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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Swing State: Hot, cold, in between�the best fall trailwear can handle it all. Here's a look at this season's top performers.
    55 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Swing State: Hot, cold, in between�the best fall trailwear can handle it all. Here's a look at this season's top performers.
    Aug 08, 2016 55
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Perhaps it�s too predictable: Experts find the world�s longest-living people in a remote mountain village on a tiny island in an exotic sea. They party hard, work into their hundreds, and still have sex into their 90s. But then the twist: Their secret isn�t red wine or yogurt or young lovers. The key ingredient to living and loving longer, it seems, is growing right in their gardens.
    71 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Perhaps it�s too predictable: Experts find the world�s longest-living people in a remote mountain village on a tiny island in an exotic sea. They party hard, work into their hundreds, and still have sex into their 90s. But then the twist: Their secret isn�t red wine or yogurt or young lovers. The key ingredient to living and loving longer, it seems, is growing right in their gardens.
    Aug 08, 2016 71
  • 08 Aug 2016
    After a dozen years living and working throughout Africa�studying monkeys in Kenya�s Samburu National Park, directing Peace Corps operations in Uganda, and passing through nearly every other nation�I learned one indispensable truth about travel here: There are no sure things. The animals may or may not appear; the terrain may or may not be navigable; and the weather can be as unpredictable as the elections. But I also discovered a few places in East and southern Africa that deliver nearly every time I visit. (And these days, who really wants to gamble their hard-won travel dollars?) Within these two vast regions, you�ll find the best parks, the most game, and (no kidding) reliable infrastructure. It�s a dizzying variety, which is why I�ve selected my 12 favorite places�from the slopes of Mount Kenya to Zimbabwe�s Mana Pools�as well as the top outfits to get you where you need to go.
    59 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • After a dozen years living and working throughout Africa�studying monkeys in Kenya�s Samburu National Park, directing Peace Corps operations in Uganda, and passing through nearly every other nation�I learned one indispensable truth about travel here: There are no sure things. The animals may or may not appear; the terrain may or may not be navigable; and the weather can be as unpredictable as the elections. But I also discovered a few places in East and southern Africa that deliver nearly every time I visit. (And these days, who really wants to gamble their hard-won travel dollars?) Within these two vast regions, you�ll find the best parks, the most game, and (no kidding) reliable infrastructure. It�s a dizzying variety, which is why I�ve selected my 12 favorite places�from the slopes of Mount Kenya to Zimbabwe�s Mana Pools�as well as the top outfits to get you where you need to go.
    Aug 08, 2016 59
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Dive into the world's richest marine resource: the Coral Triangle. Here are our picks in Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
    70 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Dive into the world's richest marine resource: the Coral Triangle. Here are our picks in Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
    Aug 08, 2016 70
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Wedged between two of California�s great ranges (to the west, the Sierra Nevada; to the east, the Inyo Mountains), the Owens Valley is a lush catchment basin buttressed by the tallest peaks in the lower 48. It�s also a high desert oasis�or at least it was until Los Angeles began diverting the valley�s water almost a century ago. (The ensuing California Water Wars inspired movies like Chinatown and books like Cadillac Desert.) But recently, thanks to a long-overdue water restoration program, the Valley has started to look a lot like its old self, and the fall colors offer reason enough to get reacquainted. Try fly-fishing the clear-running Owens River or sport climbing a sunny crag, then soak in natural hot springs near Mammoth Lakes�the best are just off Warm Springs Road�while basking in the alpenglow of the big peaks.
    62 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Wedged between two of California�s great ranges (to the west, the Sierra Nevada; to the east, the Inyo Mountains), the Owens Valley is a lush catchment basin buttressed by the tallest peaks in the lower 48. It�s also a high desert oasis�or at least it was until Los Angeles began diverting the valley�s water almost a century ago. (The ensuing California Water Wars inspired movies like Chinatown and books like Cadillac Desert.) But recently, thanks to a long-overdue water restoration program, the Valley has started to look a lot like its old self, and the fall colors offer reason enough to get reacquainted. Try fly-fishing the clear-running Owens River or sport climbing a sunny crag, then soak in natural hot springs near Mammoth Lakes�the best are just off Warm Springs Road�while basking in the alpenglow of the big peaks.
    Aug 08, 2016 62
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Survive Almost Anything: It's the one-year anniversary of the financial meltdown, a low-probability, high-impact event or "black swan" that hardly anybody thought about ahead of time. Well, we've been thinking. In the spirit of not getting caught off guard again, we uncovered a few more never-say-never scenarios. Don't say we didn't warn you. Learn about how to survive a tsunami, avalanche, pandemic, failed state, GPS shutdown, and much more.
    77 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Survive Almost Anything: It's the one-year anniversary of the financial meltdown, a low-probability, high-impact event or "black swan" that hardly anybody thought about ahead of time. Well, we've been thinking. In the spirit of not getting caught off guard again, we uncovered a few more never-say-never scenarios. Don't say we didn't warn you. Learn about how to survive a tsunami, avalanche, pandemic, failed state, GPS shutdown, and much more.
    Aug 08, 2016 77
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Check out the season's best weekend trips near you. A moonscape hike in Colorado; biking a retired railway; Carolina canyoneering, and 15 more late summer sojourns.
    78 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Check out the season's best weekend trips near you. A moonscape hike in Colorado; biking a retired railway; Carolina canyoneering, and 15 more late summer sojourns.
    Aug 08, 2016 78
  • 08 Aug 2016
    No one could have seen it coming. The sea that day was calm, the sky clear. For the seven men aboard a small chartered fishing boat in the Atlantic, conditions were ideal. Then the ocean rose up.
    61 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • No one could have seen it coming. The sea that day was calm, the sky clear. For the seven men aboard a small chartered fishing boat in the Atlantic, conditions were ideal. Then the ocean rose up.
    Aug 08, 2016 61
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Andrew McCarthy discovers when someone you know dies in the wilderness, it's not always the end.
    61 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Andrew McCarthy discovers when someone you know dies in the wilderness, it's not always the end.
    Aug 08, 2016 61
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Imagine 166 national parks you've never heard of. The Wild and Scenic River system protects our most spectacular waterways—and makes for some ripping raft trips. The king of them all? Oregon's Rogue River.
    57 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Imagine 166 national parks you've never heard of. The Wild and Scenic River system protects our most spectacular waterways—and makes for some ripping raft trips. The king of them all? Oregon's Rogue River.
    Aug 08, 2016 57