Expedition: Kayaking Nepal ONLINE SLIDESHOW For more photos and an audio interview with Sean Glaccum, CLICK HERE The Bhote Kosi Team: Sean Glaccum, Joe Carberry, Andy Sommer Location: The Khumbu Region of Northeast Nepal Objective: Kayak the Bhote Kosi and Imja Khola Duration:…
Sean Glaccum discusses fast water and first descents in the Himalayas
The year's most intriguing guided adventures
Have mountain-bike designers finally solved the riddle of the perfect ride?
The dream is a brand-new river route through a vast, primordial, wildlife-rich wonderland on the verge of environmental salvation. The reality is what happens when a small band of marginally prepared adventurers attempts the 400-mile first descent of Mozambique's mighty Lugendaa journey past kayak-eating crocs, out-of-nowhere waterfalls, and a multitude
Long overshadowed by poly-based pile, a more athlete-friendly, itch-free wool is back-and everywhere
Drawn to the backcountry? With the new wave of alpine touring gear, freedom is just beyond the ropes
Upgrade your ride with these stocking stuffers
A look at the shimmering swag of tomorrow
Salomon's Moto Jacket and Tommy Hilfiger's Anchor Bonded Cotton Jacket
The next wave of night-vision and sports-lighting systems equips you to explore moreand sleep less
Ever since Chanel models toted ice axes down the Paris runways last year, fashionistas have been looking to the REI racks for inspiration. And while this latest crop of haute outerwear may not suffice on a Chugach Range overnighter, it'll certainly keep you sleek and toasty for a brisk stroll this fallwhile giving your fleece a well-deserved rest.
Kayaking, biking, hiking and gawking along the wild west's farthest shores
Dispatched to the annual Gearapalooza on the banks of the Great Salt Lake, our man returns with a vision of next year's swag.
DOWN TO EARTH MUSIC: IT'S A HIGH, LONESOME WORLD COMPILED FOR the International Year of the Mountains, the ROUGH GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF THE ALPS, together with companion CDs from the Himalayas and the Appalachians (World Music Network, each), are the first to finally unite Krishna Das…
Thanks to smart design and engineering, today's tents deliver high-altitude performance at a low-elevation price
230 Miles, 28 days, countless castles, and a giant snagone family's transformative journey by kayak down the Guadalquivir River
Most families plan one big blowout vacation each summer—which still leaves a lot of summer left to enjoy. Our advice: Think weekends. Our seven getaways are active enough to keep older kids entertained, yet won’t be daunting for the younger ones. And they’re close to major cities, so you won’t…
To sort through this season's trail-runner bounty, mix equal parts rugged design and motivational psychology
Up a creek? Find the right tripraft, sea kayak, or canoeand the right adventure level for your family.
REMEMBER WHEN SUNGLASSES served only to dial back the squint? Today’s featherweight specs perform a veritable OSHA list of functions: they reduce eyestrain; protect against ultraviolet, infrared, and wind; fend off dust, debris, and bugs; and block out glare. Alas, no single pair of shades will save you from all…
The tumultuous, rolling waters off british columbia's haida gwaii lead to eerie totems of the past
Spread brilliant images of your adventures across the wide-open spaces on your walls with the latest generation of photography's technological wonders
THE LAST AMERICAN MAN BY ELIZABETH GILBERT (Viking, $25) TO MEET EUSTACE CONWAY is to be dazzled. Here’s a man who stalked, killed, and dressed the deer whose skin he wears as pants; who rode a horse clear across America; who dines on roadkill and sleeps…
Love, War, and Circuses The Age-Old Relationship Between Elephants and Humans BY ERIC SCIGLIANO (Houghton Mifflin, $24) THERE ARE LOTS of elephant books out there, ranging from the cute to the clinical, but Eric Scigliano’s is the first to take a careful look at the human-elephant…
Gear up withe year's fasted bikes for the buck
The Cadence of Grass by Thomas McGuane (Knopf, $24) A HEARTY WELCOME-HOME: After a decadelong foray into nonfiction, Thomas McGuane returns to Storyville with a tale of familial strife and kidney theft played out against Montana’s sweetgrass valleys. The Cadence of Grass, McGuane’s first…
ONCE THERE WAS A WORLD WITHOUT SNOWBOARDING. A world where mountain biking was a strange and obscure cult, kayaking fiendishly inaccessible. A world without fleece vests, single-walled mountaineering tents, down sleeping bags, or GPS. In fact, until the late seventies—around the time this magazine was born—the universe of outdoor recreation…
Hop on (HUH?), rev up (WHAT?!), and take a trip (I can't HEAR YOU!) deep into the hillbilly heart of West Virginia, where gas-huffin' ATV motorheads churn through the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Areaa private preserve devoted to the joys and sorrows of four-wheeling. (ARRRRGHHH!)
CHERRY Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen and Jack Kerouac in the Cascades, by Jon Suiter (Counterpoint Press, ) illuminates these beats’ little-documented time tending fire lookouts in the north Cascades—summer pockets of productive A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard BY SARA WHEELER (Random…
In our lifetime, the outdoors has been reinvented by visionaries who opened new worlds for explorers, athletes, travelers, and dreamers. And the adventure is just getting under way—so take a closer look at the bright minds creating the next frontier. Jake Burton, son Timmy, and Ruby the retriever at…
A History of Modern Gear, From 1875-2002
To film Valhalla, the cinemaniacs at Teton Gravity research went to great lengthsof rope, that is
Camp overnight or camp all week. We've got the gear to let you go fast and light under blue skies or gray.
Backpacking's Upright Evolution
When outfitting yourself for desert or tropics, you no longer need to choose between protecting your epidermis and sweltering or going skimpy and inviting melanoma. New togs of tightly woven, highly sun-protective fabrics combined with built-in screen doors now reconcile coverage and comfort. RailRider’s Eco-Mesh Shirt Pants, and…
THE SNOW GEESE Art Brewer (The Surfer’s Journal, ), The second volume in the Masters of Surf Photography series, collects more than 30 years of this camera Kahuna’s Ultrasoulful Work—from action shots like this one of Dennis Pang, Marvin Foster, and the late Mar A Story…
Stay on the winning end of the high-stakes outerwear gamble
Twenty-seven specks of coral, lost in the Indian Ocean, 1,620 miles from Perth. And you thought Australia's interior was remote.
Innovations in synthetic insulation and a glut of high-quality down are making bags lighter and warmer than ever. We burrow into six of the best.
A paddle-perfect day on the Maine coast Q: I’m planning a kayaking trip to the Maine islands for a group of seven people. We would like to camp on one of the public islands for one night and paddle back the next day. Some of us have…
Bergelicious: ice soup off Chile’s Patagonian coast Q: Where are the best places to sea kayak in Chilean Patagonia? Also, do you know of any outfitters in Punta Arenas that provide good equipment without international prices? Thanks, — Patrick, Lima, Peru Adventure Advisor:…
IT WASN’T AS BIG as, say, finding a Lost Ark made of Jolly Ranchers, but the discovery last January of a vintage Hershey’s chocolate bar entombed in polar ice rocked the world of snack archaeology. Now, a year later, the company wants to know: How did the sweet get to…
Stomp into winter with the year's most versatile snowshoes
Somewhere at the bottom of the deepest canyon on earth flows the Cotahuasi—a long, roiling ribbon of whitewater, a river so old and dangerous that you never master it, you just surrender to it. And pay respect to its ghosts.
Who needs Santa? We've got 65 of the choicest gifts for all the good little adventurers in your liferight here.
Just be sure to share the load with one of this year's best backpacks
SUVS have been domesticated for Mom and Mr. Fixit, but the fact remainsthese beasts are built for the boondocks, and their natural habitat is the rough, open road
Promote global cooling with the latest commuter bikes, clothing, and gear
Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa’s Natural Treasures, by Richard Leakey and Virginia Morell (St. Martin’s Press, $26). “Wildlife wars” is not an exaggeration. In 1989, when Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi named 45-year-old Richard Leakey the country’s wildlife director, Leakey launched a bloody guerrilla war…
The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, by G. Bruce Knecht (Little, Brown, $25). From Our Pages My Story as Told by Water: Confessions, Druidic Rants, Reflections, Bird-Watchings, Fish-Stalkings, Visions, Songs and Prayers, Refracting Light, From…
They're fast, they're feathery, they're superfly. The year's best lightweight hikers.
Hydration systems for guzzling on the go
How to navigate Vancouver Island's wild, wild edge.
Vancouver Island is just a short ferry ride away. It only feels like you've died and gone to heaven.
Any time now, the world's last Communist stronghold will be open for adventure. But for an overzealous kayaker, that's way too long to wait.
Superlative kayaks and accoutrements
That's right, you should like your footwear. This will help.
The best skis and boards for gliding up and carving down
Where do you want to go? Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a full-blown vacation, Outside Online's Adventure Advisor is here to show you the way.
Terror put a chill on global tourism, but adventure travelersused to a little uncertaintyseem determined to stay on the road
North of Havana is a fantasy world of mangrove-lined cays and green water flashing with tropical fishperfect sea-kayaking country. But the line between what's permissible and what's not in Castro's kingdom falls in a gray area, and comings and goings by water always mean trouble.
Four perfect kayaks that won't fail you, no matter what your searing obsession
The newest ski shapes will turn a lot more than your head