Archives for May, 2013

Guides Are Portals to the Outdoor World—Let’s Give Them the Support They Need

Think back to how you started on your path to adventure. Do you remember someone who took you under his or her wing and showed you the way? The seeds of your most treasured outdoor experiences probably germinated with the help of some sort of mentor—perhaps an outfitter or guide. I’m fresh on the heels…

Behind the Shot: Skier Carter McMillan Pulls Off a Perfect Backflip in Revelstoke, BC

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery >> Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Carter McMillan: At that particular moment I was focused on setting the rotation for my backflip correctly, while craning my neck to catch a quick glimpse of the landing coming up below me.…

Tonight: Google+ Hangout with Adventurers Jeremy Jones, Josh Dueck, Steve Fisher, Shannon Galpin, and Host Chris Davenport

What’s it like to be nominated for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year? How do you build a life and career out of your passion? On May 28 at 7 p.m. mst Business of Fun is hosting a hangout with some of our 2013 Adventurers of the Year—Jeremy Jones, Shannon Galpin, Steve Fisher, and Josh Dueck to…

Behind the Shot: Big-Wave Surfer Mark Healey Catches a Monster Wave at Teahupoo

Learn how the photographer got the shot and see more images like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery: http://on.natgeo.com/i3409T Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Mark Healey: I was thinking that falling wasn’t an option! A: Tell us about this wave? What was it like to ride it? M.H.: This wave…

35th Mountainfilm in Telluride Takes on Climate Solutions and Adventure in Many Forms

Celebrating 35 years of inspiration, the 2013 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, will run another exciting program of movies and speakers over Memorial Day weekend. The impressive lineup includes leading adventure athletes, environmental activists, and documentary filmmakers. Beginning with the Moving Mountains Symposium on Friday, the festival revolves around the theme of climate solutions. Here festival…

Adventure Photography Tips: Skip “Magic Hour” and Wait for the Storm (1 of 3)

Anyone who has picked up a camera has heard of  the “magic hour.”  It’s that perfect, golden light that appears an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset that landscape photographers, in particular, fall over themselves to use to capture iconic scenes across the globe. Think Yosemite, Delicate Arch, Santorini, and the likes. And…

Everest Hero Jim Whittaker on the Outdoors, Gear, and His Favorite Ice Cream

See more of Jim Whittaker in this video and portrait gallery. Read more about the state of Mount Everest in the June issue of National Geographic. The first time I met 84-year-old Jim Whittaker, a giant both in height (6’5″) and spirit, he was literally throwing around the heavy (and sharp) ice ax he used…

All African-American Team Takes on Denali – Why It Matters

Expedition Denali Short from Distill Productions, LLC on Vimeo. I’ve been told it shouldn’t matter. But as one in a handful of black professionals in the outdoor recreation industry, I can’t help being wildly excited. In June the first team of African-American climbers will attempt to reach the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the tallest…

The Powder Highway Road Trip – Dispatch #7 – Haines, Alaska (Video + Photos)

See previous dispatches >> A cold, dark winter subsides as the days grow longer and the sun’s rays intensify. The inevitable change in seasons triggers an innate response in all living creatures—bears awake from hibernation, birds take flight, and fish swim upstream. Migration is a matter of survival for certain animal species while select humans…

Lessons From Conquering a Couloir

The other weekend, I climbed my first couloir. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what a couloir was. I knew it was a mountain feature—but I figured it was somewhere in the realm of too extreme for me. I’ve always been intimated by technical mountaineering. So how did I find myself in the backcountry…