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The journey planned is rarely the journey taken. The Nobody’s River expedition team had no idea how true this would be as they prepared to leave for a two-month expedition in Mongolia and Russia. Today, the team released the trailer to their film that documents their journey along the Amur River, one of the few remaining free-flowing…

Nobody’s River was supported by a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Read expedition dispatches. In Nobody’s River, four women journey down one of the last free-flowing rivers of the world and discover raw beauty, industrial wastelands, devastating loss, and unbridled joy. But it’s so much more than that, and perhaps the most valuable piece of…

Ice is a slippery place to ply your trade. As the Sochi Olympics reached their midway point on Saturday, the U.S. stood tied with the Netherlands for second in the overall medal standings with 14, behind only host Russia’s 15. But these results are striking as much for the country’s shortcomings in its favored events,…

A few days ago snowboarder Kevin Pearce, one of our Adventurers of the Year honorees, arrived in Russia to help carry the torch to the Sochi Olympics. This is his first Winter Games. Kevin was destined for Olympic podium glory until a crash on the half pipe left him with a traumatic brain injury—just before…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. One of the chief characters in the Sochi Olympics drama that’s about to unfold is not like the others. It has a cold exterior, several different faces, an unforgiving nature. Oh yeah, and it’s only seven years old.…

Vermont-based writer Christian Camerota will be writing about the Sochi Olympics throughout the Games. Follow his coverage. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be a series of firsts. It will be the first time the Russian Federation, formed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, has hosted an Olympics (the last Olympics held in any…

Here is Our Final Count of Some Important Trip Measures: Total Distance Traveled Through The Amur Basin: Over 5,000 Kilometers Methods of Transport Utilized: Kayak, Plane, Train, Lorry, Purple Russian Minivan, Paraglider, Feet, Overloaded Pack Horses, Ferry and the goodwill of locals. Amount of Film Captured: 1 Terabyte Number of Images Captured: 23,000 River Science…

“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…

Editor’s Note: On April 7, the Nobody’s River team began a very different kind of journey. Becca Dennis’ longtime partner,  Zach Orman, was in a terrible paragliding accident. He passed away a few hours later at the age of 28. After a month in Mongolia, Becca realized her own journey had changed once again. While the…

Nobody’s River is a 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…

Nobody’s River is a 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…

“The Amur River is a vivid reminder of the rich biodiversity an untamed river can support. We are excited to support this brave team of Young Explorers grantees in exploring this important ecosystem, in true National Geographic fashion.” —Rebecca Martin, Executive Director of National Geographic’s Expeditions Council In May, four women will embark on 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…

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…

Video: Surfing the Arctic Circle

Last spring, we followed Ed Viesturs and the Fist Ascent team as they powered their way up Everest (see the photos, videos, and dispatches). Meanwhile, First Ascent was also sponsoring a very different group of trailblazers who were pushing into just as forbidding territory, not in search of summits, but of waves.  This summer, an…

ADVENTURE Contributing Photographer Aaron Huey took Third Place in the Picture of the Year International's "Feature Single" category for an amazing image taken  while on assignment with writer McKenzie Funk to hitchhike clear across Russia. Their gutsy plan turned out to be one of last year's most ambitious adventures—traveling from Vladivostok, a Russian port on the Sea of…

Good news from the Wildlife Conservation Society: The world’s rarest big cat is alive and well. At least one of them, that is, according to researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who captured and released a female Far Eastern leopard in Russia last week.The capture was made in Primorsky Krai along the Russian-Chinese border…

Text by Andrew Burmon The summer snows on the Kamchatka Peninsula began to thaw last week just as the world press turned its spotlight on this oft-forgotten corner of Siberia. After the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported that two guards at the Koryakgeologia Mine near Khailino had been mauled to death by a rampaging gang…

Claim a first ascent on an inactive volcano with new regular flights to the Pacific Ring of Fire. Text by Kirkpatrick Reardon It just got easier to explore it on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, the most volcanic region on Earth with 29 active volcanoes (several of them over 10,000 feet tall), rivers rushing with 30-inch rainbow…