Archives for November, 2013

Suffering for the Fun of It

This summer, The North Face climbers Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold decided to enchain all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks, which wouldn’t be that notable, except for the fact that they were going to try to do it without cars. Over the course of three epic weeks of pain and suffering, the quirky duo who—had never done…

Navigations: Leap Year

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays At last we alighted on the south coast of Spain. A family of four from America, traipsing through the Málaga airport with overstuffed daypacks and four bulging duffels, four bulging bicycle boxes, and two sturdy computer cartons. Disheveled and greasy with the residua of transit, so exhausted that our…

Behind the Shot: Skier Carston Oliver on Mountain Biking Book Cliffs, Utah

See more photographs like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “I was grinning ear to ear from the amount of fun I was having and just starting to plan where I would need to get on the brakes before hitting the steep trench left by runoff at the bottom of this line,”…

Floating Utah’s Escalante River: Getting Lost to be Found Again

The Grand Staircase of the Escalante, located deep within the tortured deserts of southern Utah, was one of the last places in the United States to be mapped—yet for good reason. It encompasses perhaps the most wild and remote section of the Great Colorado Plateau, strewn with a dizzying array of deep canyons and sheer-walled…

Climbing in Afghanistan: Adventure Beyond the Lifeline

The last time Dylan Taylor saw his climbing partner, Aiden, they were peering at each other from either side of a razor-wire fence between the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, having set out on a climbing expedition 36 days earlier. At the start, neither one of them imagined that the hardest challenge wouldn’t be a first…

Video: What It Takes to Be an Adventurer

“While talent plays a role in these people’s feats and their successes, it’s not what makes their ideas a reality. It’s grit, creativity, passion, kindness, and love—that’s the human spirit.” Last Thursday we announced our new Adventurers of the Year. This year’s group includes 13 people who have pursued a life of adventure on their own…

Snowboarder Jeremy Jones Ventures to Earth’s Far Corners for Conservation

Jeremy Jones at the office. Photo by Clark Fyans My organization, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), has always been concerned with connecting the adventure and science communities. Both communities are very diverse, and from an adventurer’s point of view we’ve worked with the entire spectrum. Although we think that weekend warriors and average Joes can (and…

Adventure After Dark

When is the last time you looked at the stars? Although many of us venture outside on a regular basis to climb, hike, ski, and kayak, even the most intrepid explorers usually tuck into their sleeping bags when dusk falls. As a photographer and naturalist, I do not think that exploration should not end when…

Video: Kayaker Pinned Underwater Saved by Friends’ Quick Thinking

One of the kayakers featured in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery contacted us last week with this video from a kayaking rescue during a run of a river in the U.K. Barny Young just happened to have his GoPro camera on and documented what happened after a friend got pinned under the water.…

Big-Wave Surfer Carlos Burle on the Dramatic Rescue and Ride at Nazaré

Last Monday Brazilian Carlos Burle almost lost his tow partner, Maya Gabeira, then rode what many are calling the biggest wave in the history of surfing in Nazaré, Portugal. The official measurements aren’t in yet, but however the numbers fall, it is not a ride, or a day that will soon be forgotten. Almost as…