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With his leg stuck and temperatures dropping, one hiker thought he'd never get out of a remote Utah canyon alive

After losing his bear spray, Colin Dowler was caught with nothing but a tiny Buck knife

When she realized a mountain lion was stalking her, Dee Gallant knew exactly what to do—blast some heavy metal

After a climbing partner became ill, high winds stranded Yev Krasnitskiy and his team on the upper reaches of Mount Rainier for five days with no way to go but up

In the 1990s, thousands of bones and bone fragments mysteriously went missing from Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa, the continental epicenter of Native American burial remains. In December 2015, a detective with the National Park Service tracked down the artifacts—and the man who stole them.

Some of them trained for years to save lives. Others came to the rescue by following their noses. They all earned our eternal gratitude.

What to do when your No. 1 bud goes down in the field

Your number-one travel companion wants more than a vacation. Presenting our favorite trips to satisfy his (and your) wanderlust.

The history of tornadoes in the U.S. by the numbers—and 4 tips on how to survive one

Finish one of these nine races, and everything afterward will seem like a neighborhood fun run.

Tips for surviving seven of the world's deadliest adventures

From farm shares to bike shares, these seven flashes of genius are reinventing a metropolis near you

How to survive 10 deadly scenarios.

Contrary to what the recycled-sandal wing of the environmental movement might think, greening the world takes sacrifice, hard work, and a lot of cash. At least that’s the impression you get from reading Edward Humes’s Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet ($26, Ecco). Humes,…

A recession—this recession—is the best time to travel

After a half-century on his hands and knees, poking at bugs, Harvard ant geek and acciden­tal eco-celebrity E.O. Wilson, 79, is back with The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies (W.W. Norton, $65), co-written with Bert HÖlldobler. It’s a follow-up of sorts to their 1991 Pulitzer Prize…

It's the only way to save the crown jewels of American public land

Science writer Richard Preston has chased stories up 400-foot redwoods (see his 2007 book The Wild Trees) and into medical-research labs (1995's The Hot Zone), where his biohazard suit ripped open, potentially ex­posing him to a deadly, unidentified virus. In Panic in Level 4 (Random House, $26), a collection of updated stories

What is it with extreme athletes and paranormal experiences?

By Jennifer Lowe-Anker

A guidebook writer reveals the truth about his trade, in detail that will shock and awe

Dear Airlines, So things got tough a few years ago—jet-fuel prices skyrocketed, low-cost carriers put the squeeze on, profits nose-dived. You had to make big changes. We understood, we gave you space. And in spite of what your many, many critics say, you actually got a few things right. Tickets…

The right advice can make eco-smart living easy

Vollmann trades the bourgeois life for vagabonding—and a freight car with a view

Gingrich—and others—on our eco-future

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring Want it? Get it Buy The Wild Trees and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle at amazon.com.Richard Preston & Barbara Kingsolver RICHARD PRESTONRANDOM HOUSE, $26…

The oldest, youngest, fastest, or baldest to row backwards across the Pacific? Please don't ask me to care.

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Finding yourself—the hard way

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Welcome to Halley VI, the swankiest address this side of Dronning Maud Land

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The Bermuda Triangle isn't the only place you might witness the unexplained.

There's a lot to love about the Arkansas Ozarks: fresh trout, sick singletrack, and the onset of rural chic

No Shortcuts to the Top No Shortcuts to the Top No Shortcuts to the TopThere Is No Me Without You There Is No Me Without You Ed Viesturs, with David Roberts (Broadway, $24) WHEN SEATTLE mountaineer Ed Viesturs topped out on 26,545-foot…

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If you count insects, then mosquitoes are the most prolific killers, transmitting diseases that take out at least two million a year. Our own kind is second: In recent decades, we've offed an average of one million of ourselves annually. But if you're talking claws-out, fur-flying, fangs-bared, When Animals Attack…

Get behind the wheel for the Banger Rally, a 4,500-mile blitz from England to the Sahara in which globe-trotting wrench-heads, posh speed freaks, and sand-blinded adventurers crank up the crazy and stomp on the gas

The future doesn’t just happen. The next frontiers of adventure, fitness, gear, and sport are crafted by bold visionaries with world-changing dreams—and the minds and muscles to make them real. Behold the 25 all-star innovators leading us beyond tomorrow. 1. Conrad Anker: High-Altitude Altruist 2. Josh Donlan:…

Fifty years ago this August, Sir Hugh Beaver, of the Guinness brewing company, commissioned a London fact-finding agency to compile a book of records so British pub-goers could discuss something besides their aching livers. The resulting Guinness Book of World Records, which issues a new edition each October, has since…

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