Category archives for Adventure Travel

One of Yosemite’s Leading Climbers Also Saves Babies’ Lives

When Libby Sauter leans over a small child in an operating room, his chest cut open to reveal his tiny heart for surgery—the most vulnerable, unstable patient in the entire hospital—the room is tense. “You have to try and be super, super organized to keep everything together because there’s so much going on,” Sauter says.…

This Man Is Living Your Tropical Island Dream Life

See all the #InaWeekend Bahamas videos. Charlie and Joyce Beede are as warm and cheerful as anyone I know, and we laughed at offhand jokes and reflected on the day’s adventure amid the crackling sound of fire and the smell of roasting garlic cooking with the fish. There was a scar here, though, and Charlie…

Bangladeshi Climber Shares Her Spiritual Journey for the Women of Her Country

Wasfia Nazreen‘s story will captivate you. We first came to know the Bangladeshi climber and activist when she was honored as one of our Nat Geo Adventurers of the Year for her quest to become the first person from her country to ascent the Seven Summits—and inspire the women and girls of her country to…

Veterans Walk 2,700 Miles to Help Their Own

“As we walked toward the ocean, I knew my wife, daughter, and sister were waiting at the finish line,” Anthony Anderson remembers. “The walk was over, and now it was about putting my money where my mouth was. I kept thinking, ‘I really wish we weren’t done.’ ” Anderson’s journey had started 155 days before,…

What Went Wrong on Everest This Season

Garrett Madison had high hopes for the 2016 climbing season on Mount Everest. The veteran mountaineering guide, who is president and founder of Madison Mountaineering in Seattle, had survived the devastating avalanche at Everest Base Camp, triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked the Himalayas on April 25, 2015. At least 20 other climbers…

First American Woman Completes Full Everest Summit Without Oxygen

They say that reaching the summit is only half the climb. And if that’s the case, it’s possible that Melissa Arnot just became the first American woman to climb Mount Everest without using supplemental oxygen. Arnot reached the summit of the 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) mountain on May 23, achieving a dream that, for her, has been…

Recent Everest Summits, Tragedies Mark Return of ‘Normal’ Climbing Season

Photo @coryrichards Climber @adrianballinger returns to the relative safety and comfort of the North Col on Everest’s North side as ChangTse rises into the building convection. Today we climbed to over 25,000 ft (7,600 m), leaving the long snow ridge behind and gaining the shattered stone that characterizes the higher reaches of the North face.…

Opinion: “Nature Has Its Rights” – Fighting for the Grand Canyon Like Martin Litton

We need more fighters like Martin Litton. We all have the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon, in no small part because of one man’s vision and his refusal to compromise. Without Martin’s will and determination to protect it from proposed dams in the 1960s, the Grand Canyon could have faced the same fate as…

Diving for Our Dinner on the Bahamas’ Wild Coast

The azure blue turned to black, silently swallowing up the spears of light that etched their way meekly into this world of the deep. Will, in his black wetsuit with a streak of gold down the side like some outlandish, otherworldly deep-sea creature, seemed as much a part of this environment as anything else. I…

Alex Lowe’s Son Reflects on Finding Closure

I don’t remember him leaving that early September morning. He probably woke up at some ungodly hour like he always did, made coffee for himself and my mom, and sat with her at the kitchen table before saying goodbye. Maybe he stepped into each of my brothers’ and my rooms for a kiss and a…