Category archives for Adventurers of the Year

Suffering for the Fun of It

This summer, The North Face climbers Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold decided to enchain all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks, which wouldn’t be that notable, except for the fact that they were going to try to do it without cars. Over the course of three epic weeks of pain and suffering, the quirky duo who—had never done…

“While talent plays a role in these people’s feats and their successes, it’s not what makes their ideas a reality. It’s grit, creativity, passion, kindness, and love—that’s the human spirit.” Last Thursday we announced our new Adventurers of the Year. This year’s group includes 13 people who have pursued a life of adventure on their own…

Jeremy Jones at the office. Photo by Clark Fyans My organization, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), has always been concerned with connecting the adventure and science communities. Both communities are very diverse, and from an adventurer’s point of view we’ve worked with the entire spectrum. Although we think that weekend warriors and average Joes can (and…

Last Monday Brazilian Carlos Burle almost lost his tow partner, Maya Gabeira, then rode what many are calling the biggest wave in the history of surfing in Nazaré, Portugal. The official measurements aren’t in yet, but however the numbers fall, it is not a ride, or a day that will soon be forgotten. Almost as…

While Hugh Jackman is being fawned over by a horde of reporters down the street, David Lama sits on a hotel patio in the midst of movie directors and European starlets awaiting his next interview. There is a stillness to him that draws the attention. He maintains a certain economy of movement that is almost…

About a year ago, I made the wild and—now that I look back at it—very wise decision to pack up my belongings and point my Subaru north. A few weeks earlier, my friends at Sweetgrass Productions had invited me to spend the winter in a place called “Valhalla,” otherwise known to mere mortals as Nelson, British Columbia.…

Yesterday the trailer for VALHALLA (watch it on iTunes georiot.co/1ZKv), Sweetgrass Productions’ upcoming film, hit the Internet stiring much excitement and speculation from the ski/snowboard community. For the past two years, the Sweetgrass boys—Ben Sturgulewski, Zac Ramras, Michael Brown, and Nick Waggoner—have been stationed in Nelson, British Columbia, exploring what it means to find freedom in a place…

Summer Outdoor Retailer, the gear trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah, started with a hike with Andrew Skurka, who is designing a new line of hiking gear for Salomon, and interviewing folks at the lake about kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

Today news broke that Alex Honnold will be climbing an undisclosed building live on the National Geographic Channel this fall. Honnold will be working with Pete Mortimer and the Sender Films team, whose previous collaborations resulted in the classic adventure film Alone on the Wall and the follow-up Honnold 3.0. Though their Emmy Award-nominated 60 Minutes profile made…

From high atop the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin lets go of the brake levers. She aims her bike straight down the deserted road through the flatlands. Four young Afghan women—members of the country’s first female bike race team—do the same. As the small peloton picks up…

Each Thursday in June we’ll be featuring a different film from the MoveShake film series. This week’s film is about Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain and a 2013 Adventurer of the Year. When you meet Shannon Galpin, you’re immediately affected by the glowing energy that fuels her work with her nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain. Mountain2Mountain focuses on improving women’s…

The draw of the distant and inhospitable peaks of this world is in my blood. My father Alex Lowe and now stepfather Conrad Anker have enough first accents, daring rescues, and cardinal accomplishments in the high mountains all over the world to outdo most anyone in the history of the climbing. For a young man…

Six exceptional individuals were honored last night at the National Geographic Society’s 125th Anniversary Gala celebration for their efforts to lead exploration, advance scientific understanding, conserve natural resources and expand knowledge of the world. At the sold-out event held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., National Geographic Society CEO and Chairman John Fahey…

Each Thursday in June we’ll be featuring a different film from the MoveShake series. This week’s film is about Gregg Treinish, founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. He is also a 2013 Emerging Explorer and 2008 Adventurer of the Year. Ghandi said to “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” But,…

What’s it like to be nominated for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year? How do you build a life and career out of your passion? On May 28 at 7 p.m. mst Business of Fun is hosting a hangout with some of our 2013 Adventurers of the Year—Jeremy Jones, Shannon Galpin, Steve Fisher, and Josh Dueck to…

“I’ve come to realize we all crave inspiration…. People really aren’t that jaded and cynical after all. When we can bring people along to share adventures, they are moved, and the result is amazing. The best part is that one inspiration will trigger the next. That’s how we all keep moving forward.” —Felix Baumgartner, 2013 People’s…

CASCADA – THE TEASER from NRS Films on Vimeo. For their upcoming film Cascada, extreme kayakers Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, and Galen Volckhausen teamed up with climbers/filmmakers Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix, and Skip Armstrong to hunt the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall … and the perfect shot. It’s pretty sweet when…

Sweetgrass Productions director Nick Waggoner was named one of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year for Solitaire, a film that artfully depicts a two-year, human-powered ski odyssey around South America. Since getting to know the Sweetgrass team—which also includes Ben Sturgulewski, Michael Brown, and Zak Ramras—we are confident these guys will continue to capture and redefine…

There’s a moment in Sender Films’s new documentary Honnold 3.0 that is utterly terrifying to watch. At age 27, Alex Honnold has emerged as the world’s premier free-solo rock climber. In the film, he’s in the first leg of his “Yosemite Triple”—an attempt to climb the three biggest faces in the Valley, Mount Watkins, El…

Photograph courtesy Tony Di Zinno Shannon Galpin is one of ten 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Vote every day for the People’s Choice! On her most recent trip to Afghanistan in late October, human rights advocate Shannon Galpin returned a bit of the nation’s own culture. In a series of life-size photographs, the Colorado resident delivered…

A snowboarding pioneer risked his career to usher in a new era of exploration in the world’s wildest mountain ranges. Vote for Jeremy Jones See photos of all ten Adventurers of the Year! “There is no longer anywhere in the world that I consider too hard to get to,” says big-mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones. In…

Among the world’s best big-wave surfers, a Chilean and conservationist turns in one of the best barrel rides of all time. Vote for Ramon Navarro See photos of all ten Adventurers of the Year in action! “In my dreams, I’d never thought a wave could be that perfect,” says Chilean surfer Ramon Navarro of the…

Ultra trail runner and adventurer Lizzy Hawker wins the holy grail of epic trail races for the fifth time. Vote for Lizzy Hawker for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year See photos of all ten Adventurers of the Year in action! When Lizzy Hawker first entered the famed Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), a staggering…

Last Friday we announced the ten inspising 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Each has shown a long-term commitment to striving, suffering, and rejoicing in adventure—in diverse ways. They prove that great adventures do still exist. Now you must decide which one will become the new People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for 2013 by voting every day for…

My life moves from one trip to the next, typically a solo adventure documenting the last wild animals that we share this planet with. It’s a dream come true for me, without a doubt, and I feel very lucky to do what I do. However, the more time I spend alone, the more I realize…