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May 22
Going Up: Our climbing team—Conrad, Kris, Sam, Emily, Hilaree, and Mark—starts its ascent for the summit.
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Going Up: Our climbing team—Conrad, Kris, Sam, Emily, Hilaree, and Mark—starts its ascent for the summit.

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May 21
Everest 2012: Our Team Begins Climbing Into Thin Air

Everest 2012: Our Team Begins Climbing Into Thin Air


Apr 9

Anthony Bourdain has basically circumnavigated the globe more than 26 times for his show No Reservations. Do you still want his job? (We do.)

· In 134 episodes of No Reservations, Tony has taken approximately 300 flights.

· He has 57 stamps on his passport.

· Tony travels about 4,940 miles per episode. Using that logic, he has traveled 662,000 miles, which means that he has circumnavigated the globe over 26 times.

Read our interview with Anthony Bourdain »


The 8th season of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premieres on Monday, April 9, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.


Mar 30

12-Year-Old Lands First 1080 in Skateboarding History

For years the holy grail of all skateboard tricks, the 1080, has eluded the biggest and most talented stars in skateboarding. While many have tried, it was never landed — that is until now.

From the most unlikely of places, it was not a super star skateboarder that made the historic first, but a twelve-year-old skate prodigy from Malibu, California, named Tom Schaar.


Mar 26

James Cameron breaks solo dive record to deepest point of the ocean in the Mariana Trench


Mar 22

The greatest adventure stories ever told…experience them in our new iPad app. Available today!


Mar 20
What to pack for Everest? Here’s a list from climber Hilaree O’Neill—gear, apparel, tech, food, more.

What to pack for Everest? Here’s a list from climber Hilaree O’Neill—gear, apparel, tech, food, more.


Mar 16
As seen from Lhotse, a team of climbers ascending Everest creates a spectacular line of light on the mountain ridge.  Today National Geographic announced its Spring 2012 Everest expedition with climbers Conrad Anker, Cory Richards, Hilaree O’Neill, Phil Henderson, Kris Erickson, Sam Elias, Emily Harrington, and more. Learn about the expeditionPhotograph by Cory Richards

As seen from Lhotse, a team of climbers ascending Everest creates a spectacular line of light on the mountain ridge.

Today National Geographic announced its Spring 2012 Everest expedition with climbers Conrad Anker, Cory Richards, Hilaree O’Neill, Phil Henderson, Kris Erickson, Sam Elias, Emily Harrington, and more.

Learn about the expedition

Photograph by Cory Richards


Mar 13
Kayaking over a waterfall…as never seen before. Read the interview with photographer Tim Kemple about how he got this incredible shot.

Kayaking over a waterfall…as never seen before. Read the interview with photographer Tim Kemple about how he got this incredible shot.


Mar 12
Kayaking Over an 80-Foot Waterfall, McKenzie River, Oregon

Photograph by Tim Kemple. See more in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery.
"This is the moment when I hold my position and close my eyes as I anticipate the impact," says extreme kayaker Erik Boomer of dropping over 80-foot Sahalie Falls on the frigid McKenzie River near Portland, Oregon. “All the work is done at this point; it is just time to enjoy the feeling of free fall.”
Boomer, who paddles over 20 to 40 waterfalls a year, is a true expert. But that doesn’t mean he can just go with the flow. “Waterfalls like this always have x factors that you have to deal with,” notes Boomer. “It is impossible to anticipate exactly what the water will do as you approach the lip. Waves, boils, and eddy lines are constantly surging, so you have to be prepared to react to the water the whole time.”
In 2011, Boomer and his expedition partner Jon Turk pulled off the first circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island, a feat which made them two of our 2012 Adventurers of the Year.
Getting the Shot
"They say that Sahalie Falls is 100 feet tall. The pure drop after the first dip is about 80 feet. It’s an impressive sight by itself, never mind seeing somebody kayak off it," says photographer Tim Kemple. A recent snowstorm left the landscape highlighting vibrant blue and green hues. “The water was bright blue, the moss was electric green, and the snow juxtaposes everything perfectly,” says Kemple. The group waited for clouds to arrive, ensuring Kemple was photographing in even light.
To locate the best spot to photograph Boomer, Kemple knew he needed to head upstream and away from a classic tourist lookout for the falls. Kemple spent over an hour breaking trail through three feet of fresh snow. “By the time I was there, Boomer, who had simply paddled across the rapids, was ready to drop,” recalls Kemple. “What really blew me away was how easily and confidently Boomer paddled. He hit the bottom of the falls, popped out, and paddled to the take out. Like it was no big deal,” says Kemple.
To get this shot Kemple set up three separate Canon cameras with remote triggers. He fired a fourth camera, which got this shot, while teetering on the edge of the cliff.See more photos and read an interview with the athlete and photographer on our blog. 

Kayaking Over an 80-Foot Waterfall, McKenzie River, Oregon


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