Biking

Island Hops

Guadeloupe: Pedal Like the Pros Professional cyclists from around the world meet on this butterfly-shaped isle for the annual Tour de Guadeloupe, a 797-mile, ten-stage...

Dominican Republic

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM has it that the tiniest Caribbean islands are the most precious and desirable. Think eight-square-mile St. Bart's, or the newly chic crop of "single-resort islands." This...

Hanging Tough

"Your Pentagon has been attacked, 50,000 dead. World War III has started. You must leave the country."Talk about strange ways to receive bad news. On September 17, at an 11,000-foot...

Fresh Tracks

Heli Help Us The $65,000 and exhaustive training needed for a summit bid on Everest may be a bit out of your league, but climbing 16,535-foot Mount Carstensz in Irian Jaya—...

She Rules the Waves

LAST FEBRUARY, A cheerful 25-year-old Brit named Ellen MacArthur sailed into incandescence aboard her Open 60 Kingfisher with an improbable second-place finish in the Vendée Globe, a...

Red Hot Chile

I went to the Atacama Desert to get a taste for what life is like on Mars. Really. I had heard that it was so high, harsh, and dry—in some areas it hasn't rained in 15 years—that...

Red Hot Chile

It's easy to let your imagination get the best of you in Chile, especially when you find yourself—as I did—camped at 14,150 feet in a corridor of volcanoes in the Norte Grande, the...

Drop-Dead Gorges

"I saw the old jalopy," said a bony stranger sitting across the table from me in a coffee shop in our ancient Southwestern city. He was sporting an armadillo-shaped bolo tie and a cowboy hat,...

Red Hot Chile

Terra Luna Lodge, which sits on a grassy hill on the southwestern shore of General Carrera Lake, at 1,955 feet the deepest lake in South America, is the first adventure lodge to lure hikers,...

Red Hot Chile

THE SEASON: November through March, summer in the Southern Hemisphere, is prime time in Patagonia, including Torres del Paine and General Carrera Lake; the Atacama Desert is...

In the Heart of the Heart of the West

I grew up in southern Arizona, homeland of the Apache leader Geronimo, who evaded 5,000 U.S. Army troops there in 1886. But when I began planning a hiking and mountain-biking foray into north...

Mongolian Heights

OUR CAMELBAKS BULGING, WE PEDALED OUT ONTO the Mongolian steppe, each of us choosing one of a dozen dirt tracks threading through the long, waving grass. Five hundred and sixty miles northwest...

Blacktop Beauty

It's the cows. These three words have become the standard, slightly wry explanation for why there are so many sleekly paved roads in the 35-mile radius surrounding Madison, Wisconsin&...

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