Category archives for Oceans

When my husband and I went to Kauai last September, the one thing we really wanted to do was kayak the Na Pali Coast. It’s touted as one of National Geographic’s 100 Best American  Adventures. And with good reason. Picture paddling 17 pristine miles of Kauai’s rugged and breathtaking northwestern shore. We envisioned sparkling blue…

Earlier this year, we asked 20 of the world’s best athletes and explorers to advise us on the top adventure trips within their sports for our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List. Each gave us two recommendations—one “dream trip” they hoped to do someday and one “must-do trip,” a true classic, that the rest of us should…

By Samantha Cook; photograph courtesy Roz Savage Last year, Roz Savage, 43, was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year for rowing solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Impressive enough as that was, Savage wasn't ready to retire her oars. On October 4th of this year, she completed her goal to…

By Samantha Cook; photographs courtesy O'Neill Sea Paddle NYC “Every day is paradise,” said stand-up paddleboard athlete Annabel Anderson as she looked out into the water from Pier 40 on the west side of Manhattan. Anderson quit a stressful corporate job to dedicate herself to stand-up paddle boarding, and its obvious that she has no…

By Contributing Writer Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, faculty member and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) To me, the sun in the Wind River Range means bluebird skies and long, balmy days. But to the intense Rocky Mountain sun, I’m just a strip of bacon on a frying pan. My local pharmacy…

By Mark Cosslett; photograph courtesy Nate Volk I’ve spent a fair bit of time exploring the great outdoors within close proximity of wildlife, and probably far more time in the proximity of sharks then I realize or care to consider. If you will “bear with me” here, I’d like to talk about the precautions I’ve…

By Mark Cosslett. Photograph courtesy Mark Cosslett I’ve had many friends ask what they should do to prepare to join me on a Hawaiian inter-island kiteboarding crossing, all of them expert kiters. Here's what it takes. Get FitMy first suggestion is to bike, run, swim, or whatever for fitness training. The kite skills are pretty…

Photograph courtesy Keith Ellenbogen Exploring Fiji is pretty high up on our must-see wish list—the stunning islands, the surf breaks, the marine life, the beach culture. Here's some good news from the Wildlife Conservation Society just in time for World Oceans Day (learn more about the world's seas on our National Geographic Oceans site). The…

National Geographic Explorer David de Rothschild pictured aboard the Plastiki, a boat made of post-consumer plastic bottles which embarked on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney one year ago yesterday. The expedition made de Rothschild one of our 2010 Adventurers of the Year. Op-ed by David de Rothschild; Photograph courtesy of Adventure Ecology  If…

Each day we will feature one of the 2010 Adventures of the Year here on our blog. Get to know them all in our photo gallery, then vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice award—every day. You can even vote for a new favorite each day, if you can’t pick just one. Photograph courtesy of Leven Brown The Oarsman…

Each day we will feature one of the 2010 Adventures of the Year here on our blog. Get to know them all in our photo gallery, then vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice award—every day. You can even vote for a new favorite each day, if you can’t pick just one. Photograph by Court Mast The Voyager David…

Each day we will feature one of the 2010 Adventures of the Year here on our blog. Get to know them all in our photo gallery, then vote for your favorite for the People's Choice award—every day. You can even vote for a new favorite each day, if you can't pick just one. Photograph by Court Mast The Rower Roz…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Stephane Bailliez The Scandinavians have long been known for their polar exploration so it came as a surprise to us when a Swedish woman named Annelie Pompe snatched the new free diving world record in the Variable Weight Apnea class in October. The smiley 29-year-old rode a weighted sled 126…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photography courtesy of Leven Brown In 1896, Norwegians George Harbo and Frank Samuelson rowed across the North Atlantic Ocean in 55 days and 13 hours, setting a speed record that would stand for 114 years. Last week the record was smashed by the four-man Artemis North Atlantic Rowing Challenge, skippered by an…

By Greer Schott; Photograph by PLASTIKI When Adventure first reported on David de Rothschild’s 8,000-nautical mile voyage on his plastic-bottle boat in 2008, we wondered: Was his noble goal–to raise awareness about the Eastern Garbage Patch by the sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on a boat made of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles–too lofty to…

An aerial photograph taken last week of a rip current 62 miles from the wellhead. Image courtesy of Blake Gordon We asked Surfer Foundation‘s environmental director Chad Nelsen, head of their Not the Answer anti-offshore drilling initiative, to lend some perspective on the escalating situation in the Gulf of Mexico as continued efforts to stop…

Nepal Annapurna trek, photograph by Jeremiah Cunningham, My Shot This week in adventure, the mountains are taller, the controversy fiercer, the waves bigger, and the oil slicker. Thankfully, the beasts are tamer and the expeditions are sending back some pictures that you have to see to believe.—Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINSMount Everest saw its first summits of…

Next week, Morgan Hoesterey (pictured above) and Jenny Kalmbach, both accomplished standup paddleboarders, will begin a three-week attempt to cross Hawaii's nine legendary open-ocean channels as never before. Their expedition is called Destination 3°, for the three degrees of latitude (19° to 22°) that encompass the entire archipelago. Let us put this feat into perspective:…

Just in time for World Water Day (today) and after nearly four years of development, eco-adventurer David de Rothschild has launched his most ambitious expedition yet. The Plastiki, an innovative catamaran made from 12,000 post-consumer plastic bottles, set sail on Saturday for a 100-day voyage from San Francisco to Sydney. Their mission is to witness…

Bob Ballard’s new fleet is changing how discoveries are made. Last summer, two telepresence-enabled research vessels hit the high seas. No, we’re not talking Star Trek—the E/V Nautilus and Okeanos Explorer use satellite communications to bring scientists across the globe aboard, virtually, in 20 minutes flat. The system, designed by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard…

Watch Stephen Colbert joust with oceanographer Sylvia Earle tonight on Comedy Central (11:30 p.m. EST). In her 62 years studying sea life, the National Geographic Explorer in Residence has spent 6,500 hours exploring life underwater. She’s the only untethered diver ever to have dropped 1,250 feet to the ocean floor (though the bulky hardsuit looked…

Jon Bowermaster’s OCEANS 8 project spanned a decade and took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak—and six of the expeditions turned into feature stories for ADVENTURE. One, "Storming the Islands of Fire and Ice," is featured in our (great) just released anthology, The New Age of Adventure (order a copy). We…

It’s official. British teen Mike Perham is now the youngest person to sail solo around the world, swiping the crown from American Zac Sunderland, who completed his journey only a month ago. Perham clocked in at 17 years, 5 months, and 2 weeks old, besting Sunderland’s 17 years, 6 months, and 15 days old. However,…

Text by Alyson Sheppard; Photograph: Wolcott Henry, National Geographic Animals Populations of lionfish, a football-size predatory fish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are exploding in coral reefs in the Bahamas, threatening to destroy native fish schools and the local snorkeling, diving, and kayaking businesses. Continue reading this story >>

Text by Alyson Sheppard It sounds like a classic adventure: Two young guys, who happen to work at a Welsh paper company, plan to paddle across the English Channel. The twist? They are doing it in a canoe covered in paper made from sheep dung. Lawrence Toms and Lez Paylor built their aptly named "Poo…