Archives for February, 2008

Psyching Up: Adventure Therapy on Film

The mountain is high, the ocean is wide, and that which does not kill us makes us stronger—at least according to Nietzsche, and to a spate of newly released documentaries that put this premise to the test. Everest: A Climb for Peace contrives to solve geopolitics through mountaineering as Israelis and Palestinians scale the peak…

From the Field: Kayaking Antarctica

Just back from paddling at the bottom of the world, we asked the intrepid Jon Bowermaster to tell us about his trip. Stay tuned for the upcoming feature story. The Explorer: New York-based ADVENTURE Contributing Editor Jon Bowermaster  The Adventure: Five weeks sea kayaking the Antarctic Peninsula, the final of expedition of his OCEANS 8…

Young Explorers Prepare for Ellesmere

This week, legendary polar explorer Will Steger (our Lifetime Achievement award recipient, along with Richard Branson) brought news of his upcoming Ellesmere Island emerging leaders expedition to the New York City ADVENTURE editorial office. In tow were teammates Sam Branson, 22, the down-to-Earth son of Sir Richard, and champion Norwegian musher Sigrid Ekran, 27. In…

Alive Survivors Look Back

It’s one of the 20th century’s greatest survival epics: A plane crashes high in the Andes leaving 32 people stranded with little food except the bodies of the dead. As even that supply dwindles, three survivors embark on an impossible journey to find help. This timeless survival story spurred the book and film Alive. In…

Deep Survival: #2 Folk Wisdom

FOLK WISDOMBy Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the book Deep Survival One of the most respected psychologists of our time is Steven Pinker, a professor at Harvard and the author of numerous books on human behavior and evolutionary biology. Pinker says that our brains contain a “baloney-generator” that offers up explanations of our behavior.…

Deep Survival: #2 Folk Wisdom

Illustration by Paul Blow By Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the book Deep Survival One of the most respected psychologists of our time is Steven Pinker, a professor at Harvard and the author of numerous books on human behavior and evolutionary biology. Pinker says that our brains contain a “baloney-generator” that offers up explanations…

What’s Your Favorite Hike?

Do you have an all-time favorite trail? Whether it’s a backcountry epic or an urban escape, your pick could be included with April’s America’s Best Hikes cover story. Tell us where the hike is and why it’s your tops on your list. Please post your picks in the comment area below.

ADVENTURE Photographer Wins World Press Award

We were pleased to learn that photographer Brent Stirton just won a World Press Award–first prize in the Contemporary Issues category–for this intense photo of a dead silverback gorilla near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We recently sent the conflict-zone photographer to try out a decidedly more tame adventure: a…

Reader Photo Contest Winners

We’ve just announced the winners of our latest Life’s an Adventure Reader Photo Contest–with prizes from Columbia Sportswear. These shots are inspiring, particularly overall winner Vernon Wiley’s photo from California’s Mount Humphreys (pictured).

The Love Test: Inside a Yoga Ashram

Just the suggestion of a "love test" is enough to send most relationships into a downward spiral. However, writer John Falk, a reformed commitment-phobe, and his girlfriend Mara McFalls decided to do just this: test their relationship at a yoga ashram in Kerala, India, for "Downward Facing Boyfriend" (March 2008 issue). Let us know what…