Category archives for Adventure Travel

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…

Nebraska: Float the Niobrara

Paddle a wondrous river that snakes through the heartland. What Is It? The Niobrara, a national scenic river, wanders through a sea of grass and extraordinary, fossil-filled sandstone cliffs hidden in northern Nebraska. Explore the river’s diversity with a mellow, 22-mile Class I/II weekend float from the Cornell Bridge to Rocky Ford. Camp or stop…

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…

Missouri: Fly-Fishing in the Ozarks

Land a trophy-size fish while angling the world-class waters of southern Missouri. What Is It? Imagine having exclusive entry to over a mile of private riverbank on the North Fork of the White River, considered one of the top hundred trout streams in the U.S. Head to the River of Life Farm (ROLF), and you’ll…

Spend the night at the Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge. What Is It? Explore the Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, a private, 220-acre tract located in the Flint Hills and preserved by prairie devotees. Here you can wander at will—splash in creeks, bushwhack through hills where blue-eyed grass and blue indigo bloom, and scope wild turkeys and…

A trip on a dirt road is typically the product of seeking adventure—getting to a trailhead to go mountain biking, finding a put-in for a favorite fishing spot, or heading to a cabin for vacation. But out of the four million miles of road in the U.S., more than a third are still unpaved gravel or…

“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…

In most every adrenaline sport, there is some exposure to the possibility of death as a result of participation. Watching friends Noah Clarke, Mike Dembek, and Dylan Laymen riding longboards off the pass on the Beartooth Highway, the highest paved highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains, seemed like the far side of that risk spectrum.…

From Longboarding on a Mountain Pass to Climbing with Conrad Anker in His Own Backyard No one chatted much as we trudged uphill through the forest. Mosquitos made their way into my ear each time I paused to catch my breath, and the verbal silence masked any possible diversion from the buzzing and swatting. It…

“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…

The first stop on a dirt road trip across Montana. Skiing in the summer is unsettling. Sweating in my ski boots, I feel as though I’m beating the system, breaking a rule, or otherwise disobeying nature’s cues. Winter is over. Go to the lake. Drink lemonade. Learn to build something in the basement. Conform to…

Dave Freeman and his wife Amy are two of our Adventurers of the Year. Read their profile here. A hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, America’s “Rough Rider” president, descended an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. He almost lost his life in the process and the legendary “River of Doubt” was renamed the Rio Roosevelt.…

I took a photograph the other day like I occasionally do. It started out like such an ordinary day; the sun rose from the East as it always does. The birds began to chirp and the chickens began to stir right at dawn, perfectly on time like they always are. I opened my eyes like…