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By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor ofThe Adventure Life One of the cardinal rules of s'mores is that you don't promise what you can't deliver. All the fixin's were laid out and ready to go—dark chocolate, cinnamon graham crackers, marshmallows—and I started to build the fire. But the wood was so damp it…

 By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  For years, my buddies and I used to joke about “Oakleyvision”—how the world seemed so much sharper and brighter when you slipped on pair of Oakley sunglasses. Back in the day, sport sunglasses from other manufacturers didn’t seem up to quite the…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  To understand the power of the perfect cycling jacket, you need to know that I am not a morning athlete. Once I’ve had a few espressos and the sun’s climbed closer to its zenith than its morning horizon, I start to think…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life  The runaway camera of 2009 was the Olympus E-P1. Its drop-dead gorgeous retro styling took the photo world by storm, and we at National Geographic Adventure named it one of the best products of the year in our awards issue. But however…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When it comes to surfing, cold water has little to recommend it. Other than the plus of heralding the typically larger waves of winter, it also means thicker, more restrictive wetsuits, the addition of booties and hoods, and—sometimes—creepy, bitey swimming things. But…

   A new wave of smartphone apps is changing the way we get around. Text by Steve Casimiro; Photograph by Joshua Scott After a long day of shooting in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, I was heading back into Durango, starving. Where to go and how to get there? My buddy’s car didn’t have GPS, so…

Text and video by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro. There are heaps of video sharing services, but for practical purposes it comes down to two, YouTube and Vimeo, and there’s a clear choice between them. 1. YouTube If you want access to bazillions of viewers and are willing to sacrifice resolution, uploading to YouTube is…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Brunton’s Solo 3.4 battery reboots almost anything that powers off USB—cameras, PDAs, GPS units—and charges via wall outlet, vehicle port, or sunlight. The 5.2-ouncer cranks out 5.5 volts (it fueled my iPhone nine times before drying up) and, best of all, fits in the palm of your hand…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro; Photograph by Joshua Scott One strikingly clear night, I looked through the eyepiece of the Meade ETX-LS telescope, watched as the four stars of the Orion Trapezium cluster came into resolution, and then listened as the soothing and familiar voice of Sandy Wood, famous for the StarDate segments…

ALL-IN-ONE> Icebreaker’s 150-weight Velocity Zip has all the perks of wool—odor control, temperature regulation—plus one more: unparalleled comfort. The tissue-thin jersey is lighter than a T-shirt and as soft as cotton. Your go-to piece for swing-season hikes and rides ($85). DATA BANK> With an oversize rectangular screen, the Timex Expedition WS4 gives the altimeter watch a…

Not even a year ago, there were those who questioned the hoopla over the iPhone. And here we are now, secure in the knowledge that Apple’s micro-Mac isn’t just a radical new phone, it’s a revolution in computing, communication, entertainment, and connectivity. If you disagree, well, you probably don’t own one. And that’s not meant…

Can a tiny projector bring back the old-school slide show? Absolutely. The incredible shrinking of gadgetry has enabled everyone to indulge his or her inner photographer/videographer/iReporter. But showing off your goods can get tricky—especially when it involves gathering a crowd around a screen the size of a postage stamp. Now comes the portable projector. In…

Text and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Traffic is slow, but spirits are high in Salt Lake City at the gear hoedown known as Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, a.k.a. Winter OR. There's something about bookending a trade show with ski or boarding sessions in the Wasatch that gives the winter show a happy…

Mourners at a candlelight vigil in Sparwood, B.C., which lost eight young men to slides. By West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Seven Canadian snowmobilers are dead and one is missing and presumed dead after a series of avalanches hit their group in the backcountry near Fernie, British Columbia, Sunday. Also on Sunday, a snowmobiler died…

Story and photo by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro The unveiling of Jackson Hole's new $31 million aerial tram Friday night was beautifully scripted and masterfully executed. Wrapped in a white gossamer sheet like some Christo installation, it descended from the uphill darkness and coasted to the convergence of five spotlights, where it glowed in…

In this post-Prius world, plug-in vehicles promise to be the next big thing. But unless you’re willing to drop $100K on a Tesla or wait another year for the Chevy Volt, options are scarce. Hence my excitement when I discovered the Zero X electric dirt bike: It runs on lithium-ion batteries (recyclable and nontoxic), recharges…

Part of the California wildlands to be protected. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, photo by John Dittli “Vote the Environment” doesn’t stop with the culmination of the presidential election: Congress is set to protect 3 million acres of land across the United States and add safeguards to 1,000 miles of rivers—but it needs…

Red highlights new BLM off-road routes in just one of six Utah regions. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, map courtesy Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Every president scrambles to get last-minute items off their to-do list in the final days of their administration, but the Bush government is attacking the environment with a gusto…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro High-altitude climbing can cause brain damage that impairs motor skills and memory, reports a study by Italian researchers published this month in the European Journal of Neurology. Exposure to the oxygen-depleted heights of high altitudes reduced the volume and density of “white matter” near what’s called the motor…

Text and photos by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Empty shores, empty waves, the cold tang of your first October session, warm afternoons and mellow evenings—there’s nothing like sense of seaside solitude during autumn on the coast. Whether you’re in Indian summer or the perma-summer of Southern California and Florida, the beach culture never really…

Courtesy Quiksilver Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro Michael Jordan has six world championship rings. Lance Armstrong has seven Tour de France titles. Posers. Kelly Slater locked down his ninth world surfing championship on Friday in the Billabong Pro Mundaka in Spain. That’s nine. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. At age 36, Slater has become both the youngest…

NEWS UPDATES: Fossett search teams see what looks like wreckage – AP Sheriff: Wreckage Found Is Fossett’s Plane – CNN Hiker Discovers Items Linked to Missing Adventurer – NY Times Fossett’s FAA identification card, which was found Monday in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro, photos courtesy of KSRW-TV Sierra…

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro If you own one of Petzl’s extremely popular Myo headlamps, do NOT use rechargeable batteries with it. There have been 13 cases of batteries overheating and sometimes bursting into flames (and two injuries), according to Petzl and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company says there are…

Text by Steve CasimiroPhotograph by Joshua Scott Cold hands, warm heart—isn’t that how the expression goes? It’s a sweet thought, but in my greedy, powder-hungry world, cold hands mean perpetual discomfort, unhappy companions, early departure from the slopes, or some combination of the three. Which is why, though I’m usually skeptical of high-tech answers to…