With 75,000 horsepower and the ability to smash through 20 feet of ice, the Polar Star is the country's last ship capable of deep Antarctic missions. She's also 10 years past her retirement date with no replacement in sight.

Snagging a trip to Antarctica has never been so simple. Still, it's one of the trickiest places in the world to visit. Here are the five ways to get there.

What happens when you take away the road, the cheerful volunteers handing out energy gels, and most of your sanity? You get some of the gnarliest races out there.

Swiss explorer Mike Horn looks to grind out a big first—again.

On the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's legendary expedition, a writer retraces the explorer's steps to one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth.

If the thought of seeing a real life march of the penguins gives you happy feet, then you’re in luck. There are actually a number of places you can witness the exultant event, and they’re not all in Antarctica. Although the earth’s icy, southernmost continent does contain a number of…

Francis Sheil, lead chef at the Palmer Station in Antarctica, has spent a total of 62 months of “ice time” and two complete (nine-month) winter seasons at the South Pole. Sheil has plenty of advice for cold-weather cooks, even if they don’t encounter Antarctic conditions as he…

Teenager sets new world record for the fastest unsupported trek from Antarctic coast to South Pole

Here are five choices worth traveling for: Eat and drink in a Mexican cave at Alux Bar and Lounge. At approximately 6,000 years old, the Sunland “Big Baobab” is the widest of its species. The inside of the tree is cavernous and contains the world-famous Baobab Tree Bar. Tip…

The extreme polar explorer on rock lifting, noodles, and scheduling conflicts

A team of explorers aims to conquer one of the last polar firsts: crossing Antarctica in winter

Outside chooses the top vacation spots of the year

A conversation with Tim Jarvis as he prepares to set out with a crew of five men to repeat Ernest Shackleton's 800-mile open-boat crossing of the South Atlantic

Michael Wigge has made two trips around the world: For one, he relied on strangers for food and accommodation; for the other, he bartered, trading a single apple for, eventually, a home in Hawaii, which he now owns. We caught up with him before his next adventure.

What started as a simple idea four years ago finally ended last week when Graham Hughes became the first person to visit all 201 countries without setting foot on an airplane

Len Stanmore, 60, is currently in Antarctica, competing in one of the world's most grueling footraces. If he completes it, he'll not only be a one-time overweight retiree who got sick of the golf course, but also the first person to climb the Seven Summits, ski to both poles, and complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam.

Meet the men and women on the knife's edge of exploration

Get your life list out—here are some of our all-time favorites

Start off 2012 right, with a trip to one of the world’s wildest destinations

Defending the man who didn't come back

How does ultrarunner Ray Zahab—who became famous for expeditions traversing the harshest terrain on earth—up the ante? By taking high school kids on his next series of trips.

Arctic adventurer Lynne Cox tackles the legend of Roald Amundsen

Famed explorer Alan Arnette gives us the inside scoop on what he wears to stay warm in the South Pole

Presenting 25 of the best adventure, investigative, and nature documentaries ever. Plus: the best of a new generation of action films.

We polled the sharp-eyed nomads we trust most and came up with a bucket list of the best trips for getting the best shots around the world.

Excellent animal encounters abound on winter's five best wildlife cruises

Two men, a continent, and the mother of all polar duels

Outside's guide to the 95 coolest trips, the world's top new adventure travel spots, and the ten accessories you can't go without.

So, feeling like a plunge down a Himalayan river, a race up the face of a Patagonian spire, or a ski expedition to the North (or South—that's O.K. too) Pole? Feeling a little scared? That's why we call them Tough Trips.

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