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EDITOR’S NOTE: To read Hilaree O’Neill’s first-person account of the same period of time described below, read the November 11 entry on The North Face’s expedition blog. Another one from #MyanmarClimb. Me approaching the ridge to high camp. Thanks @hilareeoneill for the photo. Still decompressing and recovering but on our way down and warmer thicker…

Mike Libecki is not typical in any way. The veteran adventurer has a goal to do 100 expeditions by his 100th birthday—and, at 41 years old, he is more than halfway there. This is a guy who truly loves to suffer—the colder, harder, longer, more remote, less known, and more challenging the better. He recently…

Photograph by Rachel Meyer We first met kayaker and filmmaker Trip Jennings after his expedition to find unrun rivers in Papua New Guinea made him a 2007 Adventurer of the Year. Since then, he has traveled the world over, from Tibet to Brazil, making adventure films about rivers in peril. His latest project, though, involves…

Here Andrew Skurka answers your questions about his 4,700-mile Alaska-Yukon Expedition.See a photo gallery from the expedition and watch for the article in National Geographic Magazine in spring 2011. 1. What would you do without your mother? — George Eichman III My mother is certainly an integral and critical part of my trips, though my father should get some…

“The challenges were daunting,” says Pete Athans of scaling a set of crumbling cliffs—more mud than rock—for the benefit of science. Last summer, the seven-time Everest summiter co-led a National Geographic expedition to Mustang, in north-central Nepal, to explore mysterious man-made cave systems carved 700 feet high into the cliffsides. “At times we were climbing…

Text by Laura Buckley If you want a whale-watching expedition with pretty much a whale-sighting guarantee, head to Baja California Sur, Mexico, where human-whale relations are on the up and up. Scientists have been studying the gray whales south of the border and, as writer Charles Siebert describes in “Watching Whales Watching Us,” (New York TImes) the…

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoIn times past, “adventure” was the unexpected and rarely welcomed side effect of exploration. With much of the world’s nooks and crannies now thoroughly treaded, mapped, and photographed, the more intrepid souls of the 21st century have to create their own adventure. That might explain why Brit Ed Stafford has decided to…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo SPACE The astronauts on the International Space Station are welcoming three more members to their crew, the BBC reports. The Soyuz TMA-15 capsule carrying three Russian astronauts docked with the space station Friday morning and discharged its crew, effectively doubling the number of men on board. Sound cramped? Well, one of…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS It was a busy week in the Himalaya last week, where, despite strong winds and bad weather on numerous peaks, determined climbers summitted on Everest, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and a host of other mountains. In an often male-dominated world, it was the women who stole the show. Edurne Pasabán is finally…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS There was death and glory in the Himalaya this week with multiple summits and no shortage of danger for the men and women on the cusp of their summit pushes. The unsteady western shoulder of Everest’s fabled Khumbu Icefall gave way on the 7th, creating a large avalanche. Explorersweb.com reports…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Headache, heartache, and triumph in the Himalaya this week with lots of acclimatization, bad weather, and even a couple of summits. Edurne Pasabán is sitting in camp 3 on Kangchenjunga, which she says on her blog is “Bonito, pero duro” (pretty, but hard), as she gets over the headaches and…

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoMOUNTAINS The Himalaya were bustling this week with climbers of all nationalities moving out of base camps in order to establish their high camps. On Everest, this mean crossing the imposing Khumbu Icefall, which is always done with a series of wobbling ladders employed as makeshift bridges over worryingly deep crevasses. You…

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…