National Geographic Adventure

National Geographic Adventure

Photo by @christinhealey | Chasm Lake, with Longs Peak in the background, is one of the most spectacular spots you can be for sunrise in @rockynps - maybe anywhere. As the world begins to open back up, will be appreciating these wild places more than ever ✌🏻
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | #StormChasing is the art of hieroglyphical weather predictions, snap decisions and arduous persuits to find yourself under incredible skies like these. Legendary photog @krystlejwright seen here on the move during a picture perfect moment in Oklahoma.
Photo by @christianpondella | I love the changing of seasons living in a mountain town, and every season is so unique and special. This image was captured in Mammoth Lakes, CA as the spring season is peaking as the valleys turn green with the snowy peaks looking above.
Photo by @Andy_Best | I've been in search of fresh mountain bike trails here in the Cascades. The roads are opening up all over the mountains. Just in time for my little family to pack up and leave civilization. Not really sure what's next, outside of more hurry up and wait. Is it 2021 yet
Photos by @donaldmiralle | May 23rd marked the 20th anniversary of World Turtle Day, created to bring attention to and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises, while encouraging human action to help them survive and thrive. With nearly all species of sea turtles classified as Endangered today, suffering from poaching, habitat destruction, accidental capture in fishing gear, and climate change impacting their nesting sites, everyday we should be respectful of and try to protect these peaceful wanderers of our beautiful oceans before they disappear forever. #worldturtleday #turtle #turtles
Photos by @shonephoto Robbie Shone | The surface landscape in the Nakanai Mountains is full of very dense forest, which made travel on foot slow-going. You literally can’t see the wood for the trees. We worked closely with the locals, who know the forest well, and they took us to a number of caves. Here you see the entrance to the vast Kavakuna cave and the route to it through the rainforest and into the doline. In the doline, we travelled past two huge waterfalls; the thundering sound of the water crashed out from the upstream cave and then sank back underground, carving out the continuing cave route beyond the doline. Kavakuna was originally explored by a Swiss team in 1979. We knew of its grandeur and wanted to see it, so we spent two days trekking from the coast to visit it. I was ill prepared and didn’t have a sealable bivvi bag for the evenings. I remember well the feeling of being eaten alive by what seemed like every tiny little creature in the rainforest.
photos by @christianpondella | Spring skiing in Chamonix, France the birth place of “extreme skiing” often takes place during the month of May when the warmer spring weather brings rain to the valley floor and sticky moist snow that adheres to the icy north facing slopes transforming them into steep ski descents. Images taken a decade ago with ski legends @arne_backstrom and @american_dave
Photo by Robin O'Neill @robinoneill | Staying local has its perks when your backyard looks like this! Whistler, BC.
Photos by @mikelibecki | The ‘Ship’s Prow’ is one of the most impressive and steep rock formations on the planet. This is the northeast tip of Scott Island, a small island near the mouth of Gibbs and Clark Fjords, just off the east coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic. Baffin Island is home to the largest concentration of the biggest, steepest rock walls in the world, a climber’s and BASE jumper’s paradise. And of course, in between these granite monoliths are perfect gulleys and couloirs that skiers obsess after. The first image is taken looking from the south, second image looking from the north, and third image from the west. With my friend Jayko and his grandson Benji, as Benji learns the traditional skills with the dog teams on the frozen ocean. Soon after this, they dropped me off alone for six weeks to solo climb the almost 2,000 foot granite wall. #baffinisland #baffin #arctic #nunavut #canada
Photo @guillermocerveraphoto |surfer @manuellezcano
Photo by @PaulZizkaPhoto | A tortured land with tortured skies. Even on a bluebird day, the Gobi Desert has an epic and surreal feel to it. And when an evening storms blow through, the photography experience is quite exhilarating!
Photo by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | If you chase two rabbits, you’ll catch none (Confucius). It’s really hard to approach life without taking on too much, without saying yes too often, without getting distracted by fires that need to be put out or shiny objects that ultimately aren’t important. Sticking to the trail ahead, even when it’s a grind, means having that ability to just focus on one thing at a time. What are you going to do this weekend that you will give all of your attention and focus to @novusselect Legendary runner Scott Jurek @scottjurek on the chase.
Photo by @donaldmiralle | What could be more fun and adventurous than taking flight in a hot air balloon with about 100 of your friends at sunrise Being at the mercy of winds and thermals, hot air ballooning is typically done at sunrise and sunset when winds are the calmest, and is considered to be one of the safest forms of air travel. The mass ascension during the Great American Balloon Race in Nevada is pictured here, from a remote camera I set up next to the lake and triggered while I was flying in the top red/blue balloon in the photo. #followme at @donaldmiralle for more...
Photo by @fred_pompermayer |. Photography has taken me to some amazing places over the years. When I had the chance to go to Maldives in 2010 I was so excited to explore the crystal clear water. First I had the vision for this photo and then I explained to @gustavoramoss to stay very close to duck dive so when @caioibelli came up for the barrel i could capture both since I was deeper underwater. I was stoked to be able to make my vision a reality. #surfphotography
Pano by @Andy_Best | SWIPE 👉🏻 I've been loving sharing these panos lately. I shared a smaller version a few months back from our trip from Baja, but I went crazy and connected a 6 image panorama of this epic morning I can't wait to get back to. Hopefully this winter if all goes well. Have a safe and responsible weekend friends! More over at @Andy_Best.
Photo by @mikeolbinski | The beast of Sublette, KS last night, one of the final shots I took of this insane supercell after a long time-lapse right in the vault area. Going to be an unreal time-lapse. What an an amazing day! Thanks to my buddy @wxmstr for navigating while I drove so we could get on epic storm after epic storm. This structure at the end of the night was something I've never experienced in person. Still can't believe it. One of my favorite images of all-time.
Photo by @taylorglenn | Complete focus. A curtain of spray obscures the intensity of Gannet Horn @surfasaur carving turns on a #Wyoming river wave. #riversurfing
Photo by @brittmumma | Today marks our teams high point on our expedition to Everest last year. At this point, I had been living above 18,000 feet for almost 8 weeks. You learn a lot about yourself sleeping in a tent that long. Looking back I can still say, there isn’t anywhere else I would have rather been. Something about the uncomfortable is comfortable to me.
Photo by @shonephoto Robbie Shone | Welcome to the Nakanai Mountains on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. This stunning lush-green, forest-covered landscape is rich in topography with mountains rising up to over 2000m interspersed with deep cut valleys. Elsewhere it seems like the mountains have just caved in on themselves, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. These huge circular collapse features (pictured) are called dolines, and they occur when the roof of a cave collapses. New Britain is well known for these huge dolines, sometimes called mega-dolines. For cavers they are exciting as they mean there’s a huge cave system underneath waiting to be explored. During our expedition in 2006, the aim was to descend and explore the Ora mega-doline.
Photo by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | I’ve gotten used to living under a pandemic until I catch myself and realize how strange it all is. I’m sure we all wish we were out riding slick rock and enjoying spring conditions and instead we’re scrambling to figure out how to move forward with all the things we took for granted. It’s odd and surreal, but as Mark Twain once wrote, "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” Throwback to Sara Ballantyne riding her bike near Moab, Utah.
Photos by @donaldmiralle | Convergence of visitors at Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Kanaab Utah. I was probably going to slide down this fine sand again this month since I had a shoot scheduled in Utah 1st week of May, but things changed in the world as did everyone’s entire calendar and way of life. Just like these mountains of sand move with the wind, we too have to learn to adapt, evolve and be flexible too, right So instead I’m home trying to help with my kids homeschool where I can, tearing out our kitchen for an unplanned renovation because of a water leak, building a chicken coops for 10 new birds, doing zoom sessions with photography students from a local high school, putting in some training miles and selling art prints. It’s not so bad, just a little slower paced than I’m used to but happy to be at home, healthy, stronger than I have been in awhile and surrounded by people I love. I guess there’s no other place I’d rather be right now... 🙏🏽🧡 #tbt #adaptation #throwbackthursday #gratitude
Photo by @christurtleboyes | Balance. Ying and yang. Fire and water. Life and death. Stability needs balance. Our unstable planet is in a state of imbalance, trying to find her equilibrium. We need to do everything we can to learn more about the mechanisms of this imbalance so we can help her into this new future. We need to find it together. We are one.
Photo by @fred_pompermayer | El Niño 2016, this was the best swell of the season in Hawaii. Its hard to forget the dawn sun lighting up the giant barrels at Jaws. #beautifulwaves #mauihawaii
Photo @guillermocerveraphoto | light Surfer @manuellezcano #lanzarote #canaryislands
Photo by James ‘Q’ Martin @jamesqmartin |professional climber @katerutherford trades her climbing harness for a saddle to learn the ropes on the Dugout Ranch, a @nature_org property in southeast Utah. To see more epic images of adventure follow @jamesqmartin
Photo @shonephoto Robbie Shone | In 2006 I took this photo in Ora River Cave whilst on an expedition to explore some of the worlds largest river caves in the Nakanai Mountains, Papua New Guinea. I was just starting out with cave photography back then and this expedition taught me so much about what I was about to tackle over the next 15 years.
Photo by @Andy_Best circa 2014 | "We're here anyway, let's try and get a photo!" Says a photo guy to a bunch of good ol' boy fisherman. Not quite like pulling teeth, but still not really accepted. That was a nice balance for me and still is. Roll with people that center you and your passion and vice versa. We all need one another in some way. For more please visit me @Andy_Best. Thank you so much!
Photo by @christianpondella | It was 40 years ago today that Mount St. Helens erupted. Here is the view from the summit of Mount St Helens at sunrise looking north to Mount Rainier.
Photo by @donaldmiralle | When you first approach Bora Bora from the air, the water color doesn’t even look real. With the azure water in the barrier lagoon contrasting with the deep cobalt of the South Pacific drop off, along with the abundant underwater ecosystems teeming with life, its truly a “Waterworld” paradise. This photo serves as a little #mondaymotivation that I need to get back there sometime soon...
Photo by @mikelibecki | These almost perfectly round ‘rocks’ are one of the most interesting and fascinating things I have come across in the wild, this one is about six feet or two meters tall. This is from an exploratory expedition to the far northern Arctic on the archipelago of Franz Josef Land, Russia, for both science and rock climbing. At about 80 degrees north, it’s one of the most remote places on the planet. According to my friend Sepp Friedhuber, an Austrian geologist, the shape of the boulders are a result of the accumulation of sedimentary material transported from land to the sea. The rounded shapes of the rocks were formed underwater and they may have an organic core in the center. There are many different theories about the phenomenon of these round stones. These stones were revealed after glaciers melted to reveal this mysterious, beautiful sculpture by Mother Earth. What is your theory #franzjosefland #arctic #russia #boulder #rock
Photo by @mikeolbinski | From last Thursday night in northern Oklahoma. Chasing storms can be an adventure but a lot of it is a waiting game. On this chase I must have sat in my truck for eight hours hoping for storms to fire and I almost bailed for the next day. But changed my mind and right at sunset this cell exploded and put on an incredible show. At this spot I sat over 30 minutes as it crawled at maybe five miles an hour. This bolt was spectacular and someday I’ll share the wide shot as well! The icing on the cake is the incredible stacked plated supercell behind it. What a fantastic chase.
Photo by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | "I almost gave up climbing. I completely lost sight of why I’d started in the first place: because I loved it, and it was fun. Fortunately, with time and a lot of work and understanding about what is truly healthy, I rediscovered that climbing was not and should not be a send-at-all-costs culture.”—Beth Rodden (@bethrodden), writing about her body and climbing in a recent article. Beth has been an inspiration to many of us for decades, first for pushing the limits on Yosemite’s biggest walls, and now for shining a light on many issues that climbers need to discuss. I feel lucky to call Beth a close friend and in her courage to open up, I see her as being stronger than ever. Here’s Beth on the West Buttress (5.13c) of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Photo by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | Dean Potter was a visionary and true force of nature. Today’s the five-year anniversary of his death, and on this day I wanted to take a moment to honor a guy who really shaped and inspired the adventure community. I feel honored to have witnessed some of his groundbreaking achievements, including this image of him when he set the wingsuit BASE jump record for a distance flight off the Eiger in Switzerland. This image was actually captured in the aftermath of his record, and it was just sort of luck and coincidence that I got the chance to capture this image of him taking a similar flight path to his record-setting flight. I had been traveling around the world with Josh Lowell (@joshlowell) on a production for a tech company, and we happened to be in Switzerland at the same time as Pete Mortimer (@mortimer_peter), who was there shooting Dean’s “free BASE” of the Eiger—in which he free-soloed a route up the north face of the Eiger and then, when he fell, would deploy his parachute. (Not surprisingly, this trend never really caught on!). We scrambled to borrow harnesses and rent a helicopter to shoot Dean wingsuiting off the Eiger. I had been in helicopters before, and usually I scoff when they tell you to clip in. But on this day, I was glad I did because as soon as Dean jumped and accelerated to 100 miles per hour within a few seconds, the helicopter lurched forward and sent us all colliding into each other. I barely got off a burst of frames before Dean was out of sight and helicopter never could catch up with him! So, here’s to you, Dean! Thanks for the inspiration. You were truly a master of the dark arts.
Photo by @paulzizkaphoto | Kayaking into the sunset on a brisk day at Bow Lake. ⁣ ⁣ With word out that Canada’s national parks will reopen in June, there seems to be some hope and light on the horizon. Paddle on folks!
Photo by @christurtleboyes | The dry Namaqualand region of southern Africa has some of the clearest skies on the continent, a vast place that seems to expand into the sky as the sun leaves!
Photo by @donaldmiralle | Flashback to going upside down in Utah with @brendog1 before the world went sideways. Sometimes it’s all about changing perspective and I like to think once we’re right side up again, we will appreciate the little things we take for granted a lot more. And maybe we all come out of this in a better place... #fbf #flashbackfriday #utah #mountainbike
Photos by @mikelibecki | Today is Endangered Species Day. It’s an opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about endangered species and how to do our part to protect them. Of course, every day needs to and should be an awareness day for these amazing animals. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change. Let’s create the global team work and all do our part. Please take the time to search this topic online, there is unlimited information, to educate yourself, family, friends and community and make a difference for our amazing Mother Earth! The time is now! #endangeredspeciesday #endangeredspecies #motherearth
Video by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | Ashima Shiraishi (@ashimashiraishi) has really pushed the sport of climbing and helped make it more accessible for so many young people around the world. She is considered one of the most naturally gifted female climbers ever. She’s also the author of a new illustrated book, “How to Solve a Problem.” It’s been a pleasure to watch Ashima push her limits as a climber and continue to be a great person.
Photo @guillermocerveraphoto | Some years ago I went to #cuba to photograph surfers in Havana and I found the very talented man called Umbert , no money , borrowed board and making aerials in his neighborhood ”70” . Cuban uthorities don’t like surfers at all , For them surf is an American thing .... in the picture the hotel Triton and Neptuno in Havana. Surfer | Umbert.
Photo by @brittmumma | Throwback to a fall sunset in Amman, Jordan. I was immediately captivated by this ancient country’s beauty and mystery. As my only trip to the Middle East, it really opened my eyes to another world.
Photo by @shonephoto Robbie Shone | Beneath the surface of the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland, an Italian explorer installs an ice screw to assist his descent of this giant moulin.
Photo by @mikeolbinski | Here’s a shot of my camera doing some time-lapse work yesterday in western Oklahoma and also a little storm in the background :) Chasing is such an up and down adventure and yesterday was a complete bust for most of the time until this storm at sunset redeemed the day. From depressed to euphoric in about an hour!
Photo by @fred_pompermayer | The greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow. Pot of Gold at Mavericks, California.
Video by Corey Rich @coreyrichproductions | Dangling from a stalactite high over the Andaman Sea, Ashima Shiraishi (@ashimashiraishi), then 15 years old, looks as comfortable as can be. She moves over rock like water runs down it. Now 19, Ashima has redefined the sport and is considered one of the most gifted female climbers ever. She’s also the author of a new illustrated book, “How to Solve a Problem.” It’s been a pleasure to watch Ashima push her limits as a climber and continue to be a great person.
Photo by @taylorglenn | Sunset illuminates a wispy cloud on the summit of the Grand Teton. National parks will soon begin a phased reopening which is exciting news. It will surely be a draw for a lot of people ready to #getoutside and find solace in the wilderness. Please remember that staffing and services are extremely limited and we all need to do our part to minimize impact and take care of these sacred places and their local communities . #findyourpark #protectourparks
Photo by @christurtleboyes | To start a fire for nourishment, warmth and security in a wild place again! This is an incredible period being forced by a virus into a time of connected solitude, sustained introspection, peaceful uncertainty, refined needs, consolidated possessions, re-evaluated worth. Mindful times! It is going to be an amazing feeling to connect physically with the planet again, see everything through an altered lens, and return to the wilderness, where nothing has changed at all!
Photo by @donaldmiralle | The space between dark and first light in the Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado. Human inhabitants of this area go back thousands of years to petroglyphs dating to 1300 BC, with the indigenous Ute people claiming they have always inhabited this sacred land. #followme @donaldmiralle to see more...
Photo by @chrisbukard | From one Dome to another - I salute you.
Photo by @mikelibecki | Sometimes on an expedition we are constantly on the go. In this case we were trekking through the mountains on Socotra Island trying to reach our first ascent climbing goals when we came across this Bottle Tree or also called Desert Rose Tree, indigenous to the island. Sometimes you can’t wait for perfect light and have to capture on the fly. Socotra Island, Yemen is home to some of the most unique species on Earth with hundreds of indigenous species. #tree #socotra #socotraisland #yemen #indigenous #species
Photo by @brittmumma | In the distant mountains of far western Nepal, Dirk Collins [@dirkcollins] takes a moment during our 300 mile journey to take it all in. It was a difficult project on many levels but allowed us lots of time to be quiet, reflect and really contemplate about the things that matter most. There is a lot of noise constantly coming at us whether it’s through your earbuds, the radio, tv, computer or social media. It’s hard to escape and rarely can we find moments of silence. It’s important to take the time to listen and not only contribute to the noise. The more you listen, the more you understand.