Opinion: Denali Redux?

On August 30, on the eve of President Obama’s mission to Alaska to sound the warning about climate change, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that 20,237-foot Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, would officially be renamed Denali—a Tanana Athabaskan cognomen meaning “the High One” or “the Big One.” (See incredible recent photos of…

Anti-Fog Sunglasses for Mountain Biking, Trail Running

Has anybody else found this summer to be hot and humid? Oh, right —pretty much everyone. Hottest year on record and all that. But that humidity…oof. Not being what you’d call a morning athlete, most of my mountain bike rides this summer have started somewhere between 11 and 2. (As my wife likes to say…

#FollowFriday @NatGeoAdventure – @JodyMacDonaldPhoto @KrystleJWright @ShonePhoto

Each month we add few new photographers to our incredible @NatGeoAdventure Instagram feed. Here are a few of our more recent additions. Be sure to give them a follow! See a list of our collective of adventure photographers. Photo: @jodymacdonaldphoto // While @captainlizclark keeps watch one way, her trusty sidekick Amelia the cat watches the other. If…

Getting the Shot in the High Alpine on Mount Meru: An Interview with Renan Ozturk

If you haven’t yet seen the film Meru, which opened nationwide in theaters earlier this month, you should. It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, and survival as alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk overcome their personal struggles to achieve the first ascent of Meru’s Shark’s Fin, one of alpinism’s greatest prizes, in the Indian Himalaya. Ozturk’s struggle was particularly epic. After turning around…

Awesome Travel Pillow

Is the secret to surviving long flights powerful sleeping potions? More experienced travelers than I argue so. But I’m not so sure. I’ve found that snoozing through an overnight from North America to Europe or Africa and waking up refreshed depends less on pharmaceuticals and more on positioning your body where and how it needs…

First Women Complete Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge

Update: We checked with Matt Mahoney, the Nolan’s 14 record keeper, on how the Nolan’s 14 finish is defined. He said: “Like any challenge, the participants make the rules. Traditionally, the clock stops on the last summit.” Yesterday, ultrarunners Missy Gosney and Anna Frost finished Nolan’s 14, meaning they climbed 14 14,000-foot peaks in succession over…

The Improved Carryon Suitcase

You might know Incase best for its presence on Apple store accessory shelves, and there’s a reason for that: The California brand has clearly and openly staked its aesthetic fortunes on Mac styling and coordination with products from Cupertino. This extends not just from sleek laptop cases like the ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70; incase.com),…

Meru Filmmaker Jimmy Chin on Risk, Fatherhood, and Fame—Plus Bonus “Tenthouse” Tour Video

From humble beginnings in midwestern corn country, Jimmy Chin has risen to become one of the world’s most accomplished adventure photographer-filmmakers, and this week his magnum opus, Meru, debuts in cinemas nationwide (find a theater)—a rare instance of a climbing documentary breaking out to reach mainstream audiences. It’s the story of one of the greatest…

Bike-and-Hike: The 3,350-Mile Microplastics Transect

Since pedaling away from her apartment in LA this spring, Julie Hotz has ridden 2,150 miles to Montana, and hiked more than 400. Along the way, she’s helped the nonprofit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation study microplastics pollution.

Gear for the Millennial Outdoor Adventurer

The bearded adventurer of today is not the bearded adventurer of yesterday. Backpacking is out, car camping is in. Standing in the Woodstock mud, out. Floating from tent to Coachella tent, in. So how does REI, the ubiquitous outdoor gear co-op, respond to a market that is changing seemingly by the day? When Urban Outfitters…