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Something Happened

Sending Jon Krakauer to Everest was my idea. After the news broke, I spent the better part of a day wondering if I’d put him in a frozen grave.

Aug 2006
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Up in the Air

A few hopeful Israeli and Palestinian conservationists are tracing a new path along the flyways and wildlife corridors of the Jordan Valley—and rediscovering an ancient road map that leads from terror to peace.

Jan 2004

Because It’s Still There

A new wave of adventurers makes the case that the world has much left to offer.

Sep 2001

Base Camp Confidential

An oral history of Everest’s endearingly dysfunctional village.

Apr 2001

One Small Step for Man. One Giant Leap for Middle-Aged Science Geeks and Chubby Real Estate Agents Everywhere

Three regular guys prepare to venture into orbit in a helium balloon. And thus is Amended the Grand Roll of Space Heroes: Shepard. Glenn. Armstrong—and Dave, John, and Bob.

Dec 1998

Facing the Fall Line

When Stephen Koch set out to snowboard the insanely steep Hornbein Couloir on Everest, he knew he might die trying. He chose life.

Mar 2004

Across the Great Rift

To a young Masai who gave up his birthright for the hustle and blare of Nairobi, a journey to the pure heart of Masailand offers a vision of what he left behind—and a glimpse of his people’s fearful future.

Mar 2002

And Nau for Something Completely Different

A new apparel maker opening for business in January is chasing a revolutionary concept: that customers actually give a damn about sustainable products. Will anyone buy their good intentions?

Feb 2007

Mr. Sunset Rides Again

In the nearly four decades since Jeff Hakman first rocketed down the face of a 20-foot wave, he’s been on a dazzling and harrowing journey. Hop on for a tale of glory, spectacular wipeouts, and the resurrection of surfing’s soul.

Apr 2000

The Economic Case Against Keystone XL

Recently, the argument for the Keystone XL pipeline has been framed as the economy versus the environment. The author takes a hard look at the job creation numbers and calculates a different reality.

Oct 2011

Sugar Daddy

Kris Freeman has a shot at nordic gold—if he can find his sweet spot.

Feb 2006

It’s Not Getting Any Colder

You bought a hybrid. That’s swell. Now how about we all get down to business?

Feb 2008

Cross-Country Ski Your Way to Shining Health, Renewed Vigor, and Everlasting Happiness!

Life got you down? Feeling morose, slaggardly, low on essence? Ah, dear friend, you need the curative powers contained within a pair of skinny racing planks (and, OK, 12 months of diligent effort).

Feb 1999

Mr. Natural

Forget the creepy promise of techno-longevity. Instead, take our advice: Live fast, die hard, and leave behind a worn-out, used-up, good-looking corpse.

May 2003

Best Kept Wild: Roaming New Zealand

The helicopter ride to a luxury resort was undeniably sweet. But for Peter Heller, the greatest thing about New Zealand’s South Island was kayaking down a surly river with an old paddling buddy, in a country that’s still unbelievably pristine.

Aug 2013

Webb 2.0

Alan Webb’s stronger, fitter, and nearly six seconds faster than he was in 2001, when he smashed Jim Ryun’s high school mile record. Will Beijing finally bring America’s star runner the glory we’ve been waiting for?

Jul 2008

Unnatural Disaster

Hundreds of wilderness experts rushed to Ground Zero—and found a maddening, hellish new frontier.

Jan 2002

Sniff the Granite, Grasshopper

Summiting America’s Matterhorn may not be easy, but that lingering smell alone is worth the effort.

Jun 1996

Nasty Monkey Bites! Sneezing At Tigers! Stiff Upper Lips! (Crikey!)

The intrepid travels and incredible tales of Col. John Blashford-Snell, explorer.

Jan 2002

Playground of the Gods

Point the handlebars toward Mt. Olympus, Turkey on a bicycle.

Apr 2001

Little Men

A quest to uncover the histories of the two shrunken men displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Apr 1994

River Impossible

Everybody loves the Klamath. Everybody wants a piece of it. And they’re willing to go to war to get it.

Aug 2003

Cuba Libre

Why hordes of Yankee travelers are exactly what the island needs.

Oct 2010

Sheikhs and Freaks

The rise and fall and exile and triumphant possible return of Rod of Massachusetts to the battle-torn Bedouin kingdom of Dahab.

Sep 2000