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What You Need to Know About Traveling to Cuba Under New Trump Policy

How traveling from the U.S. to the island nation will change under Trump's order


How Frozen Waters Saved Iceland's First Professional Surfer

Heidar Logi found peace in the turbulence of the ocean

When you let go of the things you don’t truly want in your life, there’s room for everything you do want,” he says with a smile that can only be described as easy. “But to have what you want in your life, you have to be all in. This water taught me that.
— Heidar Logi

Must've mixed up the plane home and the plane to Tanzania and somehow ended up in the hands of Intrepid Travel. Now I'm part of the first crew to cycle across the country in an environmentally responsible effort to start community-based tourism in rural Tanzania. Not a bad way to have to part ways with the mountains for a minute. 

Lucy Piper put together this little video from our trip through the African countryside. We rode along dusty tracks, up steep graded roads, and through remote Maasai villages to bring you 90 seconds of cycling adventure inspiration...

Chris Mosier on Making History as First Trans Member of Team USA

"It's a very different experience when you put the person before the pronoun."

Blind Paralympic Swimmer Tucker Dupree Is the Embodiment of Perseverance

Tucker Dupree was the worst swimmer in the pool. It was his freshman year at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina, and after weeks of seeing the 14-year-old sit in the stands during swimming practice, the head coach convinced him to quit watching and get in the water. 

What It Takes to Be Columbia's Director of Toughness

I grew up on a cattle farm in rural Missouri where the standing rule was “You reap what you sow.” I took that with me when, at 21-years-old I was introduced to my first mountains in my post-grad home of Santa Fe, New Mexico. To get to harvest, you have to put in the work. Same goes when you bag a summit or paddle a river or scale a face. 

 

THE 8 MOST INSPIRING MOMENTS FROM THE 2016 ESPYS

Whether it's an expeditious first ascent in the backcountry, scoring a record-setting number of points, or having a gold medal draped around your neck while your country's anthem plays, the fulcrum of all physical feats is that they create an atmosphere of influence and inspiration for those strong enough, courageous enough, and dedicated enough to achieve them.

I had the uncommon opportunity to attend the ESPY Awards last night in Los Angeles, and I can attest to the promising spirit displayed by the athletes to not only use their influence to inspire the sports community, but to change the current social culture.

"It’s not about being a role model…it’s about choosing to speak up."

The Super Bowl's Secret Army: How the Big Game Gets Built

We have to make it work because no matter what, that game is going to come on,” says Kevin Jennings, the project manager of exterior game day facilities. “It’s our job to make sure that no matter what changes, if kickoff is at 3:25 on February 7, at 3:24 on February 7 nothing stops that ball from being kicked.

An International Guide to Snacking

Whether it’s elevenses, a midday pick-me-up, or a midnight raid of the refrigerator, people love snacks. According to a recent study conducted by the consumer research giant Nielsen, 91 percent of consumers polled worldwide say they snack at least once a day. Chips are the most popular snack in the U.S. In Europe it’s fruit, and globally chocolate is the number one choice. There are savory, crunchy, sweet, chewy, spicy, creamy, fruity, and tangy snacks — so no matter what you’re craving, there’s at least one option out there in the big world of food for you. We rounded up 30 of the best snacks all around the world, so no matter where you travel you won’t go hungry.

Muhammad Ali Remembered

“This outpouring of love…proves that 35 years after he stopped fighting, he is still the champion of the world. Didn’t he make all of our lives a little better than they were? …He was a tremendous bolt of lightning, created by Mother Nature out of thin air. ”
— Billy Crystal, comedian

Jimmy Chin Summits New York City

Anyone can reach the top of World Trade Center with a $34 ticket and some patience. But climbing to the very top of the World Trade Center — the 400-foot spire — is impossible; unless you are Jimmy Chin andNew York Times Magazine. Last month, the North Face–sponsored climber, mountaineer, and photographer found himself on a special ascent quite different from the big-wall adventures seen in his recent documentary, Meru. This time it wouldn’t be a mountain that he would be summiting, but the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.


(Un)Common Thread: The Story of Duckworth Wool

WE SAID, ‘TO HELL WITH IT,’ AND DIDN’T WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD TO SAY THAT WHAT WE ARE DOING IS A GOOD IDEA.
The photographs she takes have a way of looking ghostly, with blue eyes looking eerie and white, skin looking waxy and polished—but they maintain a structured, layered truth to them, like all the portraits you see taken from the 1800s. To see the present day in these unearthly tones is what makes Ross’s art so alluring. There is no PhotoShop, no retouching, no effects, no tricks. Between a woman, her large format 1915 camera, and her subjects, there is an alternate reality created of what we see every day