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Diana Nyad was recently named an Adventurer of the Year for becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. She is currently making turns on the television show Dancing With the Stars. We hope you will vote for her! The common question these days is “How does the Cuba Swim compare to Dancing With the…

Climbing in Patagonia can be a weather waiting game. But when the conditions are unsuitable on the peaks, adventures abound in the climbing gateway town of El Chaltén, Argentina. Here we see David Lama, one of our 2013 Adventurers of the Year, enjoying a little R+R before making his historic first free ascent of Cerro…

Mind Over Matter

“It takes a special person to think it’s a good idea to do what we do,” says 18-year-old freestyle aerialist Mac Bohonnon. Aerial skiing is inherently dangerous. Skiers bomb down a ramp at 40+ miles an hour, launch 50 feet into the air, and perform multiple flips and twists before landing on a steep slope. They…

The snow fell in a heavy blanket of silence. Fat, wet flakes floated down through the pines as we made our way along the sled trail. An hour before, I had rendezvoused with our group of friends in an empty parking lot four miles up an unplowed road from the last claim of civilization in…

As I step forward into my darkest fears, I hear next to me the last sound I’d expect—giggling.  I am chest deep in inky, swamp water. Somewhere ahead of me is dry land I hope, but it is nowhere in sight. Each foot forward, I expect something to bite, zap, or attack me—a lurking viper,…

In webisode #2 from the film Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, Austrian climber David Lama, one of our Adventurers of the Year, explains the history of the Compressor Route and the difference between aid climbing and free climbing. Be sure to click on “CC” in the video player on the lower right to get…

In the empty parking lot of the Apgar visitor’s center on the west side of Glacier National Park we click into our skis, stick hand warmers in our gloves, and start gliding northeast, up Going to the Sun Road, which is sitting under several feet of snow. From July to September, Going to the Sun—the…

Navigations: Marooned

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. “They escaped into the jungle,” says Marvin, lifting his paddle from the hazel water and pointing toward the tangle of verdure. “Just running and running. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing what to eat. Lost and day by day starving and cut all over from the thorns, and…

See all our guide to the world’s best hikes and trails. Utah’s Zion National Park is a place of immensity; huge sandstone walls tower far above the valley floor, the sheer magnitude is unreal. Alas, tourists and tour buses are the most common sight to be seen here, yet there are places void of this…

Within a few weeks of an unsuccessful attempt by French adventure athletes, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis and a small crew of daredevils put up and walked the world’s highest highline. At more than 4,000 feet off the ground this amazing feat was achieved with the dramatic assistance two hot-air balloons. As part of a remarkable display…