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36. Get Bent

When the North Shore's Waimea Bay breaks, usually only a few times each winter, surfers head to its outer reef, where waves can reach more than 20 feet. Which leaves the crushing beach break free...

5. Become a Bush Pilot

It's easier to pull off than it should be. Says Dan Rice, who flew for Alaska's Homer Air Service for a summer: "You just have to be persistent and a little lucky. I didn't know anyone or take an...

2. Self-Guide the Grand Canyon

It's like winning the lottery—literally. While anyone can drop $5,000 to sign up for a commercial raft trip down these 277 miles of the legendary Colorado River, running your own requires a Park...

49. Climb the Grand Teton

You'll breathe hard. You'll be scared. It'll take two days. That's the appeal: This iconic, 13,770-foot fang of granite is tough and technical--but still a reasonable goal, even if you're a rock...

Cold Call: Sebastian Steudtner

OUTSIDE: How does a German even get into surfing?STEUDTNER: In 2001, I came to Hawaii on a student-exchange program, and while there my friend introduced me to a...

Steamed

Around 10 A.M. on July 20, 2009, a slight breeze started to pick up on Matinicus Island, Maine, the most remote inhabited island on the eastern seaboard. Alan Miller eased his...

Best Towns 2010: Mammoth Lakes, CA

With a world-class ski resort (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area) and the second-largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 (John Muir and others) off the back porch, Mammoth Lakes (pop. 7,392)...

Best Towns 2010: Ashland, Oregon

POPULATION 20,996MEDIAN HOME PRICE $395,000HOMETOWN HERO Hal Koerner, two-time Western States 100 winner, owner of Ashland's Rogue...

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