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Enduring Madagascar's Wild

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Adventure scientists map mysterious limestone labyrinth

BY IAN MacNAIRN
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CARTOGRAPHY BY IAN MacNAIRN, GEORGE KOROUNIS, SIMON DONATO AND JIM MANDELLI

They call the Tsingy de Bemaraha forest the land where one cannot walk barefoot, a landscape of limestone spires and dry tropical forest in western Madagascar. Bekopaka, in the south, is a tourist hub. The northern portion of the forest remains wholly untamed and unexplored — a wild mystery on the map.

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Hiking like a Viking

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IcebugX will have you running wild amid Sweden's awesomeness

BY PETE ESTABROOKS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONAS JORNEBERG

A flight attendant strolling beside me puts her hand on my forearm and says, "Welcome to Sweden, good luck. Have a blessed run." It pulls me out of my reverie. Blessed run? How friendly are you? How do you remember a comment I made hours ago on our flight from Canada? Who made up such awesome words of encouragement? Turns out the KLM attendant nailed it, except the IcebugX is no ordinary run.

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Go Big Island

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Any way you tackle Kona, you end up in paradise

BY CHRIS WELNER

There are two ways to do Kona. Uber Kona is qualifying for the Ironman World Championships, torpedoing through the swim, crushing the bike and running home in under nine hours. You savour your achievements with fresh mahi mahi then retire to pamper yourself at the $1,500 a night Four Seasons at Hualalai, cooling off in your suite’s outdoor shower crafted from lava rock. Sweet.

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Epic Rides in Yukon

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Dropping into the Mountain Hero trail on Montana Mountain in Carcross.

Historic gold rush trails rebuilt into mountain bike magic

By SEAMUS McGRATH

Thousands of prospectors were lured north by stories of riches in the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s, but the bounty was short lived, barely three years. Today, adventurers discover a different kind of gold in the Yukon — amazing mountain biking, kind people and beautiful scenery.

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A Vintage Destination

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From top left: Michael Kosak pours a taste at La Stella Winery; riding Black Sage Road; Okanagan orchards, kitsch at Home Hardware

DRINK IN the desert

Osoyoos a vintage destination for active visitors with a thirst for fine wine

By CHRIS WELNER

There’s a symbiotic relationship between pain and pleasure. It’s a feeling you get grinding up a Cat 2 mountain on two wheels, or stretching a long run an extra 5K while pushing the pace into the homestretch. It hurts. It’s supposed to hurt. But there’s a payoff, too.

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Costa Rica Run Right

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Teo Prestinary on a jungle run.

COSTA RICA RUN RIGHT

From jungle runs to surf school, it’s heaven on earth

BY PETE ESTABROOKS

Teo Prestinary strolls out of Tica Pilates class a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, spots me and shouts, “Hey, mi amigo, it’s been too long.” He pulls me into his sweaty chest for a hug, the warmth of which outweighs its grotty nature.

I tell him I arrived this morning in Nosara and need a long run. Teo is an ultra-runner with a cat-like intuition, and back-of-your-hand knowledge of the Costa Rican jungle. “Easy,” he replies, “We start at nine tomorrow.”

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