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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…

Two filmmakers went on a three-year adventure to understand what it takes to restore free-flowing rivers. It starts with removing deadbeat dams. In the summer of 2011, Colorado-based filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight hit the road in a borrowed camper van with  a laundry list of dams, a quiver of cameras, and a dream…

This is part 4 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

This is part 3 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

This is part 2 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Articles written by experts in the field will accompany each video. The videos will launch each Monday in June. It was…

Nobody’s River is an all-women expedition on one of the world’s greatest and least known free-flowing rivers, the Amur.  The goal of the two-month, 4,400-kilometer project is to travel, document, and collect data on this incredible river from its remote Mongolian headwaters near the birthplace of Genghis Khan, across the vastness of the Russian Far…

This is part 1 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Articles written by experts in the field will accompany each video. The videos will launch each Monday in June. This video…

In 2010, photographer, James Q Martin and I joined forces to begin Rios Libres, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Chilean Patagonia wild. Reading about a proposal to place five major dams on the Baker and Pascua, two pristine rivers in the heart of Patagonia, inspired us to take action. We headed to Chile with an…

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…

Last night the New York Times reported that tensions were escalating in Tawang, a culturally Tibetan town in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The Himalayan region has been closed off to foreigners for most of the last 50 years due to boundary disputes between India and China. But in early 2007, with the state easing…

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 . .…

Photograph courtesy of 4 Corners Whitewater. See previously featured deals. Calling all river rats: Colorado-based 4 Corners Whitewater is offering 50 percent off its domestic rafting trips departing during the month of May. Options range from a two-hour float through downtown Durango to a three-day raft 'n hike combo—but if you ask us, the "Two Day…

Text by Catharine Livingston; Photograph courtesy of John McCarthy America’s wildest places scored a major victory yesterday when the House of Representatives voted to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. If signed into law by President Obama next week, the legislation would, among other good things, protect more than two million acres of wilderness, some…