Eco-unfriendly: This fall, the new world championship of adventure racing takes aim at the Eco-Challenge. BY DIMITY MCDOWELL
Is Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forestthe gorilla refuge where eight tourists were killed in 1999safe for trekkers again?
In the Field
The first midwinter rescue from the South Pole cracks its legendary isolation.
With an underwater sprint to 230 feet [70 meters]and backon a single breath, Tanya Streeter has claimed her latest world record in free diving.
The Next Big Thing
To find first descents right here in the U.S., cutting-edge kayakers turn to their topos.
Should California's arroyo-riven, cliff-fronted Gaviota Coast become a national seashore? A multiday tour by bike and kayak, it seemed, was the best way to find out. BY ROB REED
Cyclists can satiate Twain-fed dreams of adventure on the Great Rivers Route in the heart of the heartland. Read excerpt >>
World on the Cheap
Trekking Spain's highest and wildest mountain range. Read article >>
Washington rain forest backpacking, Great Lakes kayaking, Maine mountain-hopping, and other crowd-free fall escapes.
Peru's newest national park, a guided trek along the Burma Road, new federal lands in Nevada, and more.
The weather is at its deadliest in new tomes about Scott's South Pole expedition and the 1998 Sydney-to-Hobart sailing race. Plus, exploration's "sensual urge." BY ANTHONY BRANDT
Letter From Kathmandu
Headline-grabbing murders and widespread fears of a major earthquakethis year, the Nepal that many expats had come to love seemed more like L.A. BY IAN BAKER
Stellar soft shells that combine protection and breathability. Read article >>
Sweet dreams are made of these: the latest sleeping bags. Read article >>
What They Carry
The gear of swift-water-rescue expert Chris Jonason.