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Men's Journal January 2019

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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12 Issues


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field notes

Feedback “The Grave Hunter” (November 2018), by Matthew Bremner, exemplifies great journalism. The story, about a man who finds mass narco graves, draws attention to the horrors occurring in Mexico and contextualizes the immigration debate. I hope to read more stories of this caliber in future issues. ANTONIO MARIN DIETENS ALEXANDRIA, VA BIG BREAK “Breaking Point” (November 2018), by Noah Gallagher Shannon, resonated with me. I was involved in an inmate mustang program similar to the one in the story. Once released, I used the skills I learned to start a horse-breaking business. I didn’t get rich, but it helped me integrate back into society. I’m living proof that horses can give people purpose. JASON MAUNE CONCORDIA, KS I read “Breaking Point” all the way through, and it made me cry. The Wild Horse Inmate Program sounds like…

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letter from the editor

I GOT A GREAT letter recently. It was from a reader who complimented just about every facet of the magazine—the rugged adventure stories, the travel pieces, the fashion, and the cool gear. In other words, it was someone who really understood what Men’s Journal is all about. I was flattered and, to be honest, a little surprised. Not because of the comments—and not even because someone decided to actually put a pen to paper—but because this particular reader’s name was Kathy. The fact that a woman is a fan should not be a shock, and the more I’ve thought about it, the less surprised I’ve become. Other than its name, there’s nothing forcibly male about this magazine. Plenty of women obviously share a passion for the things we write about. Close…

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rock star

OUTSIDE THE SOUTH AFRICAN township of Waterval Boven, 160 miles northeast of Johannesburg, the Elands River plummets some 230 feet over red sandstone cliffs. It’s a natural wonder—but also ground zero of one of the world’s emerging climbing hot spots. Adventurers worldwide travel here to ascend the wall. But for 26-year-old pro climber Sasha DiGiulian, the striking 12b route is just a warmup. “She was just stretching her arms,” says Keith Ladzinski, who snapped the photo. Though not the hardest climb DiGiulian tackled on a recent trip to the region, it wasn’t without challenges. She first had to negotiate a rappel from the top, with help from a partner, before climbing back up. “That’s the only way out,” she recalls. For DiGiulian, the route epitomizes South African climbing. “It feels…

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japan’s powder paradise

AN ONSEN appeared before us, below melting cornices of snow and powder piles that were layered together like cakes. “This place is kind of secret,” Andrew Spragg said at the end of our long first day on the Annupuri Traverse, a three-day ski and camping trip on Japan’s Hokkaido island. Spragg, our guide, dropped his pack beside the steaming, sulfurous, recessed hot spring pool, and the other five of us—me, three friends, and another guide—followed suit. “Careful not to step in there,” Spragg said, pointing to where the hot water entered the pool, before he gave the all-clear to jump in. My buddy Wyatt executed a nude cannonball, the first I’d ever witnessed in 20-degree weather. Jakub, the second guide, backstroked around the mountain-side pool once he entered. I stepped in…

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diy backcountry in japan

USE AN OUTFITTER Hokkaido’s Rising Sun Guides will customize a traverse itinerary for any group, and provide the necessary gear, such as tents, skis, crampons, and food. They’ll also provide guides, which will give you some peace of mind in the avalanche-prone backcountry. From $500; FLY TO SAPPORO Most major airlines connect to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city—home of the famous Japanese beer—from which it is a 2½-hour ride or shuttle to Niseko, where Rising Sun is based and the backcountry awaits. BUDGET EXTRA DAYS Like any mountain town, Niseko’s weather in winter is unpredictable. It’s best to allow an extra day or two on either end of your traverse itinerary to account for travel issues or delays.…

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serenity now

IN FIJIAN, they’re called bures—the simple wood and palm-ple frond huts that locals have lived in for millennia. Today, Namale Resort and Spa has dubbed its guest accommodations bures, too. But by that measure, they may as well call the Palace of Versailles a country home. Each of the 19 private abodes has some combination of mahogany floors, stone-top bathrooms with indoor-outdoor showers, four-poster beds made from bamboo stalks, and secluded decks surrounded by coconut trees. Some bures are tucked away in the jungle on Namale’s 525-acre spread. Others overlook the sea and the coastal tide pools, where blowholes erupt like geysers with each new wave. All of them act, essentially, as a personalized meditation refuge—which makes sense when you consider that life-coach guru Tony Robbins owns the resort. (He…