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How I Nearly Killed My Father

How I Nearly Killed My Father

The sign read, “Tenaya Canyon is extremely dangerous. Many have lost their lives in the attempt.” Thus warned, my 78-year-old dad was set to hike and rappel through it. And I had agreed to join him.

The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

The skyrocketing market value of yarchagumba, a rare fungus prized as an aphrodisiac, has led to turf wars—and possibly murder.

Going Straight

In a tech-assisted misadventure, our man finds the most difficult line between two points

Nothing is Illuminated

Nothing is Illuminated

Could floating in a sensory-deprivation tank for several hours be as mind-expanding as a real-life adventure? Our neurological guinea pig is about to find out.

Amateurs Without Borders

Sailing post-earthquake aid to Haiti as part of an ad hoc group seemed like an urgent—and adventuresome—opportunity. One out of two ain't bad.

Under the Tuscan Gun

After tracking down one of Italy's most eccentric vintners, our team of amateurs has a single afternoon to master one of wine-making's highest art forms.

France's Rollerblading Obsession

Paris is romantic, cultured, and sophisticated—and teeming with rollerblading fanatics? An investigation into France's most mysterious obsession.

Rodeo Clown School

Rodeo Clown School

After a brief tutorial at rodeo-clown school, our man steps into the world's most terrifying ring.

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