Category archives for Adventure Travel

Passing Time is our new weekly video series exploring how elite and everyday adventurers pass time in the outdoors. A new video is published on Thursdays. “On the highline my thoughts are simple and clear,” says pioneering rock climber, BASE jumper, and wing suit flyer Dean Potter. “Fundamental needs shine through the mental clutter. I…

From where I stood on the roof of my friend James’s building in Pioneer Square, I couldn’t help but wonder about the last time I actually slowed down enough to soak in a little winter sunset, count the dinosaur-like cranes towering over the port, or visit my sister, Susie, at Radicci to let her blow…

So begins a 14-day adventure odyssey to drive the Pacific Northwest coast from Seattle to Vancouver Island. The rocky shoreline was crowded with Sitka spruce trees, like slender green giants pressed up against the edge of the sea shrouded in a layer of morning fog. Sea birds stirred into flight with the growing light of the coming…

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…

When I discovered Jacques Cousteau and all his underwater exploits in my early childhood, I devoured and took to heart his every word. When he proclaimed that Baja’s Sea of Cortez was “the world’s aquarium,” it sparked an obsession for me to be there and experience it for myself. I’ve done exactly this periodically by…

The power of the wind blowing by at 100 miles per hour was enough to make me worry that if I turned sideways, I wouldn’t get my head pointed forward again. I was riding double, perched on the back of a KTM motorcycle, flying past saguaro and agave plants. The two-lane road we were cruising…

Matt Moniz became our youngest Adventurer of the Year at 12 years old when he climbed to the high points in all 50 United States in just 43 days. He is now 17 years old. In just a few hectic days, I’m off with climbing partners Willie Benegas and Jim Walkley for my second consecutive expedition…

What had been a slight swelling in the sea suddenly kicked up into a glassy wall of water overtaking the horizon line and cresting in white as it gained speed and proximity to the shoreline. The surfer turned with a single smooth pivot of board and body. He propelled himself with two strokes into the…

Starting from Kathmandu at 4,600 feet, the crew from Teton Gravity Research traveled by helicopter to 24,000 feet on supplemental oxygen to capture the majestic Himalaya in this captivating short film. Shot with the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera setup, Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse are presented in crystal-clear ultra-HD footage by these aerial cinema experts. Here director Todd…

The sound that jolted my awareness sounded like the roar of a jet fighter, so loud and clear, a throbbing staccato of baseline. Then it was gone. I was riding my motorcycle south on the old dirt section below San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay. The arrival of the roaring thunder, then the ensuing immaculate silence,…

As a child growing up in Hawaii, I was taught that my ancestors were navigators who voyaged great distances across the sea. A painting on my classroom wall depicted a large double-hulled sailing canoe surfing down an ocean swell toward a shoreline of lava. I remember looking at the faces of the people in the…

On the first Saturday of every month, something special happens at the Obed Wild and Scenic River in Eastern Tennessee. People of all ages gather to learn rock climbing as part of the Obed’s one-of-a-kind Coffee and Climb with a Ranger Program. The program was started by park rangers who wanted to expose visitors to…

In the dry cactus filled landscape of northern Baja, the hum of a diesel truck echoes as it begins to tow a carefully packed load into the desert sun. This trailer in tow has made it here all the way from the Hawaiian island of Kauai via Santa Cruz, California. Just before we leave every…

Simon Mtuy knows every inch of the popular hiking routes that snake up the sides of Africa’s highest mountain. A Chagga tribesman who grew up in a small village nestled in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mtuy’s first job nearly 35 years ago was to porter equipment for international climbers aspiring to tag the peak’s…

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, and rebuilding. And while that traditionally means getting to work on shedding the layers of fat you might have acquired for your long winter of hibernation, it also extends to the spirit, too: Sometimes a new daypack or pair of sunnies is just what it takes to germinate…

Read all the “Navigating Baja” dispatches. How does one become an adventurist? Let’s take a lesson from an original, Chris Mathias. Open the wooden gates and enter another world in Los Barilles, Baja California, Mexico. It’s a slice of something out of your imagination. A storybook blend of Wes Anderson meets Dr. Seuss co-mingles here…

The Adventurists Max Lowe and his new friends are taking the road less traveled on a ten-day adventure along the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico. Read all the dispatches. Follow the coast north from Cabo San Lucas along winding roads past taco stands, whale bones, and lazy brahman cattle, and you’ll find yourself in…

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…

Fifty years ago, on March 7, 1965, 600 marchers protesting for voting equality left the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma headed for the state capitol in Montgomery. Before they had even left town, the peaceful marchers were met at the Edmund Pettus Bridge with police beatings and tear gas. That violence, which was televised across…

“Climbing for me is more than a sport,” writes mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner in his latest book, My Life at the Limit. “Climbing is all about freedom, the freedom to go beyond all the rules and take a chance, to experience something new, to gain insight into human nature… For me, imagination is more important…

Whatever public profile Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson had before they free climbed the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, it certainly got a lift once they reached the top. One of their first encounters with an adoring fan took place directly in the aftermath of their ascent, in the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria where the two climbers…

You probably remember UK-based climber Hazel Findlay from our recent National Geographic magazine story, Impossible Rock, where a team of climbers went to Oman to test the country’s deepwater soloing. Some of the photos from that assignment, captured by Jimmy Chin, became instant classics. You may also have seen Findlay featured in the Reel Rock film…

“While I was perfectly aware of the danger, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rare chance to experience the incredible energy of the Earth’s underlying forces,” says Sam Cossman, who one month after quitting his tech job found himself peering into the lava lake of a volcano in the South Pacific. Ambrym’s…

A man in a Speedo is no match for a curious sea lion. Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh and his team came to that conclusion pretty quickly last Friday when one of the massive marine mammals began to stalk Pugh less than 200 meters into a planned one-kilometer crawl in the waters of Campbell Island, located…

A year after their award-winning film came out, the DamNation filmmakers share a look at the growing public support for “deadbeat” dam removal in the U.S. This past summer, a demolition crew used a battery of explosives to destroy the last section of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington…