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User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Feb 12, 2018 8:30 PM (UTC)
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Photo by: @jamesqmartin
As I enter into the deep folds of the Grand Canyon, I shed emotional layers away - which more than any, allows me to be quiet internally.

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User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 20, 2018 10:23 PM (UTC)

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Photo: @Chrisburkard. Asymmetrical, finless, and barely longer than a body board are not words that are usually used to describe a surfboard, but @tearevor isn’t making any excuses. -
@tearevor makes it look easy in Foster, Australia
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 20, 2018 6:37 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @fred_pompermayer Lots to learn when you challenge yourself.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 19, 2018 11:31 PM (UTC)
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Photo: @mikelibecki
It’s not often that I take a ‘selfie’...but when I do it’s usually on the summit of a solo first ascent when the light is just about perfect. This is somewhere on the east coast of Greenland when the the 24-hour sun converged sunset and sunrise simultaneously as it rolled across the icecap. It felt like time stopped while embracing the utter solitude, and I remember hearing only two things: my breath and heartbeat. Immaculate weather too, which was nice for the nap/open bivy after the 20+ hour push. Oh Mother Earth, bowing down to you and this miraculous, wondrous reality! 🌏 🙏🏻 🙇🏻‍♂️
#thetimeisnow #whyrationpassion #joyineering
#solitude #solo
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 19, 2018 6:50 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @fred_pompermayer In big wave surfing, things can go bad really fast.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 19, 2018 4:14 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @max.lowe // Caught midst the Vortex in the red stone buttes and mesas of Sedona AZ this past week.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 18, 2018 4:49 PM (UTC)
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Photo: @andy_mann // @natgeo #explorer @mikelibecki always keeps the lights on and the fire stoked. Many late and exhausted evenings I’ve spent in the cook tent with Mike. This moment is high on a jungle ridge in Us Pou Island, French Polynesia. @ladzinski @angelajpayne ⛺️🍳🦎
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 18, 2018 2:55 AM (UTC)
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Photo by: @jamesqmartin 'It matters if you just don't give up.' ~ Stephen Hawking
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 16, 2018 3:08 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @celinserbo // A room with a view in the Elk Range of central Colorado. Happy weekend.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 16, 2018 1:08 AM (UTC)

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Photo by: @paulzizkaphoto Icelandic Skylights. Breiðamerkurjökull ice caves. Otherworldly! 😁
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 15, 2018 1:39 PM (UTC)

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Video: @coreyrichproductions | Good weather, good granite, great days. Throwback to the @benegasbrothers finding the goods in Patagonia.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 14, 2018 11:15 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Kai Lenny arcing across a massive wave at Peahi, aka JAWS, on the north shore of Maui. Note that the lower half of this wave is blocked by the wave in front of it. I was blasting away at 9 frames per second as we crested the wave you see in the foreground. #kailenny #peahi #jaws
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 14, 2018 1:26 AM (UTC)

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Photo @chrisburkard. For me, uncertainty is the single most defining element of creating a meaningful photograph, and is simply impossible to plan for. I had spent months planning to shoot at this location, but a torn shoulder left me unable to cross the river, and I was forced to sit far away, shooting a wide composition whilst the team moved to a better shooting position. But then I heard the birds screeching, animals moving through the darkness, perhaps stirred by the strangeness of the light around them. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the bird, hit the shutter at 1/8000th of a second, the camera’s max, and prayed for a sharp image. And now, here it is, my favorite photo of the eclipse. Just as important as avoiding the tunnel vision of focusing on capturing “one shot,” sometimes it’s important to use other senses to complete the photograph. In this case my ears were just as important as my eyes. -
@handsomerobinson walks a highline beneath the eclipse.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 13, 2018 9:22 PM (UTC)
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After a week of climbing virgin routes on golden granite domes along the Irtysh River in the Keketouhai valley in northern China, Jeremy Collins draws on the experience. ✍🏽@jercollins_com 📸

User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 13, 2018 9:06 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Pilot @gavinmcclurg getting a different perspective of the ancient buildings in Morocco. #africa #paragliding #morocco
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 13, 2018 4:03 PM (UTC)

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Photo: @coreyrichproductions | Years ago, heading into the Grand Canyon for a month-long raft trip to explore the untapped climbing potential, we had no idea what we’d find. But that’s what made it such an adventure. @tommycaldwell @bethrodden @mortimer_peter @brettlowell
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 13, 2018 8:17 AM (UTC)
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Photo by: @jamesqmartin
Live and love fully! Ryan Johnson @akicebum here leading the charge for the polar plunge - learn more about Ryan and his epic alpine adventures by going to @jamesqmartin feed.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 13, 2018 7:02 AM (UTC)

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Dr. Marc Luetscher studies the ice beneath his feet, searching for hidden treasures that may hold secrets to a forgotten past. He is looking for tiny samples that he can extract and later date in the laboratory from Schwarzmooskogel Eishöhle, Austria. Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 12, 2018 9:34 PM (UTC)

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Photo by @fred_pompermayer It's amazing how the new generation of big wave surfers like @lucaschumbo are pushing the sport to the next level.
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 12, 2018 7:37 PM (UTC)
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Photos by @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies ~

All true stories are never-ending. ~
The shamans assured us that we would be fine. Before we descended onto the cliff to shoot for #TheLastHoneyHunter assignment, sweaty and nervous in our bee suits, we drank milky alcohol and called out the names of the ancestors. Days before, we made the requisite offerings of live chickens and Johnny Walker whiskey to the forest spirits in a clearing deep in the jungle. The omens all looked good. Well, most of them. ~
The honey harvest is not the sort of thing that foreigners with cameras are welcome at. But I had spent ten years earning the trust and encouragement of the community. I hoped this applied to the local spirits too. ~
It was difficult to explain how Mauli Dhan Rai, the main character, transformed when the spirit came into him - how he was almost beyond human. The far-away eyes, the incredible strength, his imperviousness to the throat-clenching heights and beestings. ~
Once the story was told, the real story actually began. On his first ever trip to Kathmandu, riding the wave of celebrity that followed the project, Mauli Dhan lost his grip upon reality. His fierce eyes went dull. He didn’t know where he was. Kathmandu crashed around him. I called the shamans. The spirits were angry with him and possibly with me. I flew him in a helicopter back to Saadi - back home. The shamans gathered around him and carried him to the cliffs. Again, chickens were sacrificed. Whiskey was offered, and drank. There was shouting and dancing. Mauli was healed. ~
When I was last back in Saadi about a month ago, Mauli and I shared another glass of moonshine and the usual silence. We were both tired. I asked him if he thought that our cameras and our presence had upset the spirits. If his misfortune was tied to us and our interest in his story. His eyes darted. He took another sip. He looked me in the eyes. “I’m fine. The spirits just wanted their share of our good fortune.” ~

There is so much in this world that we still need to understand.
@ben_knight @sadiequarrier @taylorfreesolo @climber.abiral @m_synnott @irving_matthew
User Image natgeoadventure Posted: Mar 12, 2018 2:34 PM (UTC)
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Photo by @celinserbo // Twilight on Chopicalqui (6354 m) in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. This mountain is the fourth highest in this majestic range and was first climbed in 1932.