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Register for the chance to win a trip to Ecuador! You and a guest could spend
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Gear of the Year:
Gift Guide
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Here are all the gotta-get-it items for seriously savvy outdoor fanatics.
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Listen to Ed Viesturs
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Download an interview with our Adventurer of the Year,
Ed Viesturs. Then read about ten other incredible athletes.

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Train Like an Olympian
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Steal these training moves from three top Olympians
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To get into character, actor Andy Serkis, a.k.a. King Kong, sought out some ideal coaches: the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
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This Month's Stories
Big-Cat Biologist Alan Rabinowitz
Photo Gallery: Mongolia
Road Trip: Puerto Rico
Winter Weekend Getaways
Ski-Vacation Almanac


Adventure Video
Paddling Croatia
Climbing Icebergs
Jaguars in Belize

Read User Gear Reviews



Gear Gift Guide: Samsung Video Camera
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Samsung Video Camera

Illustration: Best Gear SealWeatherproofed and sports-oriented, the Samsung SC-X105L Sports Camcorder ($600; www.samsung.com) is smaller and lighter than a deck of cards, cranks out great quality MPEG4 files, and is your ticket to adventure filmmaking. As well, it comes with an external "lipstick cam" that can strap to your bike helmet, snowboard boot, or parachute harness. One piece of advice: The 512MB solid-state memory holds only ten minutes of top-quality footage, so stock up on memory sticks for storage.



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