United States

New River Gorge National River

INDULGE IN: Climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, fishingWHY HERE? Bloated rapids, technical backwoods singletrack, and the region's widest array of rock-climbing...

Big Bend National Park

INDULGE IN: Rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hikingWHY HERE? With over 800,000 acres of pastel desert, 118 miles of rambling Rio Grande, 7,000-foot mountains, and hundreds of...

Castle Crag State Park

INDULGE IN: Fly-fishing, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, and hikingWHY HERE? You might as well leave your backpack, ultralight tent, and skimpy, three-quarter-length...

Moran State Park

INDULGE IN: Mountain and road biking, fly-fishing, sea kayaking, hikingWHY HERE? To escape the congested I-5 corridor, ditch your vehicle in Anacortes, take the hour-long ferry ride to...

We Fell into a Burning Ring of Fire

MY COMPANIONS and I are sitting shoulder to shoulder in the snow at Mount Rainier's Camp Muir (elevation 10,188 feet), hunched over plastic mugs containing a lukewarm paste of rehydrated...

Island Escape

Q: What's the best way to get to Santa Barbara Island off the California coast and do I need permission?-Keith Gill, Las Vegas, NevadaAdventure Advisor:

A Spring in Your Kick-Turn

Q: I'm hoping to go skiing this April. I'd like to go somewhere that has access to additional activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Where might I find this and good late...

Radar

November is the International Spa Association's official Spa Awareness Month. Over 500 spas nationwide will be offering demonstrations, seminars, and best of all, discounts and other incentives...

King of the Dirtbags

YVON IS LEADING. He's guiding his feet along a lip of rock, maneuvering himself out under an overhang. Positioned directly below the obstacle, he slides his hands up into a fissure and leans...

Wild in the Streets

RAZOR WIRE is a bitch. We're confronting this incontrovertible fact as we contemplate the sharp coil that snakes along the top of the chain-link fence separating us from the southern tip of a...

Won'tcha Be My Neighbor?

AS THE DROUGHT of 2000 ground on forever like the invader in some perpetual Eurasian tank war, the forests of the West burned to ash, the broasted air filled with smoke, and everywhere was the...

Global Warning

Lured by icefloe wildlife and the world's last remaining true wilderness, increasing numbers of would-be Shackletons are venturing beyond the Arctic and Antarctic Circles—the chilly climes...

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