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No One Knows

"WHEN THE TIME COMES to die," wrote 18-year-old Everett Ruess in a letter in 1932, "I'll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate spot there is." No one could have predicted it would happen so...

Without a Trace

ON JULY 8, 1999, Bronx-born journalist Joe Wood hiked up to Mount Rainier National Park's Mildred Point Trail. A 34-year-old African-American editor for a New York book publisher, Wood was in...

Forever Wild

"THE LAST TIME ED SMILED was when I told him where he was going to be buried," says Doug Peacock, an environmental crusader in Edward Abbey's inner circle and the prototype for Abbey's most...

Case Closed?

DRY CRIME THE CASE: Best friends Raffi Kodikian, 25, of Pennsylvania, and David Coughlin, 26, of Massachusetts, got lost while hiking in the arid canyonlands of southern New Mexico's...

Fresh Tracks

THE KOA SUPERHIGHWAY Just when you think you know Kampgrounds of America—coin-op washing machines and mini-golf just off the next exit—they go and get wired. Or should we say...

Steals

Na Pali Wowie Kauai's Na Pali Coast, with its steep sea cliffs, waterfalls, and narrow green valleys, is backcountry Hawaii at its best. But if you crave a comfortable bed, check out...

The Quick Fix

Climbing the New River Gorge Rumor has it that the 352-mile-long New River is the second-oldest river in the world, dating back approximately 320 million years. Geologists go round and...

The Quick Fix

A FEW YEARS AGO, fresh from 21 days of kayaking the gigantic waves of the Colorado River, I returned to my home state of West Virginia to paddle the Cheat River, where I'd been a raft guide for...

The Quick Fix

Rafting the Gauley River Come fall near Summersville, in south-central West Virginia, the hardwood forests turn bright orange, the air cools, mist gathers in the steep canyons, and raft...

The Quick Fix

Mountain-Biking the Monongahela National Forest The tiny town of Davis (pop. 624), on the northern edge of the Mon, is home to not one but two members of last year's U.S. World Mountain...

The Quick Fix

Fly-Fishing the Elk River An eight-mile section of the Elk cuts a lush, remote canyon through the southern Mon Forest, actually diving underground for stretches. These detours keep the...

The Quick Fix

Hiking the Cranberry Backcountry and Wilderness West Virginia has more than 1,500 miles of hiking trails, including the Allegheny Trail, a 300-mile north-south path, mostly in the Mon...

The Quick Fix

Cycling Along the Cheat John Denver didn't get it all right in "Take Me Home, Country Roads," his 1971 ballad to the byways that wind through pastoral West Virginia. The Blue Ridge...

Eric Rudolph Slept Here

"MAN COULD LIVE A LONG TIME IN THESE WOODS." Richard Farner says, pausing to lean against a red oak and light a cigarette. "If he knew what he was doing."...

Spin City

Ten years and tens of millions in the making, the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile round-the-island circuit for bike riders, officially opens in August. We took a test ride on the route,...

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