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Dave Freeman and his wife Amy are two of our Adventurers of the Year. Read their profile here. A hundred years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, America’s “Rough Rider” president, descended an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. He almost lost his life in the process and the legendary “River of Doubt” was renamed the Rio Roosevelt.…

Minnesota: Canoe the Boundary Waters

Recharge with a paddle trip through Minnesota’s iconic wilderness. What Is It? Create the experience of a lifetime by immersing yourself in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), one of the last truly untouched places on the planet. With approximately 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) of canoe routes and 2,000 secluded campsites, there are countless…

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…

Climb, float, and soak among the serrated peaks of south-central Idaho. What Is It? A varied weekend full of high-adrenaline adventure starts with a quick boat ride across Redfish Lake. This shuttle ushers you to some of the best hiking and climbing in the state. After a short trek up the glacially sculpted Redfish Canyon,…

The light, warm spring rain blanketed the world in a soft veil of sound as we walked among the towering stand of old growth firs. The time had come to exit the Jerry Johnson hot springs, a series rock pools filled with hot water dribbling out of the hillside. Barefoot and soaked through, we made…

The community of New Smyrna Beach, Florida welcomed Aleksander “Olek” Doba with a salute of gun shots, when he appeared on the horizon in his yellow kayak, OLO.  He has now crossed the Atlantic twice, this time on the route between the farthest points situated on the shores of Europe and the United States. The salute…

See guided adventure trips from National Geographic Adventures. From the cockpit of my expedition kayak, I watch in awe as the stadium-sized iceberg 500 feet away starts to roll over. The Arctic air is dead silent as the immaculately polished white ice tilts in slow motion into the inky black sea. Hundreds of feet away…

The Grand Staircase of the Escalante, located deep within the tortured deserts of southern Utah, was one of the last places in the United States to be mapped—yet for good reason. It encompasses perhaps the most wild and remote section of the Great Colorado Plateau, strewn with a dizzying array of deep canyons and sheer-walled…

“Why would you come to this place that God forgot?” asked Natalia. Her kind eyes and shockingly clear English made the dingy beach we had just landed on and Soviet-era landscape of Komsomolsk Na Amure feel suddenly more welcoming. I had asked myself a similar question many times during the two weeks before our arrival…

Ben Woods and five friends are embarking on a 70-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean through Canada’s Barren Lands. With the aim of connecting three rivers—the Dubawnt, the Morse and the Armark—via a never-before-attempted upstream haul into the Morse, the team will travel more than 900 miles from Black Lake, Saskatchewan, to the Queen Maude…

The first time I remember on a river when I was nine.  Halfway through my first lesson I’d talked my instructor out of her hot-rod kayak and set out in search of the toughest beginner whitewater in sight.  My dad loves to tell that story. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to kayak competitively, embark…

OF SOULS + WATER: THE SHAPESHIFTER from NRS Films on Vimeo. Meet legendary whitewater kayaker Ben Marr as he paddles the upper reaches of Quebec, pushing to new levels. And just wait until you seem him do it river surfing with a flare in the dark. Filmed in exquisite high definition by FORGE Motion Pictures, Of…

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…

One paddler on our trip, Christina McIntyre (see hand on raft in lower left corner) falls out of a raft at the rapid Pillow Rock on the Gauley River. Thanks to quick action and strong swimming on Christina’s part, she quickly rejoined her raft. Fellow raft-mate Jonathon Hall manages to stay in with the very…

  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…

  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…

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…

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,…

Follow adventurer Andrew Skurka as he skis, hikes, and rafts 4,720 miles through eight national parks, two major mountain ranges, and some of North America’s wildest rivers in Alaska and the Yukon from March to October. Read his blog updates here. West Coast Wrap-Up: What I’ve Seen, posted in Unalakleet, Alaska, on March 24, 2010…

 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…