North & Central America

Falling in Love with a Killer

I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING from the bridge of the Blue Fin IV. No land, no boats, nothing. Waves rolling from the distant edge of earth slide beneath the port side, rocking us slowly and firmly...

Tickets to Ride

Trying to score a permit for a restricted-access river? You'll up your chances if you aim for weekdays and keep your group size small. Consider having a permit party with potential tripmates in...

Easy Drifting: What, Me Paddle?

IT'S 58 MILES from the Smith River's Camp Baker put-in to the Eden Bridge take-out—a lazy five-day float, if you want it to be, which I always do. That's because halfway through the canyon...

Expeditions: Lewis and Clarking It

AHH TABERNAC, I swore, as my boat ricocheted from one rock to the next, pinballing its way down the snaky headwaters of the Bonaventure River. It had been less than an hour since the put...

One-Day Blasts: Workman's Comp

I FIRST HEARD about the Box at the end of a cold, rainy Gauley season in West Virginia. Six of us river guides were sitting under a tarp in a rafting company's gravel parking lot, playing poker...

The Original Ride

In 1907, a young Irish-Hawaiian lifeguard named George Freeth paddled a plank into the ocean at Redondo Beach, caught a wave, and made headlines as "The Man Who Could Walk on Water!" "This is...

The Big Sweep

If you're skeptical about discovering true off-road solitude in the midst of the great sprawlopolis, head directly north toward the Santa Monica Mountains, a patchwork of wild public lands that...

The Big Sweep

You've been a wonderful audience. Thank you and take special care. Or so the Pacific gray whale seems to say by flourishing its tail flukes in the final moments of a whale-watching cruise....

The Big Sweep

About a million years ago, Palos Verdes was a near-shore channel island. A few earthquakes and tectonic plate shifts later, it's a canyon-riven peninsula with a sheer coastline of striated shale...

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