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Closing the ‘Adventure Gap': Bringing Diversity to Mountain Climbing

Despite an enduring legacy of environmental stewardship and exploration throughout the history of the United States, African-Americans comprise only a small percentage of people who routinely spend time in nature. Low rates of participation among people of color in adventure sports such as backpacking, rock climbing, downhill skiing, and mountaineering suggest troubling prospects for the…

Exploring the Cold Coast: Seattle, a Home for Artists and Adventurers – Dispatch #2

From where I stood on the roof of my friend James’s building in Pioneer Square, I couldn’t help but wonder about the last time I actually slowed down enough to soak in a little winter sunset, count the dinosaur-like cranes towering over the port, or visit my sister, Susie, at Radicci to let her blow…

Microadventures: Seeking Adventure in Your Daily Life

Alastair Humphreys was honored as one of our Adventurers of the Year. He has just published a book called Microadventures. As a young man, I was ambitious. I didn’t want to be rich or famous. But I wanted to go far. As far as I could go. So far, in fact, that when I climbed onto…

Adventuring Forward: Adventure Service Corps Launches in Denver

There was a storm coming and, without an open sky, it was a terribly dark night. The flicker of far off lightning would periodically light up more than 1,000 feet of granite cliff that fell straight below me. It had been four days since I started up the sheer walls of El Capitan. I found…

6 Tips for Taking Better Expedition Photos, Whether Far Flung or in the Backyard

For adventurers, travel does not mean following typical tourist routes; it means summiting remote mountains, exploring unmapped caves, and studying little known ecosystems. On these once-in-a-lifetime journeys, we want to come away with the best pictures possible, but we are also faced with some of the most challenging conditions for photography. After serving as a…

The Future of the Outdoor Industry

The outdoor industry is laying the groundwork for something huge. And it’s all because we want to make sure you have great places to get outside, explore, and pursue adventure. Because that’s what makes our hearts sing. Let me explain. Picture a huge corporation that has an absolutely enormous portfolio of incredibly valuable assets, a…

Adventure Photography Tips: The Pros’ #1 Secret – Shoot Into the Sun (2 of 3)

See Tim Kemple’s previous photography tips >> Beginner and amateur photographers ask me often for photography tips. As image creators, we are always learning, but there is one piece of advice I always come back to. The biggest mistake I see amateur photographers make is photographing with the sun behind their backs. Gasp … I…

Guides Are Portals to the Outdoor World—Let’s Give Them the Support They Need

Think back to how you started on your path to adventure. Do you remember someone who took you under his or her wing and showed you the way? The seeds of your most treasured outdoor experiences probably germinated with the help of some sort of mentor—perhaps an outfitter or guide. I’m fresh on the heels…

Everest Hero Jim Whittaker on the Outdoors, Gear, and His Favorite Ice Cream

See more of Jim Whittaker in this video and portrait gallery. Read more about the state of Mount Everest in the June issue of National Geographic. The first time I met 84-year-old Jim Whittaker, a giant both in height (6’5″) and spirit, he was literally throwing around the heavy (and sharp) ice ax he used…

Support the Economy—Get Outside!

When you head out outdoors to play, do you ever consider how you’re fueling the economy? Think about it. Sure, there’s the gear you buy—jackets, shoes, gloves, base layers, water bottles, skis, bikes, kayaks, fishing rods, carabiners, crampons, binoculars, car racks or whatever it is you need to equip yourself for adventure. But that’s not…