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.

Watch: Skier’s Gravity-Defying Descent Makes ‘Powder’ History

Last weekend at the annual Powder magazine awards and soiree, 25-year-old skier Angel Collinson became the first woman to win the coveted Line of the Year award. Her winning ski descent in Alaska’s Neacola Mountains appears in the Teton Gravity Research film Paradise Waits. The Salt Lake City–based skier also won Best Female Performance and…

What Was Photographer Jimmy Chin’s Scariest Climb?

It’s not very often that a world-class climber and photographer agrees to answer any question asked—live! But that’s just what happened last week on our Nat Geo Adventure Facebook page when Chin chimed in on each inquiry posted from fans like you. We learned quite a few things about Chin, whose award-winning film Meru just made the short…

Watch: Mountain Bikers Glow and Soar on Epic Midnight Ride

The latest short film from Sweetgrass Productions is predictably epic and beautiful, though surprisingly features mountain biking instead of their true love, skiing. Check it out. Here filmmaker Mike Brown gives us a little inside scoop on how they made it happen. Where is this shot? The beginning reminds me of your glorious summer skiing…

Ski Resort or Sacred Mountain? Film Shows the Fight for Jumbo

“When we’re in the wild, we’re able to contemplate a world much greater than ourselves,” says Sweetgrass Productions filmmaker Nick Waggoner about his latest and most ambitious film, Jumbo Wild. In a format simlar to last year’s DamNation, also underwritten by Patagonia, which examined the role of non-productive, “deadbeat” dams in the U.S., Jumbo Wild explores the hotly contested…

#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 175,000 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

Update: Meet Ben Moon’s new puppy >> 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…