Category archives for The Adventure Life

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>  Earlier this summer I was at the beach, raving to my son about the clarity of the water. “The kelp,” I said, “it’s so golden. And the blue…I can’t remember when I’ve seen…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >>  There’s a reason why what I call the "safari shirt" hasn’t changed substantively since Hemingway was shooting elephants in it: The lessons learned from a hundred or more years of use…

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our Ultimate Hiking and Camping Gear Guide >> I’m all fired up on handplanes. The beach below my house, Salt Creek, is madness in the summer and long stretches of it are blackballed from board surfing. A perfect alternative…

  By Mary Anne Potts While fuel costs soared and the economy gasped, 2010 has actually been a great year for outdoor recreation. Good ol' camping may be more popular than ever, as reported by CNN, and national parks, such as Yellowstone, are breaking attendence records. Which means: There is no guilt in investing in…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeA few years ago, an outdoor apparel manufacturer was showing me a line of tops for men and women. All the chickie pieces had hoods available, but none of the men’s. “We can’t sell hoodies to guys in outdoor shops,” he said, which…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeI long for the day when environmentally conscious products like The North Face Tree Hugger 32 backpack ($149) are the exception and not the rule, when instead of saying, “Oh my gosh, it’s made of wool,” we say something like, “Ew, can you…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeSpend enough time studying hiking shoe specifications and you’ll notice that on paper they’re all pretty much alike. Rubber tread, squishy EVA midsole, no-slip laces, some kind of frame, exo-skeleton, or wrap-around that pulls everything nice and snug. But from those similar raw…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure LifeTry as you might, you will never blend in in the souks of Marrakesh, nor will your Nikon or Canon DSLR nor the fancy adventure camera bag you bought to protect your gear. Despite your best intentions, nothing screams “rob me” in a…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life When your phone has a GPS built into it, who carries a compass these days? But what about when the battery dies or you drop it in the drink and the fog rolls in and south looks like north? Short of carrying…

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…

   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…

Some of our favorite writers will be reading from our new anthology, The New Age of Adventure, next Monday night at the Half King in New York City. Here's the lineup: SEBASTIAN JUNGER, reading from “The Lion in Winter,” his profile of Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan warrior who fought the Taliban in the years before September 11, 2001. SCOTT ANDERSON,…

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…

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…

With 2009 already rushing in, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on your favorite online stories over the past 370 days. So here they are, the most popular stories of 2008. (Over the last year we also revamped our magazine site's RSS feed to include photos, illustrations, and more text to read.) 10.…

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…

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…