Nat Geo Celebrates National Parks Week With 10 Big Adventures.

This week is National Park Week here in the U.S., which is dedicated to recognizing the amazing places that have been set aside as protected spaces for the public to enjoy. Those locations include iconic destinations like Yosemite and Yellowstone, as well as some lesser known spots like the Dry Tortugas and Isle Royale. To help us celebrate the occasion, National Geographic has posted a list of the top 10 national park adventures, giving readers a seres of challenges and epic activities, all of which take place inside one of the parks.

Some of the adventures that Nat Geo recommends include searching for a great stargazing spot in Death Valley, scuba diving in the Channel Islands, and camping in the backcountry in Denali. Other options include climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and paddling through other top parks in the U.S. system, including some of most famous and popular places that the Park Service oversees. Of course, I won’t spoil them all, and let you find out for yourself, with each adventure paired with an equally great photo from a National Geographic photographer.

As a huge fan of the national parks, I always enjoy reading lists like this one. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a lot of these places, but there are still a few more that I need to get to at some point. If I had to choose a favorite, for me it would probably be Yellowstone. My recommendation for a big adventure there would be to go in winter, when it is peacefully empty, the landscapes are covered in snow, and the wildlife has all come down from altitude. There won’t be any bears, as they’re all in hibernation, but it is time when you can truly enjoy the primal nature of the park.

What is your favorite national park? Do you have any major adventures to share from your time there? I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below!

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January and February Climbing Events by American Alpine Institute.

– Jan 17 — Seattle, WA — Denali NP Open House Meeting On Climbing Fees

— Jan 18 — Golden, CO — Denali NP Open House Meeting On Climbing Fees

— Jan 20 — Portland, OR — Telluride Mountain Film Fest

— Jan 22 — Bellingham, WA — Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge (WWU)

— Jan 27 — Seattle, WA — Altitude Illness Seminar

— Jan 29 — Truckee, CA —  Lost Trail Lodge Ice Climbing

— Feb 4 — Munising, Michigan — Michigan Ice Fest

— Feb 5 — Mammoth, CA — (Ski Mountaineering) Mammoth Chase

— Feb 12-13 — Alpental, WA — VertFest sponsored by OR

— Feb 12 — Seattle, WA — Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge (UW)

— Feb 18 – 21– Cody, WY — 13th Annual “Waterfall Ice” Fest

— Feb 26 — Seattle, WA — AAC Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner

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Karakoram Winter Expedition 2010/2011: Polish secret on Nanga, news from GII.

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Gasherbrum II Winter Expedition 2010/2011.

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /24/ – Week in Review.

History was made on Broad Peak this weekend. Camp 3 set and with a victim already; K2 is ready for a summit push at the next weather window, estimated for around July 25-27.

K2: Bulgarian climber lost in C2 Bulgarian climber Petar Georgiev Unzhiev, member of ATP International K2 Expedition 2010, passed away of high altitude sickness in camp 2 on K2 this past weekend.

Broad Peak Basque new route & traverse Alberto Iñurrategi, Mikel Zabalza and Juan Vallejo reached BP Central Summit (8,013m) via a new route Saturday, thus bagging the first Basque route on an 8000er. Sunday, 14x8000er summiteer Alberto climbed back up from their bivy tent (installed on BP’s normal route C3 at 7,100m) and stepped on BP’s main summit, thus completing the massif traverse.

Broad Peak normal route South African Mike Horn and Swiss mountain guide Köbi Reichen reached the summit of Broad Peak on Saturday. Members in Slovakia Marmota’s team Tomas Rigoci and Jan (Jano) Dolezal reached Broad Peak’s main summit as well.

Amin Brakk reports summit succes for the ladies’ team on Amin Brakk.

GII Radek Jaros, Libor Uher and Petr Masek checked in over satellite phone from GII summit on Saturday at 2PM, local time. This is Radek’s tenth 8000er. The summits came one week after Ludo, Pemba and Thomas of the French team stood on GII summit July 11.

GI Don and Alexey got stuck in chest deep snow 100 meters from the summit ridge.

K2: Stangl back for a speed attempt Everest speed climber Christian Stangl is back for another speed attempt on K2.

Alberto Zerain to solo Everest Hornbein couloir In 2008 he was the fastest up on K2, which possibly saved his life. Now Himalayan speed climber Alberto Zerain is raising the bar for the upcoming Himalayan fall season. By mid-September he hopes to begin a solo attempt on Everest Hornbein Couloir.

Himalaya and Everest spring 2010 While a major ExWeb stats series on the spring 2010 Himalayan climbing season is underway, Ang Tshering Sherpa of Asian Trekking made a big wrap of his own.

Erden Eruc update: Erden Eruc has left his bike and set of from Carnarvon on the west coast of Australia in his rowing boat.

Iceland crossing kicked off, and solo correction Louis-Philippe Loncke from Belgium started his Iceland solo crossing on July 12 after arriving at the most northern point of the country. In his latest report he said he has reached the Ásbyrgi Gorge. A correction on the first solo, without resupply, crossing of Iceland: Christopher Mike did it in 2008.

Canoe through Mongolia Most people think of Djengis Khan and horseback riding when you say Mongolia. Now four adventurers are going to canoe through the Taiga forest and Mongolian steppe landscape and in to Russia.

Debrief from Linda Beilharz and Rob Rigato: 2010 North Pole expedition Australian couple, Linda and Rob Rigato skied from Canada to the North Pole with Northwinds guide Sarah McNair-Landry and resupplies. “I have never in my life had to be so focused on achieving a goal and pushing for days, weeks really, to achieve it,” says Linda Beilharz in a “snippet” of their North Pole story.

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /23/ – Week in Review.

Two years passed since the accidents new teams are assembled at the foot of K2. A huge campaign for “No way down – life and death on K2” by New York Times journalist Graham Bowley is currently running at ExplorersWeb. Bowley has done extensive research for the book, travelling around the world to meet with the survivors. In addition to the advertisement, find re-runs of the most notable stories compiled by ExWeb during and after the events.

In other news: Unstable weather and high winds have been punishing Karakoram with few summits but much excitement on the wild side of G1 where three Italians, running into red tape, chose to drop the camels and journey Shipton style. Around the world, lots is ongoing on land and sea and ExWeb ran some great interviews in addition to the regular updates.

On Nanga Parbat Himalaya winter veteran Marcin Kaczkan delivered another Polish summit July 2nd. More climbers summited Nanga on Saturday: Iranian Azim Gheychi-Saz with two Nepalese climbers and the three Koreans Sung-Ho Suh, Chang-Ho Kim and Jin-Tae Kim (no 02/no sherpas). Mingma became the first Sherpa to summit 12 different main 8000ers; Korean Kim Chang-Ho only the second mountaineer after Messner to summit Nanga from both sides.

Broad Peak: High winds force Basques back Alberto, Juan and Mikel topped out Broad Peak north summit Friday but strong winds prevented the traverse. “This was just a starter,” 14x8000er summiteer Iñurrategi said. “We’re definitely going for a second round as soon as conditions improve.” Meanwhile, Austrian Gerfried Göschl sent word with more details about the route.

Gasherbrum V: “K2 Extreme Expedition” members Hyoung-Il Kim, Sang-Woo Lee and Ji-Myuong Jang tried to summit G5 in alpine style but were forced back at about 6,550 meters.

GI north side Shipton style A Chinese liaison officer – contrary to permits issued by both Chinese military and mountaineering authorities – halted the Italians at the head of Gasherbrum North Glacier, claiming ‘restricted area’,” reported. Losing their porters and camels Daniele Bernasconi, Hervé Barmasse and Mario Panzeri decided to carry their own supplies and attempt the climb – up a face they’ve never seen before – without a Base Camp.

Gasherbrum I & II teams wait for more favorable weather. Czechs Radek, Libor and Petr seemingly reached C3 and beyond before retreating. Many large crevasses have reportedly opened in just the last week and most climbers are roping up in teams of two or three. A serac dropping from GVI caused an avalanche affecting the GI/GII joint route to C1. Bowie and Bolotov announced 7500m reached on the acclimatization round.

K2 The route to C3 is about to be fixed by Giuseppe Pompili’s team and Iranian Leila’s 2 porters. Fredrik Ericsson skied down from camp 3. Gerlinde and Ralf have slept at about 7000 meters on Cesen and hope to reach C3 before the13th.

Facts or Yellow? A recent report in a British paper portraits Alison Heargraves, perished in a storm on K2, as victim of domestic violence, quoting unpublished diary entries.

Concordia: Keep Baltoro Clean team 4000 kg of waste has been collected from Concordia by the “Keep Baltoro Clean” expedition, launched by the EvK2Cnr Committee. In addition, the crew installed 8 eco toilets at Concordia Circus and transported eighty drums of human waste downhill to Paiju to be burned in an earth incinerator. The work will continue until end August.

ExWeb Interview with Everest teen star Jordan Romero Thirteen-year old Jordan Romero became the youngest person to summit Everest on May 22nd. His success inspired and provoked, spurred regulators in Communist China and galvanized teens to strap on their crampons. ExWeb’s contributors Morgan (9) and Amanda caught up with this mountaineering’s wild child.

Daniela Teixeira fills a Blank on the Map: Garhwal Himalaya Free Spirit expedition debrief Fighting crowds on GII for the past two seasons; this spring Portuguese Daniela Teixeira felt she needed a change and rerouted to India’s Garhwal. Check her debrief at ExWeb.

Ski Mountaineering film Premier – Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey During Nov-Dec 2009 Chris Davenport, Stian Hagen, and Andrea Binning went on an ski mountaineering odyssey to the Antarctic Peninsula in search of the ski lines of their dreams, producing a film onboard their support vessels that has now been released.

Doug Stoup about ski mountaineering on Svalbard and glacier travel skills course Svalbard is one of the most remarkable ski destinations he has ever been to, Doug Stoup told ExplorersWeb. Now IceAxe are offering other adventurers to go to Svalbard; as well as to enrol in a skills course in glacier travel.

Everest Skydive at Shyangboche, Khumbu Himal During Everest Skydive 2010 solo and tandem jumps were performed as high as 29,500 ft at Shyangboche drop zone (12,350 ft). Skydivers from New Zealand, UK, Nepal, USA, Australia and France participated. Check the debrief report at ExWeb.

North Pole Yacht Race: Russians in Murmansk Russian Peter 1 has spent time in Murmansk to do final preparations and the necessary paperwork before setting of into the North East Passage (NEP). Børge Ousland is right on their tail waiting for the wind to turn.

The Finns finished near Qaanaaq; and the McNair-Landry kids’ new expedition Vesa Luomala and Toni Vaartimo ended their Narsaq to Qaanaaq kite ski expedition in the middle of meltwater and crevasses near Qaanaaq. Eric McNair-Landry, who recently got off the Greenland ice after setting a new kite distance world record, is in Mongolia busy with last preparations for a new expedition.

ExWeb interview with Bastien Demange: To cross Canada by canoe French Bastien Demange cycled 4200km through Siberia in winter. His next project is to cross Canada by canoe; a distance of 7000km from a start between Ottawa and Pembroke to the Arctic coast. In his chat with ExWeb, Bastien said he’s searching for a teammate.

Around-the-world cycling record attempt Brit Alan Bate gave a debrief of his cycling through Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil, telling about cold weather and tough winds, inconsiderate truck drivers, and the challenge of cycling solo in the USA in a “threatening atmosphere”.

Heads up: Louis-Philippe Loncke solo Iceland crossing The Belgian adventurer who crossed the Simpson Desert is back to try and become the first person to walk between the 2 extreme latitudes of Iceland’s main island without resupplies; in summer and winter.

Polar bear country: Kayaking round Svalbard Two young Norwegians pushed of from Longyearbyen on Svalbard July 5th in an attempt to be the first to circumnavigate Svalbard during a 2-3 month long kayak expedition.

Mongolian trek update: Entering the beginning of the Altai Mountains His ankle swollen and toe nails falling off; Ripley Davenport left the “tranquil and surreal” terrain of the Gobi Desert and entered the beginning of the Altai Mountains for a terrain changed for the worst, he reported.

Trans-Kalahari adventure run in Botswana During August and September Jukka Viljanen, Kirsi Montonen (both from Finland) and Greg Maud (from South Africa) will run 1000 km across the Kalahari in Botswana, Southern Africa in aid one of Botswana’s most endangered animals, the cheetah.

Chris Rhys Howarth to run across Kenya in aid of street children In July British ultra runner Chris Rhys Howarth will attempt to run 1,100 miles (1,770 km) across Kenya to help some of Kenya’s poorest children living on the streets. He will run through 12 major towns and cities over a period of seven weeks.

Heads up: Antony Jinman and graduate students to Baffin Island In the Arctic Spring Antony Jinman skied from Canada to the North Pole. Next month he is returning to Baffin Island to explore the Penny Ice Cap and surrounding glaciated valleys during a 4 week project with 8 other graduate students and trainee teachers in connection with his outreach work on Baffin Island.

Leader needed for 2010 Skeleton Coast expedition Do you have extensive expedition leadership experience, knowledge of African wildlife and are you capable of handling a firearm? A British group planning to walk 400km along the Namibian Skeleton Coast in Oct/Nov are looking for a new leader.

Teen sailing update: Abby’s own story Abby Sunderland (16) held a press conference at the Marina del Rey Hotel in Los Angeles describing exactly happened to her in southern Indian Ocean where she lost the mast on Wild Eyes, an Open 40, June 10th.

Never Ending Voyage: Deadliest Catch area The never ending sailor Henk de Velde is on his way to one of the most remote areas in the world. In the next couple of days he will reach the Aleutian islands in the Bering Strait. Henk de Velde started Part 3 of his Never Ending Voyage – A Journey to the Edges of the World.

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Himalaya 2010 climbing season, Karakoram and Himalaya wrap-up /22/ – Week in Review.

Bad weather sent most climbers down from the Pakistan peaks this weekend. Save for a crevasse fall-scare though, so far all is well in Karakoram. Iranian Leila was the first to stand face to face with K2, the season’s first 8000er summit was bagged by Polish Hajzer and Szymczak on Nanga Parbat, and Italian Walter Bonatti turned 80.

In other news:

12-year old Matt Moniz summited Denali, Whitney and Elbert in just eight days earlier this month. Resident in Boulder, CO, Matt had previously summited Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro and hiked to Everest BC.

Abby heading for the US Her brother Zac met Abby Sunderland when she arrived at la Reunion this weekend. Abby has kept the story about how she lost her mast in the southern ocean to herself after she was rescued, but now on her way back home to the US she will hold a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Vogel Family on Bikes update: Two years on the road with child adventurers It has been two years since John, Nancy, Daryl & Davy (both 12) pedaled away from the shores of the Arctic Ocean on their way to the south of South America. Nancy says they are living their dream on a daily basis. The past 20,000km they have also spent “working together toward a common goal as a family.”

The race around the North Pole: Russians vs Norwegians Norwegians Børge Ousland and Thorleif Thorleifsson thought they where the only team heading for the North East and North West Passage in one season. But on the same day the Norwegians started a Russian team sailed in to Norwegian waters with exactly the same intentions.

Greenland wrap-up: Sebastian and Eric on land; Vesa an Toni still on the Inland ice Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland started at ocean level, at the foot of a glacier near Narsasuaq in the south and finished forty days later at ocean level at the base of a mountain near Qaanaaq (approx 2300km). Vesa Luomala and Toni Vaartimo, also on this route, get sporadic good kite winds.

Four Brits planning to break South Pole ski speed record Manley Hopkinson, Steve Walton, Rupert Baddeley and Charlie Hunter teamed up as the ‘Best of British South Pole Expedition’ to break the “fastest, unsupported, unassisted crossing from edge of continent to South Pole” and bring the record home to Britain.

Mongolian trek update Ripley Davenport has made his way into Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. The heat and the lack of wind make it tough going; after he managed to locate a well and replenish his water supply though, after 28 days, Rip took a well needed stripped wash in cold water.

Expedition School in the French Pyrenees anyone? Known for his human powered, source to sea journey of the Amazon River and recent walk across Iran, Mark Kalch is presenting a 3-day Expedition School in the French Pyrenees where participants will be provided with the essential tools to embark on their own adventure or expedition.

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The Gear Junkie Profiles Seven Summiteer.

Author : Kraig Becker.

The Gear Junkie has posted a story about Troy Aupperle, an American climber who has successfully climbed each of the Seven Summits. He shares a few stories from his adventures, including hiding in the back of a 4×4 to get a crack at Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, while taking the opportunity to plug his nutritional philosophy that he claims helped to get him to the top of all of those mountains.

When he began his quest to scale the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, Aupperle hoped to set a new record for shortest time to complete those climbs. That didn’t happen, but he still managed to knock off each of the mountains in just two years time, which is plenty fast and ambitious in my mind. In the process, he spent roughly $150,000 realizing his goal.

But for the 44-year old business man this was just another opportunity to promote his products, which in this case, are a series of enzyme nutritional supplements that he swears helped him increase his energy and conditioning. Aupperle thinks that other mountaineers and athletes can see performance gains from his example as well. He also credits a number of other supplements for helping him be successful in the mountains, such as antioxidant products, probiotic bacteria, and medicinal silver.

As someone who works out regularly and tries to stay fit, reading about the nutritional habits can be interesting and useful at times. But in this case, I would have preferred more of the story focus on the Seven Summits and Aupperle’s experiences there. The story of being smuggled into Carstensz Pyramid is the stuff of high adventure, and I would like to hear more about that, rather than the pills he was popping on summit day. Still, I thought some might find his story interesting and possibly helpful. Anyone else use enzymes and other supplements to improve their performance at altitude?

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Lei Wang – Asian American woman to beat record in climbing Seven Summits.

On Jan. 31, 2010, Lei Wang appeared as a guest on CityLine, WCVB Boston Channel 5’s award-winning urban news and feature magazine program.

She is climbing the 7 Summits and ski the 2 poles.. to become the first Asian American woman to do that. Her last climb is Everest in March, having also climbed other high mountains such as Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Denali, Vinson, Carstensz Pyramid . She has also skied to the North Pole and the South Pole in Antarctica.

Lei Wang 7 summits + 2 Poles trailer – video.

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