Archives for May, 2009

More Climbing Deaths in Chamonix, Including Olympic Snowboarder Karin Ruby

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoADVENTURE regrets to report that Karin Ruby, former Olympic gold medalist in the snowboarding giant slalom event and 6 time world champion died earlier today in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France (read the story on ESPN.com). Ruby, who retired from professional snowboarding in 2006, was 31 years old…

Nat Geo Explorer Mireya Mayor on Expedition Africa, Mark Burnett’s New Show

Anthropologist, television host, former NFL cheerleader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer . . . Mireya Mayor is many things. A homebody isn’t one of them. In the past year, she has led expeditions to Madagascar (where, in 2003, she discovered the smallest primate on Earth, the mouse lemur) and helped set up a program to protect…

Explorer Mireya Mayor on Expedition Africa: Stanley and Livingstone

Text by Daniel Grushkin Anthropologist, television host, former NFL cheerleader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer . . . Mireya Mayor is many things. A homebody isn’t one of them. In the past year, she has led expeditions to Madagascar (where, in 2003, she discovered the smallest primate on Earth, the mouse lemur) and helped set up…

Donald Trump’s Battle of Balmedie, Scotland–Mass Tourism Style

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ What Donald Trump wants, he gets–but maybe not all of it this time.  Since I first blogged last year about the struggle between environmentalists and local residents opposed to Trump’s plans to build a mass tourism development on an unspoiled stretch of Scottish…

Mountainfilm in Telluride’s Moving Mountains Prize Awarded to Burma VJ, Making the Crooked Straight

Text by Ben Skinner, author of A Crime so Monstrous and one of our 2008 Adventurers of the Year Mountainfilm gave its Moving Mountains prize jury, consisting of Grammy-winning artist Shawn Colvin, documentarian Chris Paine, HBO Vice President Nancy Abraham, and me, the challenging privilege of selecting one nonprofit from six strong candidates. Each of the…

Ken Burns’ The National Parks – American History Told Through Our Unique Natural Heritage

Text by John Rasmus. See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> Here at ADVENTURE, we're big fans of the national parks (we do a cover feature on them every year). We're also big fans of the definitive, iconic documentaries of Ken Burns (The Civil War and Jazz are two favorites). Knowing that Burns had just completed…

Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Everest: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

Photograph of Jim Whittaker (right) with photographer James Balog, copyright Merrick Chase / TELLURIDEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> Yesterday we caught up with Jim Whittaker, now 80 years old, at the Mountainfilm in Telluride Reading Frenzy, which is basically a book fair filled with impressive adventure authors—Ben Skinner, James Balog, David Breashears. No surprise, Whittaker stood…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: Last Week in Exploration

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS It was a busy week in the Himalaya last week, where, despite strong winds and bad weather on numerous peaks, determined climbers summitted on Everest, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and a host of other mountains. In an often male-dominated world, it was the women who stole the show. Edurne Pasabán is finally…

Mountainfilm in Telluride: Films, Food, Falls

Copyright Merrick Chase / TELLURIDEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> We're just back from an incredible long weekend at the 31st annual Mountainfilm in Telluride, which fills the spectacular Colorado box canyon with thought-provoking films, a symposium on worldwide food issues, inspiring guests (Jim Whittaker, Ken Burns, Nicholas Kristof, to name just a few), and a…

Everest Video Update: Team Hahn Summits!

Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot, and Seth Waterfall reached the summit of Everest with incredible speed on May 23 at 6:40 a.m., Everest time! Congratulations Team Hahn! See the latest video dispatch >>