These islands in Peru are made by villagers, who form the "land" beneath their houses out of reeds.

Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Inca Road

Visit These Floating Peruvian Islands Constructed From Plants

The Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuries

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There’s Now Wifi on Mount Fuji

Hiking boots. Water bottle. Laptop?

A screenshot of Lynn Hill climbing El Capitan in Street View.

Cool Finds

Scale El Capitan From Your Couch Using Google Street View

The latest expansion of the Maps project takes users up Yosemite’s iconic climb

Mountains don't all look like this.

New Research

Most Mountains Don't Come With Pointy Peaks

Some mountains actually get wider as you go up

Just a mile down one of the park’s most popular and accessible trails, hikers reap views of Dream Lake.

When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of America

A hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacation

Riders view the incredible vista in Dýrafjörður, Iceland, alongside their equine companions.

Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horse

The country’s landscape is surreal and one-of-a-kind—so is a ride on the Icelandic equine

Sentinel-1 image showing the effects of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal

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The Nepal Earthquake Made Mt. Everest an Inch Shorter

Satellite data gives the first results for the way the land moved during the quake

Cool Finds

"Look Ma, No Hands!" A Rock Climber Scales Cliffs Without Using His Hands

Famous British rock climber Johnny Dawes puts a twist on his sport

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Mountaineers Are Taking a New Route Up Everest

They’ll forge their path sans sherpas or oxygen tanks

The highest summit of the Jade Dragon (Yulong Xueshan) from what in 1985 was close to the center of the old town of Lijiang, China.


Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitats

After 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essential

A barn owl by the light of the moon.

American South

Best Places to See Nature After Dark

The sun may power most of our world—but some things come alive only at night

A man overlooks a canyon, filled with glacial meltwater from the surrounding mountains, near Athabasca Falls.

The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkard

Known for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new world

Climbers in the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest.

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Everest Climbers Now Prohibited From Taking One Deadly Route

Nepal announces that the Khumbu Icefall, where 16 sherpa were killed last year, is now off-limits

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Two Climbers Made It Up El Capitan Via an Impossibly Vertical Wall

It took just three weeks for Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen to make free-climbing history

Sunrise in Yosemite National Park

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Two Climbers Are Free-Climbing One of Yosemite's Hardest Routes

Two athletes are halfway through an impressive 32-pitch climb up El Capitan's Dawn Wall

A brown bear in a private park near Brasov.

The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bears

Around the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowed

New Research

How One Crop Allowed Humans to Conquer the Himalaya

Hardy barley enabled us to survive at altitudes that were previously beyond reach

Around half of the San Gabriel Mountains are now a national monument.

San Gabriel Mountains Designated A National Monument

President Obama grants federal protection to half of the California mountain range

A mountain lion kitten in Malibu Creek State Park.

The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison

But a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big cats

Boulders in front of Guadalupe Mountains

Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness

Exposed fossil reef, rough hiking and extreme weather

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