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Adventure Video of the Week: A Skier's Journey to Iceland

The hardest part of watching Jordan Manley's third episode of A Skier's Journey is knowing that it's the last in this year's series. That thought quickly fades away as the stunning footage of Iceland transports you out of the present and into dreams of skiing yet another foreign landscape.

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A New 360-Degree POV Cam For Catching, and Controlling, the Action

The next revolution in POV cameras and viewing software allows the watcher to control the view. Red Bull has teamed up with the tech company Making View to release a series of action sports videos captured with the ViewCam 360, a modular camera that records a really, really wide view. The company says that the camera can capture 360-degree, 4K x 2K equirectangular video at 25-50fps. The whole contraption weighs around 600 grams, or 1.3 pounds. The recordings are added to playback software titled the Making Viewer, which allows the online watcher to pan and tilt the footage for the view they want.

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Airstream Thanksgiving, Part I: The Chaco Canyon Saga

Action3 BAirstream in repose, Gallo Campground, Chaco Canyon (note trash bag window). Photo: Katie Arnold

This year we decided to do something different for Thanksgiving. Instead of traveling to be with extended family or entertaining them here, we opted to stay put in Santa Fe and keep it simple. But when we fished around for an invitation to a proper Thanksgiving dinner and came up empty, staying home no longer seemed so festive. What would be more exciting than turkey for four around our dining room table? An Airstream road trip!

All fall, we’d been wanting to go to Chaco Canyon, a rugged valley in northwestern New Mexico that, a thousand years ago, was a major trading center for Native Americans. Today it’s a wild, desolate landscape dotted with crumbling ruins, a campground and visitor center, and not a single tree. From there, we’d head to Canyon de Chelly, a 30-mile-long chasm on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Both are World Heritage Sites and have major historical significance to the native peoples of the Southwest. It seemed a perfect, semi-spontaneous way to celebrate Thanksgiving—deep in the heart of Indian country, immersed in a culture that preceded our own by centuries.

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This Week's Missing Links, December 1

The best articles, photos, and videos I didn't post this week—until now. (Sorry for missing last week, I was concentrating on digesting my Thanksgiving meal, unlike this fool, who gave up.)

If you only click on one link this week, make it "Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm," from The New York Times.

For the week's best longform journalism, check out "Weekend Reading: Bigfoot Will See You Now."

ADVENTURE
The world's toughest endurance races. Take 3,723.
CNN

The XXL of whitewater kayaking—without the funding, Outside

An ode to climber Patrick Edlinger, The New York Times

An ode to running coach John Cheffers, The Sydney Morning Herald

What does it feel like to win a gold medal eight years later, when you can't monetize it? The Trailer via David Epstein

Get in the van, Adventure Journal

On the future of adventure filmmaking, Explorer's Web

An argument for Usain Bolt as Sportsman of the Year, Sports Illustrated

Guess who's at the front of the list for Anti-Sportsman of the Year? Sports Illustrated

Trying to change the world, one skateboard at a time, Wired

Best POV cam use for showing yard work, YouTube

"Everything wrong with cycling, all in one handy headline and deck," Outside via Keyeser

Skiers like to vote, maybe more than other people, Powder

Backcountry gear sales continue to rise, ESPN

World's newest winter sport? Outside

Suurrry, Wiggins. Marianne Vos is the international cyclist of the year, Velo News

Paula Radcliffe's elite career may be over, Runner's World

Has anyone seen Bigfoot? Anyone? Outside

The story behind Powder's December cover, Powder

"Kiteboarder Chases a Speed Title That He Lost to a Rocket-Shaped Boat," The New York Times

Surfer Chris Malloy's adventure bucket list, Outside

SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Dinosaurs may have had the same view of the Grand Canyon that we do?
The New York Times

Who wants to challenge this guy? North America's best deer tick collector brought in 15,000 last year. NPR

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The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, by the Numbers

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season in 4 minutes and 28 seconds. Video: NOAA Visualization Lab

Today marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, one of the busiest and costliest storm seasons in U.S. history. This season tied 2010 and 2011 for third place all time with 19 named storms, making the three-year span a rare, extended period of high activity.

In 2012, there were 19 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes and one of which became a major hurricane. NOAA classified the year as "above normal" based on the number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, saying that 10 seasons exceeded 2012 in the last three decades in terms of the combined effect of the three previously mentioned factors. The only major hurricane of the year was Michael, a Category III storm that died out over the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm that people will talk about when they mention 2012 is, of course, Sandy.

“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more ‘weather ready’ by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline.”

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