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Men's Journal November 2019

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Geared toward the modern, adventurous man, Men's Journal magazine is for guys who enjoy their leisure time and want to get the most out of it. From health and fitness to sports and travel, each month Men's Journal has it covered.

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United States
A360 Media, LLC
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
field notes

Feedback PIECE OF WORK “Dirty Work” (September 2019), about the 2008 Kingston coal-ash spill, was a helluva story, with great reporting. It’s depressing how companies like T.V.A. and Jacobs Engineering disregard human life. I hope the cleanup workers receive a favorable outcome in court. That’s the least they deserve, since their lives were ruined. JASON HENTZHOUSTON J.R. Sullivan’s story “Dirty Work” furthers a troubling trend of lawyers trying cases in the media, by using plaintiffs’ stories and grievances to drive publicity long before their allegations have been proved in court. Jacobs Engineering is confident that when all of the evidence is heard in court, it will be clear that none of the conditions claimed by the plaintiffs were caused by coal ash—or by anything Jacobs did. THE ODORE J. BOUTROUS JR.ATTORNEY FOR JACOBS ENGINEERING #MJwild It’s Snow…

1 min.
on the bright side

Húnaflói Bay ICELAND AFTER A 20-MILE drive down a dirt road, Texas-based adventure athlete Aicacia Young arrived at Húnaflói Bay, a 30-milewide inlet on Iceland’s northern coast, and found that the water was dance-floor flat. Iceland has a strong surf community, owing to its often large, if frigid, swells. Young had hoped to hit the waves, but the smooth water wasn’t exactly a huge surprise. “Surfing in Iceland is super rewarding but fickle,” says Lucas Gilman, a California photographer who’d come along on the trip that October day. “The only thing guaranteed in Iceland is that the weather will change on a dime,” Young adds. “It’s important to have a plan B.” Fortunately for the two, the northern lights soon provided one. The green bands are the result of collisions between electrically…

6 min.
a wilder cruise down under

THE HELICOPTER touches down on a cliff’s edge, and we step out onto a makeshift helipad not much bigger than a hot tub. We’re basically eye level with the clouds. And while the landing felt precarious, the destination, we’ve been told, promises to be worth the risk. We’re on the north coast of Western Australia, searching for a lush watering hole called Eagle Falls. Our pilot, a square-jawed Aussie named Alan, has been exploring this remote region of W.A.—called the Kimberley—for two decades, and he puts its isolation in stark relief. “There’s spots we could land today where no white man has probably ever been,” he says. Welcome to the final frontier. The Kimberley is Australia’s best-kept secret: a wilderness area roughly the size of California but with fewer than 35,000 permanent…

1 min.
italy’s alpine retreat

Adler Lodge Ritten ITALY SOUTH TYROL, two and a half hours north of Venice, couldn’t be more different from the canal-cluttered tourist capital. Lying on the border with Austria, this Italian province feels far more like Cliffhanger than Under the Tuscan Sun, with alpine villages in the shadows of jagged peaks. And the area’s newest hotel, Adler Lodge Ritten, which opened this summer, is closer to Scandinavia than the Beautiful Country: Twenty chalets overlook a small lake surrounded by beech and pine trees. Each is outfitted with a wood stove and sauna, and waking up in the ebony-paneled interiors feels as if you’re rising from a nap at a high-end spa. There’s hiking and biking out the front door and more adventurous activities like hang-gliding and traversing one of the Dolomites’ iconic…

9 min.
the savior of malibu

AS 50-FOOT-HIGH flames raced toward the coast, Malibu mayor Jefferson Wagner was facing down the fire. He wasn’t being a hero or even trying to make it look like he was. He was simply doing what a lot of Malibu residents were doing—preparing to defend his own home. The November 2018 Woolsey Fire, Los Angeles’ most destructive on record—it would claim three lives and 1,500 structures—had already consumed nearly 80,000 acres, driven by bone-dry 70-mile-perhour winds. Wagner’s home sits in a rural canyon about six miles up the coast from Surfrider Beach, famous for its long right-hand point break. As Wagner stood in his driveway, the golden hillsides around him were being scorched black by the inferno. When the initial wall of flames moved past his house without touching it, Wagner thought…

2 min.
saved by the ’cue

GO-TO DRINK RUM I’ve got a sweet tooth, which is why I like rum. I drink El Dorado 12 Year with one ice cube. It’s not crazy expensive and has more depth than whiskey. Right now, rum is still like this little secret. I really hope what happened to bourbon doesn’t happen to rum in Houston, where everybody has to buy up all the good stuff. Please, stay away from my rum. ESSENTIAL TOOL PELLET COOKER This is sacrilegious for a lot of people, but pellet cookers are a fail-safe. Pitts & Spitts, here in Houston, makes a great one. It’s fun to stay up all night feeding a fire. But sometimes you just want to throw a brisket on and go to sleep. WORKOUT PLAN ROAD RIDING When I was in Iraq in 2004, a mortar landed…