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Follow the Adventurers of the Year on Instagram

Last November we announced the 2015 Adventurers of the Year and invited you to vote every day through January 31 for the People’s Choice. Now in our 11th year of celebrating the world’s most inspiring adventurers, we have established a pretty spectacular crew of people who continue to define the human spirit in unique ways…

What Was Ropeless Climber Alex Honnold’s Closest Call?

When I called Alex Honnold for this interview, the first thing he asked was whether I had read his new book, Alone on the Wall, which he co-wrote with David Roberts.  I think he was fishing a bit because I’ve heard from a few people that he throws me (aka as “Mr. Safety”) under the…

Video: The Art of Climbing Castles in the Sky

World-class rock climber Sonnie Trotter takes us on his backyard quest, which resulted in Canada’s first multi-pitch 5.14, in this first film by photographer/climber Ben Moon (Denali, Rabbit Island), just released today. Castles in the Sky is a meditation on what inspires Trotter to seek what hasn’t been done and the process he uses to complete it. And now Trotter has…

The Best Adventure Films of 2015

This year, we saw adventure films rise above the expected action and adrenaline to tell rich stories of the triumph of the human spirit. With abundant winter storm warnings across the country, what better time to cozy up on the couch with some of the year’s best—after your powder turns and hot tub soaks, of course.…

A Year in the Wilderness: Winter Arrives in Earnest – Week 11, Post #6

By the time we were ready to start hauling the canoe across the ice, the packs were covered in a layer of white. The winter’s first blizzard was bearing down on us and our food pack was uncomfortably light. We needed to move closer to the wilderness boundary in hopes of rendezvousing with a couple…

Watch: On a Tiny Island in one of the World’s Largest Lakes, Artists Explore Wilderness 

On undivided, uninhabited, undeveloped Rabbit Island, described as “a 90-acre speck amidst 3,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of fresh water,” a revolving ensemble of artists is contemplating our modern connection to nature in the Great Lakes country of Michigan. Photographer and climber Ben Moon recently brought his own artist’s eye to the island to create this short film. “My intent…

Faster, Bigger, More Extreme: A ‘Point Break’ Remake for Today’s Hard-Charging World

The 1991 release of Point Break was a perfect preface to the next decade, in which adventure sports, then called extreme sports, rose out of obscurity and gripped the mainstream consciousness in a big, bold way. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), this campy film, now a cult classic, tells the…

Did Surfing Legend Kelly Slater Build the World’s Most Perfect Wave?

And what does it mean for surfing? As his technological feat is revealed, the surf world contemplates a game changer. A perfect, head-high, barreling wave has just been discovered. It doesn’t depend on the weather, or the swell, or even the ocean itself—and it’s always flawless. The first to surf it? Sporting icon and 11-time…

Directors of Toughness: Patagonia – You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get [Sponsor Content]

This is the last of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed. Patagonia slapped me across the face. However, the aggressors in this situation were the elements. A storm during…

These Two Patagonia Mapmakers May Have the Best Job Ever

In January 2013, I set out with my Maps for Good colleague Marty Schnure to create the first print and interactive map for the Patagonia National Park project. I was about to turn 23 and had just spent the better part of a year working with Marty to fundraise and plan the cartographic expedition to…