Category archives for Adventure Towns

Missoula river surfing pioneers explore the burgeoning sport The last place I would expect to find a surf shop is Missoula, Montana, a landlocked city on the western shoulder of the Northern Rocky Mountains. That’s just what we found when we rolled into town on day six of our Montana by Dirt road trip. The…

Top ultra trail runners gathered in Silverton, Colorado, last weekend to take on the glory and suffering of the Hardrock 100, considered one of the hardest trail races in the world. Competitors ran 100 miles with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet at an average elevation of…

Colorado: Hike High

Hike from Crested Butte to Aspen. What Is It? Hike a butt-busting 11 miles from the tiny mountain hamlet of Crested Butte, over West Maroon Pass to the extravagant ski town of Aspen. From the Butte, you’ll climb 2,200 feet through patches of aspen and spruce that dapple a narrow, grassy valley. Even in summer,…

See more photos like these in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. Plan a long weekend in Jackson, Wyoming. We generally think of Jimmy Chin as an amazing photographer and climber. But his first love is skiing, stemming back to making turns in jeans as a kid in Minnesota. He went on to ski Everest.…

See more of our favorite hikes, including our feature World’s Best Hikes: Thrilling Trails I am not a mountaineer. In fact, I’m not particularly athletic. But when I found myself traveling around the island of Borneo, I could not resist an attempt at climbing Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago and the…

The best way to get kids outside, and encourage their sense of adventure, is to go with them. No adventure is too small if it awakens something within. Introducing a child to the world of adventure is one of the most rewarding things one can do.  As someone who has hiked, biked, skied, and climbed all…

See more photographs like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “I was grinning ear to ear from the amount of fun I was having and just starting to plan where I would need to get on the brakes before hitting the steep trench left by runoff at the bottom of this line,”…

Sunrise Singletrack

When I put the feelers out the night before a sunrise fall mountain biking shoot at Snowbasin Resort it was never my intention to stack the deck like this. In fact I almost felt foolish for wasting so much athletic talent on such a mellow goal. The plan was a simple one—to be on the…

Most powder junkies know there are a few regions around the globe that seem to get more than their fair share of cold smoke. For North American shredders, one of those legendary deep-snow destinations is the Powder Highway, a 680-mile stretch of road that winds through the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada. Kicking Horse…

Next Week: Powder Highway Dispatch #2 – Nakusp, British Columbia There is nothing like a good road trip to set the mind free. “Hitting the open road in search of adventure is a part of the American Dream,” said Pat Bauman, an original member of the K2 Performers. In the early 1970s, Bauman teamed up…

Sweetgrass Productions director Nick Waggoner was named one of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year for Solitaire, a film that artfully depicts a two-year, human-powered ski odyssey around South America. Since getting to know the Sweetgrass team—which also includes Ben Sturgulewski, Michael Brown, and Zak Ramras—we are confident these guys will continue to capture and redefine…

Last Friday we announced the ten inspising 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Each has shown a long-term commitment to striving, suffering, and rejoicing in adventure—in diverse ways. They prove that great adventures do still exist. Now you must decide which one will become the new People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for 2013 by voting every day for…

In the 2011 North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), Mike Foote was the first American finisher, 11th place, in the 103-mile trail race through the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. To put it in context, the race course around 15,771-foot Mount-Blanc has a combined ascent greater than Everest. Last year Mike finished in 24 hours, 25…

On Friday some of the world’s best ultra trail runners will compete in the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), the 103-mile trail race though the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. The runners’ combined ascent will take them higher than Everest. With flash weather changes from rain to snow to hail, hypothermia is a great concern. Oh, and there…

See more photos like this one in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “There are thousands of miles of columnar basalt throughout the Columbia Plateau, but Trout Creek is special,” says climber Blake Herrington, seen here on an approximately 90-foot route called Purple Pinky Eater, rated a 5.12. “For just a quarter mile or…

Adventure movie fans fortunate enough to attend 5Point or Mountainfilm festivals in 2012 got a sneak peek of an amazing film project in progress. House of Cards from Camp 4 Productions details the three-year journey of climbers Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker as they make an epic first ascent of the  Shark’s Fin…

The Japanese women appeared suddenly, smiling with their cameras and saying “excooz me” while I buckled my ski boots at the base of the Lake Louise ski area. Assuming they wanted me to take their picture, I smiled and said, “Sure,” only to have a woman lean into me with a huge smile and grab…

Read more about Chamonix, France in our World’s Best Ski Towns story. Chamonix, France is a small alpine world in a big valley. As the home to some of the highest and best concentrations of glacier-ridden steep skiing and alpine ice and rock routes on our planet, it is a hotbed for the elite mountain…

Writer Aaron Teasdale also wrote our World’s Best Ski Towns 2012 story. When winter fails to deliver the goods in the American Rockies, there’s always one thing powder-starved skiers can do: head north. From the reliably thick snowpack of interior British Columbia to the pristine slopes just over the Continental Divide in Alberta, the mountain…

By Mary Anne Potts; Photograph courtesy Red Bull Photo Files New York City is a lot of things—outdoors hot spot is not generally one of them. Last night, however, there was no cooler place to be than the premiere of The Art of Flight, the groundbreaking new snowboarding film by director Curt Morgan, the Brain…

Photographer Keith Ladzinski talks about shooting the Extreme Photo of the Week, which was part of the Steph Davis project. Download free desktop wallpaper of the image, too. Ancient Art (seen here), at Fisher Towers outside of Moab, Utah, is an exposed spire formation unlike anything else. To summit the tower you have to climb…

You probably saw this video over the weekend of the spinner shark jumping over the surfer at New Smyrna Beach, Florida? It's a rare moment caught on video—and one that might make you wonder just what you'll encounter out in the deep blue this 4th of July holiday. We asked the Surfrider Foundation weigh in…

Photograph by Nick Muzik, Caters News Agency Download the desktop wallpaper and see previous Extreme Photos of the Week. “Riding on top of Table Mountain was something I had to do,” says professional mountain biker Kenny Belaey. “The landscape is just perfect for trials—but I had to be really careful.” Belaey pulled out every daredevil…

There’s a good chance you underappreciate your favorite city—we all do. For Off Limits (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on the Travel Channel), adventurous host Don Wildman delves into the overlooked, restricted places hiding in plain sight to discover the true identities of America’s cities. He examines how our great metropolises came to flourish and…

If you've seen any of the recent Warren Miller ski flicks, then you know Jenn Berg. She demonstrated her amazing big-mountain freeskiing skills in the last five films. She's also been in pretty much every skiing—you know in those photos that are both gorgeous and shocking at the same time? We asked the Utah resident…