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Video: Nobody’s River – Kayakers Share Internal, External Struggles of Amur Adventure

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 Kayakers Win Spirit of Adventure Award at 5Point Film Festival

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…

Sochi Olympics: A Hockey Triumph and Speed Woes

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,…

Video: Snowboarder Kevin Pearce, From the Crash to Giving Back to Carrying the Torch

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…

Sochi Olympics: Russia Builds a Mountain

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.…

Firsts at the Sochi Olympics, Including New Skiing, Snowboarding Events

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…

Nobody’s River: By the Numbers – Exploring the Amur Basin in Mongolia, Russia

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…

Nobody’s River: The Rewards of a Difficult Journey

“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…

Nobody’s River: Transitioning to Russia’s Amur River

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: Adventures in Hospitality, Navigation, Milk Moonshine

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…