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Nepal Earthquake, Everest News on National Geographic

Adventure<p>Our editors are working around the clock to bring the world’s attention to Nepal after the devastating earthquake and aftershocks. Below is a round up of all our news stories, which will continue to be updated, so you can stay informed. Find out how to help with this list of</b> …

Natural Disasters

Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

Adventure<p>After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old …

Mountaineering

Opinion: Denali Redux?

Adventure<p>On August 30, on the eve of President Obama’s mission to Alaska to sound the warning about climate change, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that 20,237-foot Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, would officially be renamed Denali—a Tanana Athabaskan cognomen meaning …

Mountaineering

How to Tackle Telluride’s Via Ferrata

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Telluride’s thrilling route traverses two miles of sheer cliffs and narrow ledges above this picture-perfect southwestern Colorado town.<p>Gaze up at the soaring cliffs above Telluride and you might imagine that only rock climbers with nerves of steel could scale the foreboding …

Hiking

Everest: The Movie

Adventure<p><b>For various reasons, the 1996 disaster on Everest retains a mythic status, even though far more climbers have died on the mountain in subsequent seasons, including the sixteen Nepali mountain workers who perished in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014.</b><p>Everest is exhausting. Yeah, climbing the …

Mountaineering

Four Great New Travel Books

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>These new books take us from the backroads of the American South to the complex traditions of the Middle East.<p>Here are four #TripLit reads that will transport you to a faraway place:<p>> Deep South, by Paul Theroux<p>Driving along rural roads, past cotton fields and boarded-up …

Books

6 Painful Lessons Learned While Hiking the Grand Canyon

These hard-won tips will help you tackle the Grand Canyon's trail-free wilderness.<p>I guess you can call it a grand beat down. I knew it would be hard, but not spirit-crushing hard. Our plan to walk the Grand Canyon as a sectional thru-hike would be a lengthy, logistical monster of sorts. Our food …

An “Old Bold” Climber Tackles a Bold New Route in Nepal

Adventure<p><b>On the eve of his latest expedition, Conrad Anker explains why there’s a lot more to mountaineering than egos and competitiveness.</b><p>There’s an old climbing proverb that goes something like this: “There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers.” Like …

Mountaineering

The Best New Travel Books

There’s no need to book a ticket. These four new travel reads will transport you to faraway places, from Polynesia to Paris:<p>> Pacific, by Simon Winchester<p>Mixing history, science, and personal anecdote, Winchester explores the body of water that covers one-third of the globe’s surface, encompasses …

Books

Patagonia Dreaming: Adventures in Torres del Paine

If anywhere can make you feel like a dwarf before nature, it’s <b>Torres del Paine National Park</b> in Chilean Patagonia.<p>If the rugged Cordillera del Paine mountains are the 600,000-acre park’s backbone, the 9,300-foot granite spires form its heart.<p>Along Torres del Paine’s western edge, massive fingers of …

South America

A Climbing Phenom’s Life in (Mostly) His Own Words

Adventure<p>In the fall of 2010 I spent most of a week with Alex Honnold at Smith Rock in Oregon, watching him climb and interviewing him for a profile for <i>Outside</i>. I was puzzled and amused by the apparent contradictions in Alex’s character: a raw brashness undercut by self-effacing modesty, his …

British Columbia

These Two Patagonia Mapmakers May Have the Best Job Ever

Adventure<p>Adventure<p>In January 2013, I set out with my Maps for Good colleague Marty Schnure to create the first print and interactive map for the Patagonia National Park project. I was about to turn 23 and had just spent the better part of a year working with Marty to fundraise and plan the …

National Parks

Directors of Toughness: Patagonia – You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get

Adventure<p><b>This is the last of three sponsor content blog posts featuring the adventures of Columbia’s Directors of Toughness, writer Lauren Steele and photographer Zach Doleac. See more photos from this story in a takeover on our @natgeoadventure Instagram feed.</b><p>Patagonia slapped me across the face. …

National Parks

Five Ways to Drink Coffee Around the World

Will travel for caffeine? Here’s where to get a coffee buzz across the globe.<p>> Rome, Italy<p>Espresso gained popularity after manufacturer La Pavoni perfected the machine in 1905. Forcing scalding water through fine grounds produces a concentrated brew with a layer of <i>crema</i> on the surface.<p>At</b> …

Coffee

Legendary Climber Alex Honnold Shares His Closest Call

Adventure<p>Honnold explains what drives him to climb and why he's not deterred by risk.<p>When I called Alex Honnold for this interview, the first thing he asked was whether I had read his new book, <i>Alone on the Wall</i>, which he co-wrote with David Roberts. I think he was fishing a bit because I’ve heard …

Climbing

Why Everyone Wants to Move to Melbourne

Victoria’s coastal capital ranks as one of the world’s greatest urban destinations.<p>Before I traveled to <b>Melbourne</b>, I pressed friends who lived there for suggestions and advice. “You’re going to want to move here,” one warned. “Just be aware.”<p>Melbourne’s status as a supremely livable city is …

Australia

Budget Botswana: Four Great Adventures

<b>Botswana</b> is renowned for delivering stand-out safari experiences and some of the most spectacular—and extravagant—ecolodges on Earth.<p>Less well-known is the affordable side of exploring this iconic Southern African republic, also praised for its friendly and welcoming people, democratically elected …

Wildlife