Nature

The Last Best Peninsula

At dawn, after pushing to the back of your mind images of the snake the locals call Silent Death, you start hiking. All day, as you head toward that evening's campsite, you follow a trail that...

Lost in Space: Australia's Kimberley

If East Kimberley is cultivated ranchland, West Kimberley, which begins at approximately Mt. Elizabeth Station, is its less settled, lonely cousin. Here you can begin fully to appreciate the...

Lost in Space: Australia's Kimberley

Australians have always felt that the Kimberley was capable of hiding just about anyone or anything. And in 1982, we got our proof when a documentary film crew flying south of Kununurra ...

Is the Water Fine?

Out in the scorched wilderness of the Kimberley, campside banter often revolves around crocodiles—among them "salties," or saltwater crocs, the region's omnivorous Alpha predator. Up to 23...

Lost in Space

Nothing turns an Australian misty-eyed like talking about the Kimberley, the isolated northwestern plateau where the Outback intrudes into the tropics. This immense, deserted landscape has had...

See You in Six Months: White on White

THE INTERIOR OF ANTARCTICA is one of those rare places that look the same on a map as they do in real life: blank, vast, and entirely void of contours. These places attract me—polar ice...

Here and Gone

Baffin Island WHERE THE HELL? Northern Canada, just shy of the Arctic Circle. WHAT IN THE WORLD? Baffin Island harbors some of the best big-wall climbing on the planet...

Cold Heaven

Thule District WHERE THE HELL? 2,000 miles north of Greenland's capital, Nuuk. WHAT IN THE WORLD? Greenland's Thule District is one of the last pockets of isolation...

And a Cast of Thousands

Southern Right Whales According to Roger Payne, president of the Massachusetts-based Whale Conservation Institute, a southern right whale migrates far enough over its lifetime to circle...

And a Cast of Thousands

Pacific Loggerhead Turtles Until five years ago, the Pacific loggerhead turtles of Baja California presented a herpeto-logical enigma: Not a single nest had ever been found on North...

And a Cast of Thousands

Caribou Each March or April, 129,000 caribou leave their wintering grounds on the Porcupine River in the Canadian Yukon, point their noses northwest, and don't stop until, ten days, 350...

And a Cast of Thousands

Wildebeasts and Zebras When it comes to large, charismatic animals on the go, nothing compares to East Africa's Serengeti. Each year more than a million wildebeests and up to 300,000...

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