Category archives for Exploration

Hiking the Andes to the Amazon: Peru in the Rear View

To tap into the heartbeat of a land, you have to get up close and personal with it. This isn’t the kind of experience you can glean from a bus or train window as the scenery rushes past you. No, to really dig into a place, there’s nothing so intimate as a walking pace. Meandering…

OIA: Diving Fiji – Sustainable Travel Lessons From the Deep

Scuba diving has to be one of the greatest adventures of all. There’s nothing like donning a bunch of clunky equipment that allows you to do something you really aren’t supposed to be able to do: breathe underwater. Once you’re down there, you float along weightlessly, utterly immersed in another world. When you’re diving a…

Adventurers Needed: National Geographic Casting Engineer/Tech Wiz for New Adventure TV Series

In addition to yesterday’s post regarding NGTV’s casting call for a “team leader” on a new adventure TV show, we have yet another dream job to tell you about today: OFFICIAL CASTING NOTICE FOR ENGINEER: National Geographic seeking to hire a tech wiz to develop, customize, deploy, and modify equipment for field scientists exploring new…

Adventurers Needed: National Geographic Casting New Adventure TV Series

Our friends at National Geographic Television are gearing up to develop a new TV program that should be very interesting to all of us. The series will feature an adventure team that links up with field scientists on expeditions around the globe. Right now they are looking to cast a “team leader.”  Could it be…

The Latest #OnEverest – Update #3 – Our Climbers Head for the Summit

[View the story “The Latest #OnEverest ” on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest Storified by Mary Anne Potts · Mon, May 21 2012 15:10:03 #Himalayan #sunset from inside the #Khumbu #glacier. #OnEverest @natgeo @thenorthfaceSamuel Elias Last weekend provided a weather window that allowed teams to take to the summit. Perhaps as many as 300 people attempted…

Climber Sasha DiGiulian, 19, Makes First Female Ascent of Era Bella, 5.14d, Spain – Beautiful Photo

See more photos in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “While climbing a hard route, everything else fades away. I am only thinking about the movement in front of me, the next sequence, what I am holding on to, and my breath,” says 19-year-old climbing phemon Sasha DiGiulian, seen on Era Bella, graded 5.14d,…

First Ascent of Meru: Climbers Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk to Present at 5Point Film Festival

In October of 2011, Conrad Anker (now on Everest with our team), Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chincompleted a historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya. This was Anker’s third attempt at the climb, Ozturk and Chin’s second. The three-person climbing team had last climbed and suffered on the…

Last Words Missing—The Mystery of Sir John Franklin and Polar History’s Greatest Catastphrophe

More than six decades before Scott reached the South Pole, Sir John Franklin led an expedition into the Canadian Arctic that would turn into the greatest catastrophe in polar history. Attempting the long-sought Northwest Passage, the hypothesized shortcut from Europe to Asia, Franklin set off from England in 1845 with two powerful steam-driven ships, the…

Everest 2012: Cory Richards on Climbing Everest’s West Ridge

Alpinist and photographer Cory Richards is on the rise—literally and figuratively. He is presently making his way to Everest Base Camp as part of our 2012 expedition, which involves climbing, science, and school kids following along. Once there, Richards and his good friend Conrad Anker will prepare to make a challenging ascent of Everest’s West Ridge…

Explorers’ Last Words and Technology: From Robert Falcon Scott to Rob Hall

“Great God! This is an awful place,” wrote Robert Falcon Scott in his diary on January 17, 1912. Just hours before, Scott and his four companions had reached the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen’s team had beaten them there by a month. Nine weeks later, doomed by a combination of starvation, scurvy,…