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After the Flood

IN AUGUST 2005, Imax director Greg MacGillivray (Everest, Coral Reef Adventure) was putting the finishing touches on a film tentatively titled Hurricane Warning. Its topic:...

Bellingham, Washington

Paddlers in this hilly green outpost 90 minutes north of Seattle get it both ways: Bellingham offers back-door access to the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, and it's a launching pad to Canada...

Location is Everything

Wanna live where the action is? The goal: trails out the back door, a serious Saturday-morning peloton, whitewater just up the road, and neighbors eager to join in. Our...

New Paltz, New York

"The climbing here is so accessible, and there's so much of it—we have literally years' worth of routes," says Evan Marks, who runs the New Paltz–based Web site Gunks.com. That's...

Boulder, Colorado

Is there anything quite so humbling as being a run-of-the-mill athlete in Boulder? After all, the guy leading spinning classes at Flatiron Athletic Club is six-time Hawaii Ironman winner Dave...

Sebastopol, California

Apple orchards put this Sonoma County refuge for freethinkers on the map, but these days local pursuits in the name of holistic living go way beyond picking a few Gravensteins and baking a pie....

Madison, Wisconsin

A lot of the adjectives used to describe this Paris of south-central Wisconsin also apply to its cycling scene: inclusive, enlightened, accessible. The bragging starts with infrastructure,...

Bend, Oregon

Bend's central-Oregon mix-and-match topography—at 3,600 feet, it sits between the Cascade Range and the high desert—has spawned more hyphenated subspecies than Hollywood. It's even...

Asheville, North Carolina

Thank nature, God, or geological serendipity for the jackpot of whitewater riches in western North Carolina. Home to 6,000-foot Appalachian peaks, the region gets more than 47 inches of rain...

Durango, Colorado

One small detail from the Mountain Bike World Cup time trial that was held here five years ago will tell you all you need to know about Durango. The course ran through the Steamworks Brewing...

Truckee, California

If Truckee hasn't had nine lives yet, it's getting close. In the last century and a half, the town, bounded by the Truckee River and jaw-dropping Sierra Nevada mountainscapes, has been a...

Haleiwa, Hawaii

Surf capitals come and go, but for nearly half a century, one thing hasn't changed: The road to surfing stardom still rolls right through Haleiwa, gateway to Oahu's North Shore and some of the...

The Gore-Tex Vortex

So you want to move to Boulder, Colorado, the perennial best town in America for (circle one or all depending upon your level of outsideness) roadies, rock jocks, organic consumers, backcountry...

Cheap Tricks

A SPRING AFTERNOON at the Grand Canyon. The smell of juniper mingles with the acrid scent of fresh press releases. Bob Burnquist, a 29-year-old, Brazilian-born noodle of a man who's one of the...

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