Even a rookie can achieve white-water glory deep in the massive canyons of Utah's spirited San Juan River. BY JAMES VLAHOS
World on the Cheap
Solitary snorkeling, paddling, and campingjust a few of the secrets to be unlocked amid the Bahamas' innumerable Exuma Cays.
Bringing It Home
Java, but no jive: buying potent coffee abroad. Plus: Multilingual haggling, Youssou N'Dour's acoustic Senegalese pop, and more.
How to prep yourself-and your bike-for a weeklong summer tour. Plus: The combat rolls, boat tackles, and paddle passes of kayak polo.
Five days on scenic West Texas roads: towering dunes, weird lights, taco-scarfing with James Dean's diner pals.
New! The Essentials
This month: backpacking. What to bring, how to do it, and three top American trails to hike.
When Contributing Editor Robert Young Pelton was kidnapped by paramilitaries while hiking along the Colombia-Panama border, no one was sure he would come back alive. In this exclusive interview, he recounts his ten-day ordeal.
Get advice on foreign travel from the expert on the world's most dangerous places
Adventure on the Web
A virtual Everest-palooza; trekking the Lewis and Clark Trail. Plus: Reader feedback on protecting America's border parks.
Paul Theroux roams authentic Africa in Dark Star Safari, James Tobin chronicles the race To Conquer the Air, and more.
BY ANTHONY BRANDT
The Adventures of Tim Cahill
Don't forget to mind your manners in the Congo jungle. Because Pygmies keep score.
Special Report: Killer Avalanches
Fourteen skiers died when two avalanches struck British Columbia within two weeks. What happened? Why did no one see danger coming? BY McKENZIE FUNK Read excerpt >>
No need to buy a big, expensive parka to stay dry in the rain. Here are five jackets that are light in your packand on your wallet. BY JERRY BEILINSON
The Leading Edge
Vastly improved software can now generate a library of custom topos, fast and cheap. BY STEVE CASIMIRO