Archives for February, 2011

What It Takes to Compete in Alaska’s Iditarod–Jamaican Musher Dances to Keep Warm

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Bob Hallinen, Landov, see more adventurers in our Ultimate Adventurers gallery. The long, cold winter is winding down for most of us, but in Alaska, they are gearing up for one last hurrah. That’s right, the 86th Iditarod kicks off March 6. The dogsledding race goes from Anchorage to Nome,…

Travel Tech: Smartphones’ Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Saves Travelers Time, Money

By now, we’ve come to depend on our smartphones to be very smart, smarter than we are. They solve our every logistical conundrum: Where should we eat? (Yelp.) Where are you now? (Beluga.) Where am I? (Google Maps.) And a growing number of smartphones offer a new feature that cements these devices in the center…

Travel Tech: A Case That “Doubles” Your iPhone’s Battery Life

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> Back in the pre-digital dark ages, I’d pack for long flights by loading up with stacks of magazines and a book or two. Today I still load up, but it’s with batteries and extra…

Alaska-Yukon Expedition: See Andrew Skurka’s Story in National Geogarphic Magazine

Photograph by Michael Christopher Brown. See the story, photos, and map in the March issue of National Geographic Magazine. About a year ago, Andrew Skurka embarked on the hardest expedition of his life—4,679 miles of skiing, hiking, and packrafting in wildest Alaska and the Yukon. You probably recall his thoughtful blog dispatches on this website.…

Top Five Adventures: Freeskier Jenn Berg’s Favorite Ski Spots

If you've seen any of the recent Warren Miller ski flicks, then you know Jenn Berg. She demonstrated her amazing big-mountain freeskiing skills in the last five films. She's also been in pretty much every skiing—you know in those photos that are both gorgeous and shocking at the same time? We asked the Utah resident…

Gear Review: Lightweight Backcountry Cooking With GSI Halulite Minimalist

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have gear gallery >> Anybody who’s ever seen my backcountry pantry knows I’m not a foodie. Trader Joe’s Pop-Tarts and organic ramen, that’s about the extent of it. After decades of backpacking trips where I’ll inhale anything remotely…

Top Five Adventures: Will Gadd’s Favorite Ice Climbing Spots

Ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado; courtesy Robert Turner, My ShotChampion ice climber and paraglider Will Gadd knows ice pretty much better than anyone. He's searched the world over—from frozen falls in British Columbia (he's just back from Helmcken Falls) to icebergs cruising the North Atlantic (very dangerous, not recommended)—to find the best places to enjoy…

Video: Steph Davis and Friends Make Wingsuit Flying Look Really Easy

Children of the Sky from steph davis on Vimeo. Most of us aren't this composed ever…let alone freefalling from a cliff in Switzerland. Steph Davis, known for free climbing on Yosemite's El Capitan, shares what the BASE jumping wingsuit experience is like—if you have nerves of steel—with a GoPro Hero HD camera. Keep watching for…

Trail Report From 12,500-Mile All-In Trekker Samuel Gardner

Map and photograph courtesy Samuel Gardner On January 1, 25-year-old Samuel Gardner set out on a very, very long backpacking adventure. His 12,500-mile All-In Trek is basically the Triple Crown (Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails) plus one more (the lesser-known North Country Trail). The Michigan native hopes his love of ultralight hiking will…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: Blind Thru-Hiker, 64-Year-Old Solo Kayaks Atlantic, Hardest Adventure Race Underway

Photograph by Mark Watson, Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race. See more photos like this in our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.A roundup of the latest adventure news from around the web. Triple Crown in Sight For Blind Hiker? Expeditions News reports that blind hiker Trevor Thomas, 41, plans to attempt to thru-hike the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail.…