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Inspiration, Advice, Gear, and Training

These big adventures are true American classics. They are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, and training ideas you'll need to go from dream to reality. —Brendan Leonard

About the Writer

Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com, a contributing editor at Climbing Magazine, Adventure Journal, and The Dirtbag Diaries, and has explored America by bicycle, by raft, on foot, and at the sharp end of a rope. Of all the wild places on this list, he is particularly addicted to the Grand Canyon, which he has explored four times by foot and boat. His first book, The New American Road Trip Mixtape, was published in July 2013.

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