Adventure

Why would any skier choose to click into skis so short that they look like clown feet? The short (ahem) answer is" to get better. The fact is that some sports have been transformed by revolutions in equipment design. Think of tennis, where it happened with oversize rackets. Joe Nevin,

I first met Tom Hale, the founder and president of Backroads, in his Berkeley, California headquarters about eight years ago. And I was a little floored by his exercise regimen. That morning, as on most mornings, he had risen somewhere between three and four to exercise. He had done 400

     I was standing on a bed of quivering mud, the Irish Sea lapping away at my brand new Gore Tex hiking boots, at a point where the River Leven meets Morecambe Bay. Six other people in shorts and fleece and silly smiles stood there with me, engaged in

  THE INTERVIEW: EUGENE KILGORE Bitterroot Ranch (Courtesy Ranchweb) Been on a horse lately? The concept of the dude ranch vacation has changed radically in the past decade, as ranches have adapted to dudes who don’t necessarily want to sit in the saddle all day. So we decided to track

DRIVING THE MAINE COAST One of my earliest childhood memories is trout fishing with my grandfather at Acadia National Park. A few decades later, my wife Gayle and I honeymooned on Deer Isle. In the years between, I’ve driven the "reaches," long, narrow peninsulas that stretch like fingers into a

Two hours south of Naples, the mountainous Amalfi Coast is better known for vacationing Roman emperors, film starlets Santa Caterina at night (credit Santa Caterina) and Ferrari rallies than for rigorous hiking. But gaze upwards

Burgundy (courtesy Butterfield & Robinson) I’ve white-water rafted in Costa Rica, kayaked in Alaska, biked through Burgundy and walked in the Sahara desert. I enjoyed every one of these activities, but I also knew full well that there were inherent risks in each. And that’s true of all adventure travel.