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The Wild Bunch

Come plunge down China’s biggest sand dune, gallop headlong across the Argentine pampas and clamber up Yosemite’s Half Dome as we present our annual adventure issue, brimming with the world’s best ways to get your adrenaline pumping

ILLUSTRATIONS BY WESLEY ALLSBROOK

DRY RUN
Tobogganing down China’s biggest sand dune

At China’s Resonant Sand Gorge, where the Yellow River has carved 300-foot slopes into a great plateau of sand, I bought an elaborate-looking ticket and crept to the edge with a tea tray-size wooden sled tucked under my arm. I put it on the ground, lowered myself and took off instantly, hurtling toward the sparkling river below. Sand roared and crunched under the tin-bottomed sled, and a hot wind hit my face. I had no idea how to stop, but I didn’t have to. At the end of the exhilarating plunge, a large flat apron along the shore slowed me down and I ground, hatless, to a halt. I sat for a moment, and then, like a kid after the first snowfall of the season, went back up for another go. —Adrian Mourby

One Response to “The Wild Bunch”

  1. Alan M. Astengo Says:
    May 9th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I first climbed Half Dome with my friend, Eric Hipple, when were 17. We were determined to make it in 3 hours. We did it and did not expect that this would be that big of a deal. It is a memory that both of us will never forget

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