is exactly what I got. He’s the real deal.” She shakes my hand again and is off, and I have the not-uncomfortable feeling of having been evaluated and found trustworthy. After Fiona goes, John tells me the story of how they met. It was 1988, at an afterparty at Blooms Hotel in Dublin, where Prine was on tour. “I was at this bar trying to get a drink, and I was 14 people back,” Prine says. “I had my guitar with me. I couldn’t get to the front, so I went around to the other side. And there was this Irish actress at the end—she said to me, ‘C’mere, John Prine, there’s someone I want you to meet.’ It was Fiona. Fiona said, ‘I saw you play when I was 17. When will I hear you next?’ And I said, ‘Right now,’ and walked up on stage with her and just started playing. And oh yeah, it was love at first sight.” Five years later, they moved to Nashville. Soon they had

a son, Tommy, and 10 months later, another, Jack. “Irish twins,” Prine says. (He also adopted Fiona’s son from a previous marriage, Jody.) “Anyway,” Prine says, “that’s how I remember it. You might want to check with her on her version.” As we box up our leftovers, a middle-aged guy in a white shirt, dress pants, and a grin the size of an alligator’s approaches our table— Arnold accompanies him, assuring Prine that “he’s a good guy.” The man shakes Prine’s hand, tells him he’s been a fan for years, reels off one favorite song after another. Prine says he’s real glad to hear that, and an awkward silence ensues. The guy just keeps standing there, smiling. The muscles in his face suggest he’s almost always smiling. We say goodbye, clear our dishes, and take our leave. Prine has to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get an annual emissions check. JOHN PRINE HAS BEEN WRITING SONGS

and making records—20 of them—since 1971. He’s never had a true hit single or upended the

From top left: Posing for a portrait in New York City, 1972; backstage with Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan in 1975; sharing the stage with Jason Isbell in Nashville, 2015. Left: Chatting with his


wife, Fiona, 1991.

Nashville music machine, the way Waylon, Willie, and the rest of the Outlaws did. There is no John Prine legend, not really. He has never stomped out the lights of the Opry like Johnny Cash, or drunkenly driven his lawn mower to the liquor store like George Jones, or served time like Merle Haggard. Hollywood will never produce a biopic about his life, like Ray or Walk the Line. Nonetheless, Prine is among the most revered and inf luential country artists of all time, having gained notoriety not for his antics or charisma but for his ability to turn a phrase. With songs like “Angel From Montgomery,” “Paradise,” and “In Spite of Ourselves,” he has amassed a legion of devoted fans, who cherish him like the world’s greatest secret. Kris Kristofferson, who discovered him, once said Prine was so good that other musicians were “going to have to break his fingers,” and Bob Dylan said, “Prine’s stuff is Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.” Prine is often compared to Dylan. But while Dylan is a poet, Prine is a storyteller. He favors old-fashioned “story songs,” carrying on a narrative tradition blazed by the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, and Jimmie Rodgers nearly a century ago. His songs have a clear beginning, middle, and end, and are often populated by working-class characters, like the folks he grew up among. Over the years, he has written his share of sad songs, such as “Unwed Fathers” and “Hello in There.” But he’s at his best when he’s spinning a yarn, whether about family vacations gone awry, a dog nicknamed Pumpkin, or Jesus Christ’s early years before hitting it big. He is a sucker for a good punch line, and on stage, he laughs at his own jokes the way your grandfather might. To say he is the most beloved living songwriter would be selling him short somehow. Because for a lot of

“PRINE’S STUFF IS MIDWESTERN MIND TRIPS TO THE NTH DEGREE,” BOB DYLAN SAID. “AND HE WRITES BEAUTIFUL SONGS.” people, he is also their favorite person. “He goes out and sings a heartbreaking song about his divorce every night, makes it new, makes it sadder every time,” says the singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, a close friend of Prine’s. (Prine is godfather to his daughter.) And yet for a legend, he’s strikingly humble, as down to earth as ever. “How he is offstage is how he is on,” Isbell says. “The only difference is, he has a guitar and things are rhyming.” WE CLIMB INTO A BLACK CADILLAC ESCA-

lade and head over to the DMV, Prine relaxing behind the wheel. “Man,” he says, “this is a good way to do an interview.” When we arrive, four lanes of cars and trucks wind serpentinely in waiting, for what seems like miles. Prine owns four Cadillacs—a 1999 DeVille, a 1993 Eldorado, and two Escalades, a 2006 and this 2011 model. Clearly, he loves cars. “Sometimes I stay up late lookin’ at ’em online,” he tells me. He remembers the first car he ever drove: his family’s 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook. “My dad said I could drive it so long as I stayed in the driveway,” he says. “It was a short driveway. It was hard to even get going fast enough to shift to second. It was years before I ever hit third. I kept running into the garage door.” That was in Maywood, Illinois, where Prine grew up in the 1950s, the son of Bill and Verna Prine. Bill was a tool- and diemaker; Verna, a homemaker. Bill never made it past high

school, and neither did John. “Man, I hated school,” Prine says. To keep from going crazy, he says. “I’d stare at the buttons on the teacher’s shirt the whole class.” For a brief period, gymnastics seemed to offer a way out. “I was pretty darned good,” he says; he even made it to the state finals. But he eventually left the squad and instead became, he says, “a juvenile delinquent guitar player.” In 1966, Prine was drafted into the Army, and drew lucky: He didn’t go into battle but worked as a bulldozer mechanic outside Stuttgart, Germany. It was a skill he did not possess; he had somehow aced a multiple-choice aptitude test. He often woke up hungover; to sleep it off, he would crawl under the dozers in the morning and rig a sling up in the maw, sleeping while it looked to all the rest of the world like he was busting his knuckles on a monkey wrench. (He did eventually learn how to repair them.) Returning to Maywood, he got a job with the Postal Service. He made up songs on his route, then practiced them in a little shed, tucked out of the rain and snow and cold— songs about Vietnam, loveless marriages, coal mining stripping away paradise, and about heaven. Eventually, he went to the Fifth Peg, a club in nearby Chicago, downed a few beers, and, on a dare, ended up onstage, playing to about six people. “But those six people went out and brought six more the next week,” Prine says. “My fans have always taken care of me.” Prine was soon playing clubs a few nights a week, waking up bleary-eyed for his earlymorning mailman route. Pretty soon, the money from gigs exceeded the mailman paycheck. But it took him a while to work up his nerve to tell his dad he was quitting his job with steady employment for life to become a musician. His father didn’t say anything at first, just thought for a long time before finally speaking. “All he said,” says Prine, “was, ‘Watch out for those fuckin’ lawyers.’” In 1971, Kristofferson saw Prine perform at Chicago’s Quiet Knight pub, was blown away by the songs, and helped Prine land a deal with Atlantic Records. “People give me credit for ‘discovering’ John Prine,” Kristofferson later


said. “That’s like saying Columbus discovered America. It was already here.” AT TH E D M V, WE ’ R E STI LL I N LI N E . B U T

Prine seems oddly content. “I like doing chores,” he says. We creep ever closer to the test. “I’d play on the roof of the DMV if they’d pay me,” he says. “In my backyard. Anywhere.” Finally a DMV technician completes the test, notates the emission—the Escalade passes—and we roll over to Prine’s office and studio in the Germantown district, listening to 89.5, Nashville’s Americana station. We park by the Cumberland River and walk past an abandoned meatpacking factory, its long-dormant looming smokestacks stained and most of its dusty windows broken. It looks like a tableau from the senescent Midwest, and Prine says that’s why he likes it. We cross the parking lot to a basement office: more of a bunker, really, a musician’s man cave. Old photos, not of musicians but of sound engineers and producers, hang on the wall. “It’s mainly a place to keep my pool table,” Prine says—it glows with new green felt. The little one-room studio makes sense. Prine has never really had any big hits. His closest brush with the charts probably came back in 1971, when he and his friend Steve Goodman attempted to write the “perfect country and western song.” With typical generosity, Prine gave the tune, and the rights, to Goodman, and the song—“You Never Even Called Me by My Name”—eventually was a top 10 single for David Allan Coe. As a thank-you, Goodman gave his friend a beautiful, gold, ancient Wurlitzer jukebox. It looks like it could be a tollbooth at the pearly gates. Prine pushes a button, and the golden arm within the glass dome lifts a platter and slides it into position under the needle, the motion smooth as a Cadillac’s. Perry Como’s voice comes back from the dead, crooning; fills the room, stops time. Or, at least, keeps it at bay. THE NEXT MORNING, PRINE PICKS ME

up at my hotel. He’s in a different Caddy today, that cherry-red two-tone 1993 Eldorado Classic. He bought it online, drawn by the low mileage. Sitting low in the seat, he looks raffish. It

makes me wonder: How does a happy man, a contented man, write so well about loneliness? I’m thinking about these lines from one of my favorite songs, 1995’s “We Are the Lonely”: There’s a girl I swear I never see I hear the ringing of her phone She must live up there all alone She hangs her clothes out on the line They’re hanging there right next to mine And if the wind should blow just right She could be in my arms tonight

“I embraced loneliness as a kid,” Prine says. “I know what loneliness is. When you’re at the end of your rope. I never forget those feelings.” He pauses. “Who wants to write about happy things?” After his cancer surgery, many fans feared


In Person & On Stage (2010)

Bruised Orange (1978) More radio-

Sweet Revenge (1973) Prine’s over-

A live album of hits and deep cuts that won Prine a legion of young fans and shows he had only improved with age.

friendly than Prine’s early efforts, this is his best album from start to finish, opening with the bouncy “Fish and Whistle.”

looked third album boasts sing-alongs like “Please Don’t Bury Me” and the devastating “Christmas in Prison.”


John Prine (1971) A staggering debut, loaded with nowclassic songs, including “Spanish Pipedream,” “Angel From Montgomery,” and “Paradise.”

that Prine might never sing again. Instead, a lot of people think Prine’s voice has improved since the treatment—it’s now a warm, gravelly growl, more in line with his conversational voice. A friend’s low purr. Prine tells me about his writing process: “I have one thing—a funny line.” And then, on the other end, as he explains it, is the story, the heart, the emotion. “And I draw a thread to go from the one to the other.” And he does it like nobody else, going from first to third gear so smoothly that you don’t even realize you’re still laughing. Take this gem from 1973’s “Christmas in Prison”: “She reminds me of a chess game with someone I admire, or a picnic in the rain after a prairie fire. Her heart is as big as this whole goddamn jail.” Prine guns the Eldorado, and I find myself thinking back to something Fiona told me. She was describing that night in Dublin, when she first saw Prine approaching her, the hammering of her heart, the adrenaline running down through her arms and into the tips of her fingers. She was working with U2 at the time, at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. Hundreds of kids would line up outside her office each day, hoping for a peek at Bono. But her eyes were set on Prine. “He’s the real deal; he’s organic,” she says. “He is always in his body, always in the moment. Sometimes it drives me crazy, and sometimes it’s the most beautiful, wonderful thing in the world.” He takes care of us, and his fans keep taking care of him. I like to think of Prine as the unknown Buddha of America. “You forgive us, we’ll forgive you,” he sings in “Fish and Whistle,” from the 1978 album, Bruised Orange. “We’ll forgive each other till we both turn blue, then we’ll whistle and go fishing in heaven.” MJ

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Weighted Vest Workout

100 | Burpees were hard enough already. Now add 20 pounds.

Kimchi on Everything

104 | The spicy Korean dish has impressive nutrition credentials.

“The Gang Gets in Shape”

106 | It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia writer-actor Glenn Howerton on how he stays fit.

Make Running Fun Again

107 | If your morning miles have become a drag, we’ve got 13 fixes.

Health News

110 | Rounding up


the latest research, expert advice, and water-cooler fodder.

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Weighted Vest Circuit Body-weight moves will get you fit. But add 20 extra pounds, and those moves go from standard to scorcher, with strength and aerobic gains along the way. by LAURA WILLIAMS

IN THE WORLD of resistance train-

ing, barbells and free weights get all the glory. But strength gains don’t come from heav y lifting alone. They come from progressive overload— consistently placing your muscles, tendons, and ligaments under greater levels of stress. Training with a weight vest can get you there. “It allows you to add external resistance while keeping movements more realistic and safe,” says CJ McFarland, head strength and conditioning coach for Onnit Gym in Austin, Texas. For instance, think about doing a weighted squat jump, like the one to the right, while holding a kettlebell. It would be awkward to move and hard to grip, and your arms would be pinned in front of you. A vest allows your full range of motion while giving you the added resistance to improve your fitness. The vest has slots that allow you to change the weight as you go along. When you first put it on, keep it light and move around to get a feel

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THE WARMUP Wearing the vest, walk briskly for 5 minutes, then perform body-weight squats, walking lunges, and lateral squat walks, doing each movement for 30 seconds, repeating the series twice.

1B Squat Jump 30 SECONDS

From standing, drop into a squat. As you bend your knees, swing arms backward, keeping the weight in your heels. Throw your arms forward and up as you spring into the air. Land with soft knees and hips slightly bent, and immediately drop into next squat to repeat. Rest 30 seconds.

THE WORKOUT There are 4 sets of moves. Start with set 1, complete 2 or 3 rounds, then move on to the next. After you’ve completed all 4 sets (8 moves in total), do it again. The workout should take you 30–45 minutes.

Start on hands and balls of your feet, legs slightly bent and butt in the air. Step forward with your right hand, then left foot, left hand, then right foot. Continue moving forward about 10 feet, then reverse the movement, crawling backward to the starting position. Rest 30 seconds.

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for it. Make sure it’s tight enough not to jostle when you’re jumping. And yes, breathing is a little harder with the vest on. It presses on your diaphragm and intercostals—two of the breathing muscles. That constriction actually helps increase your aerobic capacity, McFarland says. At the very least, it’ll make unweighted squat jumps feel almost too easy.

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2A Sprinter’s Lunge 30 SECONDS

Start in a lunge, left leg back and skimming the ground. Jump up explosively, drawing left knee high in front of your body. Land back in the lunge position with your left leg behind you. Continue on the same side for all reps. Switch legs each round. Rest 30 seconds.




Pushup Plus 30 SECONDS

Perform a pushup, but rather than stopping at the top when you return to the plank position, engage your back and chest, press through the palms, and reach your shoulders a little higher to add the “plus.” Rest 30 seconds.


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Throughout the workout during the rest periods, vary the vest weight, McFarland says. Insert more pounds for the lower-intensity moves (pushup, side plank), and back off for highintensity portions like the stair climb and bear crawl. It’s safer, and you won’t burn out too fast.


3A 3B Stair Climb 30 SECONDS

Plank Jack Half-Burpee 30 SECONDS

Moving as fast as you can—walk, jog, or sprint— travel up and down a flight of stairs, taking steps one at a time. Rest 15 seconds.

Start in a high pushup position. Keeping torso steady, hop feet straight out to the side, hop them back to center, then hop both feet forward, drawing your knees to your chest. Immediately hop your feet to start and repeat. Rest 15 seconds.

4A Crab Reach 30 SECONDS

Sit on your butt, legs bent, feet flat on the ground, hands to your sides. Press up to lift hips high off the ground. Shift your weight to your right palm, reaching your left arm across your body over your head. If you can, simultaneously extend your right knee, lifting your foot from the floor. Return your left hand and right foot to the ground as you lower your hips. Repeat on opposite side. Rest 15 seconds.



At first, a weighted vest can make you feel off-kilter. It changes your center of gravity, adding more poundage to your torso than you’re used to, which can tip you forward. Correct it by focusing on form, engaging your core, and keeping shoulder blades contracted and pulled down.

4B Side Plank Hip Dip 30 SECONDS


Start in a side plank on your left side, feet stacked, left forearm on the floor. Lower your hips toward the floor, then use your core to draw them back to the original position. Switch sides for the next set. Rest 15 seconds.

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t a n g y, thousand-year-old Korean staple made by fermenting cabbage and assorted vegetables. Traditionally it is eaten as an appetizer, though recently it’s become a gastropub darling, found atop hot dogs, tacos, and more. And it has health bona fides. “Kimchi possesses anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer, and antiobesity properties,” f inds a review of research from Frontiers in Microbiology. For athletes with common GI issues like abdominal pain, bloating, and “runner’s K I M C H I I S A S P I C Y,

trots,” kimchi’s 900 strains of probiotics can help the gut biome—bacterial f lora that aids in digestion—to alleviate symptoms. Those probiotics might boost performance, too. Your intestines pull out fluids, nutrients, and electrolytes from everything you consume and send them into the bloodstream, and highintensity workouts can actually suppress intestinal function, according to researchers from the Medical University of Bialystock in Poland. Probiotics help the organs return to normal functioning—so the Gatorade you guzzle at mile 15 can reach its full potential.

Once limited to K-town markets, the insanely healthy slaw should be in every fit guy’s fridge. by MARJORIE KORN


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Why We’re Kimchi Crazy

Kimchi is packed with healthy raw materials, too. Cabbage contains vitamins A and C and fiber, as well as lutein and beta-carotene, which are good for your eyes and skin. Flavonoid-rich onions and garlic join the party, helping with heart and brain health. And spicy chilies may help boost metabolism. Buy refrigerated kimchi from the supermarket to start. After you’re hooked, try your hand at making it from scratch. (We like Rachel Yang’s cookbook My Rice Bowl, which has seven variations.) You’ll spend the fermentation time devising lots of dishes to put it on. Q

Popular opinion says that as we age, we need to give our joints a break. Box jumps and basketball are a younger man’s game. Over time, too much pounding degrades cartilage, puts excess pressure on tendons, and causes arthritis. Or we simply creak when ascending a flight of stairs. But that’s just not how the body works. The way to keep your joints functioning properly is to work them out. Think about the way you build and maintain muscle. When you lift weights and increase the load over time, your muscles adapt by getting stronger. Now take jumping and all the other moves that force you to get some air. When you land, you’re placing a bigger-than-body-weight force on the bones. It puts stress—in a good way—on your limbs, helping to preserve bone density. You’re also taxing the tendons that connect the muscles to those bones, forcing the tendons to get stronger, which is the best way to bolster strength and mobility. If you haven’t done sets of box jumps in a while, go easy to avoid ankle sprains. Try jumping jacks, skipping rope, and high knees. Or choose a lower box for box jumps. But do something. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Q



Give Your Joints a Pounding High-impact movements are the enemy of healthy knees, right? Dead wrong, says Paul Ochoa, a physical therapist in New York City. In fact, it’s what keeps them going strong.


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badly. I was in my mid-30s and producing It’s Always Sunny with a skeleton crew. I’d had back problems since my 20s, but they started to get worse. There was a lot of pressure on me, so I’d pop a few Advils and try to grit through it. I could get through a day as long as I wasn’t filming a scene that involved jumping on a trampoline or diving into a pool. But it got to the point where my back was locking up every four to six weeks. I’d be putting on a sock, then it would be game over, and I’d be in bed for an entire day. I ended up seeing a neuromuscular expert named Sam Visnic, who helped me relax overworked muscles and activate others instead. It’s hard to describe the movements we do: He lies me down, puts my legs at a 90-degree angle, thrusts my pelvis, then cocks my right foot forward as I squeeze a ball between my knees. But it works. Since I started seeing him three years ago, my back hasn’t seized up once.

On the Sunny Side

The Write Stuff

How Glenn Howerton, star of the new NBC comedy A.P. Bio and a creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, realized his health was no joke.




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things he says—like “working out the glamour muscles” and “popping the shirt off ”—are cribbed straight from guys I used to know. That said, I do want to look good on camera. For Season 7 of It’s Always Sunny, Rob McElhenney, who plays Mac, put on 50 pounds of fat as a gag and tried to get me to do the same. But that wasn’t exactly the direction I wanted to go. I want to lead a healthy life; I just don’t want to be obnoxious about it.

Back Track A turning point in my health came in 2013, when my lower back started to seize up really MEN’S JOURNAL

Big Ambitions The main reason I train is so I can pick up my two sons, ages 3 and 6, without having to think twice about it. But I do just enjoy challenging my body. It wouldn’t be realistic for the professor I play in A.P. Bio to be shredded within an inch of his life—but, as much as I spoofed hard-body types in It’s Always Sunny, I look forward to landing a superhero role one day that gives me the excuse to. After all, who wouldn’t want to get paid to put on 50 pounds of muscle? —AS TOLD TO CHARLES THORP


myself as a leading man. But when I moved to Los Angeles, in the early 2000s, I kept getting pushed into those kind of roles. Not only that, male actors all seemed to think that they needed to be as cut as Brad Pitt in Fight Club. I have nothing against being ripped, but it was a ridiculous standard. In helping to create It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I had the chance to lampoon some of the stereotypes I’d encountered. My character, Dennis Reynolds, is obsessed with his appearance, and some of the douchey

Nowadays, I spend a lot of my time sitting at a desk working, whether for It’s Always Sunny or A.P. Bio. Given my history of back pain, I have to counteract sitting all day with regular training, which I’ve made a firm part of my schedule. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I train in my home gym, usually in the late afternoon. I recently switched from lifting to doing more body-weight exercises. For my glutes, I’ll do pistol squats while holding a medicine ball. For my arms, I’ll do pullup variations—overhand to underhand, wide grip to narrow grip. I have a ball grip add-on that I put on the bar, which makes pullups brutal. On Tuesday and Thursday, I do yoga, which has improved my f lexibility, and I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with it. I’ve also learned that I look and feel my best when I eat a high-protein, high-fat diet—a lot of meat and avocado, basically—with lots of vegetables. I’m not afraid to make a good bone broth or add bacon fat to a meal, either.

*OK, we can’t guarantee it. But we did survey the experts—as well as the speediest Men’s Journal staffers and friends—to find out what they do when they want to reignite their excitement for running. Because, let’s face it: As meditative as running can be, it can also be tedious. After a while, the comfort of a familiar route can grow humdrum. We’ve all had those mornings when we lace up our sneakers and find that our heart’s just not in it. When you’ve already tried downloading a new playlist, adding in fartleks, and dropping a small fortune on fancy new shoes, yet you’re still feeling meh, these tips will help you shake off your running ennui.

Get Out of Your Running Rut



13 Guaranteed* Ways to Make You Enjoy Your Miles Again


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Ten or 15 minutes will get your heart rate up, work your legs and abs, test your balance, and engage your brain. Plus, if you have a hilly race coming up, this type of interval training will help get you prepped. Don’t be surprised: You’ll be sucking oxygen big-time the first few ascents. Stick with it for three or four reps and you’ll get in the groove.


If you run at night, go in the morning…


Get outta town Running the routes near your home can get monotonous. You might get



…and if you go early, run at night If you’re used to shaking off stiffness in your first couple of morning miles, you might find an evening run is easier, since your muscles are pliable from moving around all day, says Jason Fitzgerald, author of Running for Health and Happiness. Plus, you’ve been


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a kick from a change in scenery, and it doesn’t have to be all that drastic. Jump in your car and go to a local nature preserve or trail. Or take a day trip to a nearby city and include a running segment. You can even plan your own mini-event, roping in your significant other or a group of friends. Map out a point-to-point adventure. Try taking a train or bus to a different town and running home or even hoofing it to a different train station and hopping a ride back into the city while enjoying your recovery drink of choice.


Trails are the antidote for the pace-obsessed. Uneven terrain forces you to slow down and temporarily break up with your split time. Plus, it tests your balance and stabilizing muscles, says Mario Fraioli, a run coach in San Francisco. Also, trails are beautiful.


Yeah, getting up early is rough, but there’s something invigorating about running when the sun rises. And getting your miles in early gives you a sense of accomplishment that may carry you through the day (and avoids any nighttime excuses). Bonus: Research from Appalachian State University finds that morning exercisers lower their blood pressure more than those who go in the afternoon or evening—and they sleep better, too.

eating all day, filling up your tank, unlike morning runners, who are exercising in a fasting state. And if you had a bad day at the office, you can take it out on the road, which is certainly healthier than drinking your feelings.


Splurge on a nice technical pair. (We like the Vertex Over-the-Calf Light by Darn Tough for $25.)

Ditch your tracker


For a day. Or a week. Maybe longer. “More data is valuable until it becomes problematic,” Fitzgerald says. You might have gone for a perfectly great run, except you were a minute off your normal pace and now you’re annoyed. Or you spend the whole time doing pace mathematics in your head and never give your mind a chance to wander. Think of it as an exercise in discovery. You may find you vary your speeds more, explore different routes on a whim, or notice the details of the terrain with greater interest. You’ll also have more head space to listen to your body’s cues of energy and fatigue.


Buy new socks Conventional wisdom says you get out of a running rut with a new pair of shoes. But a new pair of socks can give you that same emotional bounce.


Try the treadmill Yeah, we can’t believe we’re suggesting it, either. But it has legit pluses. If you’ve been having trouble with a speed plateau, a treadmill can force you to get over it. And despite what your hardcore runner friends say, running in a downpour sucks.



Running with others keeps you accountable and—if you like the person—gives you something to look forward to. Pick a partner who’s faster than you and work on your speed, or find a buddy who’s a little slower and use those days for recovery and simply enjoying the run. Your local shoe store may have a meet up for group runs, too. A study from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine found that people who worked out in groups were happier physically, mentally, and emotionally than those who exercised alone.

Run for good Volunteer for your local chapter of Achilles’ International. The organization partners able-bodied runners with athletes with disabilities. They go on group runs, train together, and race, too. Volunteers at all speeds are needed, but the main takeaway from the outings won’t be your splits. MEN’S JOURNAL


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Health News

A roundup of discoveries, updates, and advice to keep you living (and looking) your best. by MELAINA JUNTTI vs.

Sweet Dreams Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night does more than make you well-rested. It may also help you say no to sugar, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at King’s College London took 42 adults who typically slept five to seven hours a night and had half of them get more shut-eye. They all wore sleep trackers and kept food journals. Four weeks later, those who slept less ate 10 grams more added sugar than their better-rested counterparts—equivalent to a handful of M&Ms. “It might just be that going to bed earlier reduced their opportunities for late-night snacking,” says researcher Wendy Hall. “But evidence also suggests that sleep deprivation increases the brain’s reward mechanisms, which govern the desire for highly palatable foods.” Munchies, anyone?


The amount of low-intensity physical activity a day that can slash your risk of heart disease by 24 percent, according to a 15-year study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet. And we mean low-intensity: Think sweeping the garage and pacing around your office.


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That friend who never traded punk rockers Black Flag for something a little less aggro? He’s probably got more testosterone than his easy-listening peers. Researchers in Japan compared a group of volunteers’ musical preferences against their T levels. The difference was stark. Men who preferred rock, metal, and punk (aka “unsophisticated” music, per researchers) had more of the male hormone than the guys who were turned on by jazz, classical, and the like. (Women’s testosterone levels followed the same pattern but to a lesser degree.) So what makes a testosteronefueled dude dig Led Zeppelin over Kenny G? A few theories: It could be that the amygdala—the part of the brain that connects sound and emotions—affects hormone production. Maybe a man’s T level influences his personality and, with that, taste. Or possibly, mellow dudes just dig mellow music.


How can I get rid of love handles? Everybody knows what love handles are, and nobody loves them. Most adult men have some of that ring of flank fat—skinny and fat and athletic guys, even trainers. Getting rid of them is anatomically complex. Over the years, a layer of fat develops over our oblique muscles, which sit on the sides of our torsos. That subcutaneous fat, just below the skin, is what hangs over your waistband. And diet and exercise can’t always solve it. If it bothers you, there are medical interventions that can help. For decades, liposuction was the go-to treatment. But in recent years, noninvasive devices that freeze or melt fat are becoming mainstream. CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing technology. You can expect around 20 percent fat destruction. Each treatment takes about an hour. Newer to t he game is tr uSculpt 3D, which heats fat to destruction using a radiofrequency handpiece. It’s a painless, 15-minute procedure with no downtime afterward. Patients even report significant skin tightening, which also helps diminish the appearance of love handles. (This is not surprising, as we have used radio-frequency heating to build collagen and tighten skin for years.) Treatment for each of these methods starts at $750, and the number of sessions you need depends on the individual. Whichever you choose, results will be better if you have good muscle tone, so eating right and working out your core are important. But know that love handles don’t have to be forever.



A DIET THAT FIGHTS CANCER In the category of diet buzz backed by legit science, one of the few approaches that makes the cut is the Mediterranean diet. And research from The Journal of Urology lends more credence to a regimen heavy in olive oil, seafood, fresh produce, and nuts. Of 2,000 men, those who stuck most closely to the Mediterranean diet had a 30 percent lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death among American men. According to study author Adela Castelló, it’s likely the diet’s combination of diverse, nutrient-rich foods is what makes it so effective against the disease. Fish, in particular, is linked with a lower incidence of deaths from prostate cancer; extra-virgin olive oil may help kill malignant cells; and lycopene—an antioxidant in tomatoes—may lower chances of prostate cancer recurrence.

Your Dog Could Be Making You Sick People who feed their dogs raw food may be endangering their own health. Sold on the idea that a pup’s diet should mirror that of its wild ancestors, more owners are feeding their canines raw meat, which often contains bacteria harmful to humans. Veterinarians in the Netherlands analyzed 35 store-bought raw meats and found half contained listeria and 80 percent had antibiotic-resistant E. coli. Pets can pass these pathogens to their owners through saliva and poop, or people may be infected by simply preparing the food. The middle ground between beef tartare and doggy junk food? The Farmer’s Dog. It’s a new subscription service that sends you whole-ingredient (and human-grade), customizable meals in single-serving pouches.

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Laurence Fishburne The actor talks about skipping school, working with Francis Ford Coppola, and how he stays humble.

What advice would you give your younger self? Be patient, kid. Your time is coming. What was it like to grow up in New York City in the 1960s and ’70s? Fucking great—it truly was the concrete jungle. I’d play hooky with my friends, watch kung fu movies, and find somebody to score us a half-pint of Jack Daniel’s or Southern Comfort. Does it make you feel nostalgic for that New York? No. When I was 12, there were pimps, junkies, and prostitutes out there. It shaped me, but I wouldn’t want to return to it. How should a man handle getting older? Do it as gracefully as possible, and learn new things. I don’t have Twitter or Facebook, but older folks can learn a lot about new technologies from young people. How has being a father changed you? I realized that it’s not all about me. What role has religion played in your life? Religion is important, but the theater is my church. The work I do on film and television is my service to humanity. It’s a tremendous way to express things we all feel. That’s why I do it. What inspires you? Music has been deeply inspirational to me—Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Esperanza Spalding—I follow music like most people follow sports. Like many actors, I’m also a frustrated musician.

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You’ve worked with many renowned directors and actors. How do you deal with disagreements on the set? I have strong opinions—anybody who’s ever worked with me will tell you that. There’s always a point at which you ask yourself, “Where do we meet?” I’m not looking just to do things my way. I’m interested in trying to make shit better if there’s room for improvement. How should a person handle regret? You have to forgive yourself for whatever you did or didn’t do. Regret is holding on to the past. When you can make some amends and apologies, you don’t have to live with any. What role felt the closest to you? There is probably a little bit of me in all of them. Close friends of mine will tell you that Morpheus [in The Matrix] is most like me, but as far as I know, I live in the real world and am not a superhero. MEN’S JOURNAL

You play Cate Blanchett’s mentor in the upcoming comedy-drama Where’d You Go, Bernadette. What are your favorite characters to portray? I like to mix it up and surprise the audience, so you never know what you’re going to get, like with Pops in Black-ish. People weren’t expecting me to be on some fucking sitcom and make them laugh. Some actors play themselves, and I’ve been trying to avoid that my entire career. Can you imagine a show like Black-ish existing 20 years ago? Hell yeah, because I lived it. I’ve been black and middle-class all my life, so it’s not new to me. I think that the culture has caught up, and now we can talk about these things. Do you consider vanity a bad thing? Some folks are incredibly vain, and it works for them. Their beauty is part of their genius and allure. Others don’t put that much stock in it. I have a certain amount of vanity but not so much that I feel like I need to lead with what I look like. How do you stay humble? When you go to the bathroom and empty your bowels, yours doesn’t smell any nicer than anybody else’s just because you’re famous. Yours is just as foul. That’s some real-world shit. —INTERVIEW BY SEAN WOODS


You’ve been acting for more than 40 years. What have you learned over the course of your career? I had only one rule as a broke actor, and that was: Never pass up a free meal and you’ll be all right.

While filming in the Philippines, I eavesdropped on a conversation Francis Ford Coppola was having about [Joseph Conrad’s novel] Heart of Darkness. He said that Orson Welles had wanted to bring it to the screen 30 years earlier and make a timeless piece of art. And here was Coppola doing it. After that movie, I made a conscious decision to be an artist.

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