North & Central America

All-American

THE ALASKAN CLIMBER [ALASKA] Many peaks in the Chugach Mountains of southeast Alaska remain unnamed and unclimbed. Your objectives are the 12,000-foot summits of Mount Valhalla and Mount...

Elevator, Going Up

MOUNTAIN-BIKING THE CELESTIAL MOUNTAINS [KAZAKHSTAN] Just as your quads begin rebelling during this two-week, 300-mile traverse of the Tien Shan—the fabled 21,000-foot mountain range...

Birch Pond Lodge

ALASKAN BILL ROYCE BOUGHT this secluded 100-acre slice of spruce and birch forest 75 miles north of his home in Anchorage to use as a weekend getaway. But then Royce got eco-religion and decided...

Bumming on the Powder Hound

THE DEVIL BEAT HIS WIFE FOR 20 MINUTES as we passed through sugar-beet fields a handful of highway miles east of Bliss, Idaho. That's bus parlance for a sun shower, frosted flakes of snow...

Fresh Tracks

WHITEWATER RODEO'S MECHANICAL BULL The explosion of WHITEWATER PLAYBOATING in the last five years has led to the construction of man-made rapids on rivers throughout the west....

Steals

Oz on $110.93 a Day United Vacations, in association with the Australian Tourist Commission, is offering a 15-day Ultimate Road Trip package for a mere $1,664. But act now: The deal is...

Honeymarooned

Married less than a week, we already knew what hell looked like....

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

PICO DUARTE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hike from steamy jungle to cool forest on this strenuous 29-mile trek to the top of the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte (10,128 feet). Traverse Parque...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

Best Surfing Waves BATHSHEBA, BARBADOS: Soupbowl, a reef break with a powerful right on the island's undeveloped east coast, has been hosting wintertime surfing...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

SECRET BEACH, KAUAI, HAWAII: At the base of 150-foot cliffs west of Kilauea, this two-mile stretch of gold-glowing sand draws its name from its remote location (and the presence...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

TIKAL NATIONAL PARK, GUATEMALA: The overused term "lost world" finally feels appropriate when you first glimpse the Mayan ruins of Tikal, once a thriving metropolis of 100,000 people...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

HOTEL HANA-MAUI, MAUI, HAWAII: When you get a load of the sea crashing practically right into this place, you won't be surprised that scenes from Fantasy Island were shot on the 66-acre grounds....

Dreaming of a Warm, Multi-Pitch Christmas

Q: A few of us from Virginia want to take a rock-climbing trip somewhere warm during the Christmas holidays. We're considering Red Rocks in Nevada and California's Joshua Tree...

Endless Winter

Squaw Valley USA, California SQUAW IS THE LEGENDARY SHRINE of extreme skiing, populated by serious skiers and snowboarders tackling serious lines. It's the place where...

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