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Exploring the Birthplace of Sport Climbing in Europe’s Grandest Canyon

Try to imagine falling off the very top of the Empire State Building. You fall six stories, crash into your friend who is hanging out of a window trying to catch you, drop another story, break your ankle, and still have the wherewithal—and strength—to grab hold of a windowsill. Now imagine, as you hang onto…

Navigations: Tombstone White

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. We left the moraine and crossed onto the glacier. It was speckled with black stones that had plummeted down the Matterhorn’s east face. Some were small as fists, some big as barrels, but all had fallen thousands of feet at a fatal velocity. The glacier was gravity’s missile range,…

Music Wednesday: Rebel Music, Part 1
Tuareg Music: Sounds of the Sahara

Assistant Editor Ryan Bradley’s weekly exploration of great global music, in collaboration with Nat Geo Music. Video directed and edited by Anthony Subietas, produced by Ryan Bradley, with special thanks to Michael Fuchs and the Highline Ballroom. It started in a refugee camp. Or a military camp, so the story goes. It was the early…

Olympics 2008: Why Pentathletes Are the Most Beautiful

Text by Kelly Ruane With the Olympics starting up today (watch the opening ceremonies tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC), no doubt most of us are eagerly awaiting the primetime crowd pleasers—gymnastics, swimming, running, beach volleyball. But this year, it’s possible to follow any number of more obscure sports, as well, on NBCOlympics.com. The…