Honest-to-God advice on how to enjoy nature, from an actor-comedian-author-canoe-builder who grew up on a farm and takes rock stars rafting

Why Apple’s CEO wants to make health and wellness the company’s greatest legacy

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment?

Reality-TV stars never sustain long careers. Just don't tell that to Grylls.

On his new album, the king of mellow beach music takes a bold turn. We asked him why.

We talked to design maverick Thomas Meyerhoffer about the importance of always exploring. Then we had him speak with four other visionaries building an ingenious new world.

With his new film 'Popstar' in the can, we helped the SNL alum 
blow off steam the best way we know how—birding

Tim Kovar travels the world helping people scale giants

What’s spurring so many A-list celebrities to appear on a survival TV show? The chance to experience a little fear and risk, which, as Grylls keeps telling us, only makes you stronger.

The portable shower has gotten a much-needed reboot

Gear companies know how to make packs lighter, jackets more waterproof, and skis burlier. The only problem: young people couldn’t care less.

Stephanie Gilmore was a world-champion surfer when a brutal attack by a stranger nearly ended her career. Now she's back on top, with a sixth world title, and reveals how she found happiness again—in the most unexpected places.

Examining the perpetual youth and singular talent of surfing's king

It started with a salsa bowl, some cheap Australian sunglasses, and a little help from Kickstarter. Now, Sunski is making waves—and its founders are living the dream.

On the other side of a distinguished career and a very public doping fiasco, America’s best cyclist not named Lance Armstrong can’t stop riding. But where is his generation of tainted racers heading?

In his new book, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena spells out his recipe for success. The main ingredient? Pain.

Never mind the health and environmental benefits. It’s good for the soul.

Elevate your ski-season skills with these four trampoline exercises

An obstacle-racing obsessed filmmaker aims to find out why suffering has become America's favorite new sports pastime.

Les Stroud, the most trusted name in survival, has seen it all—and lived to tell about it. Next time you’re up a creek, you should probably do what he says.

Long popular in Europe, kid-hauling bikes with an electric assist are catching on stateside and opening up new roads for family adventure.

A new breed of jocks are taking over at Marin County’s Sir Francis Drake High School—endurance geeks who think spandex is cool, love getting dirty, and want to make mountain biking America’s favorite extracurricular activity.

Larry Ellison’s bid to convert America’s Cup sailing into a high-risk action sport was labeled a disaster before the first race. But it still might work.

The king of survival talks about his new NBC reality show Get Out Alive, mending fences with the Discovery Channel, and making regular people eat awful things. PLUS: Exclusive video clips from the new show.

It's a tough day for sailing and the America's Cup, but the news is hardly shocking.

There's a new generation taking over the Bay Area who aren't afraid to play as hard as they work.

The Specialized Turbo electric bike was supposed to be too fast for U.S. streets. But starting this weekend, you can buy one.

Considering that he’s already devised miracle shortcuts for jobs (The 4-Hour Workweek) and fitness (The 4-Hour Body), you might think Tim Ferriss, king of life hacking, would find few challenges in cooking. Wrong. It “kicked my ass so many times,” he writes in the first chapter of his latest book, The 4-Hour Chef, out this month from

The action cam company's latest iteration is, in a word, awesome.

The most ambitious environmental documentary since An Inconvenient Truth tries to make the case that we just might win

In the Napa Valley, Clif Bar CEOs Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford have built a wine-tasting room that doubles a a refuge for cyclists. To really understand the concept, I figured I had to join Erickson for a ride. I should have known better.

Last spring, Bear Grylls walked away from one of the sweetest gigs in the adventure world. Was it career suicide? Or a savvy move by a born survivor?

Nine Sonoma professionals model the season's top looks

Ignore what you've been told: Summer is the time to try something new

Wearable cameras aren’t just changing the way we watch sports—they’re changing the way we play.

Can a new fleet of scary-fast catamarans make the America's Cup wild enough to lure a different breed of fan? So far there have been epic wipeouts and multiple injuries. Which means everything is right on track.

How does a visionary marine biologist convince brain researchers to help him revolutionize ocean conservation? With lots of hugs, a million blue marbles, and one very unorthodox conference.

With a new Hollywood movie ­taking aim at birders, Michael ­Roberts steps up to defend his kind

Pedal there in good form with the Born Burke shoes.

Pedal there in good form in the Pladra Elli shirt.

Pedal there in good form with the Nobis Mr. Tight hat.

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