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Among the world’s best big-wave surfers, a Chilean and conservationist turns in one of the best barrel rides of all time. Vote for Ramon Navarro See photos of all ten Adventurers of the Year in action! “In my dreams, I’d never thought a wave could be that perfect,” says Chilean surfer Ramon Navarro of the…

See our Best Trails guide, including World’s Best Hikes: 20 Epic Trails. Tucked away in the most northwestern part of the Pacific Northwest, Olympic National Park is a waterlogged wonderland befitting of its name: any place so magical must be a dwelling for the gods. Surrounded by bodies of water to the north, east, and…

Why else did Bill Gore invent waterproof-breathable fabric? It was, of course, for hikers to don while exploring Olympic National Park’s fecund, ferny Quinault Valley in the winter, when most of its sopping 12 annual feet of rain falls. You get to slog the valley’s temperate rain forest—one of the world’s rarest ecosystems—in its most…

Text by Paul Kvinta The Indian Forest Service can't seem to get it right when it comes to protecting tigers. First, they allow one of the country's most high-profile tiger reserves, Sariska National Park, to be completely poached out of the big cats (read more in "Cat Fight," June/July 2009). Now, their dramatic and face-saving…

Band-e-Amir Lake Kara, the largest of six lakes. Photograph by Alex Dehgan/WCS; Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Thirty years of intermittent war have taken a toll on just about everything in Afghanistan, including its wildlife. Conflict and poaching have decimated a big cat population that once contained more species than Africa, including the now endangered snow…

Photograph by Jeff Sullivan, submitted via NG Adventure's fan page on Facebook.  Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Valley is backlit by the setting sun for only two weeks out of the year. As the sun falls behind the vertical face of El Capitan, it selectively lights this waterfall with its orange sunset glow. This was an…

Missing: 2,000 Elephants

 Photograph courtesy of Michael Nichols/National Geographic Magazine WCS reports that Chad’s Zakouma  elephant population may be down to 1,000, dropping 2/3 in just two years due to poaching The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has launched an urgent appeal to protect an isolated population of elephants in the Central African nation of Chad, where rampant, organized poaching has caused the number…