Nature

Tierra Secreta

I DIDN'T COME TO VERACRUZ as a tourist—but, hey, what American does? The economy of Mexico's third-most-populous state, which curves between the rugged eastern Sierra Madre and a 425-mile...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

When perched atop a dune at White Sands National Monument, your first impression is that you're standing in the world's biggest sandbox. Your second impression—if you're like me—is...

It's a Zoo Out There

1. ANTARCTICA Play among hundreds of thousands of penguins and follow migrating whales on Mountain Travel Sobek's 11-day cruise on the expedition ship Akademik Ioffe. Departing...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

The last time I visited Anza-Borrego—a forbidding wilderness extending from the Salton Sea west to the Laguna Mountains and from the Mexican border north to Riverside County—a friend...

The Secrets Life of Deserts

TWELVE YEARS ago, I set out to write a book. Because I'm as easily distracted as a cat on a tuna boat, I needed a remote location, one so uninteresting and empty that I would be glued to my...

Naughty by Nature

Looking to rachet up your mojo, sans synthetics? University of Massachusetts explorer in residence Chris Kilham, 52, has spent 25 years traveling the world to study native uses of medicinal...

100-Proof Americana

Seeking an underpopulated—and undiscovered—slice of paradise? Drop in to any of our 20 adventure towns, from burly Haines, Alaska, to serene Cedar Key, Florida, where you'll find cush,...

Epic Descent: The River Wildest

ON FEBRUARY 16, 2002, Scott Lindgren powered his kayak into a maelstrom of enormous boulders and deafening whitewater, boofed a ten-foot vertical drop, and sliced smoothly left through a needle...

Multimedia

VIDEO The Foam Zone click here Expedition member Steve Fisher plunges into the Upper Tsangpo Gorge Portage from Hell click here Porters and...

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