Archives for April, 2012

Running: What Are the Best Training Apps?

There’s an app for everything right? It sure seems that way—and that’s especially true for runners and fitness fanatics. Do a quick search for “running” at the App Store in iTunes and more than 100 apps related to training, racing, and logging workouts pop up over several pages. Believe it or not, there is even…

Everest 2012: Mark Jenkins on the Avalanche, Cory Richards’s Evacuation

Today in Field Test: On Everest, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins recounts the recent days of drama that have transpired on Mount Everest. First there was an avalanche that tore across the route from Camp 1 to Camp 2. Just one person was caught in the slide, Nima Sherpa, who was thrown into a crevasse.…

Everest 2012: Cory Richards Evacuated

We learned this morning that our good friend Cory Richards has been evacuated from Everest (read the story). He was able to walk from Camp 2 to Base Camp on his own power. National Geographic photo editor Sadie Quarrier had just arrived in Base Camp and accompanied Cory to Lukla by helicopter (read the story). The…

Everest 2012: Max Lowe on Namche Bazar’s Modern Advances … and What May Be Lost

Max Lowe received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to document social change in Nepal’s Khumbu region alongside our 2012 Everest Expedition. The expedition is being covered live on the National Geographic magazine May edition iPad app. Read Max’s previous Everest dispatches. I delved right into my project in Namche with a visit to Kancha…

The Running Playlist: What’s Your Power Song?

For me, it’s OMD’s “Enola Gay.” A little unexpected, I know. But when that song comes up on my running playlist, I forget that my legs feel heavy and push a little harder. In fact, Dr. Costas Karageorghis, an expert on the effects of music on exercise at England’s Brunel University, suggests that people run up…

Skiing: The Great Canadian Road Trip of 2012 – Part #3 – Fernie, B.C.

In our ongoing effort to jam as much skiing as humanly possible into our Canadian skiing odyssey, we jumped in the car and started driving as soon as we finished skiing at Sunshine Village. Across the Continental Divide and south for four hours, we streaked to the skiing hamlet of Fernie, British Columbia, for our…

Outdoor Skills + Advice: Backcountry Quiche Moraine Recipe (Video)

NOLS’ local backcountry chefs Casey Pikla and Amy Rathke prove once again that backcountry food is fit for a king (or a picky princess like me). High-calorie, high-protein food is a must when you’re active all day, and what better way to pack a high-protein, high-calorie punch than a breakfast quiche before you begin the…

Everest 2012: Pete Athans on the Evolution of Nepali Guides

Few climbers know Nepal like Pete Athans. Beginning in 1981, the Washington-based high-altitude mountaineer has made regular pilgrimages to Mount Everest and other regions of the Himalaya. At last count he had participated in 16 expeditions to the world’s highest mountain, attempted five different routes, and personally summited seven times. Along the way, Athans learned…

Everest 2012: Live Daily Everest Expedition Updates Begin!

Do you want to know what it’s really like to climb Everest? To say goodbye to the people you love most, to get sick with the Khumbu Crud, to tempt fate on the treacherous ladders in the Khumbu Icefall, to be surrounded by the most iconic mountains in the world? And that’s before the climbing even starts. This…

Everest 2012: Max Lowe on Leaving Everest Base Camp

Max Lowe received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to document social change in Nepal’s Khumbu region alongside our 2012 Everest Expedition. The expedition is being covered live on the National Geographic magazine May edition iPad app. Read Max’s previous Everest dispatches. As darkness fell on my last night at Everest Base Camp, with it…