Tag archives for kayaking

  Adventure: What were you thinking at this moment? Erik Boomer: This is the moment where I hold my position and close my eyes as I anticipate the impact. All the work is done at this point, it is just time to enjoy the feeling of free fall. Tim Kemple: I thinking, oh crap, don’t…

On Tuesday we announced our People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year and the news made the front page of every newspaper in Nepal. Out of twelve outstanding candidates, the popular vote went to Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. In the spring of 2011, the Nepali duo climbed Everest, paraglided down (and set a new…

Over the next two weeks we will introduce each of the new Adventurers of the Year here on our blog. Be sure to cast your vote every day for the People's Choice Award. See photos of all the Adventurers of the Year! “What do you do when a polar bear charges you? We found yelling colorful language was…

Over the past few weeks, the kayaking community has come together to ask us to honor legendary paddler Hendri Coetzee in our Adventurers of the Year feature. Their voices were heard. This underground icon of the kayaking world captured the spirit of adventure on par with the world's greatest explorers. He will be greatly missed.…

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 new,…

  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…

  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…

  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…

By Tara Davis, reporting from a National Geographic Young Explorers-funded expedition to sea kayak and explore the unique cultural heritage of British Columbia's Haida Gwaii archipelago. Photographs by Lauren Sinnott and Julia DeWitt.  At dawn, paddling the east coast of Moresby island, Haida Gwaii. The sun rises in the west as the night’s silhouette slips…

By Julia DeWitt, reporting from a National Geographic Young Explorers-funded expedition to sea kayak and explore the unique cultural heritage of British Columbia's Haida Gwaii archipelago. Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago of roughly 150 islands that lies 75 miles west of the remote coastal town of Prince Rupert,…

Bryan Smith is leading a team of whitewater kayakers on a month long expedition to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, the team will be attempting several source-to-sea first descents of previously un-run rivers, as well as working with a diverse team of scientists, NGOs, and locals to help…

Bryan Smith is leading a team of whitewater kayakers on a month long expedition to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. Funded by the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, the team will be attempting several source-to-sea first descents of previously un-run rivers, as well as working with a diverse team of scientists, NGOs, and locals to help…

 Text and photographs by Kyle Dickman.I'm at Khone Falls on the Mekong River in Laos with filmmaker-kayaker Trip Jennings (above, center) and Zeb Hogan (below), the host of the National Geographic Channel's Monster Fish show and an expert on the region's fishes.   We're trying to figure out how a proposed dam at the falls, one of the…

Today the Olympics begin in Vancouver, but in one contest Canada already has the U.S. beat. As an outdoors outpost, British Columbia outscores the American West across the board. The Pacific-hugging province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined. But with only four million residents (Cali alone has 36 million), BC’s rugged mountain…

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 Idaho and Montana. The world's far corners are now well within reach. IDAHO + MONTANA: Bitterroot Bonanza As the co-owner of ROW Adventures, Peter Grubb has…

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 Tonga. The world’s far corners are now well within reach. TONGA: Whale World Each June, some 450 humpback whales arrive in the shallow waters off Tonga’s…

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 Madagascar. The world's far corners are now well within reach. MADAGASCAR: Sail the Indian Ocean Known for its 70-plus species of lemurs, Madagascar…

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 Ireland. The world's far corners are now well within reach. Ireland: Northern Ireland, Finally Even if Ireland’s north coast weren’t the setting for…

Jon Bowermaster’s OCEANS 8 project spanned a decade and took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak—and six of the expeditions turned into feature stories for ADVENTURE. One, "Storming the Islands of Fire and Ice," is featured in our (great) just released anthology, The New Age of Adventure (order a copy). We…

Text by Laura Buckley “It’s very calm and beautiful down here, you wouldn’t know that we were paddling on an international boundary with a reputation for lawlessness,” says Eric Ellman in "Kayaking to a Different View of the Rio Grande" on NPR.com. Ellman, the executive director of the conservation group Los Caminos del Rio, wants people to…

Text by Ryan Bradley; Photograph and map courtesy of NPS and New York Harbor Conservancy Last weekend I went kayaking in Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn. Like a lot of outdoor excursions in the middle of large urban areas, this one was tinged with absurdity. Jamaica Bay is perhaps best known as the body of water you…

Kayaking during the Fourth of July celebration in Pittsburgh.  Photo courtesy of Cara Rufenacht, Venture Outdoors. If you live in a waterfront city or are visiting one this weekend for Independence Day festivities, chances are you’ve seen at least one stranger navigating your metropolis in a kayak and wondered, Could that actually be . .…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Text by Andrea Minarcek. Read previous ADVENTURE Top 10 lists. Last week, kayaker Pedro Olivia crushed the previous world-record run (108 feet high) and careened across the lip of Brazil’s 127-foot Salto Belo falls. Now, we’d never attempt anything that epic, but watching the stunning footage (below) of Olivia’s run did inspire us to want…