North America

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On Top of the World

With his successful ascent of Annapurna on May 12, Ed Viesturs becomes the first North American to reach the top of all 14 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.

Viesturs Returns to Annapurna

Ed Viesturs announces his return for a third attempt on Annapurna this spring in his bid to become the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.

Living with Polar Bears

Every fall, thousands of polar bears gather on the shore of Hudson Bay at Churchill, offering the wildlife viewing opportunity of a lifetime.

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Climbers Mourn Todd Skinner

By Matt Stanley

Noted big-wall climber and free-climbing pioneer Todd Skinner died Sunday while rapelling off a new route he was attempting on the Leaning Tower in Yosemite National Park.

The Basics: Getting Started Rafting

By Mark Sundeen

All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river

Next Weekend: Devils Tower and Oregon's Big Dunes

By Jim Gorman

What to do for late summer: Surf a dune, huck a rapid, dive a wreck - action-pack your summer. A National Geographic Adventure article.

American Wilds: The Otter Limits

By James Vlahos

Northern California's cushiest kayaking clinic, Otter Bar Lodge, is where aspiring paddlers go to get schooled. A National Geographic Adventure Article.

Backroad Driving

By Chris Collard

Ditch the pavement and play in the dirt-your guide to motoring beyond the blacktop. A National Geographic Adventure story.

Powder Plays

By Jim Gorman

Eleven out-the-backdoor snow stashes where winter's worst is the main attraction.

Two-Day Triumph

By Jim Gorman

Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.

Grizzly Encounters

Comfortable lodges in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia's wild west coast make for unforgettable wildlife viewing.

Hidden Treasures of Anasazi Country

Thousand year old ruins and inscrutable rock art add interest and mystery to hiking the scenic canyons of Southern Utah's Cedar Mesa.

Skiing the Wapta Traverse

By Gordy Skoog

A true North American classic, the Wapta Ice Field follows the crest of the Canadian Rockies in a way that makes it perhaps the closest thing to a Haute Route on this continent.

Hiking the Forgotten End of the AT

The U.S. Appalachian Trail may stop at Katahdin, but the Appalachian mountains continue north into Quebec, and so does the International Appalachian Trail--the Sentiers International des Appalaches

Hiking the Arizona Trail

By Dennis Lewon

Logging a weekend section of the Arizona Trail--a lesson in pacing.

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Video: High Flying Santa

What's Christmas without a visit from the fat man himself?

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Video: Tree Skiing with Andrew McLean

Come along for the ride as Andrew McLean gets in a little low-elevation tree skiing in the Cariboo Range of British Columbia.

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Video: Adrenalin Rush

Getting around in British Columbia's remote Cariboo Range on Canadian Mountain Holidays helicopters.

Skiing the Cariboos by Helicopter

By Andrew McLean

British Columbia's remote Carriboo mountains are situated just right to catch the snow storms streaming in from the coast, and the CMH helicopters make it possible to ski.

Learning to Carve in the Pacific Northwest

By Nancy Prichard

The volcanic domes of the Pacific Northwest seem designed with snowboarding in mind. In addition to great snow, you can expect magnificent scenery, varied terrain parks to tempt beginners through experts, and a friendly atmosphere.

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