Jumping the Mount Baker Road Gap, Washington State
After a long day of exploring Mount Baker’s backcountry, a group of expert skiers, including professional telemarker Paul Kimbrough (pictured), ventured toward the legendary Mount Baker Road Gap, a rite of passage among local skiers and snowboarders. It took a few hours to build up the jump, consider all the safety precautions, and set up flashes. Because it was so dark, the car was actually parked, so Kimbrough could have a sense of where he was. "When I dropped in I could barely see the in-run as the light faded," recalls Kimbrough, "but I was confident and it felt great to 360 through light snowflakes and ride out clean."
Free Soloing Yosemite National Park
With no rope to save him from a fall, daredevil climber Dean Potter free solos a route called Heaven on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California. Half Dome appears in the distance.
Kayaking La Paz Falls, Costa Rica
Professional kayaker Pat Keller plunges over 120-foot La Paz Falls in the central highlands of Costa Rica. Keller survived the extreme drop—though he broke his right hand
Kayak Waterfall Records
Sea Kayaking: A different kind of racing
Backcountry Skiing, Austria
A skier cuts through powder on a peak in Saalbach, Austria. This region of Salzburg is a popular destination for skiers, with multiple runs and extensive backcountry options.
Backcountry Skiing - Blahstein
Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
Competitors in the 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge trek across the desert during the six-day endurance race. Racers began with a triathlon-style prologue in Abu Dhabi city, then traveled by bus to Al Ain, where they confronted the Jebel Hafeet mountain range. Next they hiked across the Rub al Khali desert before ending the challenge with a sea kayaking leg.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Teaser
Fly or Die: Dean Potter
BASE Jumping, Utah
A Red Bull Air Force Team member BASE jumps off a cliff in southwestern Utah. The extra fabric in the wing suits creates lift allowing the jumper to "fly." Parachutes aid in a safe landing.
Yosemite Base Jump
Though illegal, the sport of BASE jumping in Yosemite is soaring in popularity.
Climbing Yosemite's Midnight Lightning
Annapurna Trail, Nepal
A snow-covered peak dwarfs a climber on Thorung La, a 17,769-foot pass in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya. The pass poses the most difficult challenge along the Annapurna trail, a circuit that draws mountaineers from around the globe.
Edurne Pasaban: 2011 Adventurer of the Year
Surfing the huge Waves, Austrailia
A huge rogue wave comes through a southern Australian surf spot.
This photo was taken in 38ºF water after a blizzard in New Jersey. Inside the wave is professional surfer Luke DiTella. The beach is snow covered, and as a New Jersey surfer, this is what gets our blood going!
Climbing Cliff with Bare Hands
Mexican climber Jaime Navarrez rock climbs on the limestone cliffs of El Potrero Chico, north of Monterrey, Mexico. With over 2,000 feet of relief, esteemed summit El Toro looms in the background
Alone on the Wall
Adventure Glacier, Argentina
An ephemeral, magical moment inside Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
A Day Spent Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier
Exploring the Sandstone Slot Canyon, Utah
This one was so deep and narrow, the sun could barely penetrate to the bottom and we needed headlamps to be able to see. It's narrower than your feet at the bottom of the slot, so you have to climb up higher and wedge yourself in place by friction. Climb too high though, and it widens out enough that it's hard to hold yourself in place, and you slide down—with a cheese-grater effect on your skin.
Canyoneering Southern Utah Slot Canyons
Jumping off to Staircase
Mike Baker jumping off of a three-story deck onto a staircase in New Hampshire
Up Up and Away
A skier at the Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria
Hiking Mt.Raineer National Park, Washington
Mountaineering: Height doesn't matter
Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington:
Trek Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the country’s largest national park, operates on an entirely different scale than the Lower 48. Let’s just review the numbers: Six times the size of Yellowstone, it’s home to the country’s largest collection of glaciers and peaks over 16,000 feet (4,879 meters), including nine of the 16 tallest mountains. Parts of the national park are so remote and unexplored that mountains, glaciers, and passes remain unnamed, and only two roads—both gravel—enter it at all. Few visitors ever set foot into the backcountry. All of this adds up to that rarest of finds: true solitude.
Because there are limited well-trod trails in the park, backpackers usually forge their own routes, which is why a guide can come in handy. Enter Greg Fensterman, the author of the FalconGuides to trekking in the park and owner of the outfitter Trek Alaska. After exploring the park for the better part of a decade, Fensterman now offers choice guided treks, ranging from several days of bush-plane-accessed base camping and pleasant day hikes to nine days of serious climbs, swift river crossings, and bushwhacking. Either way, the rewards are indescribable: You’ll witness paper-white peaks that rise 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) out of valley floors, spot grizzlies that have likely never seen humans, and witness a place so remote and wild it could very well be the end of the world.Ultimate Riding
Record Cave Diving Leaves Mystery
Radical Reels: Oseven
Mount Biker: Follow Me if You Can
Light the Wick
Brothers Wild: Timmy and Sean O'Neill
Into the Unknown
Speed Riding Aconcagua