Wow, it's been nearly a decade I've been stopping in and asking you questions for my Army sponsored jaunts around the globe. It's Afghanistan this time and I need a stiff mountaineering boot that is still light and won't cook my feet to death in the 110 degree heat this summer. Our issue boots are getting better, but still aren't quite there for the really steep, rocky stuff. My average load is around 40 to 60 pounds with the body armor. Don't worry about colors or "military looking" stuff. Just let me know what will get the job done. BTW: The Suunto altimeter you turned me onto back in '02 is still going strong and hard at work over here. Nice job.—LarryFirebase Vulcan, Afghanistan

Douglas Gantenbein
Apr 27, 2010

Destination: Everywhere

Bruce Barcott, Christopher Keyes, and Grayson Schaffer
Feb 17, 2010

Two fiction titans imagine life on the feral side.

Bruce Barcott and Grayson Schaffer
Jan 7, 2010

Book clubs, rejoice: The rollicking sequel to Three Cups of Tea is here.

Abe Streep
Dec 3, 2009

Attention, all cynics: You can change the world. But don't take our word for it. Here are people combining big ideas and bold adventures, including our first-ever Reader of the Year.

Sam Moulton, Kyle Dickman, Justin Nyberg, Ryan Krogh, and Abe Streep
Dec 2, 2009

Fire on the Mountain

In the rugged eastern provinces of Afghanistan, where peaks rise thousands of feet on all sides and the next valley is a world away, American troops are engaged in a kind of alpine warfare not seen for decades. Months can go by without combat, but when you're patrolling terrain as dangerous and unpredictable as the enemy, the calm is often shattered when you least expect it.

Brian Mockenhaupt
Nov 1, 2009