Category archives for Adventurers of the Year

This Sherpa Woman Is Our Adventurer of the Year

Adventure is sometimes criticized as being selfish—the pursuits of privileged people with time to burn. At National Geographic, our definition of adventure is a broad one, spanning exploration and conservation, the pushing of the boundaries of human potential, cultural boundary breaking, community building, and humanitarianism. Our 2016 Adventurer of the Year honorees reflect this diversity, from…

10 Days Left to Pick the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Sharing a love for the outdoors shapes your entire life—your family, friends, free time, fitness, priorities, politics, and your sense of purpose on this great spinning planet. It changes your perspective on pop culture, consumerism, and what it means to “live well.” Through outdoor adventure we are empowered to strive for goals, break the status…

Explore Mont Blanc Like a Superstar Athlete with Google’s New Street View

Ever dreamed of skiing iconic Mont Blanc, or climbing or even running to its summit? Why not do it today? Building on the recent Street View project that mapped the vertical walls of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Google has just released an immersive and interactive Street View of Mont Blanc. The world-famous peak is considered ground…

A Year in the Wilderness: Feeling Winter’s First Arctic Blast – Week 14, Post 8

The cold stung my face when I unzipped the tent door and ventured out. The sled dogs remained curled in tight balls, with their furry tails draped over their noses to conserve heat. Only Acorn lifted her head to sniff the air and let out a short, playful howl to acknowledge my presence. The wilderness…

A Year in the Wilderness: The Sled Dogs Arrive – Week 13, Post #7

Our best Christmas presents arrived a few days late this year, and instead of being delivered on Santa’s sleigh, they arrived by dog team. On January 2, our 102nd day in the wilderness, we spotted a dog team gliding silently across Newfound Lake. Eight dogs lopped along in unison, pulling local musher and county commissioner,…

Follow the Adventurers of the Year on Instagram

Last November we announced the 2015 Adventurers of the Year and invited you to vote every day through January 31 for the People’s Choice. Now in our 11th year of celebrating the world’s most inspiring adventurers, we have established a pretty spectacular crew of people who continue to define the human spirit in unique ways…

What Was Ropeless Climber Alex Honnold’s Closest Call?

When I called Alex Honnold for this interview, the first thing he asked was whether I had read his new book, Alone on the Wall, which he co-wrote with David Roberts.  I think he was fishing a bit because I’ve heard from a few people that he throws me (aka as “Mr. Safety”) under the…

The Best Adventure Films of 2015

This year, we saw adventure films rise above the expected action and adrenaline to tell rich stories of the triumph of the human spirit. With abundant winter storm warnings across the country, what better time to cozy up on the couch with some of the year’s best—after your powder turns and hot tub soaks, of course.…

A Year in the Wilderness: Winter Arrives in Earnest – Week 11, Post #6

By the time we were ready to start hauling the canoe across the ice, the packs were covered in a layer of white. The winter’s first blizzard was bearing down on us and our food pack was uncomfortably light. We needed to move closer to the wilderness boundary in hopes of rendezvousing with a couple…

A Year in the Wilderness: Hauling Over Thin Ice – Week 10, Post #5

The cold stung my face as I opened the tent and stepped into the inky blackness. Stars dotted the sky and the ice sang as it grew, emitting low muffled, pulsing groans into the still night air. I grabbed the axe and headed down to the lake. My headlamp’s narrow beam illuminated wolf tracks on…