Category archives for Adventurers of the Year

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…

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…

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…

 See more updates and photos in our Where Are They Now gallery. Over the last ten years we’ve celebrated a hundred adventurers—some of the world’s best and brightest. We caught up with some of our previous Adventurer of the Year honorees to see how they have continued to raise the bar, redefine the limits, and…

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…

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…

“I love the skiing down the best, but I don’t love the skinning up,” says 11-year-old Lilliana Libecki about her recent sailing-skiing expedition with her dad, Mike, to the Antarctic Peninsula. It was Lilliana’s very first expedition with her father, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Expeditions Council grantee, and veteran of 50-some remote expeditions. “I…

Adventure educators Amy and Dave Freeman arrived in Washington D.C. last Tuesday—by canoe. Over the past hundred days, the couple has paddled and portaged 2,000 miles from their home in Minnesota to our nation’s capitol, collecting signatures on their 20-foot fiberglass canoe to show their commitment to keeping the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wild. “When…

We caught up with Alastair Humphreys, one of our past Adventurers of the Year, on his new book Microadventures, his new film on crossing the Arabian Peninsula in Wilfred Thesiger’s footsteps, and his new challenge, Adventure 1000, encouraging people to save $1,000 to see that living adventurously is more affordable than most people think. Get to know…

Over the past decade we have celebrated the inspiring feats of more than a hundred Adventurers of the Year. It’s no surprise that each of these people has continued to innovate and push the boundaries what adventure means in our lives. Get to know the 10th anniversary Adventurers of the Year, then vote every day…

Long journeys tend to have a few moments that stand out. Often they are the most miserable points. The points when the thoughts of a warm bed and calling it quits start creeping into the back of your head. Day 74 proved to be one of those moments for Amy and me as we work…

The latest release from some of our favorite ski filmmakers showcases the creativity, visual mastery, and commitment to excellence that define Sweetgrass Productions. And this time, they did it all at night. “We had an odd life of eating pancakes at 9 p.m. and drinking end-of-day beers at 9 a.m.,” says director Nick Waggoner of…

Long adventures usually contain a few memories or places that stick with us long after the sore muscles and bumps and blisters are gone. Being approached by humpback whales while kayaking off the coast of Alaska, dogsledding across Great Bear Lake in a blizzard, and sharing stories with a Cinta Larga elder while descending the…

The latest film from Danny MacAskill, an artist on two wheels and one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, is breathtaking. In his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Danny takes his mountain bike on a dizzying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Learn more about Danny MacAskill here: http://on.natgeo.com/v7IKEI  

While the deaths of JP Auclair, one of our 2014 Adventurers of the Year, and Andreas Fransson have sent the ski community reeling, the skiers leave behind a rich legacy. We honor them here and share new details about the accident and attempt to rescue them. At approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, September…

“The mountains are where I turn to when I need to be challenged, to be humbled, to be comforted or to find solace,” says Lizzy Hawker,  the diminutive Brit who has dominated high-altitude races around the world and one of our Adventurers of the Year. That’s why she founded the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, a 93-mile…

A 20-knot tailwind filled Yemaya’s sails and pushed us east at six knots. Her 27-foot hull rode the waves with ease and we took turns napping and reading between watches. We were sailing along Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast,” also called the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes,” a featureless coastline with few places to find protection…

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…

See all our Valley Uprising coverage. Sixty years of fascinating Yosemite climbing culture come to life in Valley Uprising, the latest Sender Films doc now globetrotting on the Reel Rock film tour. In this 90-minute documentary that was seven years in the making, we learn of daring dirtbags who have poured blood, sweat, adrenalin, and…

Two-foot rollers gently lifted the stern of our canoe as we paddled out into the sprawling expanse of Basswood Lake, an iconic lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border in the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Together, these two wilderness areas protect over two million acres of interconnected lakes and…