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Elephant Ivory Project: Explorers Finally Find Ample Elephant Dung, Begin Journey Home

By Andy Maser; Photographs by Andy Maser and Trip Jennings, Elephant Ivory Project, EP Films We were recovering at our Obenge base camp when we heard the strange screams. “Pardon Papa! Pardon Papa!” over and over again, with a sound like bamboo being chopped down prompting each yell. Effrin, a local guide, pointed to the…

Elephant Ivory Project: Young Explorers Face Poachers, Bush Meat, and No Sign of Elephants

Riding a motorbike through the savannah By Trip Jennings and Kyle Dickman; Photographs by Terese Hart and the Bonobo in Congo Project There was a shootout. Andy and I weren’t there, but we learned through satellite text messages that Colonel Gui and his soldiers from the Congolese army ran into the bandits somewhere between Kisangani…

Adventurers of the Year Update: Trip Jennings’s Elephant Ivory Project Goes Local

Photograph by Rachel Meyer We first met kayaker and filmmaker Trip Jennings after his expedition to find unrun rivers in Papua New Guinea made him a 2007 Adventurer of the Year. Since then, he has traveled the world over, from Tibet to Brazil, making adventure films about rivers in peril. His latest project, though, involves…

Expedition Mekong: Kayakers Help Scientists Save Fish, Big and Small

 Text and photographs by Kyle Dickman.I'm at Khone Falls on the Mekong River in Laos with filmmaker-kayaker Trip Jennings (above, center) and Zeb Hogan (below), the host of the National Geographic Channel's Monster Fish show and an expert on the region's fishes.   We're trying to figure out how a proposed dam at the falls, one of the…

Field Notes: Whitewater and Monster Fish on Brazil’s “River of Doubt”

I’m in Cacoal, Brazil, with National Geographic explorers Zeb Hogan (left), the world's foremost megafish expert, and Trip Jennings (right), an accomplished kayaker and filmmaker. Located 130 miles east of the Bolivian border, the town is just a few hours' drive from the where we’ll launch the first-ever expedition to study the aquatic life in…

Elephants or Sharks? Pick Which Young Explorer Gets NG Funding

We don't normally advocate for armchair adventures over the real thing, but when the National Geographic Channel's Expedition Week starts up November 15th, we highly recommend a snagging a front row seat. You'll be searching for Amazon headshrinkers and tagging great white sharks…from the comforts of your living room. And, for the first time, you can help…

Kayaking Bolivia: Shrinking Glaciers, First Descents, Culture on the Brink

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

Kayaking Bolivia: Tracking Climate Change Where Carbon Emissions Are Low

Text and photographs by Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorers grant recipient and Epicocity Project team member We’ve spent one week in Bolivia now, and already we’ve completed a fantastic first descent, discussed effects of climate change with Bolivia’s chief hydrologist, and partied the night away with locals in La Paz. I’m high in…

The ADVENTURE Top 10: Best Waterfall Kayaking Runs in U.S. (with Video)

Text by Andrea Minarcek. Read previous ADVENTURE Top 10 lists. Last week, kayaker Pedro Olivia crushed the previous world-record run (108 feet high) and careened across the lip of Brazil’s 127-foot Salto Belo falls. Now, we’d never attempt anything that epic, but watching the stunning footage (below) of Olivia’s run did inspire us to want…

The ADVENTURE Top 10: Best Waterfall Kayaking Runs in U.S. (with Video)

Text by Andrea Minarcek. Read previous ADVENTURE Top 10 lists. Last week, kayaker Pedro Olivia crushed the previous world-record run (108 feet high) and careened across the lip of Brazil’s 127-foot Salto Belo falls. Now, we’d never attempt anything that epic, but watching the stunning footage (below) of Olivia’s run did inspire us to want to…