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Climbing Beyond Cartels

How rock climbing is saving youth from gangs and drug cartels in Mexico Imagine as a kid never having been told that he or she could become something in life. Then add extreme poverty, domestic abuse, gang violence, and drug cartels to your experience of everyday life. Now try to imagine where you would have ended…

We just heard back from Alex Honnold, who has been busy in Patagonia pulling off an epic feat of alpinism with Tommy Caldwell—a complete traverse of the Fitzroy Massif in five days. The Internet connection in Patagonia is so slow that Alex has not actually seen the video everyone is talking about of his ropeless…

Every Thursday this June we have featured a different film from the MoveShake series. Catch the stories of Gregg Treinish, Alison Gannett, and Shannon Galpin. When you first meet Julio Solis, you may think he’s just another member of the Baja Vigilantes crew–and he probably wouldn’t have it any other way. But Julio has had…

Jim Harris is currently on a National Geographic Expeditions Council assignment with Gregg Treinish to look for wolverine DNA evidence in Mongolia. Read updates on the expedition here. Windmilling his kayak paddle into the pushy breeze, Luc Mehl, 34, pulls onto the sandbar at the mouth of Mexico’s Rio Antigua and squints at the novelty…

Adventure photographer Tim Kemple often finds himself dangling from a rope, scaling a mountain, and photographing hard to reach spots around the world. In the fall of 2012, Kemple and filmmakers Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong, and Blake Hendrix headed into the Mexican jungle with extreme kayakers Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, and Galen Volckhausen to capture…

CASCADA – THE TEASER from NRS Films on Vimeo. For their upcoming film Cascada, extreme kayakers Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, and Galen Volckhausen teamed up with climbers/filmmakers Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix, and Skip Armstrong to hunt the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall … and the perfect shot. It’s pretty sweet when…

Last January, extreme kayakers Tyler Bradt and Erik Boomer and polar explorer/adventure extraordinaire Sarah McNair-Landry set out to navigate 450 kilometers across the Sea of Cortez. Utilizing the prevailing northerly winds, they sailed their kayaks as much as possible, paddling through calms, waiting out storms, and interacting with the abundant (and sometimes territorial) wildlife along…

There are few adventures that can take you from the ridge of an 18,000-foot snow-capped volcano to a stretch of sandy beach and blue ocean in just one trip. In Veracruz, Mexico, you can do it on foot. Esprit Whitewater offers the experience in the form of their eight-day Expedition Adventure Race training program. Hike,…

How about running 47 miles in shoe-melting heat with just tire rubber strapped to your feet? A top American ultramarathoner ventures deep into Mexico’s Copper Canyons to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara, the world’s greatest runners. Text and photographs by Will Harlan Last March, I journeyed deep into the Copper Canyons of northwest Mexico…

The last two weeks have seen historic rides by two of the best big wave surfers in the world. Oh, and, by the way, they’re both women.  First, Californian Jamilah Star (one of our 2007 Adventurers of the Year) went to Mexico in hopes of catching a monster and ended up at the famous Playa Zicatela on one…

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 Alyson Sheppard Travel journalist Peter Greenberg has been vocal in his support of continued travel to Mexico in the wake of the H1N1 virus scare, and on May 23, he took his crusade to a whole new level—he broadcast his radio show from the abandoned beaches of Cancún. “I’m happy to report that…

Text by Keith Rutowski, updated 05/06/2009 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still recommending that travelers avoid nonessential trips to Mexico, the supposed epicenter of the current swine influenza outbreak. Swine flu, or H1N1, is a respiratory disease in pigs caused by type A influenza, which is regularly spread among pigs, and, less…

Read the updated version of this story >> Text by Keith Rutowski Update: The U.S. has now reported its first death due to swine flu. A 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the virus. Read the Reuters article >> You'd just booked a steal of a trip to Cabo for some much-needed R+R—before the…

Music Tuesday: Beirut Goes to Mexico

Text by Mary Anne Potts; Photographs courtesy of Rahav Segev / Brooklyn Academy of MusicBeirut can find its way around a map. The indie rock band known for its gypsy-inspired tunes has explored the music of Eastern Europe (Balkan beats in Gulag Orkestra) and Paris (French pop of The Flying Club Cup). Their latest project…

I want to go to Mexico for my spring break, but I’ve done the beach party thing. Any suggestions? A. As college kids crash the border this spring, one of the world’s most magical natural events is going in the opposite direction: the northerly migration of the monarch butterfly. Starting in January but peaking in March, central Mexico’s…