Archives for October, 2014

Myanmar Climb: Base Camp, Finally – Dispatch #5

I wasn’t sure if it was relief to get through the jungle, or rather a new sense of intimidation and fear to see the convoluted ridge route leading up to the summit of Hkakabo Razi. The last two days the team has emerged from the palm leaves jungle, through the pine forest, and now into…

Myanmar Climb: Death and Disaster – Dispatch #4

Photo @coryrichards The rugged topography of northern Myanmar has yielded a month of crushing overland travel just to arrive at basecamp. Over 30 porters have aided us in the approach to Hkakabo Razi. Today is our last day before setting up our basecamp and moving on to the next phase of this journey. On assignment…

Myanmar Climb: Leeches and Spiders and Flies, Oh My – Dispatch #3

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

The Hand Hatchet

How much handle do you really need? Gränsfor’s hand hatchet has a 9.5-inch shaft, weighs 1.3 pounds, and can take down small trees if circumstances demand you build an emergency cabin or suspension bridge across a wild gorge. It’s small enough to fit under your car seat, big enough to get the job done. $109…

Myanmar Climb: Solving the Mystery – Dispatch #2

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

Myanmar Climb: Welcome to the Jungle – Dispatch #1

Follow our National Geographic-The North Face team on a seven-week expedition in Myanmar (Burma) to attempt to determine the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. The adventure will take them overland by plane, train, bus, and motorbike to begin a 300-mile round-trip jungle trek across tiger reserves, into plunging gorges, over raging rivers, and through cultural…

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano’s Increased Lava Flow Causes Evacuations

As Kilauea lava flows reach the outskirts of Pahoa and residents prepare to evacuate, Young Explorer Eric Leifer offers a tribute his dynamic and often scary island home. Nearly 31 years ago the Big Island of Hawaii changed entirely. The Pu’u O’o Vent, now a significant part of the complex plumbing system that defines the Kilauea Volcano,…

New Running Apparel by Nike Has Ghostly Style

The Nike 2014 Hyperfuse apparel line has a “ghostly aesthetic,” and whether it makes you feel weightless like Casper or not, it looks very modern, very sexy, and very approachable. The transparent color-blocked nylon shell of the Tech Windrunner jacket is water- and wind-resistant and has taped seams. $150 • BUY Read more from Steve…

Behind the Shot: Skier Cody Townsend in Alaska’s Tordillos to Film Days of My Youth

Bravo to skier Cody Townsend on winning Powder Magazine’s award for the Best Ski Line of the Year, seen in the video clip above from the new ski film Days of My Youth. Here Cody tells a little about this shot from the making of the new ski film and schools us in the delights of Alaska’s…

Video: Night Skiing Like You’ve Never Seen Before

The latest release from some of our favorite ski filmmakers showcases the creativity, visual mastery, and commitment to excellence that define Sweetgrass Productions. And this time, they did it all at night. “We had an odd life of eating pancakes at 9 p.m. and drinking end-of-day beers at 9 a.m.,” says director Nick Waggoner of…