What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
All four fingers on my left hand squeeze the clutch as the heel of my right boot kicks the gearshift into first.
The other hand and foot are poised on the brakes, a synchronized choreography of man and machine. With a twist of my wrist on the throttle, the motorcycle responds, defying gravity and altitude, as it makes its way to the top of the hill. Born to ride in the Himalayas Our driveway in Mussoorie, 7,000 feet above sea level in the Indian Himalayas, is a good test of the pulling power and resilience of any vehicle, though recently it has become a little easier, now that the steepest sections have been paved. Most drivers surrender before attempting this route.
A mountain biker, his buddies, and some of the best singletrack trails in Europe.
Road biking in and around NYC has it all: Urban adventure, quality pavement, non-yahoo drivers and bucolic surroundings. And good muffins.
Is this the bouldering revolution we’ve all been waiting for? The first generation of Indian climbing bums leads the charge. Here are a few of their stories.
This story originally featured in a print issue of the Outdoor Journal.
With its steep granite walls and extensive valleys, Yosemite National Park is a mecca for climbers and all people who love nature.
A veteran river runner turns 70, and heads off into the Peruvian wilderness to raft the Rio Marañón, the headwaters of the Amazon. .
On earlier trips to Himachal Pradesh’s glaciers, I had seen a mountain looming distantly and ominously.