Weekend gladiators are lining up in droves to risk hypothermia and electroshock in obstacle races. But behind all the sadistic fun, the industry's Big Three are waging a sordid battle of their own. By Scott Keneally
Last winter, 15 skiers looked down a remote slope covered in powder and thought: Bliss. Minutes later, Megan Michelson was helping pull bodies out of the snow. A harrowing account of one of 2012's deadliest avalanches.
The Jesus-Kissed, War-Fringed, Love-Swirled Rangers
Along the Myanmar border, a former Special Forces soldier (who is also an ordained minister) is training rebels to endure a simmering conflict with a brutal regime. Adam Skolnick embeds with one of the world's strangest humanitarian-aid efforts.
Running Down a Dream
In Arizona's Navajo Nation, the jobless rate is above 40 percent and opportunities are few. Cross-country coach Shaun Martin's advice to the tribe's young men and women? Run! By Joe Spring
First Look: New technologies designed to keep big-wave surfers safe may goad them into taking gnarlier risks than ever.
News From the Field: How the Keystone XL pipeline became the hot-button environmental issue of the 2012 election.
Drawing Board: Introducing wing-suit racing—BASE jumping's latest attempt to utterly freak us out.
Media: David Quammen's gripping new book on nightmare viruses.
Medicine: Why Obamacare won't do anything to lower insurance costs for adventure-sports athletes.
Winter is coming. Time to plot your desert-island escape. From a bonefishing hideaway in belize to mind-blowing snorkeling in Indonesia to wildlife spotting off the coast of Australia—here are 16 retreats to defrost your adventure jones.
Covet: Sleek frame. Light wheels. Four-inch tires? Meet the king of all fat bikes.
Skis: The downhill revolution continues. Here are six new sticks for the slopes.
Snowboards: Tricked-out decks for every rider, from jibbers and park rats to powder fiends and neophytes.
Jackets, pants and gloves—10 must-have accessories for the cold season.