October 27-November 3 THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FESTIVALS bring Greg Child, Tim Cahill, Reinhold Messner, Gretel Erlich, and others to Alberta for a celebration of the best in books, film, and mountain culture. www.banffcenter.ca

November 13-15

Sixty teams of four adventure racers go head-to-head in the SOUTHERN TRAVERSE, hiking, mountain biking, orienteering, and kayaking for up to 6 days and covering some 250 miles across New Zealand's rugged South Island. http://www.southerntraverse.com/

November 4-6 The reptiles and camels of the ultramarathon world converge in the Sahara Desert for the DESERT CUP 2002, a 105-mile, non-stop trail race beginning at the ancient ruins of Petra and twisting through the sands of Jordan. www.sandmarathon.com/desert-cup.asp

November 9 The Explorers Club sponsors its first annual DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, where the finest research and expedition films of the past six years get a showing at the club's swank New York headquarters. www.explorers.org

November 7-10 Bald is beautiful in Haines, Alaska, when 3,000 eagles descend on a four-mile stretch of the Chilkat River to feed on Salmon during the ALASKA BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL. www.baldeaglefest.org

November 11 For $50, you can drink beer with Jon Krakauer, Conrad Anker, and other Everest veterans in Bozeman, Montana, as they show slides and swap stories at a benefit for Sherpas and other indigenous climbing communities hosted by THE ALEX LOW CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. (406-585-5470)

November 21-24 The 2003 world cup alpine ski season gets underway in the U.S. at the CHEVY TRUCK AMERICA'S OPENING with men's and women's slalom and giant slalom races at Park City, Utah. http://www.usskiteam.com/

November 24-December 7 ASP rating's leader Andy Irons returns home in pursuit of his first tour crown along with the rest of the top professional surfers as the final leg of the world tour kicks off at Oahu's Sunset Beach in the RIP CURL CUP. www.aspworldtour.com

November 28 March through Dixie during the ATLANTA MARATHON, a Thanksgiving Day tradition that begins and ends on Hank Aaron Drive. www.atlanta-trackclub.org

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