For a noble cause or just for the thrill of it, these epic adventurers are conquering the planet.

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Secret Life of a Search and Rescue Volunteer

When someone goes missing on a frozen mountaintop or in a wildfire, my team heads out to help when no one else can — even if all we can do is bring back their bodies.

When Her Father’s Yacht Vanished, She Searched the Sea Until She Finally Found Peace

After Argonaut went down in calm waters, Chelsea Rice-Morris was convinced of foul play. She didn't stop until she had her answer.

Meet the Daring Free-Diver Who Talks to Sperm Whales

We know these giant predators communicate through thunderous clicks. James Nestor and his ragtag crew of computer coders, scientists and divers are determined to find out what...

The Rock-Climbing Prodigy Who Lost Both His Legs – And Now Builds Bionic Limbs

Hugh Herr barely survived a terrifying blizzard at just seventeen. Now he’s back climbing mountains—and has revolutionized the prosthetic industry, too.

These Vietnamese Girls Were Abducted and Sold in China. One Daring Group of Do-Gooders Kidnapped Them Back.

When hundreds of young women were sent off to brothels, factories and eager husbands across the border, a local children’s foundation hatched a heroic rescue plan.

Getting High on Cactus and Chasing Away Evil with the Shamans of the Black Lagoon

Driving Faster Than God on Utah’s Disappearing Salt Flats

Riding Shotgun with a Real-Life Mad Max

Deep in the California desert, at a post-apocalyptic gathering where anything goes.

Forces To Reckon With

First kisses and stormy nights. Tales of love and near death experiences at summer camp.