Archives for October, 2011

Outdoor Skill + Advice: Winter Layering System Basics

By Contributing Writer Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, faculty member and Diversity & Inclusion Manager and Casey Dean, writer-editor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) As fall starts to give way to winter, the season’s dropping temperatures slowly add layers to the list of items I take on my adventures, be it climbing, camping, or backcountry skiing.…

Q+A With Pete Whittaker on Free Climbing Century Crack, Canyonlands, Utah

Photograph by Alex Ekins. See more great images in our Extreme Photo of the Week. "You climb upside down with your legs inverted inside the crack above your head the whole way," says British rock climber Pete Whittaker about completing the first free climb of Century Crack, the longest and hardest known roof crack climb…

Mountainfilm Comes to New York This Weekend

Last night we bumped into David Holbrooke, mastermind behind Mountainfilm, the world-class film festival that explores adventure, exploration, the environment, and world issues each Memorial Day Weekend in Telluride, Colorado. He gave us the skinny on what to do this weekend in New York City: Check out the incredible films and adventurers who have arrived…

Bridge Day BASE Jumping Accident – Steph Davis Says Parachutes Don’t Fail

Last weekend was the annual New River Gorge Bridge Day Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Thousands converged around 876-foot bridge for fall camping, river adventures, live music, and viewing the pilgrimage of BASE jumpers. This year, Christopher Ryan Brewer, a 27-year-old Florida resident, was among hundreds of BASE jumpers who jumped from the bridge. A You…

Gear Reviews: The Best New Cameras

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Gear of the Year 2011 – Fall/Winter. Retro Camera Photograph courtesy Fujifilm Fujifilm’s X100  At last, a great-looking retro camera that shoots as good as it looks. Fujifilm’s X100 is the runaway camera of the year, thanks to…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: A Challenge to Parents: Go Outside With Your Kids Every Day

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Field Instructor and Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School; Photograph by Julie Hwang I had the trip planned for months. Reserved two llamas from Lander Llama Company. Made and remade my packing list ten times. Took my Deuter Kid Comfort II pack on some test runs. Mapped out…

Video: In Spain, Climber Chris Sharma Preps For the World’s First 5.15c and Settles Down

Chris Sharma: A Sense Of Place from Prana Living on Vimeo. We checked in with the indefatigable Chris Sharma, known for rock climbing the hardest routes on Earth. Once a world-wandering rock hound, Sharma has now put roots down in Catalonia, Spain, the limestone epicenter for sport climbing. Far from resting on his laurels, the…

Climbers Anker, Chin, Ozturk Claim Meru’s Shark’s Fin Summit, One of World’s Most Challenging

Tents at Tapocan base camp glow in the Himalaya night. By Samantha Cook; Photographs courtesy The North Face For more than 40 years the Shark’s Fin, a route on the northwest face of the 20,700-foot Meru in the Garhwal Himalaya, eluded the attempts of some of the world's top alpinists and remained one of the…

Travel Tech: Air Display App Adds Instant Screen Real Estate on the Go

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Gear of the Year 2011 -  Fall-Winter >> The Air Display ($9.99) app solves a problem of the modern world: Not enough screen. Even on a 15-inch laptop, real estate is lacking. Processes as simple as emailing can feel…

Gear of the Year Fall-Winter 2011 Awards Are Here

Gear is close to all of our hearts. It keeps us dry and safe. It renders "bad" weather harmless. It helps us explore new places and challenge ourselves in ways we couldn't otherwise. And it just keeps getting better. For our Gear of the Year Fall-Winter 2011 awards, longtime Adventure contributor Steve Casimiro scoured the…