Archives for March, 2009

Aron Ralston Talks to the New York Times (Video)

Aron Ralston is a smart guy. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a former desk jockey at Intel, the Colorado-based climber is best known for a gruesome feat of engineering: severing his own arm below the elbow to free himself from a boulder in Utah's Bluejohn Canyon. But six years after becoming a media…

The ADVENTURE Top 10: Best Waterfall Kayaking Runs in U.S. (with Video)

Text by Andrea Minarcek. Read previous ADVENTURE Top 10 lists. Last week, kayaker Pedro Olivia crushed the previous world-record run (108 feet high) and careened across the lip of Brazil’s 127-foot Salto Belo falls. Now, we’d never attempt anything that epic, but watching the stunning footage (below) of Olivia’s run did inspire us to want to…

Is This the Golden Age of Green Travel?
Plus: Five Bargains on Five Continents

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Inn Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has been made in sustainable travel: The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a ten-point action plan to combat climate change; four international airlines have tested…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: The News

Text by Keith Rutowski Armstrong to Undergo Surgery Only months after emerging from retirement, legendary cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has experienced a setback. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 37-year-old suffered a broken collarbone after a 30-rider-pileup during the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain this past Monday. A short video clip…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: This Week in Exploration

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Spring may have sprung (-29C as opposed to -40C), but the North Pole remains a pretty testing place to traverse. Pen Hadow and Co. on the Caitlin expedition finally got their food last week, but were undoubtedly regretting that extra weight when the ice around their tent start breaking up. Watch…

Go Green: Congress Gone Wild
Omnibus Public Land Management Act Passes

Text by Catharine Livingston; Photograph courtesy of John McCarthy America’s wildest places scored a major victory yesterday when the House of Representatives voted to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. If signed into law by President Obama next week, the legislation would, among other good things, protect more than two million acres of wilderness, some…

Video: Kayaker Recalls Record-Breaking Waterfall Plunge

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy This morning Pedro Olivia and Ben Stookesberry (one of our previous Adventurers of the Year) were interviewed by Ann Curry on The Today Show. Olivia just set a new world record by going over this 127-foot Salto Belo falls on the Rio Sacre, a…

David de Rothschild: Voyage of the Plastiki
Inside the Plastiki Headquarters at San Fran’s Pier 31

Text by Thayer Walker, read previous coverage of this expedition here The view from Pier 31 makes a pretty good case for those who would argue that San Francisco is the world’s most beautiful city. To the east, the Bay Bridge connects the city to Treasure Island and beyond; Alcatraz, a prison as stunning as…

“Inside All of Us Is…ADVENTURE” – Where the Wild Things Are Movie Trailer

It’s safe to say that fully half of our staff grew up on the tale of a kid named Max who travels to a land full of Wild Things, has a wild rumpus, and comes back alive. So today, when the trailer for the new feature-length, live action film of Where the Wild Things Are…

Video: An Evening of Exploration, Exotic Foods, Kangaroo Boxing

The Explorers Club Annual Dinner is, like a lot of events held in the Waldorf=Astoria’s glittering ballroom in New York City, ostensibly for charity. But the club, which “promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space” through its sponsorship of expeditions, is more fun than most not-for-profits. Hence: pig-eyeball eating, kangaroo boxing, and…