Archives for January, 2009

Malaria Update: Protecting Yourself From the Borderland Bug

Text by Daniel Grushkin, who wrote about the multibillion-dollar push to end malaria in our February issue No place on the map measures up to the Thai-Cambodian border for breeding super strains of malaria. The forest region, a magnet for gem miners searching for pigeon blood rubies and Pailin blue sapphires, has already twice spawned…

Field FAQs with Holly Morris
Learn How to Become an Expat a Purpose

Want to respond to President Obama's call to service and get your adventure fix? Learn about volunteering opportunities all over the globe. This coming week idealist.org is launching three global volunteering fairs on the East Coast. The event will feature panel discussions, work shops, tips on doing-it on the cheap, and face-to-face meetings with volunteers.…

Music Wednesday: National Geographic Launches Record Label; N.A.S.A. Launches Album

We try not to do too much NGS navel-gazing, but this is pretty exciting: the folks at Nat Geo Music have launched a music label of the same name that will “record, release, and promote modern music from around the globe from a variety of artists and genres.” Speaking of a variety of artists and…

Interview: James Hooper on Continuing Rob Gauntlett’s Legacy

Writer David Vann caught up with Brit James Hooper, who shared the Adventurers of the Year award with Rob Gauntlett for their ambitious 26,000-mile journey from geomagnetic pole to geomagnetic pole last year (read the feature article). Tragically Rob and his good friend James Atkinson were killed in a climbing accident in the French Alps…

Interview: James Hooper on Continuing Rob Gauntlett’s Legacy

Writer David Vann caught up with Brit James Hooper, who shared the Adventurers of the Year award with Rob Gauntlett for their ambitious 26,000-mile journey from geomagnetic pole to geomagnetic pole last year (read the feature article). Tragically Rob and his good friend James Atkinson were killed in a climbing accident in the French Alps…

News: Congo Rebel Arrest Leaves Mountain Gorillas’ Fate Uncertain, Again

Photograph by Brent Stirton / Reportage by Getty Images In our March 2009 issue, writer Mark Jenkins examines how the bloody upheaval in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has affected one of the planet’s largest populations of mountain gorillas. His story focuses on the head ranger of Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, who…

The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro
Gear Buzz From Outdoor Retailer

Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Traffic is slow, but spirits are high in Salt Lake City at the gear hoedown known as Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, a.k.a. Winter OR. There's something about bookending a trade show with ski or boarding sessions in the Wasatch that gives the winter show a happy…

Alex Perry on Pirates: A Look at Modern Swashbucklers and Globalization

Alex Perry is the author of Falling Off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization (Bloomsbury USA). Read his article "A Brief Trip to Pirate Island," about his encounters off the coast of Indonesia with band of merry pirates who are plotting the the demise of the global economy. Pirates can be murderers, adventurers,…

Music Tuesday: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion Travels to the Bottom of the Ocean and Back

The new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, is finally officially available today. We had heard it was great—even one of the best albums of 2009. Now that we’ve listened, we agree: The most accessible album so far of the Baltimore-born indie rock band is, indeed, fantastic. Writer Nick Sylvester interviewed the group’s electronics specialist…

Music Tuesday: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion Travels to the Bottom of the Ocean and Back

The new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, is finally officially available today. We had heard it was great—even one of the best albums of 2009. Now that we’ve listened, we agree: The most accessible album so far of the Baltimore-born indie rock band is, indeed, fantastic. Writer Nick Sylvester interviewed the group’s electronics specialist…