Men's Journal January/February 2020

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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2 min
letter from the editor

WE CAME to Montana for some killer downhill skiing. But what I didn’t expect was that the real thrills would come on nearly flat ground. Now, this is no diss to Big Sky: 5,850 acres of ridiculously scenic, world-class powder runs. From the top of lone Mountain, at 11,166 feet, there are views of three states and two national parks—and 300 degrees of bowls and chutes to ski. (Or so my much-more-adventurous wife and 14-year-old daughter tell me.) But I already knew this. A low-stakes decision to go cross-country skiing was a bit more surprising. At Lone Mountain Ranch, just 15 minutes from Big Sky Village, we drove a short distance from the check-in and into the Custer Gallatin National Forest, where civilization (or what there is of it 45 miles…

2 min
field notes

Feedback I just finished Harvey Keitel’s Last Word (November 2019). It was refreshing to read about a guy who loved this country enough to serve as a Marine but will also protest and take issue with some of its actions. I wish we could find leaders like him. PAUL YURIDITSKY BROOKLYN, NY WARM WORDS I can attest to the warmness of a trapper hat (Deep Dive). When I served in Korea, in 1953, we had a similar hat we called a Mongolian piss-cutter. I grew up in frigid Delaware, but Korea was easily the coldest place I’d ever been. The piss-cutter helped to get me through. RAY JOHNSON INDIO, CA MONEY BALL I’d add to Devin Gordon’s “Five Rules for Winning the [NBA] Title” that a team must be willing to ignore tampering rules [which forbid enticing…

1 min
flow rider

TIGNES, FRANCE—an enclave of five villages in the French Alps near the Italian border—is best known as a ski town, and no surprise. After all, high above Tignes sits the 11,995-foot Grande Motte Glacier, one of a handful of spots in the Alps where you can ski well into summer. But every year, as the temperatures rise and the slopes slowly melt, the town also turns into a hot spot for mountain bikers, as Nick Gowan can attest. The riding is so good that Gowan, who grew up in Scotland and has spent time in Antigua, Greece, and Turkey, decided to open an outfitting service here in 2009. Tignes has no shortage of trails, but a waterfall captured Gowan’s interest perhaps the most. Its name: Le Voile de la Mariée,…

3 min
wild revival

SHORTLY AFTER nightfall on January 12, 1995, the biologist Doug Smith strapped on snowshoes and hiked to Crystal Creek, in Yellowstone National Park. A day earlier, eight wild gray wolves had been flown from Canada to Great Falls, Montana, then trucked 250 miles to the park. A local school had dismissed early, so that children could watch as the predators, kenneled in a trailer, passed under the iconic Roosevelt Arch—becoming the first known wolves to enter the park in the six decades since the species had been eradicated in the West. The animals were a crucial part of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, an ambitious reintroduction plan nearly 20 years in the making. Smith helped to lead the project. Once he and a handful of park employees reached Crystal Creek, they moved…

5 min
exploring the untracked alps

IN THE PREDAWN darkness, as we stretch climbing skins over touring skis and shoulder our backpacks, the sky above is punctured by billions of stars. The only spot not filled with pulsating dots is directly in front of us, a giant black blade blotting out the heavens. This is Dammastock, an 11,909-foot peak in the Swiss Alps’ Urner mountains. Not another light intrudes on the entire Chelenalptal Valley. Soon, though, the sun will crack like a runny egg over the high ridge, lighting the way to our next evening’s hut, with its soft beds and cold beer—but not before it illuminates some great spring skiing. Church bells rise from a village far below, as if a valediction. “Pity about the crowds,” our guide, Tim Connelly, deadpans as he steps into his…

6 min
locals only

MOST MORNINGS, Isaac Bancaco starts his day by grabbing his speargun and donning a thin wetsuit printed with a camouf lage pattern to blend in with the reef. He’ll take a deep breath and descend 40 feet in the balmy waters on the west side of Maui. On one recent dive, he’d been down for about a minute when he spotted a school of uhu, bright green and blue parrotfish. He thought briefly of his Hawaiian-Chinese-Filipino grandmother, Lani, the best skin diver in the family. Then he took careful aim and pulled the trigger, nailing his target. Back on the beach, Bancaco, the executive chef at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, showed his catch to his friends—local fishermen who offer him first dibs on their freshest catches of uhu, palani…