National Parks

Climb El Cap

I FIRST CLIMBED YOSEMITE'S El Capitan with my father, when I was 16, ascending the 35-pitch, 5.9c2-rated Salathé Wall over four days. Since then I've climbed El Cap 25 times. When I'm up...

Big Glide Country

Yellowstone Expeditions [wild comfort]I'VE BEEN SWORN TO SECRECY, so I can't tell you the exact location where I slipped off my polypro and eased my ski-weary bones into a steaming...

Big Glide Country

Lone Mountain Ranch [where grooming is everything]IT'S 6:30 A.M. ON A SUNDAY in mid-February, and I'm on "vacation" at Lone Mountain Ranch, a few miles east of southern...

Enchanted Canyon

In the 1930s and '40s, the Union Pacific Railroad enticed people to buy tickets by building great lodges in America's western national parks. Nowadays, no one has to be lured to these parks,...

Wild Wild West

GREEN RIVER, UTAH The Green River begins in Wyoming, meets up with the Yampa at Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument, and then continues rolling towards the Colorado where their...

Rapid Transit

Flush with western Montana's signature sapphire runoff, the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead is the best float trip you've never heard of. Geography is the Flathead's own permit system&...

Ménage à Quatre

Why It Beats Cancú;n » World-class rock climbing (6,000-plus established routes) and bouldering in a secluded 794,000-acre desert playground about 150 miles east of Los Angeles....

Heyduke Hike

"WE KNEW IT WASN'T a very politically correct name to put on a desert trail," says Moab, Utah, resident Mike Coronella. "It's not that we advocate vandalism, but some people truly do have...

Struck

THERE WAS A SUDDEN FLASH of light, and then Rod Liberal was falling, his world gone black. He tried to yell, but he was only screaming in his mind. Not yet, it's not my time, he was thinking....

Four More Desert Playgrounds

The most popular Big Bend attraction is floating the Rio Grande through some of the country's most remote canyons, in the immense Chihuahuan Desert. Santa Elena Canyon, with its 1,500-foot...

Snow Report 2005

Guided Descents Go Way Out of Bounds Widely viewed as the most challenging downhill slope in the lower 48, Wyoming's 13,771-foot Grand Teton is characterized by icy snow and...

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