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When I was 17, I read On the Road and idolized Jack Kerouac’s narrator Sal Paradise and his pal Dean Moriarty, the Kings of the Open Road. Beyond the flat cornfield horizon of my hometown in the corner of northeast Iowa, there was more flat cornfield horizon in all directions, but beyond that was something,…

In the modern era of adventure sports and exploration it should be no surprise that one of the world’s leading freeride snowboarders would seek out the most extreme alpine lines on the planet. In 2012, when champion slope shredder Xavier De Le Rue set his sights on the continent of Antarctica, he was looking for…

When is the last time you looked at the stars? Although many of us venture outside on a regular basis to climb, hike, ski, and kayak, even the most intrepid explorers usually tuck into their sleeping bags when dusk falls. As a photographer and naturalist, I do not think that exploration should not end when…

I took a deep breath of the thin air at 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) and scanned the beautiful scene of jagged rocks, sparkling white snow, and deep blue glacier ice around me and slowly became more comfortable in my thought that we would not reach the peak of Ausangate. This is always a hard decision…

See Tim Kemple’s previous photography tips >> Beginner and amateur photographers ask me often for photography tips. As image creators, we are always learning, but there is one piece of advice I always come back to. The biggest mistake I see amateur photographers make is photographing with the sun behind their backs. Gasp … I…

Anyone who has picked up a camera has heard of  the “magic hour.”  It’s that perfect, golden light that appears an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset that landscape photographers, in particular, fall over themselves to use to capture iconic scenes across the globe. Think Yosemite, Delicate Arch, Santorini, and the likes. And…

“I forgot to pack my underwear, but I brought a headlamp!” said Winnie. By now we had known each other five days. We were in a remote, Costa Rican jungle and I couldn’t help but laugh at my new Swedish friend and expedition mate. Her parents named her after the loveable children’s character and bear,…

“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise, but if I could go to paradise without dying and see all that is there, sign me up.”  –Shelton Johnson, Yosemite park ranger, in The Way Home Sign me up, too! It sounds like an adventure. Paradise waits for us when we explore the unknown,…

“I’ve come to realize we all crave inspiration…. People really aren’t that jaded and cynical after all. When we can bring people along to share adventures, they are moved, and the result is amazing. The best part is that one inspiration will trigger the next. That’s how we all keep moving forward.” —Felix Baumgartner, 2013 People’s…

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up to September 18, 2012 blog: Grand to Grand Ultra – Gear and Training for a 160 Mile Backpacking Race  My feet were trashed.  I had excruciating blisters on top of blisters, in between, front and back, on most of the toes and pads of my feet.  My right knee…

Have you ever dreamed of a paradise so breathtaking you have to witness it in person to believe it? Welcome to Bora Bora, the “Pearl of the Pacific”—a stunning French Polynesian island that has been called heaven on Earth. Last week I ventured to this far-off land to see if it could live up to…

What do you envision when you hear the word “adventure”? I think of excitement, challenge, the unknown, and probably a little adversity. The thing about adventure is that it gets you out of your comfort zone. And it makes you vulnerable—because no matter how carefully you plan, the fact remains that you don’t really know…

On Tuesday we announced our People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year and the news made the front page of every newspaper in Nepal. Out of twelve outstanding candidates, the popular vote went to Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. In the spring of 2011, the Nepali duo climbed Everest, paraglided down (and set a new…

By Steve Graepel; Photographs from top courtesy Steve Graepel, Andrew Skurka, Rebecca Rusch, Michael Tobin The zodiac, your horoscope, tea leaves…people have been trying to make sense of human attributes since the dawn of dirt. Corporations pay big money to navigate these muddied waters and will train employees to better understand personality types to harness…

What if you could use your philosophy toward food to fuel a life of adventure? And we don’t mean digging around in your veggie garden. How about hunting octopus off Maui, crabbing in Alaska, or even gathering snails in San Francisco’s sprawling Golden Gate Park? For consummate outdoorsman Steven Rinella adventuring to eat is a…

By Keene Haywood There is only one person on the planet who can wrap up aluminum and glass and sell it to the masses in the form of a computer called the Air. That person is Apple's Steve Jobs, and he recently unveiled the new MacBook Air laptops. Incredibly thin and light as the name…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endp; Photographs and video by Mickey Smith An often overlooked fact of adventure is that outdoor photographers are often the same calibre of athlete as the men and women they capture on film. From the early Himalayan masterpieces of the Italian mountain maestro Vittorio Sella to Ansel Adams’ striking portraits of the…

Cape San Blas, Gulf of Mexico. Music by Phoenix from Mary Anne Potts on Vimeo. By Mary Anne Potts; Music "1901" by Phoenix.Indulge me for a moment and pretend this video features your family, your favorite niece, and your beach escape to the Gulf of Mexico just after the country's worst off-shore oil disaster. Or…

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…

The final episode of Lost has been filmed, and in just a few weeks we’ll know all the secrets of the island (we're joking, of course—this show is bound to leave us guessing). But what we can know, in certain terms, is what it was like to shoot on Oahu and the location of the…

Kate Siber, a Durango, Colorado-based writer, has reported five feature stories on the best trips of the Southwest for National Geographic Adventure. Her most recent, “Best of the Southwest” highlights 14 winning new journeys. Here she shares some notes from the field. After nearly eight years living in the Southwest, I finally made it to…

It has been a wild week in adventure: Man has confronted nature with every type of result, but in the end, it was the women who stole the show. —By Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Spring is always hectic in the Himalaya and 2010 has been no different. This week proved to be noteworthy for both its…

Do you have what it takes to help quell one of nature's fiercest forces, an adventure rated #22 on our Best American Adventures list? In this video, National Geographic photographer Mark Thiessen provides incredible imagery of what it's like to be inside a wild fire. It's a dangerous, dirty, deadly job. If that's a little…

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…

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Chile and Argentina. The world's far corners are now well within reach. Chile + Argentina: Trot Cross Continent This March, Patagonian guide Martin…