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Twin Freaks

All told, the Marolts have six ski descents from about 7,000 meters. “People who haven’t done this have no concept,” Mike says. “It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do.”

Nick Paumgarten
Sep 8, 2010

Into Teen Air

The list of seven summits climbers used to read like an alpinist all-star team. Now there are kids who can include it on their college applications.

Bruce Barcott
Mar 11, 2010

The Ballad of Colton Harris-Moore

In the Northwest's San Juan Islands, best known for killer whales and Microsoft retirees, a teen fugitive has made a mockery of local authorities, allegedly stealing cars, taking planes for joy­rides, and breaking into vacation homes. His ability to elude the police and survive in the woods has earned him folk-hero status. But some wonder if the 18-year-old will make it out of the hunt alive.

Bob Friel
Dec 29, 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

Feet Lost and Found in the Pacific Northwest

When feet started floating into the dark, coastal bays of British Columbia, it wasn’t hard to imagine the worst, especially when the Mounties went silent. Even paradise has an underbelly.

Christopher Solomon
Sep 30, 2009