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The Great Outdoors Issue

Prehistoric plants. Elusive predators. Harebrained tests of physical endurance. Into the California wilds we go.

Exploring the 135-foot Phantom Falls near Oroville.

The Great City Campout
How to pull off a stress-free stay at the one and only campground in San Francisco. By Erin Feher 

City Camping Cheat Sheet
Sleeping outside without losing your mind. By Erin Feher

Take It Outside
A cult Swedish backpack, an Airstream filled with sex toys, and other spring awakenings. By Erin Feher

The Wander List
Three-hundred-million-year-old ferns. Five-thousand-year-old lava flows. A time-traveling, world-opening, soul-beguiling guide to getting away from it all this summer. Edited by Ian A. Stewart

Doniga and the Lion
On the hunt for California’s wildest creature with a mother, rancher, author, and tracker. By Laura Fraser

Exquisite Specimen
Hidden behind the walls of one of the city’s most popular museums are millions and millions of dead things. A photographer trains his lens on a fraction of these beautiful corpses. By Erin Feher

A Green House Divided
Old-guard environmentalists believe a housing bill could induce disaster. A newer guard touts it as a savior. On the front lines of a generational civil war. By Scott Lucas

Climbing the Nine
One man’s half-crazy 72-hour quest to hike, run, drive, and, if necessary, crawl to the highest summits in nine counties. By Andrew Tower


Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

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