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Climb El Cap

I FIRST CLIMBED YOSEMITE'S El Capitan with my father, when I was 16, ascending the 35-pitch, 5.9c2-rated Salathé Wall over four days. Since then I've climbed El Cap 25 times. When I'm up...

Go Big

Watch a Kid Do Something Great By Ian FrazierIt doesn't have to be your own kid. It can be a niece or nephew, a younger colleague or neighbor—someone whose...

Kayak the Grand

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PUTTING IN on the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry and emerging from the Grand Canyon at Diamond Creek Road, something will have changed inside you. While 4.5 million people each...

Heli-Ski Alaska

I FIRST SKIED Alaska's Chugach Mountains in 1991, and I was so smitten with the snow that I started a guiding company there in 1994. The combination of wet storms coming off the ocean followed...

Grand Canyon Under Glass

IN JANUARY, ARIZONA’S Hualapai tribe, whose 2,000-person reservation covers 1,500 square miles along the Grand Canyon's south rim, is opening a glass-bottomed, horseshoe-shaped walkway that...

Big Glide Country

Lone Mountain Ranch [where grooming is everything]IT'S 6:30 A.M. ON A SUNDAY in mid-February, and I'm on "vacation" at Lone Mountain Ranch, a few miles east of southern...

Big Glide Country

Yellowstone Expeditions [wild comfort]I'VE BEEN SWORN TO SECRECY, so I can't tell you the exact location where I slipped off my polypro and eased my ski-weary bones into a steaming...

Aftershock

A FEW DAYS after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, I met a geologist in Waveland, Mississippi, whose parents' home had been moved hundreds of feet to the dead center of a railroad track. He...

Sweetest Steeps

At first glance, Moonlight Basin, Montana, wears a sleepy smile with its skein of lazy, near-empty blue runs, but beware: That soporific grin hides fangs. Just look up—way up—to the...

Newest Rush

As if the 1,500 feet of up to 45-degree treeless chutes and pine glades in Aspen's Highland Bowl (hike-to terrain only) weren't enough to max out your lung capacity and singe your quads, this...

Freshest Mortgages

Want to vacation like a billionaire? Welcome to the world of fractional ownership, where scores of property-owning options at the nation's top resorts are on the table for literally a fraction...

Best Lay

These days, a luxury arms race rages among high-end resorts. (Slumber under our duvets of goose down hand-plucked by virginal Swiss maidens! Marinate in our pomegranate facials!) But these...

Supreme Caffeine

Rousing yourself at the rooster's cry for fresh tracks is no easy feat. But more cafés than ever are roasting their own beans and treating the resulting brew like fine wine, leaving myriad...

Most Chill Lounge Acts

Swilling slopeside after a day of ripping powder and thrashing moguls is a beloved alpine tradition. Here are five base-of-the-mountain bars where, as the libations flow, the stories are...

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