Emily Nuchols

of Under Solen Media

On an Open-Ended World Tour, Couple Uses Specialized Skills to Giveback

When Kathleen Egan told John Fiddler on their first date that she was planning on taking an indefinite leave of absence from work to take a trip around the world, he immediately said, “I’d quit my job to go do that.” And just a couple years later, they did just that. John, a veterinarian, and…

Grand Canyon Named America’s Most Endangered River

When Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument more than a century ago, he famously said: “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” Last week, American Rivers named the Grand Canyon America’s Most Endangered River. The…

Video: Adventurers Cross Baffin Island on Age-Old Inuit Routes

When you grow up on Baffin Island, Canada, with the Arctic Ocean as your backyard and world-renowned polar explorers for parents, dreaming up expeditions just becomes the norm. Sarah McNair-Landry and her brother Eric have spent their entire lives exploring untracked corners of their Arctic home. The duo received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant…

Video: The Coast – Finding Refuge in the Unknown

We’re a week into 2015, and we have no way of knowing just yet what this year will bring. Many of us make resolutions, vows to ourselves, to ride the wild wave of our lives—both darkness and light—with some semblance of grit and grace. But would you make resolutions today without knowing if tomorrow would…

Video: Sun Dog – A Skier and His Dog Share a Love of the Mountains

It’s no secret: We love our dogs. And I would venture to say that people in the mountains really love their dogs. Sun Dog, the latest film from Sturgefilm and DPS Cinematic, captures this unique and joyful bond between skier Santiago Guzman and his dog Conga in the rugged and wild peaks overlooking Bariloche, Argentina.…

Video: How to Make a Great Adventure Film—When You Weren’t There

Tips From Nobody’s River Director Skip Armstrong The Nobody’s River expedition was supported by a National Geographic Young Explorers grant.  Knowing and working with a handful of filmmakers, I’ve seen my fair share of the “real life” behind the finished product and much of it comes down to the editing room—or cave, as many of…

Adventurer Shannon Galpin’s Memoir Explores Women’s Rights and Bikes in Afghanistan

Taking action looks different for everyone. For Shannon Galpin, her action takes the form of empowering women and girls in conflict regions and her vehicle of change is the bicycle. In 2008, Shannon, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, traveled to Afghanistan for the first time. Since then she has been the first woman to ride…

Improving Women’s Rights in Afghanistan with Bikes – Join the Global Solidarity Ride 8/30

“The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony in 1986 In Afghanistan it’s not technically illegal to ride a bicycle, but a woman riding a bicycle is a deep-seeded taboo and is seen as controversial, provocative, and immoral. In this video, Shannon Galpin, a National Geographic…

Our Canyon Lands Film Series Aims to Protect Our Wild West Backyard

“We are wild creatures, and if you remove wilderness from us, you take away our human spirit.” The story of Canyonlands National Park, and the lands that border it, is a complex tale of political horse trading, pressures for resource extraction, and recreational opportunities. It is also a story of the Wild West, of a rugged…

Video: Nobody’s River – Kayakers Share Internal, External Struggles of Amur Adventure

The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two-month expedition in Mongolia and Russia. Today, the team released the trailer to their film that documents their journey along the Amur River, one of the few remaining free-flowing…