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Dancing With an Octopus, or Why We Need Human Exploration

Introducing Way Finding, a new column about our sense of wild places A few months ago, I needed to talk to someone about failure. Not failure generally, but a specific form of human failure. I was thinking about how we—meaning, I suppose, humanity—had given up on ourselves by offloading certain vital, very human work to…

Exploring Indonesia by Pirate Ship

The infinite darkness and blue of a clear ocean is startling; as when we stare into the night sky, it reminds us in a very guttural sense of how small we are. The water I floated in with buoyant ease was the clearest I had ever experienced, a seemingly infinite prism for the long rays…

Adventure Video: Cave Diver Sets Record in Search of New Zealand River’s Source

Cave diving may be the most dangerous of adventure sports. But it's also an area where true exploration, going where no one has gone before, is still possible. This Australian team, led by diving physician Richard Harris, is searching for the source of a river that emerges from a cave on New Zealand's South Island.…

Sanctum: Making the 3-D Cave Diving Adventure (Yes, a Gigantic Fish Tank Was Involved)

Photograph courtesy Universal PicturesSANCTUM EXTREME ADVENTURE CONTEST: Share your best adventure story and photo for a chance to win great prizes! Find out more here.Alister Grierson, director of the new adventure film Sanctum, had never donned flippers and an oxygen tank before he signed on to join 3-D pioneers James Cameron and Andrew Wight's underwater…

Best American Adventures: Dive Freshwater Caves

  We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a…

Travel Tech: 5 Best Cases to Keep Your iPhone Dry When You Are Not

We love gadgets. Even more, we love gadgets we can take with us outdoors—which today means quite a few, what with the mobile technology revolution well underway. Leading the pack for the go-to device when you venture outdoors is, of course, the iPhone. Aside from its handy communication capabilities, the GPS chip and compass of…

Best New Trips in the World: Dive off the Coast of Montserrat

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 Montserrat. The world's far corners are now well within reach. MONTSERRAT: Dusting Off a Volcano  Fourteen years after Soufrière Hills Volcano first sent pyroclastic debris flying and…

World Class: Rare Refuge at the Philippines’ El Nido Marine Reserve

Miniloc Island Resort just might be the greenest lodge in the entire Coral Triangle, the richest ecosystem on Earth found between the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands. The buildings themselves hit all the right eco-notes, with recycled hardwood walls and roofs crafted from local thatch, but that's not the half of it. Since opening…

In the Bahamas, Invasive Fish May Become Dinner to Restore Ecosystem

Text by Alyson Sheppard; Photograph: Wolcott Henry, National Geographic Animals Populations of lionfish, a football-size predatory fish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are exploding in coral reefs in the Bahamas, threatening to destroy native fish schools and the local snorkeling, diving, and kayaking businesses. “With the quantities of lionfish that we’ve found in…

In the Bahamas, Invasive Fish May Become Dinner to Restore Ecosystem

Text by Alyson Sheppard; Photograph: Wolcott Henry, National Geographic Animals Populations of lionfish, a football-size predatory fish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are exploding in coral reefs in the Bahamas, threatening to destroy native fish schools and the local snorkeling, diving, and kayaking businesses. Continue reading this story >>