North & Central America

Dempster Driving

IT'S TRUE YOU CAN'T DRIVE to the ends of the earth, but the Yukon's Dempster Highway will take you as close as you'd ever want to go. Beginning near Dawson City, this lonesome...

Latitude Adjustment

5. PURE WILDERNESS ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE There's no time like the present to raft through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fly from Arctic Village to the headwaters of...

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9. LUNKER LAND PAYNE RIVER FISHING CAMP, QUEBEC More than 1,000 miles north of Montreal you'll find Ungava Bay, home to some of the fiercest arctic char in Canada. After flying to...

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1. MULTISPORT MADNESS KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA This six-day multisport foray will give you a proper introduction to southwest Alaska's 8,000-square-mile Kenai Peninsula. Start with a...

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3. GIANT MOUNTAIN FUN MCCARTHY, ALASKA McCarthy, a tiny southeastern Alaska hamlet, is at the end of a 60-mile dirt track that has the dubious distinction of being the worst road in...

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7. ARCTIC SAFARI AULAVIK NATIONAL PARK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Established in 1992, Aulavik National Park is one of Canada's newest wilderness areas and one of the most wildlife-dense...

Rush Redux

WE'RE DOING 70 down the Canadian stretch of the Alaska Highway in a GMC Yukon XL. I think it's ironic, but my guide, Denny Kobayashi, a stocky, seasoned, and whip-smart Yukoner, informs me that...

Rush Redux

REMOTE FLOAT RAFTING THE ALSEK RIVER Not too long ago, the Alsek River didn't really exist. A "surging" glacier—capable of lurching several hundred feet in a few days—had plugged...

Rush Redux

FROM MULES TO MOUNTAIN BIKES PEDALING THE SAM MCGEE TRAIL In its third annual report card, the International Mountain Bike Association gave the Yukon an A minus, the same grade...

Rush Redux

HIMILAYAS OF THE WEST SKIING MOUNT LOGAN By the numbers, Mount Logan can seem daunting. At 19,550 feet, it's Canada's highest peak. Sitting squarely in the St. Elias Mountains of...

Rush Redux

TROPHY LIFE FISHING TINCUP WILDERNESS LODGE The Yukon is riddled with lonesome rivers and alpine lakes that rarely, if ever, see lures. Spin casting for lake trout, whitefish, and...

Rush Redux

ON THE FLY HELI-HIKING THE ST. ELIAS MOUNTAINS Flying over the St. Elias peaks in Kluane National Park and Reserve, you'd never guess the Ice Age ended some 10,000 years ago. Eighty...

The North Stars

BEST REINDEER OMELET [Gwennie's Restaurant, Anchorage] In the early 1970s, Gwennie's was a brothel for workers constructing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Since 1981 it's had a tamer...

Kid Everest

[Hawaii] DIAMOND HEAD CRATER TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 761 feet. TRAIL: 1.5 miles round-trip. Pack water, sunscreen, and a flashlight (dark tunnels!) for the trek up this Pacific landmark...

Kid Everest

[New York] BAXTER MOUNTAIN TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 2,440 feet. TRAIL: 2.2 miles round-trip from Spruce Hill. There may be an easier peak or two for kindergartners to scale in the...

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