National Geographic : 1998 Jun
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OAssignment * ADIRONDACKS turn at the oars, so when white Storm Warning caps started popping over the gunwales, Gentleman Mitch sur If writer John Mitchell looked rendered. "I figured she was in worried, he had reason: A squall better shape to pull us to shore," was brewing on Lower Ausable he recalls. The pair got back Lake. Photographer Maria Sten- safe-but soggy. zel had been badgering him for a An Ohio flatlander, Mitchell did stints at two book publishers, six newspapers, and Newsweek, plus two decades of freelance writing, before joining the GEO GRAPHIC. Somewhere along the line a colleague accused him of liking trees more than people. "I deny it," says Mitch. "Sort of." U TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILROAD Just Hanging Out "This was the most physically difficult story I've ever done," says photographer Gerd Ludwig, who spent hours dangling from open doors on a speeding train-windchill minus 100°F with just a rope around his waist to hold him. One snowy day, Gerd recalls, the train ground to a halt. "I wondered why we had stopped." Then he saw two distant figures trudging toward him. "The engineer and his assistant had seen this crazy guy hanging off a car," explains Gerd, who had secured permission for the dan gerous shoot before he started. "Their boss had simply forgotten to tell them about me." MAKSIMKOUZNETSOV NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688.$27.00A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.RO.BOX63002, TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.