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Exploring the Cold Coast: Surfing Tofino – Dispatch #7

It has been raining on and off all day, and will continue all week. Or year round for that matter. We find ourselves constantly camping in these conditions, and I’m slowly learning why. When water particles add up between camera and subject, the light diffuses into something soft and delicate. This is a contrast to…

Telluride Mountainfilm Ignites This Weekend: Preview of World-Class Films, Guests, Events

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

Aid Worker in Nepal: “Now Is the Calm Before the Storm”

David Darg’s work in Nepal was mainly focused in the Sindhupalchowk district, which is the area said to be hardest hit by the quake. He also spent several days working in Bhaktapur. Every major earthquake has its own complex set of challenges. I’ve been leading relief efforts in the days following big quakes for years. Sichuan, China,…

Four Mountainfilm Filmmakers Share How They Found Their Stories

Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, is one of longest-running film festivals in the U.S. But, this weekend extravaganza, which happens May 22-25 this year, is much more than just a place to see groundbreaking films. It’s an inspiring, invigorating event where filmmakers, artists, and agents of change from across the globe come together…

Remembering Pioneering Climber Dean Potter

More about Dean Potter: 7 Pictures Highlight Climber Dean Potter’s Extreme Moments How Dean Potter Reinvented Climbing, Jumping, Flying Wingsuit BASE jumping, which is steadily gaining a reputation for being the world’s most dangerous sport, has claimed its latest victims. Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, died from impact during a wingsuit flight from…

#FollowFriday @NatGeoAdventure: @Jimmy_Chin @Ladzinski @Andy_Mann

Photo // @jimmy_chin A typical day w @realwillgadd is rarely a typical day. You never know where you’ll end up. @realwillgadd climbing through a rarely formed ice tunnel in the Ghost River Wilderness outside Calgary, Alberta. A photo posted by National Geographic Adventure (@natgeoadventure) on May 14, 2015 at 4:02am PDT We’ve now been feeding…

Exploring the Cold Coast: Beach Camping and Waterfall Hunting – Dispatch #6

Less an actual measure, “island time” is more of a mentality, one where each day, encounter, and moment is approached with its own unique respect and sometimes painful contemplation. Island time allows plans to adjust, fail, and reform with a certain fleeting fluidity that’s reflected in the winter sun as it makes its brief journey across the northern…

Climbers’ Relief Strategy Brings Jobs, Aid to Nepal’s Remote Villages

Seventeen-year-old Matt Moniz of Boulder, Colorado, was attempting his Himalayan climbing season goals when the earthquake and avalanche hit. Here he explains how his team has converted their expedition into a relief mission. Follow his updates here. The sun sets as we’re driving west through fields of rice toward the mountainous Manaslu region, home of the Gurkhas,…

Closing the ‘Adventure Gap': Bringing Diversity to Mountain Climbing

Despite an enduring legacy of environmental stewardship and exploration throughout the history of the United States, African-Americans comprise only a small percentage of people who routinely spend time in nature. Low rates of participation among people of color in adventure sports such as backpacking, rock climbing, downhill skiing, and mountaineering suggest troubling prospects for the…

#FF @natgeoadventure: @chrisburkard @coreyrichproductions @timkemple

This week we launched our new @natgeoadventure feed on Instagram—and we’re hooked! Every Friday we will share a peek at what’s posted on our feed. Tag your photos #natgeoadventure and they could get featured on our blog for #ff, or “followfriday,” too. Photo // @timkemple (Tim Kemple) ————————————————- Dangling ropeless – high over the Mediterranean in…