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If Kai Were Trayvon

At the young age of 14 Kai Lightner is doing amazing things in the world of sport climbing. In the spring 2013 he ascended exceedingly difficult routes that included Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Transworld Depravity (5.14a) in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. On the same two-week road trip he climbed Proper Soul (5.14a) in […]

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The Legacy of Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

“The lure of the arctic is tugging at my heart. To me the trail is calling! The old trail, the trail that is always new.” ~Matthew Henson This story was excerpted from the forthcoming work of narrative nonfiction The Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills to be published this fall by the Mountaineers Books In […]

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From the Mountaintop: Expedition Denali’s Epic Journey

On June 24,2013 Adina Scott made a satellite phone dispatch from 17,200 feet on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. As part of the climbing team Expedition Denali, she and the 18 others had already spent a total of 16 days on the mountain and nearly a week camped at 14,200 feet. Now, they were […]

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The Bionic Sloth ~ a profile of youth climbing champion Kai Lightner

When one of the world’s best climbers notices you, you must be doing something right. As several young climbers waited for an autograph during a February fundraiser at the Stone Summit gym in Atlanta, Chris Sharma stood intrigued, watching 13-year-old Kai Lightner smoothly lap a 5.13. Emily Taylor, Kai’s coach, recalls, “When we made the […]

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Love in the Tetons

At the heart of every great adventure there is a love story. And for National Geographic Young Explorer Juan Martinez, the long journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the craggy peaks of the Grand Tetons took a romantic turn on the day he met National Park Ranger Vanessa Torres. Both dedicated to introducing […]

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Conservation – Consciousness Runs Deep fly fishing inspired hip hop poetry

The poetic grace of fly fishing matches pace with the rhymes and rhythms of hip-hop in a short film by Soul River entrepreneur Chad Brown. Released back in June this beautiful depiction of urban culture transposed over the backdrop of the natural world creates a bridge between the concrete streets and the free flowing streams […]

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