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Rossignol Krypto Magtek snowboard
$470, Krypto Matek snowboard
Outside magazine rated this the highest of the new line of snowboards released for 2012. At close to $500, it had better be worth it. It provides a flexible, all-mountain ride, able to give a sure grip on hard-packed snow. As one tester told the magazine: "Smooth switch riding, nice poppy feel on rollers, and great torsional flex between bindings. This all-mountain board can be taken out any day in any conditions."
"World Heritage Sites, 4th Edition"
$29.95, Firefly Books, 872 pages
For the globetrotters among us, this hefty book is invaluable. It gives detailed information on 936 World Heritage Sites historic places in the world protected by UNESCO. So, if you have a hankering to see Lake Turkana in Kenya, the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, Poland, or Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, you'll get previews. If you aren't a world traveler, then the hefty tome makes a great doorstop.
Lonely Planet's Oddest Food Museums
1. Pick Salami & Paprika Museum, Szeged, Hungary (www.pickmuzeum.hu)
2. Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, Yokohama, Japan (www.raumen.co.jp)
3. Pulmuone Kimchi Museum, Seoul, South Korea (www.kimchimuseum.co.kr)
4. Jell-O Gallery, LeRoy, N.Y. (www.jellogallery.org)
5. Spam Museum, Austin, Minn. (www.spam.com/games/Museum)
Note: You may can your own Spam at the museum.
From Hilary Oliver in an Adventure Journal article titled "How to Ask a Girl Out on the Trail": "If you're thinking about asking me out, you had better be okay with me beating you to the top, or the bottom, or leading the climb. There is no bigger turnoff than a man whose ego won't let him admit that a woman is faster/stronger/more skilled than he is."