Archives for December, 2008

Field FAQs with Holly Morris
Bucking Trends: 2009 Adventure on the Cheap

Like many people these days I’m feeling broke. But I’m hoping to take a great trip in the new year rather than stay home watching CNBC. What do you recommend?  A. For now, forget the assault on Everest or diving the Bikini Atoll—the types of sojourns that will set you back many thousands of dollars.…

The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro:
A Bad, Bad Week for Avalanches

Mourners at a candlelight vigil in Sparwood, B.C., which lost eight young men to slides. By West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Seven Canadian snowmobilers are dead and one is missing and presumed dead after a series of avalanches hit their group in the backcountry near Fernie, British Columbia, Sunday. Also on Sunday, a snowmobiler died…

The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro:
A Bad, Bad Week for Avalanches

Mourners at a candlelight vigil in Sparwood, B.C., which lost eight young men to slides. By West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Seven Canadian snowmobilers are dead and one is missing and presumed dead after a series of avalanches hit their group in the backcountry near Fernie, British Columbia, Sunday. Also on Sunday, a snowmobiler died…

The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro:
Jackson Hole Launches New Tram

Story and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro The unveiling of Jackson Hole's new $31 million aerial tram Friday night was beautifully scripted and masterfully executed. Wrapped in a white gossamer sheet like some Christo installation, it descended from the uphill darkness and coasted to the convergence of five spotlights, where it glowed in…

The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro:
Jackson Hole Launches New Tram

Story and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro The unveiling of Jackson Hole’s new $31 million aerial tram Friday night was beautifully scripted and masterfully executed. Wrapped in a white gossamer sheet like some Christo installation, it descended from the uphill darkness and coasted to the convergence of five spotlights, where it glowed in…

Headliners: Adventure in 60 Seconds

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Zack Braunstein The time has come for New Years resolutions; a group of 14 prominent environmental activists have some suggestions to top president-elect Obama's list. One promising source of clean energy: SeaGen's tidal turbines, which maxed out their energy capacity of 1.2MW for the first time off…

Antarctica Dispatches: Eyewitness at the Bottom of the World

National Geographic ADVENTURE contributing editor Jon Bowermaster has returned to Antarctica this season, after last year’s five-week-long expedition by sea kayak and sailboat ("The White Continent Heats Up," November 2008). Wtihin days of his arrival, a tourist boat ran aground along the Antarctic Peninsula, the M/V Ushuaia, showing the world just how treacherous the waters…

$50,000 Up For Grabs in 2nd Greater Outdoors Project

We just got word from our friends at Redwood Creek that they have launched the second year of their very generous Greater Outdoors Project. With a cash prize of $50,000, one very deserving nonprofit is sure to have an easier 2009. Applications will be accepted now through March 1, 2009. Then from April 1 through…

Video: Parkour Flashback to the 1930s

  Though the sport of parkour as we know it was just named in 1998 (read about the founder David Belle in a New Yorker profile), the act of bounding between rooftops, climbing up urban alley "slot canyons," and other gravity-defying endeavors goes way back. Check out this footage from the 1930s.

David de Rothschild: Voyage of the Plastiki
A Megatransect of the Pacific

In the case of the Plastiki, we wanted to raise awareness of the challenges our oceans and its inhabitants face by creating an expedition that reaches across the whole of the Pacific, from San Francisco Bay to Sydney Harbour. It would be short-sighted of us to solely focus on the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. I wanted to…