Category archives for Adventure Travel

You probably remember UK-based climber Hazel Findlay from our recent National Geographic magazine story, Impossible Rock, where a team of climbers went to Oman to test the country’s deepwater soloing. Some of the photos from that assignment, captured by Jimmy Chin, became instant classics. You may also have seen Findlay featured in the Reel Rock film…

“While I was perfectly aware of the danger, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rare chance to experience the incredible energy of the Earth’s underlying forces,” says Sam Cossman, who one month after quitting his tech job found himself peering into the lava lake of a volcano in the South Pacific. Ambrym’s…

A man in a Speedo is no match for a curious sea lion. Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh and his team came to that conclusion pretty quickly last Friday when one of the massive marine mammals began to stalk Pugh less than 200 meters into a planned one-kilometer crawl in the waters of Campbell Island, located…

A year after their award-winning film came out, the DamNation filmmakers share a look at the growing public support for “deadbeat” dam removal in the U.S. This past summer, a demolition crew used a battery of explosives to destroy the last section of the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River in northwestern Washington…

“I was amazed when I hit 40, and now I’m starring down the barrel of 50. Making it this far is a surprise to many, including me.” Will Gadd, 47, has long been known for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in ice climbing—as well as paragliding and kayaking. Most recently he and Sarah Hueniken…

Last night Meru, the new film sharing the story of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s quest for one of alpinism’s great prizes, won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. Mount Meru is located in the Indian Himalaya at the sacred headwaters of the Ganges. The 21,000-foot peak, considered to be the center of…

In the new feature documentary Meru, which premiered last Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, 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 seen more…

Last night the highly anticipated film Meru, featuring the ascent by Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—all longtime members of the National Geographic family and grantees—premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film tells the story of the team’s historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the…

Prior to venturing into the realm of ice climbing, the only thing I knew about Ouray, Colorado, was that it was the setting for Anne Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. Apart from that, the small Victorian mountain town may be most known to climbers for the annual Ouray Ice Festival. This year marked the 20th anniversary. Ouray…

Find out what it takes to chase big adventure dreams in our live Google+ Hangout on Friday, January 30, at 1 p.m. EST. Join the event here: Our 2015 Adventurers of the Year have challenged boundaries, redefined what’s possible, launched environmental movements, and built community. Each has lived with commitment to chasing big dreams. Sure, they are talented. And many have…

Yosemite Valley captured the attention of the world yesterday as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the spectacular first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, bringing interest in climbing in the valley to a fever pitch. This flame of Yosemite climbing enthusiasm sparked last fall with the release of Sender Films’s Valley Uprising (read about the…

To take climbing to the next level, you have to innovate, which is just what Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did to complete one of the most significant ascents in climbing history. The achievement represents the realization of Caldwell’s vision to find a way to free climb the Dawn Wall—widely considered too steep and too difficult for…

Watch the last minutes of the historic first free climb of the Dawn Wall route on Yosemite’s El Cap. We’re cheering for you, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Joregeson! We know this: * There are about 40 people on top of El Cap waiting. * Kevin’s father is there. Kevin’s friends are there. They brought bottles…

17,200ft to 11,200ft – Denali January 12, 2015 Photo: West Buttress Ridge – by Lonnie Dupre Dupre called today at 15:57(CST) via his satellite phone at 14,200ft. He started his ascent from 17.2K to the summit at 5am Alaska time, arriving at 20,320ft(Summit) 2pm and arriving back at 17.2K at 5:15pm. For the summit, Lonnie…

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “Like climbing icebergs in an ocean of sand” is how ice climber and consummate adventurer Will Gadd described ascending the melting glaciers on 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, in late October 2014. “The ice is really old, so it fractures very dynamically and easily—it’s…

While rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson take a rest day on their attempt to make the first free ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall route on El Capitan (they are now in day 16 on 3,000-foot granite monolith), here’s a look at a completely different and spectacular adventure recently completed by Tommy and fellow ace climber Alex Honnold—the first…

Read our profile of Tommy Caldwell, “Climber on Historic Yosemite Attempt Faces Yet Another Fateful Choice,” and see photos and video from this climb. Even the grip of a professional world-class rock climber sometimes isn’t enough to hold onto an iPhone. This week, Tommy Caldwell, one of the two climbers currently vying to complete the first…

As we eagerly watch and wait to see what happens on the upper reaches of El Capitan as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson work through their attempt to make the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, here’s a fantastic bonus scene from Sender Films’ Valley Uprising, the multi-award-winning feature film on the history of rock…

We’re a week into 2015, and we have no way of knowing just yet what this year will bring. Many of us make resolutions, vows to ourselves, to ride the wild wave of our lives—both darkness and light—with some semblance of grit and grace. But would you make resolutions today without knowing if tomorrow would…

After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike. Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional mountain athlete and filmmaker from Telluride, Colorado,…

Oh snap. The hardest pitch got sent by both of us tonight. I might be in a little shock right now. The route is taking a toll on our fingertips as we are now both climbing with taped up fingertips, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing us down too much. Oh yeah!!!! Phot by…

Kilian Jornet, our 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of Year, just set a new ascent-descent record on Aconcagua (22,837 feet or 6,902 meters), the Western Hemisphere’s highest peak, as part of his Summits of My Life project. His time was 12 hours 49 minutes following the normal route, with a start and finish in Horcones. This route…

Do you remember your first bicycle? Maybe it appeared on Christmas morning under the tree, or in the living room on your sixth birthday. It had a basket and streamers…or racing stripes…or both. It was your rocket ship, your ride to a new world. The neighborhood was your galaxy. Your parents convinced you to ride…

Calling all outdoor adventurers: Today we are launching a Your Shot photography assignment just for you. Our guest photo editor is none other than the accomplished photographer and climber Jimmy Chin. Submit your best shots of outdoor adventure to Your Shot until January 12, 2015, for the chance to catch our eye. We’ll be commenting on photo submissions…

This expedition will be featured in the July 2015 edition of National Geographic magazine. See our live blog coverage of this expedition here >> A photo posted by Renan Ozturk (@renan_ozturk) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:28pm PDT I’ve been home from Myanmar for nearly three weeks. The first week I was running on adrenaline—taking my…