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Directors of Toughness: Alaska – Turn Going Into Growing [SPONSOR CONTENT]

This is the first 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. Before we got back to camp after a day spent ice climbing on the Knik Glacier…

Veterans Climb North America’s Tallest Peak to Heal the Wounds of War

Update: Writer Chris Kassar just won gold for this story in the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association awards. Congrats to all involved! Eight puffy figures tethered together by two neon orange ropes creep slowly and methodically along a snow-covered ridge, barely a boot-width across. Each team member carefully places one foot in front of the…

Opinion: Denali Redux?

On August 30, on the eve of President Obama’s mission to Alaska to sound the warning about climate change, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that 20,237-foot Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, would officially be renamed Denali—a Tanana Athabaskan cognomen meaning “the High One” or “the Big One.” (See incredible recent photos of…

Denali: A New Film About a Man, His Dog, and Saying Goodbye

Update: Meet Ben Moon’s new puppy >> If you’ve been touched by cancer or you’ve been blessed to have an animal friend in your life, you’ll want to watch Denali. As a juror at the 5Point Film Festival that awarded this film “Best of the Festival,” I can report that it was the one film the jury agreed…

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…

Polar Explorer Makes First Solo January Summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley

17,200ft to 11,200ft – Denali January 12, 2015 Photo: West Buttress Ridge – by Lonnie Dupre Dupre called today at 15:57(CST) via his satellite phone at 14,200ft. He started his ascent from 17.2K to the summit at 5am Alaska time, arriving at 20,320ft(Summit) 2pm and arriving back at 17.2K at 5:15pm. For the summit, Lonnie…

Update: Sky Runner Kilian Jornet to Attempt Aconcagua Speed Record

Over the past decade we have celebrated the inspiring feats of more than a hundred Adventurers of the Year. It’s no surprise that each of these people has continued to innovate and push the boundaries what adventure means in our lives. Get to know the 10th anniversary Adventurers of the Year, then vote every day…

Kilian Jornet on Going Up and Down Denali in Less Than 12 Hrs. Next: Elbrus, Aconcagua

Mountain endurance athlete Kilian Jornet set a new speed record on 20,322-foot Mount McKinley, or Denali, in Alaska, on June 7, 2014. The 26-year-old Catalonian’s ascent and descent took 11 hours and 48 minutes, which was five hours faster than the previous record of 16 hours 46 minutes set by Ed Warren in 2013. Jornet used skis…

Kilian Jornet Named 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

We take our selection of the Adventurers of the Year very seriously. We want to find just the right mix of people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of adventure, whether that’s through feats of elite outdoor athleticism and exploration or giving back to the community in authentic ways. We…

Skiing Denali: The Fast Way Down

Gripped, edges in on the 60-degree slope, and terrified beyond my wits, it slowly occurred to me that skiing Denali’s Rescue Couloir had not been the best idea in these conditions. Looking down the gullet of Rescue from just below 17,000-ft. camp, the idea of descending through the thin chute, lined with jagged shale incisors…