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Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka didn't have many "wahoo moments," as he calls them, while skiing, hiking, and packrafting solo across 4,680 miles of Alaska and the Yukon for 176 days last March to September. "I...

Rage Against Your Machine

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU DEFINES AN "EXTREME COMMUTER" AS SOMEONE WHO SPENDS MORE THAN THREE HOURS GETTING TO AND FROM WORK.This is usually understood to be by car. It's not...

Via Ferrata Jumped the Pond

Used by soldiers in the Italian Dolomites during WWI and popular throughout the Alps, these mountain-climbing routes rigged with iron ladders and cables have finally arrived in North America. In...

There’s No Better Way to Prove Yourself

Outfitters keep coming up with creative methods to entertain (and scare the crap out of) us. Follow South Africa's famous sardine run—a migration that draws dolphins, game fish,...

2011 Trips of the Year

Multisport AlaskaThe philosophy behind Alaska Wildland Adventures' new Ultimate Alaska trip is simple: guests try just about everything the 49th state has to offer. The...

The Gathering

Haleiwa Town, entry point for the North Shore of Oahu, is an easy 30-minute drive from the tropical urban sprawl of Honolulu. But drive through Haleiwa late in the year with an arsenal of boards...

Douglas Brinkley's Alaska

Mr. Brinkley does not suffer from writer's block. In 2009, the Rice University historian published a 900-plus-page biography of Teddy Roosevelt. Only 18 months later, he's back with another...

Moments of Truth

The Sundance Film Festival, January 20–30 in Park City, Utah, gets back to its indy roots this year with 40 of 115 features by rookie directors. Some of our favorite films of late—Riding...

The Man Who Saw Too Much

LOOKING BACK over his nearly 30 years as a highly decorated first responder in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, Michael Ferrara has trouble pinpointing the exact moment when...

Cold Snaps

WESTERN MAINEAmerica's most luxurious hut-to-hut ski route is not in the Rockies. Or the Sierra. It's in ... Maine. Yeah, you read that correctly. The nonprofit Maine Huts...

Sun Sports

When I leave Santa Fe this winter after eight and a half years, I won't miss the phony feel-good spirituality, the Texans and their passion for driving slow in front of me, or being the only...

Lonesome Valley

There are two seasons in Yosemite. One is people season—82 percent of the park's 3.7 million visitors arrive between April and October, bearing maps and cameras. In November, that changes. Roads...

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