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Monsterwellen

All across North America in November 1998, people were waiting for their ship to come in, and all across North America people began to wonder if it would.

The Hell-On-Earth Fitness Plan

There's an ominous buzz coming from Salt Lake City's Gym Jones, where owner and climber Mark Twight has created a torturous strength-and-conditioning program. We sent Lab Rat NICK HEIL in to...

Palace in Mandalay, Burma

The Generals in Their Labyrinth

Before the rains, before the winds, before the tens of thousands of missing and dead, PATRICK SYMMES sneaked into Burma's secret capital, where the military rules from a sun-baked plain, guided...

Great Divide Bike Race

The World's Toughest Bike Race Is Not in France

The rules are simple: Start pedaling at the Canadian border, and the first fat tire to hit Mexico wins. JON BILLMAN saddles up for the Great Divide Race, 2,500 miles of blowouts, goatheads, UFOs, and...

Greg Michaels in Bolivia

Because It's There. (Sort of.)

GPS units in hand, obsessed adventurers are roaming the world to claim a new set of firsts: 16,232 places where major lines of latitude and longitude intersect. Sound geeky? Not when your sweet spot...

Iceland and Greenland

Meltdown

Funny story: My old man gets cancer, survives, vows thenceforth to see as much of the world as he can, drags me all over creation, and leaves mind-bending mishaps in his wake. Our next mission? Tour...

Dropped

When Pete Absolon, the Rocky Mountain director of NOLS, set out for a climb in Wyoming's Wind River Range last summer, life couldn’t have been better. A deadly mistake by another man ended it...

Shambhala

The Kingdom of the Lotus

A not-always-mythic journey to Shambhala, over sky-high mountains and across vicious deserts, requiring boldness of heart, purity of vision, the recitation of 99 million mantras, and $45 worth of...

Chelsea Gerlach

Firestarter

Before her 2005 arrest, eco-saboteur Chelsea Gerlach took part in nine Earth Liberation Front actions, including the 1998 arson that destroyed Vail Mountain's Two Elk lodge. In an exclusive...

High Times

You were told that Everest base camp is an insult to the true spirit of mountaineering. But why weren't you told about the excellent bars, the butter people, and that friendly playboy bunny from...

Sherpa

Dead Weight

When our man dons a tumpline and dhoko for a five-day trek in the Himalayas, he discovers two things: Nepali porters may be the toughest workers in the universe, and there's simply no way he can...

The Boomtown, the Gringo, the Girl, and Her Murder

When a local beauty turned up dead in Nicaragua's San Juan del Sur, the dream of paradise became a nightmare for one expat American surfer. He got 30 years and, predictably, a media melee...

W. Hodding Carter

The 40-Year-Old Virgin Swimmer

In a (completely misguided) bid to make the 2008 Olympic team, ex-NCAA swimmer W. HODDING CARTER is training like he did in college. And that means spring break. Only this time our...

A Kielbasa Too Far

Why do we get sick when traveling in out-of-the-way places? Join IAN FRAZIER, plus some liver flukes, dysentery, and cholera, on an enlightening journey that will make your stomach...

Afghanistan

A Short Walk in the Wakhan Corridor

Cross into this forgotten valley and you'll trade the insanity of modern Afghanistan for a far wilder frontier: a last-ditch, back-of-beyond outpost of breathtaking beauty, ancient strongholds, and...

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