Category archives for Adventure Travel

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…

Prior to venturing into the realm of ice climbing, the only thing I knew about Ouray, Colorado, was that it was the setting for Anne Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. Apart from that, the small Victorian mountain town may be most known to climbers for the annual Ouray Ice Festival. This year marked the 20th anniversary. Ouray…

Find out what it takes to chase big adventure dreams in our live Google+ Hangout on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m. EST. 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 some sponsor support. But…

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…

To take climbing to the next level, you have to innovate, which is just what Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did to complete one of the most significant ascents in climbing history. The achievement represents the realization of Caldwell’s vision to find a way to free climb the Dawn Wall—widely considered too steep and too difficult for…

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…

17,200ft to 11,200ft – Denali January 12, 2015 Photo: West Buttress Ridge – by Lonnie Dupre Dupre called today at 15:57(CST) via his satellite phone at 14,200ft. He started his ascent from 17.2K to the summit at 5am Alaska time, arriving at 20,320ft(Summit) 2pm and arriving back at 17.2K at 5:15pm. For the summit, Lonnie…

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…

Read our profile of Tommy Caldwell, “Climber on Historic Yosemite Attempt Faces Yet Another Fateful Choice,” and see photos and video from this climb. Even the grip of a professional world-class rock climber sometimes isn’t enough to hold onto an iPhone. This week, Tommy Caldwell, one of the two climbers currently vying to complete 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…

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…

After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike. Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional mountain athlete and filmmaker from Telluride, Colorado,…

Oh snap. The hardest pitch got sent by both of us tonight. I might be in a little shock right now. The route is taking a toll on our fingertips as we are now both climbing with taped up fingertips, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing us down too much. Oh yeah!!!! Phot by…

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…

Do you remember your first bicycle? Maybe it appeared on Christmas morning under the tree, or in the living room on your sixth birthday. It had a basket and streamers…or racing stripes…or both. It was your rocket ship, your ride to a new world. The neighborhood was your galaxy. Your parents convinced you to ride…

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…

This expedition will be featured in the July 2015 edition of National Geographic magazine. See our live blog coverage of this expedition here >> A photo posted by Renan Ozturk (@renan_ozturk) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:28pm PDT I’ve been home from Myanmar for nearly three weeks. The first week I was running on adrenaline—taking my…

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.…

Ross Donihue and Marty Schnure received a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. I’m riding shotgun in a diesel Mitsubishi 4×4 truck as we take curve after curve of washboard dirt roads. Beads of sweat form on my forehead as we take a hairpin turn and I roll down my window to gulp the fresh air.…

“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…

Climbing Beyond Cartels

How rock climbing is saving youth from gangs and drug cartels in Mexico Imagine as a kid never having been told that he or she could become something in life. Then add extreme poverty, domestic abuse, gang violence, and drug cartels to your experience of everyday life. Now try to imagine where you would have ended…

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…

We caught up with Alastair Humphreys, one of our past Adventurers of the Year, on his new book Microadventures, his new film on crossing the Arabian Peninsula in Wilfred Thesiger’s footsteps, and his new challenge, Adventure 1000, encouraging people to save $1,000 to see that living adventurously is more affordable than most people think. Get to know…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “I have actually never tried to climb an unclimbed mountain, so this was totally new for me,” says mountaineer Melissa Arnot, seen here with Ben Jones about 100 feet below the summit of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal. They made the first ascent of…