Archives for February, 2010

Readers’ Choice Adventurers of the Year: Marc Hoffmeister, In His Own Words

Text by Marc Hoffmeister, one of our Readers' Choice Adventurers of the Year. Click here to see the feature article, photos, and video. When we launched the concept of Operation Denali, summiting the mountain was intended to be the culmination of our journey of recovery. Instead, it has opened doors everywhere and reached an audience…

Readers’ Choice Adventurer of the Year: Albert Lin, In His Own Words

Text by Albert Yu-Min Lin, one of our Readers' Choice Adventurers of the Year. Click here to see the feature article, photos, and video.   For me, it’s about being part of a team that is the Adventurers of the Year. A whole group of people made a huge effort toward this project—people from University of California, San Diego,…

Readers’ Choice Adventurers of the Year: And the Winner Is…

Last November we introduced you to the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, recognized for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, actions sports, and humanitarian work. Their accomplishments ranged from the longest BASE jump ever to educating 10,000 women and girls in war-torn Afghanistan to rocketing 350 miles above the Earth to save a telescope. Then,…

This Weekend: Washington’s 33-Mile Chilly Hilly Bike Ride

A 33-mile bike ride up 2,675 feet on a cold, wet island in Puget Sound in February may sound brutal. But tell that to the 4,000 cyclists who sign up each year for the Chilly Hilly on Bainbridge Island. “You can get an eyeful of the Seattle skyline, ogle a bald eagle, and soak in…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: Branson Hosts Kiteboarding Competition Off His Private Island

After staging an impromptu kiteboarding race with Google founder Larry Page off the coast of his private island, Sir Richard Branson decided to host a full-on competition. The mogul throws open the gates to his $47,000-a-night Necker is March 1 to 5 for the inaugural British Virgin Islands Kite Jam. Expect high antics and high…

Adventure Photography: Wild Angle Photo Contest Winners

Feast your eyes upon Australia's Fraser Island, a World Heritage site and the largest sand island in the world. This photo by Chris Poetzel of Indian Head Point, the headland on the island's 75-mile eastern coastline, was the overall winner in our Wild Angle Photo Contest, sponsored by the Adventures in Travel Expo. See all…

Olympics 2010: Ski Like Bode – Six Training Exercises

Yesterday American skier Bode Miller won gold in the super combined, giving him three Olympic medals in Vancouver and five in his career. Not bad for the New Hampshire native and new dad. (Read more in the New York Times.) We dug up some skiing training tips from a few years back, so you, too,…

Olympics 2010: Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler – Interview, Video, More

We have been huge fans of snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler for a while now—so much so that we made her one of our Adventurers of the Year in 2008 for her decision to take a year to snowboard in the backcountry (watch a video of her in action). During yesterday's Olympic halfpipe competition, Bleiler nailed her…

Olympics 2010: Skier Lindsey Vonn Wins Gold, Here’s Why

This afternoon American skier Lindsey Vonn took home downhill gold in Vancouver, despite a shin injury that nearly kept her from competing. A few months back, writer Greg Melville examined the unlikely qualities that make Vonn perhaps the best American downhiller ever. Here's a look at what he discovered. Lindsey Vonn can’t remember her first…

Next Weekend: Hiking Olympic National Park’s Big Tree Hall of Fame

Why else did Bill Gore invent waterproof-breathable fabric? It was, of course, for hikers to don while exploring Olympic National Park’s fecund, ferny Quinault Valley in the winter, when most of its sopping 12 annual feet of rain falls. You get to slog the valley’s temperate rain forest—one of the world’s rarest ecosystems—in its most…