Maya Gabeira Takes a Breath
She was trapped underwater, her leg broken, pummeled by 50-foot waves. But that hasn't stopped the Brazilian surfer from chasing the biggest wave ever ridden by a woman. Now she just has to convince the sport's alpha dogs that she belongs in the lineup. By Matt Skenazy
More skiers and snowboarders are venturing beyond the resort ropes in search of epic powder, and that means greater avalanche risk. Our guide to backcountry safety will help you stay safe—and maximize your powdery reward. By Christopher Solomon
It doesn't take a tsunami to leave you stranded and in jeopardy—a flood, blizzard, or ice storm will do the job just fine. We canvassed preppers and survivalists for the tools to weather any storm. By Reid Singer and Will Dietrich-Egensteiner
The Body Electric
Some 500 Americans are struck by lightning every year. But for those who survive, the ordeal is just the beginning. Victims' neurons, movements, memories, and even personalities may be irrevocably fried. By Ferris Jabr
Help on the Way
Nowadays, when we head out into the wilderness, we take our gadgets with us. But do cell phones, satellite messengers, and personal locator beacons just create more false alarms? By Peter Vigneron
Reboot or Die Trying
Blogger David Roberts was an online junkie. For most of his waking hours he stared at screens, reading, posting, and sharing. He Tweeted up to 1,000 times a day. Then he quit. For one year, Roberts took a digital sabbatical, reimmersing himself in real life. Here's what he learned.
First Look: Afterglow is the most visually stunning ski film ever made. It's also a commercial for a new TV.
Head to Head: Can GoPro become the next Red Bull?
Covet: Cutting firewood goes electric.
Primer: How benefit corporations give new meaning to good buys.
Media: In praise of horror's greatest villain—the wilderness.
Rising Star: Climbing prodigy Kai Lightner gets belay help from his mom.
The New Rules of Travel: Fare hikes, security lines—it's enough to frazzle even seasoned globe-trotters. Our expert hacks will get you there sanely, no matter where you're headed.
In the Lead: Concierge medicine is turning doctors into personal trainers.
Fuel: Six surprisingly healthy ways to seed your smoothie.
Tools: Recover faster with rollers, massage balls, and electrical muscle stimulators.
My Body: Meet America's best shot at the Ironman World Championship.
Classics: The perfect wool shirt.
Jackets: Weatherproof outerwear burly enough for the season ahead.
Fundamentals: Why leather work gloves are taking over the mountain.
Adventure Tech: The action filmmaker's perfect kit.
Active Kicks: Add a dash of color to your shoes this fall.