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small arrowProfile: Rock Climber Todd Skinner
He sees climbing Everest as mere "hiking," he describes himself as fanatical, and he wouldn't live any other way.

small arrowForum: Willing to Risk It All?
How far are you prepared to go for a thrill?
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  Explorers for the Millennium
There's a popular idea afoot that the Age of Exploration is over—to which we say: Hogwash. Meet seven explorers who have the creative vision and the audacious curiosity to be unstymied by the notion that it's all been done.
By Paul Scott

Doing It All on the Edge of America
This continent's sandy perimeter is not all condos and Coney Island—and here's the proof: 18 pages packed with kayaking, mountain biking, sand surfing, hiking, backpacking, saltwater fly-fishing, beachcombing, camping, exploring, road-tripping, whale-watching, diving, swimming, drinking, surfing, hang gliding, and more.

Ballard Surfacing
The real Cold War was fought deep under the surface of the ocean—and Bob Ballard, the visionary explorer who found Titanic, was one of its greatest warriors. Now he's coming up for air.
By Laurence Gonzales

Lynn Hill: Scaling Back on "Extreme"
The philosopher-queen of granite talks frankly about the inanity of "extreme" competitions, the sculptural beauty of rock, and why no one will ever beat her record ascent of El Capitan's 3,000-foot (915-meter) "Nose."
By Gretchen Reynolds

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Small ArrowWhat Happened to Everett Ruess?
In 1934, a 20-year-old artist walked into Utah's Escalante Desert with two burros and a week's worth of supplies. He was never heard from again—and his story has become an enduring Southwest legend. ADVENTURE sets out to solve the mystery of his disappearance.
By David Roberts
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Greenland Rocks!
Far up a jagged fjord in Greenland, a team of Wyoming cowboys attempts the first free-climb up the 3,600-foot (1,100-meter) granite spire called Ulamertorsuaq. So what's a little rain and wind when you're hanging in space?
By Paul Piana
Small ArrowCheck out our profile of star climber Todd Skinner.

Trouble in Shangri-la
Late in 1998, two teams led the siege on Tibet's Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge, a remote and fabled land of icy Himalayan pinnacles and a roller-coaster river. One expedition ended in death, the other in extraordinary discovery.
By Michael McRae






  Wild Roads
Big Bend National Park in Texas has defeated Comanche, cattlemen, farmers, and miners. Will it defeat you and your SUV?
By Laurence Gonzales

Essential Equipment
GPS: The Next Horizon. The new models make early units look like Pong.
By Geoffrey Norman and Logan Ward

Exploraphernalia 1999. These days the term "adventure-travel gear" can and does describe just about anything. Here, we separate the true performers—packs, boots, outerwear, gadgets—from the wussy stuff.
By Stuart Craig

Off the Beaten Path
The most challenging part of trekking solo through Tibet is simply getting in.
By Jon Bowermaster

A pirate ship goes down, an aid worker disappears, and a typhoon claims a lover: three tales of loss, and the tellers who arrived too late.
By Lawrence Norfolk

Lights! Camera! Tons of Action! The Banff Mountain Film Festival is bringing the ultimate in adventure celluloid to a movie screen near you.
By Alex Frankel

Extreme Destination
The monasteries that cling to the pinnacles of Metéora, Greece, were built for solitude. Reaching the aeries required serious faith—and it's still no Sunday-morning climb today.
By Ted Allen

NGA Guide
The big adventure-travel outfitters are able to offer every trip in the world because they've got a network of local guides. Now you do too.
By Stephen Jermanok

Learn how to tell Morocco's authentic Berber rugs from the cheap modern imitations, and you'll be more than a tourist—you'll be an honored guest.
By William Speed Weed

In the Field
The mountain gorillas of Central Africa were the first endangered species to be saved by tourism. Now the question is: Who will save the tourists?
By Logan Ward

Adventure Timeline
Our rundown of absolutely everything that has happened and will happen in the world of adventure in the few months past and ahead.


  The Life
Once, man put his life on the line to hunt food. It wasn't called adventure; it was called survival. Now we seek adventure to heighten our sense of feeling alive.
By Sebastian Junger

In Australia's tropics, warm beer won't win you any friends. The world's toughest trucker, Garry White, sets out on Cape York's torture tracks on a mission to fuel the fridge.
By Tom Clynes


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