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“The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony in 1986 In Afghanistan it’s not technically illegal to ride a bicycle, but a woman riding a bicycle is a deep-seeded taboo and is seen as controversial, provocative, and immoral. In this video, Shannon Galpin, a National Geographic…

Shannon Galpin was honored as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013 for her work in Afghanistan. She will be returning to Afghanistan on Monday to distribute 50 bikes, cycling clothing, and gear to the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team and to set up the country’s first mountain bike team. Follow her adventures on Twitter…

The last time Dylan Taylor saw his climbing partner, Aiden, they were peering at each other from either side of a razor-wire fence between the border of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, having set out on a climbing expedition 36 days earlier. At the start, neither one of them imagined that the hardest challenge wouldn’t be a first…

From high atop the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin lets go of the brake levers. She aims her bike straight down the deserted road through the flatlands. Four young Afghan women—members of the country’s first female bike race team—do the same. As the small peloton picks up…

Each Thursday in June we’ll be featuring a different film from the MoveShake film series. This week’s film is about Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain and a 2013 Adventurer of the Year. When you meet Shannon Galpin, you’re immediately affected by the glowing energy that fuels her work with her nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain. Mountain2Mountain focuses on improving women’s…

Photograph courtesy Tony Di Zinno Shannon Galpin is one of ten 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Vote every day for the People’s Choice! On her most recent trip to Afghanistan in late October, human rights advocate Shannon Galpin returned a bit of the nation’s own culture. In a series of life-size photographs, the Colorado resident delivered…

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington for the Academy Award nomination for their documentary Restrepo. We spoke to Junger this summer about his deployment in Afghanistan's Korenga Valley, known as the deadliest place in Afghanistan at the time. Here is a look at the interview, again.Filmmakers Sebastian Junger (left) and Tim Hetherington…

Filmmakers Sebastian Junger (left) and Tim Hetherington in 2007 at Outpost Restrepo—Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Photograph by Tim Hetherington Bestselling author Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, both seasoned war reporters, have just released a powerful new documentary, Restrepo. In order to show the true experience of an American solider, the pair joined the…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Here at Adventure, we have the tendency to focus our climbing expedition coverage on the largest and most dangerous mountains. In doing so, it is easy to forget that, besides Everest and K2, there are 13 other 8,000-meter peaks that can often be just as challenging to climb. The Polish team of…

Last week we announced the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, selected for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, action sports, and humanitarian work. Now, for the first time ever, you can vote for the Readers' Choice Adventurer of the Year. To help you get to know them, we are going to highlight a different adventurer daily. You…

When Geoff Hann led the first tourists back into Iraq last March, people thought he was nuts. Until, that is, the trip became a headline-grabbing hit and Hann booked sold-out return excursions to Iraq—and Afghanistan—departing in October (hinterlandtravel.com). Could the British guide be onto something?  —Brendan Spiegel ADVENTURE: Let’s start with the obvious: Why guide…

Text by Cliff Ransom  This summer Greg Mortenson’s book, Three Cups of Tea, will hit 125 weeks on the best seller list. The tale of a K2 climber who started building schools in the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and its message that only education can combat the ignorance that fosters religious extremism, has inspired…

Band-e-Amir Lake Kara, the largest of six lakes. Photograph by Alex Dehgan/WCS; Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Thirty years of intermittent war have taken a toll on just about everything in Afghanistan, including its wildlife. Conflict and poaching have decimated a big cat population that once contained more species than Africa, including the now endangered snow…