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A 20-knot tailwind filled Yemaya’s sails and pushed us east at six knots. Her 27-foot hull rode the waves with ease and we took turns napping and reading between watches. We were sailing along Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast,” also called the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes,” a featureless coastline with few places to find protection…

Mike Libecki is not typical in any way. The veteran adventurer has a goal to do 100 expeditions by his 100th birthday—and, at 41 years old, he is more than halfway there. This is a guy who truly loves to suffer—the colder, harder, longer, more remote, less known, and more challenging the better. He recently…

Armed with skis and professional-caliber mountain skills, the Shifting Ice and Changing Tides all-women team is set off last week on a human- and wind-powered skiing and sailing expedition to the West Coast of Greenland. The team, made up of professional skiers, scientists, and National Geographic Young Explorer Nat Segal, will be exploring Greenland and…

THE WIZARD’S EYE EXPEDITION from Wizard’s Eye on Vimeo. Kayaker-adventurer Tyler Bradt is about to set sail for five years. Course unknown. With a revolving crew of artists and adventurers aboard the Wizard’s Eye, Tyler will explore life as it comes. And knowing Tyler, it’s going to be an adventure beyond anything we could dream…

Each day we will feature one of the 2010 Adventures of the Year here on our blog. Get to know them all in our photo gallery, then vote for your favorite for the People's Choice award—every day. You can even vote for a new favorite each day, if you can't pick just one. Photograph by…

ABC News has just reported that Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old presently attempting to complete her solo sail around the world, may be lost at sea. A support crew lost contact with Abby in choppy seas in the Southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Her eight-month-pregnant mother said Abby fired two emergency beacons at around 6 a.m. Brother…

By Tetsuhiko Endo And just like that, it's over. The circus has left the Himalaya and the only evidence that an army of international climbers spent all spring scrambling up and down its forbidding peaks are a few optimistic stragglers and the perennial accumulation of garbage on Mount Everest. As is usually the case, most…

It is expected that Australian Jessica Watson, 16, will complete her successful solo, non-stop, unsupported  circumnavigation of the globe on Saturday. Over the past year, we have seen a dizzying number of teens attempt to bump each other out of the record for youngest solo, non-stop, unsupported circumnavigation. And though Watson will technically be the…

It has been a wild week in adventure: Man has confronted nature with every type of result, but in the end, it was the women who stole the show. —By Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Spring is always hectic in the Himalaya and 2010 has been no different. This week proved to be noteworthy for both its…

Photograph by Michael Dyches, My Shot, see more island wallpaper like this.Last night ABC aired the highly-anticipated two-hour premiere of the final season of Lost. Shot on the island of Oahu, the show stirred a large amount destination envy as the survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 hacked through dense jungle, hiked impossibly steep cliffs…

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Madagascar. The world's far corners are now well within reach. MADAGASCAR: Sail the Indian Ocean Known for its 70-plus species of lemurs, Madagascar…

Zac Sunderland, 17, just set the world record for becoming the youngest person to solo sail around the globe. But that record may be short lived, as he already has four challengers—a slightly younger British teen (in the video, above), a 16-year-old Australian, a 13-year-old girl… and even his younger sister. Major props to these…

Text by Annie Hay After surviving 397 days at sea, 17-year-old Zac Sunderland has become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe sailing solo. Sunderland, from Thousand Oaks, California, began his 28,000-nautical-mile journey in Marina Del Ray aboard a 1972, 36-foot Islander Sailboat. Working 18-hour days to fund the $6,000 purchase and retrofitting of his…

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoIn times past, “adventure” was the unexpected and rarely welcomed side effect of exploration. With much of the world’s nooks and crannies now thoroughly treaded, mapped, and photographed, the more intrepid souls of the 21st century have to create their own adventure. That might explain why Brit Ed Stafford has decided to…

In the case of the Plastiki, we wanted to raise awareness of the challenges our oceans and its inhabitants face by creating an expedition that reaches across the whole of the Pacific, from San Francisco Bay to Sydney Harbour. It would be short-sighted of us to solely focus on the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. I wanted to…

Text by Andrew BurmonPhotographs by Lisa Cates Mike Horn spent the afternoon of September 5th surveying North Cove Marina from the spitshined deck of his 115-foot arctic schooner, the Pangaea, and watching a crowd of businessmen point excitedly at her gleaming aluminum hull. The South African explorer looked out of place in front of Manhattan’s…