North & Central America

Worldwide Wild

California Backpacking the John Muir Trail [2004 Winner] Every mile on this classic American ramble along the spine of the Sierra has a highlight. If you're...

Crude Reality

AT TWO A.M. ON A FALL NIGHT IN 1985, I STOOD on the wide gravel beach at Barter Island, Alaska, facing the Arctic Ocean. Behind me, across Barter Lagoon, hung the dim lights of the Inupiat...

I Did It Friedl's Way

COUPLE OF WINTERS AGO, I was invited by the Calgary, Alberta-based energy-investment firm Peters and Company to give a slide show about my alpine adventures at their annual conference at Lake...

Birds on a Wire

SLOUCHING AROUND IN STEEL-SHANKED BOOTS, smoking Luckies, and showing off their tattoos, the guys were built along the heroic lines of NFL players. The chicks were scruffy, infested with bugs,...

The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

BELLOTA RANCH Bellota, Arizona The best adventure lodges are those where you show up a stranger and leave as family. So it is at Bellota Ranch, a homey, horsey oasis in the wild...

The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

CHARIT CREEK LODGE Jamestown, Tennessee A true wilderness retreat takes pride in what it doesn't have. At Charit Creek Lodge, there's no electricity (kerosene lanterns are everywhere),...

Time Out!: 5 Great USA Getaways

STAND AT THE BASE of Wyoming's magnificent Tetons—at somewhere over two million years old the newest range in the Rockies—and look up to see a massive wall of rock and ice piercing the...

Time Out!: 5 Great USA Getaways

IF YOU THOUGHT PALM SPRINGS was nothing but a dense collection of geezers wearing polyester Sansabelts assembled in the desert to bitch about Medicare, well, you thought wrong. The variety of...

Time Out!: 5 Great USA Getaways

HALFWAY THROUGH our five-day trip down the Green River's Stillwater Canyon, a fine milk-chocolate-colored silt has dreaded my hair, coated my skin, and invaded every body crevice. I match the...

Time Out!: 5 Great USA Getaways

IN THE FEW HUNDRED YEARS since crustacean-weary indentured servants in colonial New England rebelled against being fed too much lobster—stipulating to their bosses that they not be forced...

Far Flung Fiestas

Dean Cummings H20 Heli Guides Anybody who's read Jack London knows that Alaska is for men. Mountain men. Dean Cummings knows this, too. That's why Dean's H20 Heli Guides runs...

Far Flung Fiestas

Las Olas Surf Safaris The ocean can be a fearsome foe, hurling thunderous breakers, riptides, undertows, and the occasional malicious jellyfish at those who venture near. Not the...

Far Flung Fiestas

Red Mountain Spa Located in southwest Utah adjacent to Snow Canyon State Park, Red Mountain Spa welcomes the adventurous couple to picturesque red rock canyons and Navajo...

Fringe Benefits

FERNIE, BRITISH, COLUMBIA // Pop. 4,000 Dwarfed by the Lizard Range, Fernie is a gateway to three national parks and home to the wide-open powder bowls of Fernie Alpine Resort. In summer,...

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