No map? No plan? No problem. So said four snowboarders who went to northern Bolivia last May in search of virgin lines.
Robert Garside would be a hero for his around-the-world runif he hadn't faked parts of it.
In the Field
A former Patagonia CEO hopes to create a new preserve in Argentinaand to dodge the troubles that befell a similar project in Chile.
Balloonist Steve Fossett discusses his failed circumnavigationand the joys of flying solo in a capsule the size of a Porta-John.
The wheel world: Mountain unicyclers tackle everything from the singletrack of British Columbia to the slopes of Mexican volcanoes.
Need to Know
In malarial regions of the world, death can be just a mosquito bite away. So why are some travelers refusing to take preventive drugs?
Snorkel, dive, and kayak in turquoise waters and camp on a nearly empty isle in Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park, America's most pristine ocean wilderness. BY DAVID HERNDON Read excerpt >>
At these five southern adventure lodges, you can find late season hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and rock climbingand finish the day with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
World on the Cheap: GhanaInsider's Africa
With tropical forests, savannas, and empty beaches, Ghana has the breadth of classic African landscapeswithout the tourist crowds of Kenya and Tanzania. Read article >>
Chilean fjords, a crackdown on travel to Cuba, a new park in South Africa's most ecologically diverse region, and more.
Peter Matthiessen meditates on cranes in The Birds of Heaven, Matthew Hart gets to know a girl's best friend in Diamond, Sebastian Junger reports from the front lines in Fire, and more. BY ANTHONY BRANDT
Scrambling through the jungles of Papua New Guinea is a good way to flee humanityand find humility. BY KIRA SALAK
High-tech for the holidays: ski boots that help rescuers find you in an avalanche, the world's first functional all-wheel-drive mountain bike, an indestructible digital camera, a waterproof night-vision monocular, and more. BY PAUL HOCHMAN
Read gear guides online: mountain hardware, navigation tools, optics.