Archives for January, 2014

Kiteboarding in Costa Rica—Tapping into the Power of Now

You know you’re on to something good when you’re willing to travel thousands of miles for a sport, practice for days, get absolutely pummeled in the ocean, and you still want more. Welcome to kiteboarding. It’s known to be addictive—even when you face plant. I couldn’t resist trying it after witnessing the beauty and grace…

Firsts at the Sochi Olympics, Including New Skiing, Snowboarding Events

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be a series of firsts. It will be the first time the Russian Federation, formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, has hosted an Olympics (the last Olympics held in any…

Open Roads: Champ Returns to World’s Most Feared Downhill Ski Race

The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, Austria, is recognized as the world’s most difficult and feared downhill ski race. Skiers are pushed to their physical and mental limits as they kick out of the starting gate and instantly accelerate to 60 mph before launching over 100 feet through the air. The ‘Streif’ is relentless from start to…

Confessions of an Adventure Guide

“Precious” emerges from the whitewater like a newborn child escaping from the womb, eyes closed and arms flailing, in a frantic and futile attempt to escape from the rushing creek that is not too far above the temperature of the snow that feeds it.  Her eyes are as wide as the moon as she slowly…

Calling New England Watersports Adventurers—Help Save Our Oceans from Plastic Debris

When paddler/filmmaker Steve Weileman bottled his first sample of sea water off a remote, undeveloped section of the Alaskan coast, it looked transparent and pristine.  Weeks later when Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) partner scientist Abby Barrows looked at the same sample under her microscope she found what she finds in more than 85 percent of surface sea…

Video: Watch our Live Web Chat with the Adventurers of the Year – #AdvofYearChat

Thanks for voting for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year every day through January 31. A very special live web event is happening today—and you can be part of it. Five inspiring people are coming together to be part of our Adventurers of the Year Google+ Hangout at 1 pm EST. Follow the event…

Navigations: The Snowcave

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. This is the way we imagined it, Mike and I. Our kids in the mountains together, just as we were when we were kids. We talked about it whenever we were too far from home, on expeditions, lying on our backs in the tent when we should have been…

The Powder Highway Road Trip Revisited

See our dispatches from the Powder Highway Road Trip >>There is nothing like a good road trip to set the mind free.  Just step on the gas and let adventure be your guide. For those passionate about snow-covered mountains there is no better route than the Powder Highway.  This remote path in southeastern corner of British Columbia…

Re-Dreaming the Great American Road Trip

When I was 17, I read On the Road and idolized Jack Kerouac’s narrator Sal Paradise and his pal Dean Moriarty, the Kings of the Open Road. Beyond the flat cornfield horizon of my hometown in the corner of northeast Iowa, there was more flat cornfield horizon in all directions, but beyond that was something,…

Top Women Skiers Take Spotlight to Inspire Girls in Lynsey Dyer’s New Film

Girls ski too, you know. But when it comes to action sports movies, that fact isn’t always made clear. Big-mountain pro skier Lynsey Dyer aims to change that by making a film of her own. With the ambitious goal of inspiring more women to take on steep alpine terrain, she’s putting together an all-star team…