Category archives for Adventure Travel

First Women Complete Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge

Update: We checked with Matt Mahoney, the Nolan’s 14 record keeper, on how the Nolan’s 14 finish is defined. He said: “Like any challenge, the participants make the rules. Traditionally, the clock stops on the last summit.” Yesterday, ultrarunners Missy Gosney and Anna Frost finished Nolan’s 14, meaning they climbed 14 14,000-foot peaks in succession over…

Meru Filmmaker Jimmy Chin on Risk, Fatherhood, and Fame—Plus Bonus “Tenthouse” Tour Video

From humble beginnings in midwestern corn country, Jimmy Chin has risen to become one of the world’s most accomplished adventure photographer-filmmakers, and this week his magnum opus, Meru, debuts in cinemas nationwide (find a theater)—a rare instance of a climbing documentary breaking out to reach mainstream audiences. It’s the story of one of the greatest…

Exploring the Birthplace of Sport Climbing in Europe’s Grandest Canyon

Try to imagine falling off the very top of the Empire State Building. You fall six stories, crash into your friend who is hanging out of a window trying to catch you, drop another story, break your ankle, and still have the wherewithal—and strength—to grab hold of a windowsill. Now imagine, as you hang onto…

Freedom to Move: Field Rhythm and Longtime Friends

My daily rhythm is typically a solo wandering in a wild landscape with crisp air and clean dirt. I feel super lucky to be able to spend a lot of time in the backcountry having experiences with wild animals, setting up camera traps, and photographing the rhythms of an animal migration. I’m a loner, and…

Freedom to Move: “A Wild Mind Sounds Pretty Good to Me”

Joe Riis is the best photographer I know. I’m biased—I get to hang out with, work with, and count some of the best National Geographic photographers as my friends. But Joe stands out. It’s partly because of his work, which speaks for itself, but it’s also because of his character and how he chooses to…

Freedom to Move: Legendary Help

Bottom line, a bunch of people helped me become a photographer. I did not do it alone, idols became friends, researchers shared years of experience, and locals gave me a place to call home. People from all walks of life, who have done all kinds of things, have stuck their necks out for me, and…

Friendship, Loyalty, and Life on the Edge: Jimmy Chin on His Film ‘Meru,’ in Theaters August 14

In the new feature documentary Meru, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winning film in theaters August 14, climbers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk share the story of making the coveted first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route on Mount Meru. The 21,000-foot peak in northern India, considered the center of the universe in Hindu cosmology, had…

Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Swiss mountaineer, best known for his daring, fast-and-light solo ascents of…

Freedom to Move: Camera Trapped

A remote camera trap is pretty simple. It’s just a normal DSLR camera connected to a motion trigger. I don’t push the shutter button, the animal trips an infrared beam, and then click, click, click. It’s really the only way to make intimate wide-angle pictures of wild animals without disturbing them. Pronghorn like to see…

Climbers Conrad Anker, David Lama Team Up in Zion, Next Nepal

It’s always exciting when different generations of climbers team up to dream up something interesting to do in the vertical realm. Case in point, legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and 24-year-old elite climber David Lama, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, recently met up in Zion National Park to see if they might make…