A decade ago Brit Pen Hadow became the first person to trek solo and without resupply from the Canadian coast to the North Pole. And he had been planning an unsupported solo crossing of the north polar ice cap: a thousand-mile, three-month ski hike from Russia to Canada via the North Pole. But he’s abandoning [ more... ]
If you haven’t been reading Alexander Kumar’s posts from the bottom of the planet in the New York Times, trust us, they’re fascinating, awesome, and mind-stretching journeys into what it’s like to live in a virtual space capsule with only your “ship” mates to keep you warm. Kumar’s been posted up at Concordia Station where [ more... ]
A duo of adventures in 37 days into a 9000km human-powered journey through some remote regions of Brazil. They’ll hike, bike, and paddle, shooting footage along the way for an eventual documentary. During their expedition, they’re uploading these short dispatches whenever they find internet. The present finds them holed up in Boa Vista eating big meals, sleeping in real beds, and repairing their canoe. In 37 days they’ve managed to grow some pretty powerful beards while wandering through the jungle. If nothing else, they’ll at least learn how to read maps during this trip. My favorite part of this short video is at the end where they paddle off into the horizon…because you know they had to paddle back to pick up the camera just a few minutes later.
Eric Larsen, the Minnesotan who stood at the summit of Everest, and the North and South Poles all in one year will begin a new endeavor this winter when he attempts to bike 750 miles to the South Pole. He’ll pedal on his Minnesota-made Surly Moonlander, which is an XXL fat bike with 5-inch-wide tires [ more... ]
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been called the greatest living adventurer, and next year he wants to prove it, with a six-month expedition called the Coldest Journey, crossing terrain where the temperature has hit -130 Fahrenheit. While the 68-year-old Fiennes has already climbed Everest and run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days (as well [ more... ]
A crew of Maori, the natives of New Zealand, are heading out on a handmade boat bent on sailing 10,000 miles to the tiny speck of Easter Island. They will do it without the use of any navigational equipment including charts or a compass. The settlers of remote Easter Island have long been a mystery, [ more... ]
A century after Scott’s epic race to the South Pole (which he lost, along with his life, and the lives of his entire crew) the ship that took them to that cold defeat has been found in another forbidding place, off the Greenland coast. A few days ago a research vessel was doing under-sea instrument [ more... ]
South African adventurer Davey du Plessis is attempting an ambitious solo expedition going from the summit of Mount Mismi, through the headwaters of the Amazon, all the way to where the river spills into the sea. The trek and climb done, he’s now on the water but the rapids proved to be too much for [ more... ]
Chapter 5 of the 10-part Old Man and the River series is online. The story covers a crew making their way down the Mississippi River aboard a handmade sailing vessel. At this point they say they’ve covered about 1,000 miles had have successfully sailed about 10 of them. At least they’re going with the current (though there’s not much of it). I wonder what the lock operators think when this crew rows in; at least they don’t have to pay to pass through those things, thanks US Government. This episode: rain, rowing, and Asian carp.
On the 100th anniversary of Scott’s failed attempt to reach the South Pole the man is still revered in the U.K. And he may be revered BECAUSE he failed. Present day adventurer Brit Benedict Allen says that the British are sentimental for suffering, and that it’s a particularly British belief that, “It’s not about getting [ more... ]