|D E P A R T M E N T S|
Cavers are protecting their fragile underground turf with a strict code of secrecy.
| ||Deep-sea submersibles haul more than scientists and filmmakers into the murky abyss. All aboard, tourists!|
|Climbing newlyweds Tiffany and Jason Campbell find marital bliss by redpointing 5.13s.|
|A new generation of water filters gives viruses a beating. The secret weapon? Ultraviolet light.|
|A powerful new tool for saving the environment: the sitcom.|
|Four extreme golf tournaments where the hazards rule the game.|
PLUS: A British ex-naval officer attempts to cross the Atlantic alone in a kayak; Iridium phones—an expedition favorite—get disconnected.
The Wild File
What's the most remote spot in the Lower 48? Do spiders ever get caught in each other's webs? Why do you feel most sore two days after a hard workout?
By Stephanie Gregory
The Hard Way
Three accidental pilgrims wend their way toward the holiest lake in Tibet, where Dalai Lamas once viewed their own reincarnations. Is Lhamo Latso one of the "Power-Places" of the spiritual world or just another windswept lens of high blue water? Karma will decide.
By Mark Jenkins
On a wing and a prayer: Alaska's diciest stretch of water is a glacier-chilled inlet sporting a ten-foot bore tide and currents that can sweep you to Siberia. But the Turnagain Arm is also one of the best boardsailing spots in America. Care to put in?
PLUS: The best dry-land recreation alternatives around Anchorage.
Prep now, survive later: Extreme environments—broiling heat, bitter cold, dizzying altitude, and crushing deep water—wreak havoc on our physiology. Tips for thriving in the harshest conditions, whether you're skinning up your backyard mountain or running a marathon in Death Valley.
21st-century tents: Need a shelter for all seasons or one that skips the winter? New convertible models keep you from having to choose. We tried out the top performers from Eureka!, Moss, Kelty, The North Face, Noall, Mountain Hardwear, and Sierra Designs.
| ||A shave kit for the gentleman on safari (or per diem).|
PLUS: The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places, by Robert Young Pelton; The Snakebite Survivors' Club: Travels Among Serpents, by Jeremy Seal; Teewinot: A Year in the Grand Tetons, by Jack Turner; and The Water in Between, by Kevin Patterson.
Between the Lines
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