North & Central America

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...

The Thrill of the Skill

YOGA Dharma Yoga Center Miami Beach, Florida Shri Dharma Mittra, 65, earned the nickname "The Teacher's Teacher" in 1984, when he demonstrated 908 postures for the Master...

Stick Together

It's a Guy ThingBig Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana. Ski the double-black Picture Chutes, then analyze your technique on video with expert coaches. Three-day men's workshop, $250...

Rockin' in the Free(skiing) World

Over 170 of the world's best—and craziest—athletes tested their mettle at Crested Butte's 2004 Saab U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships last month (February 25 through 28), each...

Climb Every Mole Hill

DAWN WAS BUT A RUMOR on the eastern horizon when our climbing team set off from base camp, heading north toward a mountain so elusive it wasn't even named until 1998. By 11:30 a.m., after a...

Can You Hear Me Now?

THE HORTON RIVER heads on a rise of barren land north of Great Bear Lake in the far northwestern corner of Canada's Northwest Territories. It flows west and north some 400 miles before winding...

Worldwide Wild

Antarctica Following in Shackleton's Footsteps [2004 Winner] Ernest Shackleton crossed the Southern Ocean to South Georgia Island in a dinghy. You'll make...

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