Mary Anne Potts is the editor of National Geographic Adventure.

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

Photo // @jimmy_chin A typical day w @realwillgadd is rarely a typical day. You never know where you’ll end up. @realwillgadd climbing through a rarely formed ice tunnel in the Ghost River Wilderness outside Calgary, Alberta. A photo posted by National Geographic Adventure (@natgeoadventure) on May 14, 2015 at 4:02am PDT We’ve now been feeding…

This week we launched our new @natgeoadventure feed on Instagram—and we’re hooked! Every Friday we will share a peek at what’s posted on our feed. Tag your photos #natgeoadventure and they could get featured on our blog for #ff, or “followfriday,” too. Photo // @timkemple (Tim Kemple) ————————————————- Dangling ropeless – high over the Mediterranean in…

Photo // @timkemple (Tim Kemple) ————————————————- Searching for high ground while exploring Redwoods National Park. A week of torrential rains had left the campgrounds flooded and the miles of hiking trails layered in a thick mud — but when the sun started to burn off the fog, it revealed one of the most electric forest…

Our editors are working around the clock to bring the world’s attention to Nepal after the devastating earthquake and aftershocks. Below is a round up of all our news stories, which will continue to be updated, so you can stay informed. Find out how to help with this list of organizations. New Nepal Earthquake Is an Aftershock, And…

How to Help Nepal

Whether you have trekked and climbed among Nepal’s majestic peaks or plan to someday, many of our hearts have been touched by the country’s people, culture, landscapes. That’s especially so in light of the earthquake and resulting avalanche that ripped through Everest Base Camp. The most recent aftershock, which triggered devastating destruction and landslides at the base of…

Passing Time is our new weekly video series exploring how elite and everyday adventurers pass time in the outdoors. A new video is published on Thursdays. “On the highline my thoughts are simple and clear,” says pioneering rock climber, BASE jumper, and wing suit flyer Dean Potter. “Fundamental needs shine through the mental clutter. I…

Starting from Kathmandu at 4,600 feet, the crew from Teton Gravity Research traveled by helicopter to 24,000 feet on supplemental oxygen to capture the majestic Himalaya in this captivating short film. Shot with the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera setup, Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse are presented in crystal-clear ultra-HD footage by these aerial cinema experts. Here director Todd…

You probably remember UK-based climber Hazel Findlay from our recent National Geographic magazine story, Impossible Rock, where a team of climbers went to Oman to test the country’s deepwater soloing. Some of the photos from that assignment, captured by Jimmy Chin, became instant classics. You may also have seen Findlay featured in the Reel Rock film…

“While I was perfectly aware of the danger, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rare chance to experience the incredible energy of the Earth’s underlying forces,” says Sam Cossman, who one month after quitting his tech job found himself peering into the lava lake of a volcano in the South Pacific. Ambrym’s…

Updated 2-17-2015 “If 67 years young can do it, you can do it, too.” — Aleksander Doba, who made the longest open-water solo kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in history. The votes have been counted—a record-setting 521,000 of them. Our People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year  award goes to Atlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba. “It was the vote…

Last night Meru, the new film sharing the story of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s quest for one of alpinism’s great prizes, won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. Mount Meru is located in the Indian Himalaya at the sacred headwaters of the Ganges. The 21,000-foot peak, considered to be the center of…

In the new feature documentary Meru, which premiered last Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk share the story of making the coveted first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Mount Meru. The 21,000-foot peak in northern India, considered the center of the universe in Hindu cosmology, had seen more…

Last night the highly anticipated film Meru, featuring the ascent by Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—all longtime members of the National Geographic family and grantees—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film tells the story of the team’s historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the…

Find out what it takes to chase big adventure dreams in our live Google+ Hangout on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m. EST. Join the event here: Our 2015 Adventurers of the Year have challenged boundaries, redefined what’s possible, launched environmental movements, and built community. Each has lived with commitment to chasing big dreams. Sure, they are talented. And many have…

Yosemite Valley captured the attention of the world yesterday as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the spectacular first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, bringing interest in climbing in the valley to a fever pitch. This flame of Yosemite climbing enthusiasm sparked last fall with the release of Sender Films’s Valley Uprising (read about the…

Watch the last minutes of the historic first free climb of the Dawn Wall route on Yosemite’s El Cap. We’re cheering for you, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Joregeson! We know this: * There are about 40 people on top of El Cap waiting. * Kevin’s father is there. Kevin’s friends are there. They brought bottles…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “Like climbing icebergs in an ocean of sand” is how ice climber and consummate adventurer Will Gadd described ascending the melting glaciers on 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, in late October 2014. “The ice is really old, so it fractures very dynamically and easily—it’s…

While rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson take a rest day on their attempt to make the first free ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall route on El Capitan (they are now in day 16 on 3,000-foot granite monolith), here’s a look at a completely different and spectacular adventure recently completed by Tommy and fellow ace climber Alex Honnold—the first…

As we eagerly watch and wait to see what happens on the upper reaches of El Capitan as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson work through their attempt to make the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, here’s a fantastic bonus scene from Sender Films’ Valley Uprising, the multi-award-winning feature film on the history of rock…

Kilian Jornet, our 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of Year, just set a new ascent-descent record on Aconcagua (22,837 feet or 6,902 meters), the Western Hemisphere’s highest peak, as part of his Summits of My Life project. His time was 12 hours 49 minutes following the normal route, with a start and finish in Horcones. This route…

Calling all outdoor adventurers: Today we are launching a Your Shot photography assignment just for you. Our guest photo editor is none other than the accomplished photographer and climber Jimmy Chin. Submit your best shots of outdoor adventure to Your Shot until January 12, 2015, for the chance to catch our eye. We’ll be commenting on photo submissions…

“I love the skiing down the best, but I don’t love the skinning up,” says 11-year-old Lilliana Libecki about her recent sailing-skiing expedition with her dad, Mike, to the Antarctic Peninsula. It was Lilliana’s very first expedition with her father, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Expeditions Council grantee, and veteran of 50-some remote expeditions. “I…

Adventure educators Amy and Dave Freeman arrived in Washington D.C. last Tuesday—by canoe. Over the past hundred days, the couple has paddled and portaged 2,000 miles from their home in Minnesota to our nation’s capitol, collecting signatures on their 20-foot fiberglass canoe to show their commitment to keeping the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wild. “When…

Over the past decade we have celebrated the inspiring feats of more than a hundred Adventurers of the Year. It’s no surprise that each of these people has continued to innovate and push the boundaries what adventure means in our lives. Get to know the 10th anniversary Adventurers of the Year, then vote every day…