Alastair Humphreys

There’s nothing like a Brit for adventure, when he really gets going. I first noticed Alastair Humphreys when National Geographic nominated him as one of their Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Back then, he was fresh off rowing across the Atlantic with 3 other guys and I thought, well, that’s pretty damn ambitious. I…

Nobody’s River Project Ready to Go!

I have to confess a certain fondness for long range expeditions, so it was with more than a little excitement that I found myself reading about four women who want to take on the longest, un-dammed river in Mongolia-China-and-Siberia. The Nobody’s River Project launches in May of this year and has all the makings of…

adventurers of the year

Every November, National Geographic unveils their Top Ten list of candidates for their Adventurer of the Year Award. Anyone can vote online and you have until Jan. 16th to do it. This is not an easy choice. You don’t get on this list for doing anything mediocre. Or halfway. You get there for “remarkable achievements…

Felix Baumgartner

In about 12 hours – by the time many of you read this – Felix Baumgartner will dive from a platform at the edge of space.  His challenge is to become the first human to break the sound barrier in free fall. It is difficult to overstate the dangers of this challenge.  At that altitude…

A Journey Across Bhutan

“The Happiest Place: A Journey Across Bhutan” is an upcoming documentary by Ben Henretig that we found on Kickstarter this morning.  If you don’t already know about Kickstarter, it’s a place that filmmakers and other artists can find micro-backers to fund some really awesome projects.  You’d be amazed by the kinds of things you find…

Adventure Journalism

One of my favorite sites for adventure journalism is James Mills’ “Joy Trip Project.” I met James last May, when he was covering Mountain Film in Telluride, and he’s a great guy.  Easy to talk to.  Yeah sure, there are lots of blogs out there, and they’ll tell you who’s doing what and why it’s…

Why NASA Mars Mission Matters

A while back, I wrote a blog post about the Apollo moon mission and how its real importance had only been understood years later.  As a kind of cultural rally cry.  A gold standard of human achievement. “Well, if we can put a man on the moon, we can certainly do ____________.”  You fill in…