Out of Bounds

The King of the Ferret Leggers

Basically, the contest involves the tying of a competitor's trousers at the ankles and the subsequent insertion into those trousers of a couple of peculiarly vicious fur-coated, footlong carnivores...

How I Nearly Killed My Father

The sign read, “Tenaya Canyon is extremely dangerous. Many have lost their lives in the attempt.” Thus warned, my 78-year-old dad was set to hike and rappel through it. And I had agreed to join him.

The Killing Fields

In 2009, seven Nepalese villagers died mysteriously while foraging for a fungal aphrodisiac worth its weight in gold. Was it murder? Eric Hansen travels to the remote Lost Valley, in the high...

The High Priestess of Posterity

The world's best climbers flock to Nepal to tackle new routes on remote peaks. But their feats don't count until a little old lady from New York says so.

Going Straight

In a tech-assisted misadventure, our man finds the most difficult line between two points

Nothing is Illuminated

Could floating in a sensory-deprivation tank for several hours be as mind-expanding as a real-life adventure? Our neurological guinea pig is about to find out.

Amateurs Without Borders

Sailing post-earthquake aid to Haiti as part of an ad hoc group seemed like an urgent—and adventuresome—opportunity. One out of two ain't bad.

Sucker, Punched

After moving from Boulder, Colorado, to New York City, our boy was in desperate need of a new fitness plan. Then he discovered boxing—which worked great, until it came time to start getting hit.

Under the Tuscan Gun

After tracking down one of Italy's most eccentric vintners, our team of amateurs has a single afternoon to master one of wine-making's highest art forms.

World's Greenest Electric-Motorcycle Race

A green motorsport event? Yup, in this case a historic race on the Isle of Man. Gentlemen, start your (battery-powered, zero-carbon, no-decibel) engines!

France's Rollerblading Obsession

Paris is romantic, cultured, and sophisticated—and teeming with rollerblading fanatics? An investigation into France's most mysterious obsession.

Rodeo Clown School

After a brief tutorial at rodeo-clown school, our man steps into the world's most terrifying ring.

I Love My Job!

Those people who say that? They're annoying. But, as our man eventually discovers, that doesn't mean they're not on to something.

Are You Happy Now?

In which Eric the Thumb hitches around post-crash Iceland during the gloom of winter and finds…strangely giddy natives