Unrelenting Weather and Endless Beauty in Iceland
Iceland exists as if out of the mind of a science fiction writer -- not in the futuristic sense, but as some timeless place, where the elements that created the earth meet the people who harness its power. It is perhaps the most exotic place on Earth. And it’s only a five-hour flight from Manhattan.
The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race
In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth -- and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here's a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.
1000 Miles of British Columbia on 2 Wheels
A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.
Cycling California Wine Country with a Local Pro
Levi Leipheimer is a diviner of pain and suffering par excellence -- a bike race organizer. We asked him to cull his dark arts and assemble 10 rides in the scenic, relaxing and overall pleasant area that is Northern California's wine country. Enjoy responsibly.
The Evolution of the Mazda MX-5 Miata
It's said that driving a slow car fast is one of the greatest automotive thrills, especially when it's a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a rigid chassis, slick manual transmission, phenomenal balance and perfectly-weighted steering -- a car like the Mazda Miata. With the latest generation just released, it's about time we explored the past, present and future of the world's most popular roadster.
The Complete Guide to Camp Stoves
The best way to decide which stove you need is not by referring to a standard “best of” list, but instead considering where you fit in amid a wide range of stoves designed with specific types of campers and trips in mind. The best stove for brewing a cup of coffee won’t be the same one you bring on a road trip to Yellowstone to feed a family of four. The ideal, one-size-fits-all camp stove is still far off, so consider your own specific flame-based needs and parse our guide.
Primer: The Winds and Waves of Kiteboarding
Sailors rely on wind. Surfers need waves. The best kiteboarders require both. We've put together a beginner's guide to the exciting, fast-growing sport.
The 60-Year History of the B-52 Stratofortress
When General Nathan Twining, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, called the Boeing B-52 “the long rifle of the air age” shortly after it entered service on June 29, 1955, no one imagined that the eight-engine, 390,000-pound bomber would still be operational 60 years later.
On the Burger Trail in Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles is known for Hollywood stars, sprawling traffic...and gourmet burgers. Yes, that sandwich concoction that first appeared in the late 1800s has become a staple in the City of Angels. There are the obvious picks like Umami, Father's Office, Apple Pan and of course In-N-Out; but a quick Yelp search for "burger" reveals almost 6,000 places to sit and enjoy ground meat on a bun. We spent a week seeking some of the lesser known but equally (arguably more) loved options.
Cycling Skyward: Conquering the West’s Toughest Climbs
One month after he set out from King's Beach, CA, on a 5,000-mile bike tour of America, GP contributor Will Eginton stood on top of the Continental Divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and reflected on the mountains he'd climbed.
The History of the Jeep Wagoneer, the First Sport Utility Vehicle
You can't build a successful SUV today without incorporating comforts like leather and DVD players alongside trail-dominating suspension and chunky all-terrain tires. If any car proved this formula was a successful one, it was the car that did it first: the Jeep Wagoneer.
On the Scene: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
GP was on the scene at Outside Lands 2014. We interviewed the members of Brothers Comatose, Local Natives, Tycho, Typhoon and Warpaint.
The Complete Guide to Fishing Eight American Cities
Fishing is a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it's not is easily defined. Excluded from the latest definition, whose authors subscribed a little too obsessively to A River Runs Through It, is "ugly" fishing: the lines dropped from rocky piers, the lures twanged off bridge abutments, picking through the empty parking lot out behind Sears to get to the water. Modernity hasn't left fisherman many beautiful spots, but damn if that's gonna stop us. These eight cities prove that you can get away within the city limits, and that some of the best fishing in the country doesn't depend on a distant locale.
The Art of the Fishing Lure
Fishermen have long known that fish are often smarter than they. But the rest of us probably haven't given the lures used to catch these clever, wary creatures their due. In fact, the best lures are really works of inventiveness, science, utility and even art.
Talking Shop with Leo Padron, a New American Watchmaker
Leo Padron grew up a tinkerer, then turned his focus to fixing his grandfather's broken wristwatch. He succeeded...and then he started building his own. We talked to Padron, who today helms Padron Watch Co., a successful startup building three unique watches out of Minneapolis.
There's a particular theater to motorsport. The hair-bristling caterwaul of a race exhaust. The aromas of hot metal mechanics. The gritty dust of tire soot. And that's for spectators. Step beyond the yellow line into pit row and things get far more visceral. And though we could prattle on in paragraphs about what it's like to be face-to-face with theatrics of racing Ferraris, we figured it best to report this story through the medium of film.
Saving the Extra Virgins: Olive Oil Made Right
True extra virgin olive oil is not always what you buy at the supermarket. Matthew Ankeny tours the Long Meadow Ranch to experience olive oil made by a passionate, knowledgeable group of California-based olive millers.
Robert Loomes: Bringing Watchmaking Back to the British Isles
Robert Loomes & Co., makes gorgeous watches in small, limited editions of 50 or 100 pieces. He joins the growing cadre of watchmakers who are pushing British watchmaking as far as possible, along with Christopher Ward, Roger Smith, and the brothers English.
A Front-Row Seat to Dave Chappelle’s Return
Before he took the stage at Radio City Music Hall last June, nine times to nine sold out audiences. Before his decade in seclusion. Before he walked away from a $50 million contract and onto a plane bound for South Africa. Before his two season show on Comedy Central elevated him to a demigod in social satire and racial comedy. Before Half Baked, Robin Hood: Men In Tights and performances in the Washington Square Park fountain, Dave Chappelle left high school after the bell rang and got onstage at a Tuesday night open mic. He was 14. He killed it.
Photo Essay: Traveling the Amazon by Riverboat
In much of the Amazon, traveling by riverboat is the best form of transportation. So we set off from Iquitos, Peru, fondly dubbed the Capital of the Peruvian Amazon, aboard the Aqua Aria, a luxurious river boat that would take us roughly 100 miles up and down the Amazon River.
Farther, Faster: A Primer on Ultralight Backpacking
A guide to ultralight hiking: rethinking pack weight, preparedness, safety and more.
CUV DNA: The Original Crossovers
While the marketing term "crossover" is a recent invention, the concept is not. Automakers have been making cars that fill the gap between utility vehicles and family cars for decades. Here are three that helped to determine what the crossover is today, along with their modern-day kindred spirits.
Montreal Meets New York, in a Bagel Shop
We get three bagel sandwich recipes from Black Seed Bagels in NYC, where they combine New York and Montreal styles to build the king of donut-shaped foods.
Dieu du Ciel and the Science of Good Beer
A little over two decades ago, Stephane Ostiguy and Jean-Francois Gravel met while studying science at McGill University. Neither got their degrees -- but they do make some of the best beer in the world at Dieu du Ciel, Montreal's best craft brewery.
48 Hours of Sun and Swell in Montauk
When we invited Forest Woodward, one of our favorite photographers, to Montauk for the weekend, we had no idea we’d be graced with the best waves we’ve seen in years.
The Desks Of Gear Patrol
Some desks at Gear Patrol are dirty, some are disorganized and some are perfectly manicured. All of them showcase at least a small part of who we are and what we're passionate about.
The BMW M3 Through the Generations
Over the decades, BMW's iconic M3 has only grown in power, performance (and in most cases, weight), going from niche sports sedans to one of the most popular performance-focused automobiles in the industry. The best part? There are five generations of them, all with scintillating, unique details and the underlying similarities of greatness.
Inside the New American Supper Club
Underground supper clubs, where strangers eat home-cooked meals made by professional chefs, are spreading throughout America. Gear Patrol sat down at one in Brooklyn, New York to see firsthand where the trend's headed.
Jordan Rapp: Another Day at the Office
Pro triathlete Jordan Rapp is a poster boy for endurance -- and not just because he’s won five Ironmans, two Leadman Epic 250s and the 2011 ITU Long Distance World Championships. The more remarkable feat is that all but two of those victories came following a near-fatal hit-and-run accident.
Can a Man Achieve Mindfulness at a Roving Yoga Festival?
Ever wonder what happens at a yoga festival? GP dispatched a correspondent -- and true yoga novice -- on a four-day trip to find out.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is more than just a motoring event. It's the product of one man's passion for all things automotive, fueled by hundreds of thousands of the worshiping faithful. Lord March, as Charles Gordon-Lennox is called, took possession of the 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate in 1993 and almost immediately started the Festival in the name of bringing racing back to its traditional home in West Sussex. He's effectively created a playground for both the annual event's spectators and its drivers.
Learning to Work Standing Up
Should we all be working at stand-up desks? A GP correspondent reports on his week spent afoot.
The Long Way in to Havasu Falls
Getting to Havasu Falls requires a flight to Phoenix, a five-hour drive to the Grand Canyon, and an eleven-mile hike in hundred-degree heat. And it's worth it.
The Rise of the European Soccer Fan in America
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team (#USMNT) was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the Round of 16, but you already know this. You watched it. More people streamed the U.S.'s third World Cup match versus Germany -- which kicked off on a Wednesday afternoon -- than this year's Super Bowl. Their previous game versus Portugal was the most watched U.S. soccer game ever. Basically, if your television wasn't showing footy, you were either kidnapped or not a sports fan. But here’s the deal: the World Cup is an aberration. Soccer fans aren’t privileged to such an event every other month. It’s every fours years. After the final on July 13, players will travel back to their respective clubs (a “club” refers to a team and its organization), but what’ll we -- the masses of newly converted football fans, spoiled by perpetual matches -- do? Do we fall back under the veil of American ignorance, pretending it's a second-tier sport? No. Watch the MLS? Not just yet. Instead, we'll follow the world’s best players back to Europe. Here are the basics, and how to watch.
The Lone Star Smokeshow: 6 Must-Eats on the Texas BBQ Trail
Texas is home to the original cowboys, the gunslingers and trailblazers. They pushed 20 million head of cattle through Dustbowl territory during the historic cattle drives. Beef is in their blood. And their barbecue is the best there is. We sought out the legendary joints in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Master the One-Grill Meal
The life of a dinner shindig can be as simple as quality charcoal, a few tunes and some great beef. Oh, and good beer. The "One Grill Meal" isn't a challenging culinary proposition. In fact, outside of skillet cooking it's about as simple of a trick as they come. And whether your have propane or charcoal it's a pretty damn simple affair and about as American as it gets.
A Quick, Flashy History of Fireworks
From bamboo shoots to Mongolian invasions to the Renaissance to Independence Day, we break down the complete history of fireworks and why we use them for the Fourth of July.
Hiking the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado
Colorado's Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley are the tallest dunes in America, reaching peaks of 750 feet. GP contributor Will McGough took off his shoes and played in the sand.
A Visit to the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center
From the Archives: Vintage has gained traction in recent years, arguably as a reaction to our digital, disposable age. This rediscovered appreciation for beautiful, meaningful objects from our past is exactly why the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center in Irvine, CA exists...that, and to bring back to life those cars which cause us to lust from the deepest parts of our soft, chewy automotive centers.
Midnight Eats with Michael Somoroff
For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's Jeremy Berger met up with commercial director, fine artist, classic car collector and philosopher Michael Somoroff at the emporium of Italian foods and fine dining in New York, Eataly, for a plate of pasta and an education in living a fulfilling life.
Grilling Basics from The Meat Hook Butcher Shop
Whether you have a cheaper grill or a top-dollar wood-fired jam, one thing should be made clear: grills don’t cook steaks by themselves. Tom Mylan, owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, NY, explains in this excerpt from his book.
Ö Till Ö
The Ö Till Ö run/swim race in Sweden is 46 miles long. That's an impressive distance -- especially when you consider that 6 miles are in the water and the remaining 40 miles take racers over the rocky terrain of 26 islands off the coast of Stockholm.
On the Scene: The Governors Ball Music Festival
Governors Ball is a three-day music festival in New York City that draws crowds of over 40,000 each day. The culture is defined by the musicians, which range from big name headliners to up-and-coming young talent. We spoke with three young musicians to see what festival life was like on the other side of the stage.