Archives for January, 2016

33-Year-Old Grand Canyon Speed Record Broken Twice in Three Days

In a motel room outside of Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, Ben Orkin’s alarm went off at 12:30 a.m. At 2 a.m. he was planning to launch his second attempt in as many years to become the first person to beat a 33-year-old record for fastest non-motorized descent of the Grand Canyon. His first attempt, in January…

Hiking Peaks on an Island Paradise

Cobalt, cerulean, azure, ultramarine . . . When viewed from above, the Indian Ocean is so much more than just blue. I was standing near the top of Le Morne Mountain, a basaltic monolith on the west coast of Mauritius. From my perch, I could see a smattering of small islands, a fleet of local…

Miles from Nowhere in Patagonia

After hours of steep bushwhacking through spiny Calafate bushes in Chilean Patagonia, I cursed as another thorn impaled my leg. I was tired and hungry, my heavy wet feet squishing in boots that were soggy from crossing multiple bogs. My guide, Fernando, was 30 feet ahead—too far for me to follow his footsteps, which were…

South Pole Explorer Dies in Record Attempt

The British ex-army officer was evacuated 30 miles short of his goal. Henry Worsley, a 55-year-old British ex-army officer and veteran polar explorer, has died in his attempt to become the first person in history to cross the Antarctic continent solo, unsupported, and unaided. Worsley was attempting to complete the route proposed by Ernest Shackleton…

When Where You’ve Been Isn’t on a Map

Introducing Way Finding, a new column about our sense of wild places “Where did you come from?” The woman was small, no older than 30, I’d guess, in a big floppy hat and holding a tall walking stick, making her appear, for a moment, wizardly. She’d passed my companions without saying a word, and when…

10 Days Left to Pick the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Sharing a love for the outdoors shapes your entire life—your family, friends, free time, fitness, priorities, politics, and your sense of purpose on this great spinning planet. It changes your perspective on pop culture, consumerism, and what it means to “live well.” Through outdoor adventure we are empowered to strive for goals, break the status…

Skiers Continue to Get Caught in Avalanches. Here’s Why They Overlook the Dangers.

On January 13, at around 4 p.m., a French schoolteacher from the Lycée Saint Exupéry in Lyon escorted a group of teenage students past a ski patrol fence at the Les Deux Alpes ski resort and onto a temporarily closed run called Bellecombe. In the week leading up to January 13, about a foot of…

Explore Mont Blanc Like a Superstar Athlete with Google’s New Street View

Ever dreamed of skiing iconic Mont Blanc, or climbing or even running to its summit? Why not do it today? Building on the recent Street View project that mapped the vertical walls of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Google has just released an immersive and interactive Street View of Mont Blanc. The world-famous peak is considered ground…

A Year in the Wilderness: Feeling Winter’s First Arctic Blast – Week 14, Post 8

The cold stung my face when I unzipped the tent door and ventured out. The sled dogs remained curled in tight balls, with their furry tails draped over their noses to conserve heat. Only Acorn lifted her head to sniff the air and let out a short, playful howl to acknowledge my presence. The wilderness…

Home on the Ranch: Saddling Up With Hawaii’s Cowboys

I’m glad I didn’t ask the paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys, to wear flower leis and cowboy hats. That’s a huge pet peeve of theirs. I was in Hawaii for the Waimea Ocean Film Festival, where I was showing Unbranded, a documentary I produced about four guys, included me, who rode 16 wild mustangs across the…