Olympic National Park
Need another reason to get excited about the resurgence of American distance running? After struggles with injuries, Kara Goucher, a 30-year-old former NCAA cross-country champ, finished third in the New York City Marathon last November. Her time of 2:25:53 was the fastest debut for an American woman ever. As a follow-up, she's set her sights on the sport's mos
Climbing El Capitan without rope, gear, or safety net.
For almost 70 years, former ski patroller and local legend Jim Blanning rode Aspen’s evolution from broken mining outpost to chic mountain playground. But when his hometown spit him out, he came back with a vengeance. And bombs.
Seventy percent of the planet is water, but only 1.17 percent1.63 million square milesof that is protected. Compare that with the eight million square miles of land set aside and it's clear we have a long way to go. Here's where we should start.
2009 Travel Awards
But don't worry, we've stacked the deck in your favor. Welcome to Expedition Planning 101. Your assignment: Read the tips on gear, first aid, and food; pick one of our five ready-to-roll itineraries; and then get out the door. Just remember to be humbleMa Nature won't be intimidated by your trash-talking buddies.