Category archives for Adventure Travel

As Kilauea lava flows reach the outskirts of Pahoa and residents prepare to evacuate, Young Explorer Eric Leifer offers a tribute his dynamic and often scary island home. Nearly 31 years ago the Big Island of Hawaii changed entirely. The Pu’u O’o Vent, now a significant part of the complex plumbing system that defines the Kilauea Volcano,…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. Skier Cody Townsend tells a little about this shot from the making of the new ski film, Days of My Youth, and schools us in the delights of Alaska’s Tordillos, the dramatic mountain feature captured in this shot, and where he will…

The latest release from some of our favorite ski filmmakers showcases the creativity, visual mastery, and commitment to excellence that define Sweetgrass Productions. And this time, they did it all at night. “We had an odd life of eating pancakes at 9 p.m. and drinking end-of-day beers at 9 a.m.,” says director Nick Waggoner of…

At this point, most of us have probably read the stories about the tragic events over the past week in Nepal. On October 14, Cyclone Hud Hud brushed the Nepali Himalaya on its way inland from the Bay of Bengal. It caused blizzard conditions, rapid snow accumulations, and avalanches that had deadly consequences for the…

See Nepal trekking photos from our Your Shot community. Here’s a look at the top stories so far about the recent avalanches and blizzard in northern Nepal, including the high point of the popular Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La or Thorong Pass. So far at least 26 lives have been lost. National Geographic: Site of Deadly…

In the winter of 2014, I set out for the Peruvian Andes with my great friends and trusted adventure partners, Thomas Woodson and Sam Seward. The trip was fueled by the ever evolving need to make each adventure bigger and more thrilling than the last. We went in search of high alpine single track in…

Starbucks Via might have revolutionized backcountry coffee consumption, but when it comes right down to it, it’s still…Starbucks. And it’s still coffee, not that rich, aromatic elixir of the gods known as espresso. But a new, ingenious little device coming out early next year could brighten those dark desperate hours when you’re craving something more…

The latest film from Danny MacAskill, an artist on two wheels and one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, is breathtaking. In his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Danny takes his mountain bike on a dizzying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Learn more about Danny MacAskill here: http://on.natgeo.com/v7IKEI  

Jenny Nichols is a filmmaker focused on global conservation issues. Xavier Beam is standing in his backyard on the banks of the Peace River in British Columbia, Canada. He’s holding a fishing pole and shading his eyes to watch his younger brothers paddling in a tiny canoe. I ask him about the proposed Site C…

While the deaths of JP Auclair, one of our 2014 Adventurers of the Year, and Andreas Fransson have sent the ski community reeling, the skiers leave behind a rich legacy. We honor them here and share new details about the accident and attempt to rescue them. At approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, September…

Brace yourself for a round of widespread fascination with all things hiking, especially thru-hiking, as Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, comes to the big screen this fall, with Reese Witherspoon in the starring role. Danner has even created a special women’s boot, worn by Witherspoon in the movie — I only got a sneak peek and…

In front of a standing-room only audience in Boulder, Colorado, on Tuesday, big-mountain skier Lynsey Dyer fueled ski stoke with the premiere of her all-female film Pretty Faces: The Story of a SkierGirl. The film didn’t just light a match, it burned down the house, eliciting elated cheers from women who were fired up to…

Where are the best places near your home to immerse yourself in autumn splendor? Here are some off-the-beaten-path favorites on the East Coast. The crunch of leaves marks my steps through a mosaic of yellows and oranges. In front of me, a maple glows red as the low sun filters through its canopy. I lift…

On June 22, 2013, Felix Starck set out on the journey of a lifetime.  His goal was quite simple really: to pedal his bike around the globe.  Over the next 365 days Felix would ride nearly 11,200 miles through 22 countries and live on to tell the tale.  His new film Pedal the World, an…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “If you define adventure as being out of your comfort zone, then I would have to say the mosquitos and black flies were the most adventurous part of the trip,” says veteran expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry, one of our previous Adventurers of…

Even the insects in their silence seemed to know that 4 a.m. was not the time to be up and about, but there we were waking up again before the sun had even blinked an eye. As the morning stars flickered through the pine forest canopy over our campsite, we quickly made breakfast, packed up…

Dave Freeman and his wife Amy are two of our Adventurers of the Year. Read their profile here. Wilderness and adventure go hand in hand; they are part of our national heritage reaching back to Lewis and Clark, Alexander McKenzie, and others who explored and mapped the vast expanses of North American wilderness. Fifty years ago this…

After countless thousands of miles, including multiple loops through the state of Montana driving both four- and two-wheeled vehicles, I have made a ton of mistakes and planning errors when it comes to dirt-road road trips. This list of ten tips is derived from that misery—and hopefully serves to increase your time spent having fun.…

Half a century of climbing comes to life in the new film Valley Uprising. “It’s not just a film about climbing, but about living life in this very free, present way where the focus of one’s existence is experiential, not materialistic,” says Pete Mortimer, co-director of the upcoming feature documentary Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution,…

On Saturday, legendary snowboarder and Adventurer of the Year Jeremy Jones will premiere Higher: The Final Chapter on his home turf in Squaw Valley, California. Following up on his previous films Deeper and Further, this time Jeremy shares his own personal story and his evolving relationship with risk. Here the ten-time Big-Mountain Rider of the Year and founder of…

Wiggling toes (and tires) in the dirt We all know the distinct freedom provided by the outdoors. The melodic silence of nature conspires with our earthly, if not primordial, desires for escape from what the world has become. Our indulgence in the modern norm blinds us from the dirt beneath our feet. For most of…

Montana: Climb Granite Peak

Take a two- to four-day weekend to tackle the highest point in Montana. What Is It? Take on a burly 20- to 24-mile round-trip backpack excursion to top out on one of the most difficult high points in the 50 states. Granite Peak, an imposing chunk of rock located in the Beartooth Range, towers over…

New Jersey: Paddle the Pine Barrens

See a different side of the Garden State with a paddle trip down the Mullica River. What Is It? Escape the hustle and bustle of the nation’s most densely populated state with a paddle trip through the Pine Barrens (aka Pinelands), a 1.1-million-acre wilderness valued for its clean waters, rich plant and animal life, and…

Check this classic Northeast challenge off your bucket list. What Is It? Push your limits by hiking from one end of the Presidential Range to the other. This challenge, located in New Hampshire’s famed White Mountains, involves walking 20 to 24-plus miles over stout, mountainous landscape and gaining a total of 8,500 to 10,000 feet…

Nevada: Discover the Ruby Mountains

Explore “Nevada’s Swiss Alps” on foot. What Is It? Nevada has a lot more to offer than the lights, casinos, and showgirls of Las Vegas. Take your time getting to know some of its more natural features with a day hike or backpacking journey through the rarely visited Ruby Mountains, located 20 miles south of…