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Good for: A daily adventure fix

Written by: Veteran adventure travel editor Mary Anne Potts, Steve Casimiro on gear, Aparna Ragagopal-Durbin on outdoor skills, and a handful of other contributors

The blog covers a bit of everything by recruiting writers versed in adventure. Fitz Cahall details the 2012 Adventurers of the Year nominees in posts packed with multimedia. Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin of NOLS offers outdoor skills advice, like in this post on winter layering tips. Steve Casimiro breaks down gear, for example this one on three of the year’s best new compact cameras. The blog averages one post a day, a much lower frequency than sites like The Adventure Blog and Adventure Journal, but the quality is high.

Sample post:

Adventurers of the Year 2012: Rider Danny MacAskill

Two years ago Scottish street trials rider Danny MacAskill was just a guy working a nine-to-five job as a mechanic in an Edinburgh bike shop, crafting his vision of what was possible on a bicycle in the hours after work. In March 2009, he took a risk and left his job to pursue riding full time. A month later his roommate, Dave Sowerby, released a video of MacAskill leaping, flipping, and balancing across Edinburgh’s famous buildings, parks, and back alleys on his bike. No one had seen riding like this before.

The video went viral. First friends and then total strangers forwarded it via email and posted it on Facebook. MacAskill’s audacity, skill, and grace spoke to people, even those who had never heard of the obscure sport of street trials, where bicyclists use existing structures to create physical puzzles that are solved by moving from obstacle to obstacle. Some even chalked MacAskill’s mind-bending moves up to a special effects hoax. The video went on to be viewed 27 million times.

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