This week's feature story, Over the Volcano, details 36-year-old New Yorker Alex Sverdlov's adventure gone wrong on Mauna Loa, a massive Hawaiian volcano. After Sverdlov reached the summit on the third day of the hike, an unexpected storm hit the mountain with freezing temperatures, 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and a foot of snow. Sverdlov would be stranded 13,000 above sea level for the next two days.
Alex Sverdlov The unpredictable weather conditions near the summit have challenged hikers for centuries.
He lived to tell the tale, adding his own name to a centuries-old list of adventurers who have taken a punch from the world's biggest volcano.More »