Soaring 6,000 feet [1,829 meters] above the surrounding desert, they’re home to bizarre species, stunning topography, and only a handful of travelers. Welcome to the Chiricahuas, Arizona’s islands in the sky. BY DAVID HOWARD
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Eddy turns, peel-outs, and rolls form the curriculum on these Class II rivers, all within easy striking distance of downtown.
Shark diving, RIP. Plus, bargain surfing in Costa Rica and climbing in South Africa.
World on the Cheap
You could travel through half a continent to see the best of Brazilor just go to Bahia.
Need to Know
For Nepal, a Maoist insurgency and a killing spree by the crown prince were national tragediesand a tourism catastrophe. The answer? Marketing 101: Acknowledge the problemthen open 103 new peaks to climbers. BY JAMES VLAHOS
Then & There
Afloat in a sea of green, a huge, lightweight “raft” harbors scientists atop Madagascar's rain forest canopy. They’ve got two months, one ladder, and a whole lot of species to uncover.
Walks on the wildlife side: An Alaskan quest in Lynn Schooler’s The Blue Bear; obsessive amateurs in Mark Cocker’s Birders; and !Kamma, master tracker, in Lyall Watson’s Elephantoms. BY ANTHONY BRANDT
Cabbie Mayhmet Tursun is the gutsiest driver in Chinaand the one you want when you absolutely, positively must cross the Taklimakan Desert by Saturday. BY WILLIAM SPEED WEED
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From café to crag, Moab to Malibu, these shades will bring your retinas through unscathed. BY DOUG GANTENBEIN
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Tough tools that will fix, find, recharge, warn, track, or ignite just about anythinganywhere, anytime.
What They Carry
Forget peak bagging. To really test your gear, crank up the flame on that headlamp and follow Rebecca Jones into the caves.