National Geographic

Adventure Media Review, Environmental Protection, Expedition News, Kayaking, National Geographic / 02.03.2013

As the 3rd longest free-flowing river in the world the Amur in China is a shining example of what the world stands to lose if we continue the practice of building dams. In 2013 an expedition of four women aims to paddle this ancient waterway across three countries from source to sea and illustrate the rich environmental legacy that might disappear should we fail to claim for preservation this relatively unknown river. After more than a century of the industrial era humanity has managed to dam most of the...

BASE Jumping, featured, Life Out Loud, Magazines, Moab, National Geographic / 08.02.2013

Throw yourself off a cliff and you only have yourself to blame for what happens next. The consequences of adventure sports are brought most clearly into focus when you think about what could go wrong in a pastime as dangerous as BASE jumping. Defined as a parachute leap from a building, antenna, span (bridge) or the earth (cliff), it’s among the most life threatening of all human endeavors. Though preparation, training, and skill can mitigate many of the incredible risks involved, there’s always the possibility of severe injury...

Cycling, Expedition News, Interview, Life Out Loud, Magazines, National Geographic, Outdoor Recreation, Snow / 26.12.2012

After polar explorer Eric Larsen finished on the “triple crown of adventure”—traveling to the South Pole, the North Pole, and the top of Mount Everest in one year—it was hard to imagine what he might do next. But he has a plan. In December of 2012, Larson will begin another crossing of Antarctica. Once again the Minnesotan is attempting to make the 750-mile trek from the edge of the continent at the Hercules Inlet to the geographic South Pole. But this time he’s going by bicycle! If he’s successful...

Adventure Media Review, Afghanistan, Expedition News, Influencers, Interview, National Geographic, Photography / 19.11.2012

Shannon Galpin is one of ten 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Vote every day for the People’s Choice! On her most recent trip to Afghanistan in late October, human rights advocate Shannon Galpin returned a bit of the nation’s own culture. In a series of life-size photographs, the Colorado resident delivered artistic expressions of the Afghan people so often shrouded behind the vail of 40 years of conflict. Working to improve the health and safety of women and girls, Galpin, director of the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, aims to provide a positive vision of beauty...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Climbing, Film Review, Interview, National Geographic, Photography / 24.07.2012

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] From left: Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, and Conrad Anker; Photograph by Jimmy Chin[/caption]   Adventure movie fans fortunate enough to attend 5Point or Mountainfilm festivals in 2012 got a sneak peek of an amazing film project in progress. House of Cards from Camp 4 Productions details the three-year journey of climbers Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker as they make an epic first ascent of the  Shark’s Fin on the 20,700-foot (6,309-meter) Meru Massif in the Garhwal Himalaya of India. With footage from two expeditions—and...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Fun Film Friday, National Geographic / 17.02.2012

[caption id="attachment_6893" align="aligncenter" width="488" caption="photo by Andy Maser"][/caption] A new film by Andy Maser is having a big impact on efforts to remove obsolete dams on rivers worldwide. " Year of the River" features graphic footage of the explosive charges that took out the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River back in October of 2011. The film offers up a compelling story of why moving water should be allowed to run free across the land. Thanks to the Internet the completed short movie already has a solid following...