Ray Zahab – Expedition Gobi

I got a phone call from Ray Zahab yesterday. He was at the airport, getting ready to board a plane for Asia and a 2,300km run across the most Gobi Desert. “Expedition Gobi” is just the latest, ambitious expedition from Ray, who has already run the Sahara at its widest point (some 7,500 km) back…

Adventurer of the Year: Lizzy Hawker

Just in time to beat the voting deadline… ultra long distance runner Lizzy Hawker makes up our 10th and final look at National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, 2013. Don’t forget to vote by January 16! * * * You know that scene in the movie Forrest Gump where, after the girl leaves him, Forrest…

Adventurer of the Year: Ramon Navarro

Ramon Navarro is National Geographic’s 9th candidate for Adventurer of the Year, 2013. When you grow up in a fishing village with a break like this one, it’s easy to see why you’d grow up passionate about the ocean. What we love about Ramon Navarro isn’t just that he’s an amazing big wave surfer. It’s…

Adventurer of the Year: Jeremy Jones

As I write this, we have only one week to vote for our favorite “Adventurer of the Year” at National Geographic. And the choices don’t get any easier with Jeremy Jones. Jeremy Jones has done what few top athletes in their sport have ever done – walk away. After establishing himself as one of the…

Adventurer of the Year: Steve Fisher

We continue our look at Nat Geo’s 10 candidates for “Adventurer of the Year” with kayaker Steve Fisher. I have been a fan of big kayaking expeditions since I first saw Rush Sturges’ “Africa Revolutions Tour” on youtube years ago.  Loading up your kayak and setting sites on some of the wildest, most remote rivers…

Adventurer of the Year: Shannon Galpin

Part 5 of our closer look at National Geographic’s candidates for “Adventurer of the Year” brings us to Shannon Galpin. Anyone with the stones to call themselves an adventurer, will eventually smack into this idea of “heroism.” Hero is a word we throw around way too easily in our culture. We use it for sports…

Adventurer of the Year: David Lama

When I first read Nat Geo’s profile on David Lama, I might have easily been steered into believe this guy was a one hit wonder. To look at the Cerro Torre, one of the most notorious peaks in Patagonia, you don’t have to be a climber to grasp its difficulty. And you can understand why…