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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…

In the modern era of adventure sports and exploration it should be no surprise that one of the world’s leading freeride snowboarders would seek out the most extreme alpine lines on the planet. In 2012, when champion slope shredder Xavier De Le Rue set his sights on the continent of Antarctica, he was looking for…

On October 20th 2012, at approximately 9:35 a.m., history in the realm of human exploration was made. There was no victory parade nor a welcoming party, no medals or badges awarded. You didn’t read about it in a magazine or see it on the interwebs, for this is a tale that has gone almost entirely…

In just a few days, an expected 1,000 explorers from around the world will arrive in New York City to attend Saturday's Explorers Club Annual Dinner, the Academy Awards of exploration. Now in her third term as president of the club, Lorie Karnath (pictured) took a break from preparations to discuss exploration with a purpose,…

By Tetsuhiko Endo A spate of good weather has seen summits all over the Karakorum this week, according to Explorersweb.com. The third slovak climber to ever reach the summit of an 8,000er, Tomás Rigóci, topped out on Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world, while the Basque team of Alberto Iñurrategi, Mikel Zabalza,…

"Come hither! come hither! my little daughtèr, And do not tremble so; For I can weather the roughest gale That ever wind did blow." Those words were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1842, and although they were inspired by a storm off the East Coast of the United States in 1839, they sum up…

Longtime adventure author and editor Anthony Brandt has just released his latest work, The Man Who Ate His Boots. The intensely researched book examines the search for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of 19th-century British exploration for the shortcut it could provide to Asia. Too "civilized" to adopt any of the customs of the…

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…

This summer, National Geographic Young Explorer grantee Trevor Frost will lead a six-week expedition to Gabon in search of undocumented caves, archaeological discoveries, amazing photographs, and underground kayaking. In addition to finding clues about life in the cradle of humankind, their efforts could help Gabon’s unexplored subterranean caves receive UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Follow…