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33-Year-Old Grand Canyon Speed Record Broken Twice in Three Days

In a motel room outside of Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, Ben Orkin’s alarm went off at 12:30 a.m. At 2 a.m. he was planning to launch his second attempt in as many years to become the first person to beat a 33-year-old record for fastest non-motorized descent of the Grand Canyon. His first attempt, in January…

North Face Co-Founder and Conservationist Doug Tompkins Dies in Kayaking Accident in Chile

Update: For more on the life and legacy of Doug Tompkins, read “How The North Face Founder Went From High School Dropout to Millionaire Conservationist.”  North Face co-founder and conservation luminary Doug Tompkins, 72, died yesterday in Coyhaique, Chile. He succumbed to hypothermia resulting from a kayaking accident that took place in Patagonia’s General Carrera Lake, a 200-kilometer…

Atlantic Kayaker Wins 2015 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

Updated 2-17-2015 “If 67 years young can do it, you can do it, too.” — Aleksander Doba, who made the longest open-water solo kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in history. The votes have been counted—a record-setting 521,000 of them. Our People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year  award goes to Atlantic kayaker Aleksander Doba. “It was the vote…

Video: How to Make a Great Adventure Film—When You Weren’t There

Tips From Nobody’s River Director Skip Armstrong The Nobody’s River expedition was supported by a National Geographic Young Explorers grant.  Knowing and working with a handful of filmmakers, I’ve seen my fair share of the “real life” behind the finished product and much of it comes down to the editing room—or cave, as many of…

Behind the Shot: An Epic Overland Journey to Kayak the Nachvak River, Arctic Canada

See more photos like this in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “If you define adventure as being out of your comfort zone, then I would have to say the mosquitos and black flies were the most adventurous part of the trip,” says veteran expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry, one of our previous Adventurers of…

New Jersey: Paddle the Pine Barrens

See a different side of the Garden State with a paddle trip down the Mullica River. What Is It? Escape the hustle and bustle of the nation’s most densely populated state with a paddle trip through the Pine Barrens (aka Pinelands), a 1.1-million-acre wilderness valued for its clean waters, rich plant and animal life, and…

Michigan: A Grand Adventure

Tour Grand Island on foot, by bike, and by kayak. What Is It? Grand Island, located a quick boat ride from the bustling town of Munising, boasts spectacular scenery, rich history, and countless recreational opportunities. Take advantage of all this island has to offer with a multisport weekend camping adventure featuring hiking, biking, paddling, and…

Maryland: Float the Yough River

White-water raft the scenic and wild Youghiogheny River. What Is It: A white-water paddling trip on the fantastic Youghiogheny, known as the Yough, a river that begins its journey through Maryland in gently rolling farmlands only to cut north through some of the state’s most rugged mountain topography. Choose the Upper Yough if you’re looking…

Return to the Relentless River of Everest

For veteran expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry, an Adventurer of the Year who is known for running the world’s wildest whitewater, and up-and-coming Nepali kayaker Surjan Tamang, the original plan was to trek to Everest Base Camp and then check out the Dudh Kosi, a storied yet “tame” river fed from the meltwater of Everest’s infamous Khumbu Icefall…

Video: DREAM, a Kayaking Film Full of Surprises

Director Skip Armstrong’s new film DREAM, featuring a fledgling paddler, portrayed by pro Ben Marr, who imagines what it would be like to an accomplished river god, inspired the jury at the 5Point Film Festival to create a new award category: Pure Joy. Check it out to see why. Below Armstrong shares some insights about…