North & Central America

Santa Barbara, California

THE SUN IS ANGLING TOWARD THE FOOTHILLS upcoast from East Beach. A cooling breeze riffles the bougainvilleas. As dusk begins to glow, most volleyballers have abandoned their nets to the sand,...

Duluth, Minnesota

"ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I DID WHEN I moved to Duluth was get rid of my car," says Dan Proctor, a bearded 49-year-old with graying pigtails who works at the Positively Third Street organic...

Missoula, Montana

IF MISSOULA WERE A WOMAN, she might show up for a first date in a battered pickup, grease on her overalls and fly rod in hand. She would look ravishing. And if you didn't fall for her, it wouldn...

Here and Gone

Baffin Island WHERE THE HELL? Northern Canada, just shy of the Arctic Circle. WHAT IN THE WORLD? Baffin Island harbors some of the best big-wall climbing on the planet...

Spires of the Bugaboos

HALFWAY UP the South Howser Tower, a 2,000-foot spire of white granite in the far reaches of Bugaboo Provincial Park, my partner, Rob Frost, a 30-year-old professional climber from New Hampshire...

Apparently the Big Guy Likes it Wet

If you plan to hike Vancouver Island's west coast trail, be prepared: merciless rains can turn the trail, a favorite among serious Canadian hikers, into a hell-slog. So pray to the weather gods...

West of West

Vancouver Island and its environs boast perhaps the mildest climate in Canada. That said, there's one big caveat if you're planning a trip: Cool-air masses over the Pacific regularly collide...

God's Country, Your Backyard

Freshly launched in our sea kayaks, we're slicing into the steady offshore currents along the west coast of Vancouver Island, the mostly wilderness landmass across the Strait of Georgia from...

O My Preppy Soul!

We had rounded schoodic point some hours before, or so we thought and dearly hoped, and were motoring slowly northwest past Winter Harbor into Frenchman Bay, on our way in thick fog to perdition...

Slickrock Sojourn

Q: We are planning a mountain biking trip to Moab and would like some advice on great places to camp. The private campgrounds I've looked into have all the amenities, but look...

Avast Ye, Matey — Find Your Own Damn Cove

I grew up on Long Island during the era of great suburban expansion, when New York City burst into the countryside. For me the suburban conversion meant a loss of a lot of the landscape of my...

Falling in Love with a Killer

I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING from the bridge of the Blue Fin IV. No land, no boats, nothing. Waves rolling from the distant edge of earth slide beneath the port side, rocking us slowly and firmly...

Tickets to Ride

Trying to score a permit for a restricted-access river? You'll up your chances if you aim for weekdays and keep your group size small. Consider having a permit party with potential tripmates in...

Easy Drifting: What, Me Paddle?

IT'S 58 MILES from the Smith River's Camp Baker put-in to the Eden Bridge take-out—a lazy five-day float, if you want it to be, which I always do. That's because halfway through the canyon...

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