Archives for July, 2010

Interview: All-Star Paddleboarder Jamie Mitchell Reveals Training, Tactics, Survial Tips

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph courtesy of Bernie Baker It’s 32 miles from the Hawaiian island of Molokai to its northwestern neighbor, Oahu. In order to get there, you have to cross the Molokai Channel, whose Polynesian name, Ka’iwi, means “the channel of bones.” Widely considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world, the…

Gear Review: Finally, A Camera Bag That Doesn’t Say “Rob Me”

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeTry as you might, you will never blend in in the souks of Marrakesh, nor will your Nikon or Canon DSLR nor the fancy adventure camera bag you bought to protect your gear. Despite your best intentions, nothing screams “rob me” in a…

Alaska Heli-Skiing: EpicQuest’s Vertical Guarantee

By Greer Schott Heli-skiing in Alaska can be epic, but so can the weather—there’s always the risk of being grounded. When you’re making the trek all the way to Alaska, the last thing you want is your adventure vacation to turn into a sit-in-the-lodge vacation. That’s where EpicQuest’s new Ultimate Flex Package comes in. It’s…

David de Rothschild’s Plastiki Arrives in Sydney–Voyage Complete!

After sailing more than 8,000 nautical miles and spending 128 days crossing the Pacific in a boat made of 12,500 plastic PET bottles, the Plastiki expedition and her crew have safely and successfully reached their planned destination of Sydney to cheers of welcome and support. We'll have an exclusive interview with David de Rothschild in…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: This Week in Exploration

By Tetsuhiko Endo A spate of good weather has seen summits all over the Karakorum this week, according to Explorersweb.com. The third slovak climber to ever reach the summit of an 8,000er, Tomás Rigóci, topped out on Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world, while the Basque team of Alberto Iñurrategi, Mikel Zabalza,…

Photo: Alex Honnold Breaking Speed Climbing Records in Yosemite

Thanks to Tom Evans for this photo of Alex Honnold's record-setting speed climb on El Cap last month. Check out Honnold and other remarkable adventurers in our Today's Ultimate Adventurers photo gallery. We also need your tips! If you know of someone taking on an extraordinary adventure, please drop me an email at mpotts@ngs.org. Alex…

Gear Review: The Improved Casio Pathfinder PAW5000-1 GPS Watch

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When your phone has a GPS built into it, who carries a compass these days? But what about when the battery dies or you drop it in the drink and the fog rolls in and south looks like north? Short of carrying…

David de Rothschild’s Plastic-Bottle Boat Approaches End of Voyage in Australia

By Greer Schott; Photograph by PLASTIKI When Adventure first reported on David de Rothschild’s 8,000-nautical mile voyage on his plastic-bottle boat in 2008, we wondered: Was his noble goal–to raise awareness about the Eastern Garbage Patch by the sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on a boat made of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles–too lofty to…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: 5 Tips For Hiking With Vicious Swarms of Mosquitos

Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America's wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here.The section between Dawson City, YT, and Fort McPherson, NT, will be memorable for several…

Cobra Boxing in Thailand? Worse Wipeouts? Nat Geo AMAZING Shares the World’s Bizarre-But-True Tales

By Alexandra Gordon Nat Geo AMAZING! will air for a second time this Friday on NGC at 7:00 p.m. EST, showcasing the bizarre, fascinating, and outright weird events around the world. This episode of the 10-part series takes you to King Cobra Village, a small town in Thailand where cobra boxing is almost as commonplace…