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Alaska’s Secret Island Realm

UP UNTIL EARLY EVENING, when the oak tiller of our 32-foot sailboat, Antares, snapped off, leaving us adrift in the rock-studded seas of Imperial Passage, it had been a nearly perfect day...

Surf & Destroy

RODENT IS TWITCHING. A new swell has finally arrived—the pulsing residue of a storm that spun off the Antarctic ice a few days ago and is now dumping snow in the southern Andes. We're a...

The Thrill of the Skill

YOGA Dharma Yoga Center Miami Beach, Florida Shri Dharma Mittra, 65, earned the nickname "The Teacher's Teacher" in 1984, when he demonstrated 908 postures for the Master...

Stick Together

It's a Guy ThingBig Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana. Ski the double-black Picture Chutes, then analyze your technique on video with expert coaches. Three-day men's workshop, $250...

Rockin' in the Free(skiing) World

Over 170 of the world's best—and craziest—athletes tested their mettle at Crested Butte's 2004 Saab U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships last month (February 25 through 28), each...

Climb Every Mole Hill

DAWN WAS BUT A RUMOR on the eastern horizon when our climbing team set off from base camp, heading north toward a mountain so elusive it wasn't even named until 1998. By 11:30 a.m., after a...

Worldwide Wild

Antarctica Following in Shackleton's Footsteps [2004 Winner] Ernest Shackleton crossed the Southern Ocean to South Georgia Island in a dinghy. You'll make...

Worldwide Wild

California Backpacking the John Muir Trail [2004 Winner] Every mile on this classic American ramble along the spine of the Sierra has a highlight. If you're...

Crude Reality

AT TWO A.M. ON A FALL NIGHT IN 1985, I STOOD on the wide gravel beach at Barter Island, Alaska, facing the Arctic Ocean. Behind me, across Barter Lagoon, hung the dim lights of the Inupiat...

I Did It Friedl's Way

COUPLE OF WINTERS AGO, I was invited by the Calgary, Alberta-based energy-investment firm Peters and Company to give a slide show about my alpine adventures at their annual conference at Lake...

Birds on a Wire

SLOUCHING AROUND IN STEEL-SHANKED BOOTS, smoking Luckies, and showing off their tattoos, the guys were built along the heroic lines of NFL players. The chicks were scruffy, infested with bugs,...

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