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Exploring the Cold Coast: Sounds and Sailing in Seattle – Dispatch #3

The horn blast sounded long and deep, resonating through the thick fog that encompassed our small sailboat. A huge cargo tanker bound for Seattle’s port was out there in the mist somewhere beyond what our eyes could detect. Its position was only notable to us by the GPS unit we watched earnestly from behind the…

Exploring the Cold Coast: The Adventure Begins

So begins a 14-day adventure odyssey to drive the Pacific Northwest coast from Seattle to Vancouver Island. The rocky shoreline was crowded with Sitka spruce trees, like slender green giants pressed up against the edge of the sea shrouded in a layer of morning fog. Sea birds stirred into flight with the growing light of the coming…

Video: A Father-Daughter Trip of Discovery to Antarctica

“I love the skiing down the best, but I don’t love the skinning up,” says 11-year-old Lilliana Libecki about her recent sailing-skiing expedition with her dad, Mike, to the Antarctic Peninsula. It was Lilliana’s very first expedition with her father, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Expeditions Council grantee, and veteran of 50-some remote expeditions. “I…

Paddle to DC: Sailing 500 Miles Across Lake Superior

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…

Video: Mike Libecki, Explorer and Dad

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…

All-Women Team Sets Out to Ski and Sail Greenland

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…

Wizard’s Eye Film: Kayaker Tyler Bradt Prepares for 5-Year Circumnaviagtion

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…

Meet the Adventurers of the Year: Circumnavigator Jessica Watson

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…

Solo Sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, Feared Lost at Sea

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…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: This Week in Exploration

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…