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“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson In honor of Black History Month this story was excerpted from the forthcoming work of narrative nonfiction The Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills to be published this fall…

I’m on a commercial flight out of Cambridge Bay, a dusty Inuit settlement on Nunavut’s Victoria Island. My five best friends and I just completed a 1,000-mile, 58-day canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean, and I’m desperately trying to get a grip on my feelings. Since coming off the trip, I’ve found it nearly impossible…

Ben Woods and five friends are embarking on a 70-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean through Canada’s Barren Lands. With the aim of connecting three rivers—the Dubawnt, the Morse and the Armark—via a never-before-attempted upstream haul into the Morse, the team will travel more than 900 miles from Black Lake, Saskatchewan, to the Queen Maude…

Last summer, Arctic adventurer Pen Hadow led the Caitlin Ice Survey on a scientific expedition to the North Pole. Their objective was to take ice core samples to measure the average thickness of the ice and add valuable data to the discourse surrounding global warming. Avid ADVENTURE readers will recall that things got a bit…

Video: Surfing the Arctic Circle

Last spring, we followed Ed Viesturs and the Fist Ascent team as they powered their way up Everest (see the photos, videos, and dispatches). Meanwhile, First Ascent was also sponsoring a very different group of trailblazers who were pushing into just as forbidding territory, not in search of summits, but of waves.  This summer, an…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo America’s heartland is known for its farms, football, and low-key, but friendly folk. With such a humble reputation, it’s easy to forget that the Midwest has also produced some of the most intrepid American arctic explorers of the decade. Case in point, explorer Will Steger, the Minnesota native who got our…

Writer David Vann caught up with Brit James Hooper, who shared the Adventurers of the Year award with Rob Gauntlett for their ambitious 26,000-mile journey from geomagnetic pole to geomagnetic pole last year (read the feature article). Tragically Rob and his good friend James Atkinson were killed in a climbing accident in the French Alps…

Photographer Ben Horton, 25, reflects on 60 days dogsledding across Ellesmere Island with Will Steger and five other young explorers for Global Warming 101’s second expedition. Text and photographs by Ben Horton The contrast of coming home from Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Artic reminds me of a light switch being thrown on in the…