River and Ocean
Founder Olaf Malver often serves as a guide on his company’s legendary expeditions into the polar regions; less intrepid, warm-water kayaking trips are also available. 877/677-9623.
T+L Trip Pick: Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Wildlife Adventure Sail aboard the 54-foot Northanger, disembarking to explore mountains and fjords and to camp atop the ice. Dec. 4 departure; 28 days from $16,900.
Founded more than four decades ago, this fishing outfitter has a huge global presence, with access to pristine spots from Canada to Mongolia. 800/245-1950.
T+L Trip Pick: Bahamas: Delphi Club on Abaco Island Excellent bonefish trolling for serious anglers; the intimate eight-room Delphi Club serves as a base, with access to a golf course and a white-sand beach. Oct.–June departures; four days from $3,532.
More than 40 years of experience arranging hiking, trekking, rafting, and kayaking excursions, with group or private itineraries.
T+L Trip Pick: Alaska: Rafting the Tatshenshini River Brave Class Two and Three rapids for more than 130 miles through the world’s largest contiguous wilderness area, passing icebergs and stopping to walk among mountain goats and spot bald eagles. June–Sept. departures; nine days from $3,195.
Fishing trips to Alaska, the Amazon, Argentina, and beyond, with stays in comfortable jungle lodges, cabin barges, and tented camps.
T+L Trip Pick: Bolivian Adventure The company’s first venture in Bolivia goes to the remote Caño Negro River, home to the exotic peacock bass. July–Dec. departures; four days from $3,895.
This outfitter now runs land-based trips, but its main focus remains white-water rafting in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Ecuador, and the Galápagos. Environmental scientist Peter Metcalf shares his in-depth knowledge on trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in Idaho.
T+L Trip Pick: Middle Fork of the Salmon Rafting Descend 3,000 feet aboard a raft along the 110-mile-long river, pausing to view hot springs and to visit historic pioneer homesteads. June–Sept. departures; five days from $1,625.
Asked for a butterfly net for fifth birthday; at 10 it was a microscope. Spotted rare birds on four continents and is currently ranked No. 48 on the American Birding Association’s competitive international list. After that black-grouse sighting at Loch Lomond, hopes to make it to No. 47 by year’s end.
Role Model: Jack Hanna
Gear: Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera (DSC-TX200V). It’s waterproof and dust-proof, and with its high-speed auto-focus, you’ll capture that hairy-nosed wombat every time ($499.99).
Accessory: DPC Outdoors cotton/canvas mesh safari hat ($55).
T+L Exclusive Trip: Rare Shoebill Safari with Journeys by Design. Channel your inner ornithologist on this Zambian safari, which has some of the best bird-viewing on the continent (rare shoebill storks; wattled cranes). Nov.–March and May departures; seven days from $3,955.