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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Adventure news from around the globe: Everest season recap, greener windpower with kite technology, Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, the new Northwest Passage, Genghis Khan search in Mongolia, and much more.
    63 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Adventure news from around the globe: Everest season recap, greener windpower with kite technology, Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, the new Northwest Passage, Genghis Khan search in Mongolia, and much more.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    My first year in California, I dreamed of making my own Endless Summer. And so, hauling around a beastly video camera, I shot my buddies catching wave after wave, then tried to edit hours of footage using two VCRs. But the challenges of assembling and sharing were too much, and like many in that era, I ended up with a pile of dusty tapes in the closet. Fast-forward to today. Video is now an indispensable part of our lives, a pervasive means of communication that�s cheap, easy, and instantly sharable. YouTube ignited the trend in 2005, but it really took off two years ago, when Pure Digital Technologies introduced the Flip, the camcorder turned cultural phenomenon that is now a staple on any adventure.
    68 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • My first year in California, I dreamed of making my own Endless Summer. And so, hauling around a beastly video camera, I shot my buddies catching wave after wave, then tried to edit hours of footage using two VCRs. But the challenges of assembling and sharing were too much, and like many in that era, I ended up with a pile of dusty tapes in the closet. Fast-forward to today. Video is now an indispensable part of our lives, a pervasive means of communication that�s cheap, easy, and instantly sharable. YouTube ignited the trend in 2005, but it really took off two years ago, when Pure Digital Technologies introduced the Flip, the camcorder turned cultural phenomenon that is now a staple on any adventure.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Headlines. TV shows. Controversy. The world�s highest mountain is a perpetual source of excitement. So why are the planet�s best climbers elsewhere?
    81 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Headlines. TV shows. Controversy. The world�s highest mountain is a perpetual source of excitement. So why are the planet�s best climbers elsewhere?
    Aug 08, 2016 81
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Here, a road map to the best GPS units around—and how to pick the one that's right for you. Plus, trekkers, rejoice: A new crop of light hikers to bring stability to life's ups and downs. Reviewed by Steve Casimiro.
    82 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Here, a road map to the best GPS units around—and how to pick the one that's right for you. Plus, trekkers, rejoice: A new crop of light hikers to bring stability to life's ups and downs. Reviewed by Steve Casimiro.
    Aug 08, 2016 82
  • 08 Aug 2016
    It�ll be a few months before the Olympics arrive in Vancouver, but in one contest Canada already has the U.S. beat. As an outdoors outpost, British Columbia outscores the American West across the board. The Pacific-hugging province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined. But with only four million residents (Cali alone has 36 million), BC�s rugged mountain miles are far less developed. Still, for all its immensity, the province has a knack for condensing its wonders into accessible packages. Fly into Vancouver and within two hours you can be hiking Whistler backcountry or paddling the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. And these days, as the host city primps and preps for the Winter Games, consider tacking on a few days� stay: Catch Canada�s best speed skaters running drills at the freshly renovated Richmond Olympic Oval, or go all out Canuck and cheer on the home country�s hockey team as it practices in the Burnaby 8 Rinks. After a week in BC, you might be tempted to switch allegiance.
    104 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • It�ll be a few months before the Olympics arrive in Vancouver, but in one contest Canada already has the U.S. beat. As an outdoors outpost, British Columbia outscores the American West across the board. The Pacific-hugging province is as big as California, Oregon, and Washington combined. But with only four million residents (Cali alone has 36 million), BC�s rugged mountain miles are far less developed. Still, for all its immensity, the province has a knack for condensing its wonders into accessible packages. Fly into Vancouver and within two hours you can be hiking Whistler backcountry or paddling the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. And these days, as the host city primps and preps for the Winter Games, consider tacking on a few days� stay: Catch Canada�s best speed skaters running drills at the freshly renovated Richmond Olympic Oval, or go all out Canuck and cheer on the home country�s hockey team as it practices in the Burnaby 8 Rinks. After a week in BC, you might be tempted to switch allegiance.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Two months into her grueling 2007 Arctic expedition, well past the point a normal person would have collapsed in tears, Rosie Stancer was still gung ho. The British adventurer, now 49, was hauling sleds that bore almost twice her body weight in an attempt to become the first woman to travel solo to the North Pole. Temperatures were dipping to minus 60�F, she�d lost two toes to frostbite, and the 478-mile route was littered with boulder-size ice chunks and gaps of open water. �I had a few tearful hissy fits,� Stancer admits. �What kept me going was my fool�s optimism.�
    96 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Two months into her grueling 2007 Arctic expedition, well past the point a normal person would have collapsed in tears, Rosie Stancer was still gung ho. The British adventurer, now 49, was hauling sleds that bore almost twice her body weight in an attempt to become the first woman to travel solo to the North Pole. Temperatures were dipping to minus 60�F, she�d lost two toes to frostbite, and the 478-mile route was littered with boulder-size ice chunks and gaps of open water. �I had a few tearful hissy fits,� Stancer admits. �What kept me going was my fool�s optimism.�
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Ever since ecotourism took off in the early 1990s, European travelers have helped to spread the movement across the savannas of Africa and the jungles of Central America. Today they�re starting to look closer to home, and with good reason. Some of the most sustainable lodges on the planet are rooted in Old World ways. Take, for instance, Hotel Posada del Valle, a 12-bedroom, 19th-century farmhouse in northern Spain. Located on the remote Asturias coast near the steep mountains of Picos de Europa National Park, Posada sits at the center of one of southern Europe�s last wildlife strongholds. Brown bears still roam the forests, wolves hunt in the fields, and golden eagles soar the thermals. More than a dozen treks begin nearby, ranging from countryside strolls to 7,200-foot summits. When not exploring by foot (or canoe, mountain bike, or horseback), you can visit Posada�s rustic stone-and-wood dining room for organic farm fare—grown on the premises, of course (doubles from $90; posadadelvalle.com).
    73 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Ever since ecotourism took off in the early 1990s, European travelers have helped to spread the movement across the savannas of Africa and the jungles of Central America. Today they�re starting to look closer to home, and with good reason. Some of the most sustainable lodges on the planet are rooted in Old World ways. Take, for instance, Hotel Posada del Valle, a 12-bedroom, 19th-century farmhouse in northern Spain. Located on the remote Asturias coast near the steep mountains of Picos de Europa National Park, Posada sits at the center of one of southern Europe�s last wildlife strongholds. Brown bears still roam the forests, wolves hunt in the fields, and golden eagles soar the thermals. More than a dozen treks begin nearby, ranging from countryside strolls to 7,200-foot summits. When not exploring by foot (or canoe, mountain bike, or horseback), you can visit Posada�s rustic stone-and-wood dining room for organic farm fare—grown on the premises, of course (doubles from $90; posadadelvalle.com).
    Aug 08, 2016 73
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Roman Halbhuber, bearded and six foot three, strode out to greet me as I drove through a pine branch gateway, past a flag sporting a flying horse with a beer keg torso. �Welcome to Free Land of the Vogelsang,� he said, and handed me a cold Budvar.
    77 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Roman Halbhuber, bearded and six foot three, strode out to greet me as I drove through a pine branch gateway, past a flag sporting a flying horse with a beer keg torso. �Welcome to Free Land of the Vogelsang,� he said, and handed me a cold Budvar.
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  • 08 Aug 2016
    Virtually locked down during the winter, the St. Lawrence River Valley gets its verve back come August. Take Montreal, which becomes the unlikely center of the hip urban universe with festivals galore (find a list at montreal.com). Though Quebec City is just three hours away by car, make a detour to the tallest peak in the province (3,176-foot Mont Tremblant), then wind along backroads through pine forests and small towns. The Qu�b�cois are �a hearty lot who worship the outdoors more than most,� says Jean-Fran�ois Boily of Parc de Mont Tremblant. They�re also francophones: Bone up on your French; English is definitely a second language.
    73 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Virtually locked down during the winter, the St. Lawrence River Valley gets its verve back come August. Take Montreal, which becomes the unlikely center of the hip urban universe with festivals galore (find a list at montreal.com). Though Quebec City is just three hours away by car, make a detour to the tallest peak in the province (3,176-foot Mont Tremblant), then wind along backroads through pine forests and small towns. The Qu�b�cois are �a hearty lot who worship the outdoors more than most,� says Jean-Fran�ois Boily of Parc de Mont Tremblant. They�re also francophones: Bone up on your French; English is definitely a second language.
    Aug 08, 2016 73
  • 08 Aug 2016
    Our national parks may protect the counry's most storied landscapes—but it's up to you to get out and see them. Here, the tips, tricks, and detailed game plans you'll need for an unforgettable summer.
    98 Posted by Freddie Avila
  • Our national parks may protect the counry's most storied landscapes—but it's up to you to get out and see them. Here, the tips, tricks, and detailed game plans you'll need for an unforgettable summer.
    Aug 08, 2016 98