Brendan Borrell

Brendan Borrell

Brendan Borrell writes for Scientific American, Bloomberg Businessweek, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking's Most Devious Con Man

On a Thursday in late April, Melissa Trent, a single mother in Colorado Springs, Colorado, logged into her account on the dating website Plenty of Fish and had a new message from a user called “...

Brendan Borrell
Oct 17, 2017

Have Gun, Will Run

Swine flu, supervolcano eruption, zombie attack. Competitors at the Survival Trial, an adventure race in the New Mexico backcountry, come armed to the teeth and ready for anything.

Brendan Borrell
Jun 1, 2017

Just How Dangerous Are Zip Lines?

Accidents on zip lines in Southeast Asia have left Western tourists with lifelong injuries. As adventure parks make their way across the Pacific and open in every U.S. state, the question to ask: Is...

Brendan Borrell
Feb 28, 2017

Is Your Local Chairlift a Death Trap?

The ski industry says not to worry, but the majority of lifts around the country are more than 20 years old and sometimes fail in catastrophic ways.

Brendan Borrell
Oct 4, 2016

The Frenchman Who Followed Chris McCandless Into Alaska

When a DIY French adventurer named François Guenot vanished last summer on a wild and remote Alaskan coastline, many in the state dismissed him as yet another unprepared greenhorn. But a revelatory...

Brendan Borrell
May 22, 2015