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Video: Jumpy, the Parkour Dog

We all think our dogs have superhero powers. Jumpy actually does. His human friend is not so bad, either.

As I step forward into my darkest fears, I hear next to me the last sound I’d expect—giggling.  I am chest deep in inky, swamp water. Somewhere ahead of me is dry land I hope, but it is nowhere in sight. Each foot forward, I expect something to bite, zap, or attack me—a lurking viper,…

Sochi Olympics: An Ode to Bode

At the top of his final super-g run on Sunday, Bode Miller leaned into a gate and his skis skipped over a depression in the snow. Already low in the turn, Miller’s weight shifted and his right shoulder touched down briefly while his edges chattered to find purchase. Miller’s skis quickly found what they were…

The U.S. has more qualifying athletes at this year’s Winter Games than any other competing country. But as of Wednesday evening, they were falling behind much smaller countries in the overall medal count. With 230 total athletes, the U.S. has more representatives than host Russia (226) and Winter Games mainstay Canada (221), with Germany (153),…

For most of us, the idea of running 100 miles is unfathomable. But for a growing number of ultra trail runners, it’s just another distance to run, over and over again. We caught up with Krissy Moehl, two-time champ of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), to find out what happens during those 100…

While on their way to the summit, the National Geographic Everest team will contend with many expeditious foils, including lack of appetite, decreasing atmospheric pressure, dubious weather, and no doubt the big chill. But regardless if you are chopping steps at 8,000 meters or kicking glides on spring snow, the laws of thermodynamics universally apply.…

Emily Harrington never thought she would climb Everest (learn more about our 2012 expedition). Even as a volunteer instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center in the shadow of Everest—which teaches Nepali climbers technical skills in rock and ice climbing, as well as safety and leadership—the thought did not occur to her. The 26-year-old is a…

  Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Erik Boomer: This is the moment where I hold my position and close my eyes as I anticipate the impact. All the work is done at this point, it is just time to enjoy the feeling of free fall. Tim Kemple: I thinking, oh crap, don’t…

This planet has a huge water problem. Luckily, there are people who are working to solve the global sanitation and water crisis. Even in the developed world, this is now our burden. The Challenge21 Team plans to help. Representing the entity Water For People,  Jake Norton, Wende Valentine, and Danielle Elkin have created a mission…

See this photo and more in our Extreme Photo of the Week Gallery >> Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Max Kuszaj: This photo is quite unique due to that fact that it was taken in the pitch dark, with minimal lighting, thus making it extremely difficult to see while skiing. My main…

Download this and other desktop wallpaper in our photo gallery >> Our own spectacular backyard is overflowing with out-the-backdoor adventure escapes. To help you keep track of them, browse our top 100 adventure towns across the country. Boulder (especially after the recent fire). Bishop. Burlington. Telluride. Tucson. Taos. Our selected towns are situated near the…

By National Geographic Adventure Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of The Adventure Life The race to build a better bike always come down to one goal: efficiency, which might be achieved through lightening the bike, or stiffening it, improving the suspension, or making it more comfortable. The reason bike builders love carbon fiber is that…

Mike Horn and his team continue their expedition from Askole to Johla to the camp at Payu, where they rest before tackling the Baltoro Glacier. June 6, 2010 The Trek to Payu We start this morning from Johla and have a 7-hour hike ahead of us to reach the camp at Payu, which lies 3,600…

See more Everest photos by Jake Norton here. MOUNTAINSThere is no doubt that mountaineering is one of the great adventure sports. It puts people in concert with the forces of nature in a way that few other pursuits can. However, what the triumphant summit pictures and unforgettable stories often fail to depict is the crushing…

Good-Bye For Now

When we launched this magazine ten years ago, we hoped it would find a community of people who cared about the subject matter as much as we did. It was heady stuff, really, the chance to tell stories about something that inspires us all: exploring the world, challenging our assumptions, making a difference. For those…

About seven years ago, NG explorer and Adventure Ecology founder David de Rothschild had an ambitious idea: to build a boat out of plastic bottles and sail from San Francisco to Sydney, stopping at the Pacific Garbage Patch and other environmentally challenged zones for an unmatched, interactive adventure. Constructing this Kon-Tiki-inspired vessel presented innumerable challenges. But now, after…

Today we announced the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, selected for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, action sports, and humanitarian work. Click through to learn about their remarkable achievements with our in-depth profiles, videos, and photo galleries, then cast your vote for the person you think best embodies the spirit of adventure by rating each of the…

Rated as one of our Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth, Explora has impressed us with its luxury eco-adventures throughout South America (think hiking through an Atacama moonscape by day, sipping Chilean wine in an open-air hot tub by night). Their Easter Island expedition even made our list of Best Trips last year. But for…

A new round of DNA tests has called into question if a skeleton found in the Utah wilderness was actually that of explorer-artist Everett Ruess (read the AP story here). ADVENTURE has been following this story since publishing a feature article by Contributing Editor David Roberts in our April/May 2009 issue. We are not aware…

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. “With the quantities of lionfish that we’ve found in…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photographs courtesy of Brett Beyer Photographer Brett Beyer has shot everything from still lifes in tiny studios in Manhattan to landscapes in California.  It should come as no surprise, then, that he jumped at the chance to photograph the emerging activity of urban free running, or parkour, as it is known…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Five months ago, at the start of the high altitude climbing season, the Internet was abuzz with speculation regarding who would become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000 meter peaks. Would it be the Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the Spaniard Edurne Pasabán, or the Italian Nives Meroi?…

Text by Annie Hay A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that scientists may have determined that the origin of the disease malaria was initially introduced to humans by chimpanzees, as reported in the Washington Post. Malaria, which causes the deaths of over one million children and adults every…

Text by Christian Camerota. Also read our review of rugged, adventure cell phones. An old adage says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But these are a few strides you might consider beforehand to prep yourself and your cell phone adequately. 1. Dial With A Green Thumb: HYmini Solar/Wind-Powered…

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ. Read more NGA travel news in First In. If Noah’s ark had off-loaded into a massive version of Yankee Stadium, the result would have looked a lot like the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The 102-square-mile caldera corrals great herds of zebras and…