North & Central America

The Bounty Up North

Mountain Biking Whistler Blackcomb British Columbia So you call yourself a mountain biker. You rip local ribbons of singletrack, bunny-hop logs, and drop wheelies off rocky...

The Bounty Up North

Cycle Touring Icefields Parkway Alberta I've had a stiff neck before, but never from constantly looking up. Looking up around every turn. Over every pass. At mountain after...

The Bounty Up North

Whitewater Kayaking Slave River Northwest Territories Trying to catch the biggest river wave you've ever seen in front of ten pro kayakers is like trying to catch Lance on...

The Bounty Up North

New Park Réserve Faunique des Chic-Chocs Quebec The 3,000-foot Chic-Chocs are more than just fun to say: They're some of eastern Canada's highest mountains. Spot moose...

Holoholo Hawaii

The biggest of the Hawaiian islands—all 4,000-plus square miles of it—gets bigger all the time, thanks to Kilauea's regular spouts of volcanic activity. The ever-increasing real estate...

Revisionist History

"Damn! That was a bow shot! I knew I shoulda brought my bow." Jim Cummings, our guide, had locked eyes with a fat, antlered deer munching sagebrush on the river's edge. Armed only with a canoe...

The Haida Life

Even before the skiff left the harbor, I had one of those gnawing moments of self-doubt that eternally plague suburban parents. My daughter, Allie, who's nine, pulled on the adult...

Saddle Stories

SUNRISE IN TERRACE MEADOWS, in Wyoming's Teton Wilderness, and I sit up, wrapped in my sleeping bag, trying not to disturb my sister, Anne, as I listen to our horses grazing nearby. We turned...

A Riffle in Time

"I fell into a pit trap!" cried eight-year-old Ellen. Ten yards downriver were some broken sticks and a recently fallen-into hole in the sand, with footsteps leading back upstream. Ellen's...

Ferry Land

When we planned a trip to Washington State last summer, my son immediately produced a passport book that he uses to log his visits to national parks. Stamps for Olympic National Park and Seattle...

The House of Rock

IT'S A CRISP PREDAWN MORNING AT 12,000 feet in northern Wyoming, and a crescent moon is bleeding off just enough light to illuminate a narrow ledge snaking across the southeastern face of the...

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...

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