In honor of the 50th anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing's historic first Everest summit, we're opening the vaults to bring you the best stories ever written about the planet's tallest mountain. From Jon Krakauer's groundbreaking article, "Into Thin Air," to Brad Wetzler's account of sex, death and bad behavior at Base Camp, a collection of Outside's

At Colorado's Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, the horse might take a backseat to rafting, fishing, or hiking.

Anza-Borrego’s raw desert beauty Q: I’m looking to camp someplace pretty, not too popular, and mild in temperature around this time of the year. Can you give me any suggestions? — Anne Moore, Long Beach, California Adventure Advisor: A: There…

Honomu, Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

Low's Gully is a 6,000-foot chasm that gets deadly when it rains. This month, a team of top canyoneers take it on, with only one way out.

Here's a one-day meal plan fit for a noontime event or workout.

Question: Can adventure travel take root in struggling, war-ravaged countries where the smoke is still clearing? Test Case: The Republic of Georgia, home to unspoiled wilderness, beautiful mountains, and (oh, drat) fugitive Chechen rebels and rumored Al Qaeda cells Answer: Good question!

What is this thing called ECOTOURISM? (Besides the glimmer of hype and a dash of greenwash, that is). Here's the good news: When it's done right, it's nothing less than THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL.

Four travel outfitters that are doing it right

Of course they do—they get to trek with camels. But you can, too! We’ve got the COOLEST TRIPS, TOP TEN TRENDS, EXPERT ADVICE, AND BEST NEW PLACES TO GET LOST IN 2003. So what are you waiting for? Giddyup! Star…

If mom had told you what fruits and veggies can do for your game, maybe you would've listened. But it's not too late.

Have mountain-bike designers finally solved the riddle of the perfect ride?

The world's ten best eco-lodges

In Bhutan's pristine alpine sanctuary, even a heathen climber can see the light

The dream is a brand-new river route through a vast, primordial, wildlife-rich wonderland on the verge of environmental salvation. The reality is what happens when a small band of marginally prepared adventurers attempts the 400-mile first descent of Mozambique's mighty Lugenda—a journey past kayak-eating crocs, out-of-nowhere waterfalls, and a multitude

Breathe easy: descending Peru’s 19,870-foot Huayna Potosi Q: A friend and I are looking to take a two-month trip through South America this June and July. We would like to spend time in Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina, and are very interested in finding some active trips…

The Siachen Glacier, the world’s largest alpine icefield, is leaking the refuse of war into a water system used by more than 300 million people. Can India clean it up, or is it already too late?

Accompanying Outside‘s February investigation of the debate over the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (“Footprints in the Last Wild Place,” by Peter Matthiessen), are images by Subhankar Banerjee, a 35-year-old conservationist who spent the last two years documenting the wildlife and geographic beauty of the refuge to…

As the political controversy over the future of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reignites, a journey across ANWR's disputed territory explores the realities of a place where wildlife, native traditions, and the search for oil converge in fateful proximity

America's park rangers are outnumbered and outgunned. So why won't congress pay more to keep them safe?

He's got a three-week Greyhound Discovery Pass, a map of mom-and-pop ski hills, and a yen to see the west from the vantage of a pungent window seat. From Utah's Beaver Mountain to Idaho's Bogus Basin, our telemark-toting reporter logs 5,000 miles in search of the answer to the immortal question: where's the fresh?

There's a magnitude of new adventure on this country's Pacific coast

Canoeing the jungles of South America, where freedom is a family affair

Building a Kicker

Long overshadowed by poly-based pile, a more athlete-friendly, itch-free wool is back-and everywhere

When it comes to winter sports, there are skills, and there are skillz. We're talking about catching big air off the halfpipe, making like Apolo Ohno on skate-skis, building a perfect snow ramp for launchpad jumps, and climbing a frozen waterfall. Ready to get with it? Then listen to the mad wisdom of pros who know.

This month in New Zealand, the crew of Oracle/BMW will try to win the America’s Cup with the help of some unorthodox conditioning: grunting up and over sand dunes, terra firma’s closest approximation of a yacht rolling at sea.

The cassowary—Australia's six-foot-tall, 180-pound jungle bird—is a pushy, hard-pecking, head-butting, talon-swiping thug on the loose, and humans trespass in its habitat at their own risk. But on our writer's wary quest to confront this beast, he learns to spare a little sympathy for a fightless victim just fighting to stay alive.

Bahamas Island Out-Adventures (www.bahamasadventures.com; 242-333-3282) arranges trips by the day and includes all transportation, meals, activities, and equipment. One-day adventures cost $99 per person. Overnight trips start at $299 per person for two days, $399 for three days, and $499 for four days. The company can also…

Fresh off an empty island in the tropical Atlantic, our intrepid travel expert gives the inside scoop on the Bahamian adventures you never knew were possible.

Now independent and arms-free, East Timor is emerging as Southeast Asia's new jewel

In the sixties and seventies it was the hippie trail that brought foreigners to Afghanistan. Two decades of war and terror later, Kabul is a nonstop rave of C-130s, NGOs, soldiers, and spooky nation-builders. The freaks are back on Chicken Street—where everything old is new again.

Two rival British teams launch a tenacious race to find Shackleton's long-lost ship

Specialized Bike Giveaway and Photo Contest

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Philip Smethurst is training young adventurers to spread Christianity to the planet's wildest corners

In Outside‘s 2004 Traveler issue, we bring you “The Sporty Forty,” a compendium of great destinations in Mexico and Central America. But this isn’t the first time we’ve explored that gloriously sun-soaked neck of the woods. Here, we present a complete anthology of our favorite south-of-the-border getaways. Taking the plunge…

Thirty years after losing his brother on a Himalayan peak, Reinhold Messner battles ugly accusations that he abandoned him at the top.

With his slick new ms1 helmet, gear guru Thomas Meyerhoffer continues to reinvent technical style

David Hempleman-Adams, 46, is a glue salesman, father of three, and Britain’s most accomplished living adventurer. The first to hike solo and unsupported to the geomagnetic North Pole (a goal he attainted last April), he was also the first to pilot a hot-air balloon over the North…

In Outside's 2004 Traveler issue, we bring you “The Sporty Forty,” a compendium of great destinations in Mexico and Central America. But this isn't the first time we've explored that gloriously sun-soaked neck of the woods. Here, we present a complete anthology of our favorite south-of-the-border getaways. Taking the plunge…

Once the pleasure of a few professional masochists, grueling adventure sports are suddenly a national rage

Just five months after amputating his own arm when it was crushed by an 800-pound boulder, Ralston resumed his career as an outdoor athlete by competing in last weekend's six-sport Adventure Duluth race.

War, terror, and SARS are keeping millions of travelers at home. Sounds like it's time to plan an adventure.

The latest news from the world's highest mountain

Last year was a low point for Search-and-Rescue helicopters. Could this year be even more dangerous?

DARK STAR SAFARI BY OUR CONTRIBUTORS “Being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship,” Mary Roach writes in Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (W.W. Norton, ), her mordantly witty history of the scientific contributions made by the no-longer-living. “Most…

America's favorite ramble is getting a few extensions, but the traditionalists are not amused

Did a crew of French sailors bump heads with a deep-sea legend?

South Africa's Mike Horn is circling the Arctic by land and by sea—with no engines allowed

A forum on ecotourism, the evils of travel, and a hopeful movement to keep our two favorite things—adventure in wild places and a healthy environment—alive and kicking.

THE BIG ONE A Dangerous Place California’s Unsettling Fate BY MARC REISNER (Pantheon, $22) MARC REISNER died with paper in his typewriter. When cancer claimed him three years ago (he was only 51), the author of Cadillac Desert, the classic 1986 history…

Cinematographer Howard Hall captures coral reefs, swarming sharks, and life below 300 feet

DROP CITY From Our Pages FIRST, A LITTLE CHEE-CHEE Then Some Other Weird Sports BY BILL VAUGHN (Arrowgraphics, ) IN HIS “ULTIMATE instructional manual for anyone who’s sick and tired of trying to do the right thing,” contributing editor Vaughn holds forth on sabotaging…

Mothballed America's Cup yachts return to the starting line

The world's best tracker of new primate species shares secrets for finding fuzzy little guys in the woods

Grab your hammock and sunblock and go!

More than 20 years after the guerrilla war that forged Zimbabwe from Rhodesia, fear and violence are once again convulsing that African nation—this time, with a black government pitted against white landowners. The author, who grew up on a farm in Rhodesia, recalls her child's-eye view of a world where even nature knew that luck had run out.

With $100,000 for the winners, the world's most relentless teams, and a 138,000-vertical-foot Rocky Mountain course, the Subaru Primal Quest seemed poised to give big-time adventure racing a smashing return to U.S. soil. But then the race began—and all hell broke loose. A front-line report from the wildest, bumpiest game in the wilderness.

Gordon Giesbrecht didn't become the world's leading authority on hypothermia by sitting around the campfire. He got there by leaping into frozen lakes, injecting ice water into his veins, and taking lots of very, very cold baths.

The process is the point. But just try telling that to your younger, untutored, world-conquering self.

THAT OLD ACE IN THE HOLE By Annie Proulx (Scribner, $26) WHEN ANNIE PROULX wrote about Newfoundland in her 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Shipping News, and her adopted home state of Wyoming in the story collection Close Range, she described those places so indelibly that her…

Women's surfing is riding a new pop-culture tsunami. So why can't the pros make it with a tour of their own?

A spiffy new generator turns wood into watts. Could be just the thing for getting waaay off the grid.

What are those chubby things? Shane McConkey unveils his freaky new powder skis.

In the January 2003 issue, Outside editors announced our picks for the 25 best adventure books of the last 100 years. The arduous selection process required hundreds of hours of reading, conversation, and debate, involving a wide circle of writers, explorers, scholars, and friends. Along the way we suffered our…

The Program

IN THE MARKET FOR AN INTERNET COACH? Then you’ll need to decide between a virtual coach (costs range from $0-$20 per month; no personal interaction included) and a bona fide online coach (costs range from $60 and up per month; live coach at the other end of the line). A…

The Results

The boundless joys of South Seas sailing

Dreaming of Oceania's island paradise? Here's how to feed your fantasy.

Drawn to the backcountry? With the new wave of alpine touring gear, freedom is just beyond the ropes

Camping in communal bliss in Moorea

Hoping to snag high-rolling adventurers, Nepal green-lights its first full-time heli-skiing operation

Occupy your off-season with the successes, failures, and bemusements of fellow adventurers. Plus: author picks and ten underappreciated books.

Just Married: One Couple's Well-Oiled Open-Road Odyssey

Where to Surf, Hike, Dive, Fish, Shop, Eat, Drink, Dance, Sleep, and Kick Back

Santa’s little climber: one move from the top on Hitchcock Pinnacle at Arizona’s Mount Lemmon. Q: A few of us from Virginia want to take a rock-climbing trip somewhere warm during the Christmas holidays. We’re considering Red Rocks in Nevada and California’s Joshua Tree National Park, among…