Afghanistan

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'Summit or Death!'

A new study shows that climbing teams from countries with rigid social structures are more likely to summit Himalaya mountains—but also more likely to die trying. Can the data predict summit success?

Devon O'Neil
Jan 21, 2015

Syria, as the World Closed In

Syria is an enthusiastic state sponsor of terrorism and a fiendish fan of torture and oppression. But have you tried the stuffed grape leaves? Patrick Symmes invades before the coalition of the willing can.

Patrick Symmes
Sep 16, 2014

Landays: Cries of the Pashtun Women

The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is a lawless no-man's-land where violence and suffering rage, and no one has it harder than the region's 21 million Pashtun women. Their mode of rebellion? Short-verse poems called landays.

Eliza Griswold
Apr 25, 2014

Thrill of the Chase

Three new trips in the world's wildest places

Colin Field and Matt Skenazy
Apr 3, 2013

The Land the War Ate: Tourism in Afghanistan

Once a layover for hippies on the overland trail to India, Afghanistan is now so dangerous even its Lonely Planet author won’t go back. Can a tourism industry rise from the rubble?

Jacob Baynham
Jan 14, 2013

War and Piste

Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Home to the best unexplored ski terrain on the planet, occasional town-crushing avalanches, and only a hint of Taliban presence. Saddle up for an intrepid boot-packing expedition deep into the Hindu Kush.

Elliott D. Woods
Nov 28, 2012

Citizen Philanthropy

You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.

Kate Siber, The Editors, James Nestor, Scott Carney, William Wheeler, Michael McRae, Tracy Ross, and Alex Heard
Nov 1, 2011

The Ride of Her Life

Greg Mortenson did it. So Shannon Galpin, a single mom and former Pilates instructor with no humanitarian experience, figured she could, too. She sold her house, started a nonprofit, and flew to Kabul to set up women’s educational and health programs, from scratch, in the world’s most troubled country. The author joined her on her most audacious fundraiser yet.

Nick Heil
Feb 15, 2011