Archives for July, 2008

News: Russia’s “Man-Eating” Kamchatka Bears Face an Unsavory Fate

Text by Andrew Burmon The summer snows on the Kamchatka Peninsula began to thaw last week just as the world press turned its spotlight on this oft-forgotten corner of Siberia. After the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported that two guards at the Koryakgeologia Mine near Khailino had been mauled to death by a rampaging gang…

News: Russia’s “Man-Eating” Kamchatka Bears Face an Unsavory Fate

Text by Andrew Burmon The summer snows on the Kamchatka Peninsula began to thaw last week just as the world press turned its spotlight on this oft-forgotten corner of Siberia. After the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported that two guards at the Koryakgeologia Mine near Khailino had been mauled to death by a rampaging gang…

Headliners: Adventure in 60 Seconds

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz If you fall off that horse… keep on trying to row across the Pacific. At least that’s the strategy for Dutchman Ralph Tuijn, whose cross-Pacific Zeeman Ocean Challenge came to an end last week after two aborted attempts (which cost him his solo, non-stop goal)…

Beyond Green Travel With Costas Christ
Searching For Greece in the Greek Isles

Text and photographs by Costas Christ Finding a beach that is not covered with umbrellas and lounge chairs is no small task in the Greek Isles. I found one on Patmos, where a friend of a friend led me as if I was being taken to a secret hideout. It was small and rocky, the…

Beyond Green Travel With Costas Christ
Searching For Greece in the Greek Isles

Text and photographs by Costas Christ Finding a beach that is not covered with umbrellas and lounge chairs is no small task in the Greek Isles. I found one on Patmos, where a friend of a friend led me as if I was being taken to a secret hideout. It was small and rocky, the…

Herzogian Antarctica: Pink Floyd Seals and a Suicidal Penguin

Text by Ryan Bradley Werner Herzog’s latest film, Encounters at the End of the World, recently opened nationwide. It is a documentary about Antarctica—specifically about McMurdo Station, headquarters of the National Science Foundation (which helped fund the film), and the people living and working in this community of 1,100 at the bottom of the planet.…

Headliners: Adventure in 60 Seconds

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Think rush hour for adventurers: Some 500 extreme sports addicts ran, climbed, kayaked and biked the Scottish capital this weekend for the 5th annual Edinburgh Rat Race to raise money for charity and master the ultimate urban adventure. The prize?  Some impressive swag and a…

Who’s Faster? How Olympians Measure Up to the Animal Kingdom

Text by Kelly Ruane As the Olympic torch draws closer to Beijing, where the beacon will signal the beginning of the ancient games on August 8, athletes from around the world are arriving in China for their final days of preparation. And if this year’s Olympic trials were any indicator, we will see some amazing…

Headliners: Adventure in 60 Seconds

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Talk about beating the heat: Jorge Pacheco dominated the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon Tuesday, a challenge running from the lowest spot in North America (Death Valley) to the trailhead of the highest spot in the lower 48 (Mt. Whitney). With 17,700 feet of cumulative vertical ascent and…

News: Gabon Caving Expedition Finds Underground Waterfalls, More

Text by expedition leader Trevor Frost, a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee After two weeks in the field, the Gabon Cave Expedition team has learned to embrace the unpredictable. Our first stop was in Lastourville, where we visited three caves. The first cave, Paouen 1, had a large entrance and a few thousand bats. It…