Category archives for Adventure Travel

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, is one of longest-running film festivals in the U.S. But, this weekend extravaganza, which happens May 22-25 this year, is much more than just a place to see groundbreaking films. It’s an inspiring, invigorating event where filmmakers, artists, and agents of change from across the globe come together…

Less an actual measure, “island time” is more of a mentality, one where each day, encounter, and moment is approached with its own unique respect and sometimes painful contemplation. Island time allows plans to adjust, fail, and reform with a certain fleeting fluidity that’s reflected in the winter sun as it makes its brief journey across the northern…

Seventeen-year-old Matt Moniz of Boulder, Colorado, was attempting his Himalayan climbing season goals when the earthquake and avalanche hit. Here he explains how his team has converted their expedition into a relief mission. Follow his updates here. The sun sets as we’re driving west through fields of rice toward the mountainous Manaslu region, home of the Gurkhas,…

Despite an enduring legacy of environmental stewardship and exploration throughout the history of the United States, African-Americans comprise only a small percentage of people who routinely spend time in nature. Low rates of participation among people of color in adventure sports such as backpacking, rock climbing, downhill skiing, and mountaineering suggest troubling prospects for the…

This week we launched our new @natgeoadventure feed on Instagram—and we’re hooked! Every Friday we will share a peek at what’s posted on our feed. Tag your photos #natgeoadventure and they could get featured on our blog for #ff, or “followfriday,” too. Photo // @timkemple (Tim Kemple) ————————————————- Dangling ropeless – high over the Mediterranean in…

Errant rays of light cut the dark forest floor as the afternoon sun lay heavy over the hills below Mount Baker, Washington. The hand-crafted trail sheared methodically through the dense forest undergrowth, snaking ribbon-like through the otherwise thick green carpet of verdure and deadfall. Like a ghost in his full-face mask, Micah Evangelista emerged from the…

As humans we busy ourselves with a broad spectrum of pursuits, although the end goal is the same. Everyone is searching for a sense of belonging, purpose, and fulfillment. Whether this is finishing a novel, playing the piano, or skiing the next big line, people want to feel a sense of completeness. This feeling is given to us often in the form of the beauty of…

The horn blast sounded long and deep, resonating through the thick fog that encompassed our small sailboat. A huge cargo tanker bound for Seattle’s port was out there in the mist somewhere beyond what our eyes could detect. Its position was only notable to us by the GPS unit we watched earnestly from behind the…

How to Help Nepal

Whether you have trekked and climbed among Nepal’s majestic peaks or plan to someday, many of our hearts have been touched by the country’s people, culture, landscapes. That’s especially so in light of the earthquake and resulting avalanche that ripped through Everest Base Camp. The most recent aftershock, which triggered devastating destruction and landslides at the base of…

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…