Mary Anne Potts has been editing, writing, and producing stories about outdoor adventure and exploration for more than a dozen years. As the editorial director of National Geographic Adventure, she stays closely connected to top adventurers, explorers, filmmakers, photographers, and writers to create award-winning storytelling about adventure and exploration — including scouting for the next Adventurers of the Year. Potts is also a member on the National Geographic Young Explorers Grant Committee and proud to be a part of a company that supports exploration and enjoys finding people who can inspire others about the outdoors. The Minnesota native lives in Brooklyn, New York, and enjoys skiing, running, hiking, yoga, snowshoeing, photography, and solar cooking. Her adventures have taken her from trekking in Zimbabwe to climbing Mount Rainier to diving at the Great Barrier Reef to camping in Central Park.

#FollowFriday @NatGeoAdventure – @JodyMacDonaldPhoto @KrystleJWright @ShonePhoto

Each month we add few new photographers to our incredible @NatGeoAdventure Instagram feed. Here are a few of our more recent additions. Be sure to give them a follow! See a list of our collective of adventure photographers. Photo: @jodymacdonaldphoto // While @captainlizclark keeps watch one way, her trusty sidekick Amelia the cat watches the other. If…

Getting the Shot in the High Alpine on Mount Meru: An Interview with Renan Ozturk

If you haven’t yet seen the film Meru, which opened nationwide in theaters earlier this month, you should. It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, and survival as alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk overcome their personal struggles to achieve the first ascent of Meru’s Shark’s Fin, one of alpinism’s greatest prizes, in the Indian Himalaya. Ozturk’s struggle was particularly epic. After turning around…

Friendship, Loyalty, and Life on the Edge: Jimmy Chin on His Film ‘Meru,’ in Theaters August 14

In the new feature documentary Meru, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning film in theaters August 14, 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…

Climbers Conrad Anker, David Lama Team Up in Zion, Next Nepal

It’s always exciting when different generations of climbers team up to dream up something interesting to do in the vertical realm. Case in point, legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and 24-year-old elite climber David Lama, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, recently met up in Zion National Park to see if they might make…

Follow the @NatGeoAdventure Instagram Photographers

Our @NatGeoAdventure Instagram feed is now two months old and has almost 150,000 followers, thanks to the brilliant images and ideas presented by our collective of photographers. Here’s a look at who they are (in alphabetical order) and their most popular posts so far. Follow them! Andy Bardon – @andy_bardon Photo- @andy_bardon /// Have a great weekend everybody ! I hope…

Denali: A New Film About a Man, His Dog, and Saying Goodbye

If you’ve been touched by cancer or you’ve been blessed to have an animal friend in your life, you’ll want to watch Denali. As a juror at the 5Point Film Festival that awarded this film “Best of the Festival,” I can report that it was the one film the jury agreed we all wanted to share with our…

@natgeoadventure #FollowFriday – @Renan_Ozturk @Ben_Moon @TimKemple

We are constantly thrilled by the gems appearing in our new @NatGeoAdventure feed. This week’s #followfriday highlights include Renan Ozturk (@Renan_Ozturk), whose films Meru and Down to Nothing won awards last weekend at Telluride Mountainfilm, and Ben Moon (@ben_moon), who also screened two films (Denali, Rabbit Island). We also wanted to share a special shout out to Tim Kemple (@timkemple), whose “Nepal,…

Telluride Mountainfilm Ignites This Weekend: Preview of World-Class Films, Guests, Events

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…

#FollowFriday @NatGeoAdventure: @Jimmy_Chin @Ladzinski @Andy_Mann

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…

#FF @natgeoadventure: @chrisburkard @coreyrichproductions @timkemple

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…