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         Yes, that's a kayaker at the edge of the falls. From last year's trip. (Courtesy of Caue Ito) The following is the first in a series of dispatches from kayaker Chris Korbulic. In 2010, Ben Stookesberry, Brazilian Pedro Oliva, and I faced some of…

If you have ever climbed a Colorado 14,000 foot mountain the odds are you used a guide book or perhaps an internet site to research your climb. Well, it is also highly likely you used some of Gerry Roach’s famous research. His famous guide book simply called…

Atacama Extreme: The Finish from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab finished his epic run across the Atacama on day 20. As he gets ready to cross the finish, he has a few words of thanks for those who followed and supported his journey. “First of all,…

The first fight former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson ever got in was over a pigeon. Yep, some acquaintences taunted him about one of his pet pigeons and his passion for keeping the birds. He fought back when one of them killed the pigeon and, as the onetime “Baddest Man…

TED recently published this endurance running talk by Born to Run author Christopher McDougall. The 15-minute lecture is packed with loads of cool facts on the history of running, and not all of it is prehistoric or barefoot-inspired. For example, did you know…

Carl Safina is a critically acclaimed ecologist and marine conservationist whose latest book is The View from Lazy Point. You can check out Bruce Barcott’s review in…

Climbing has announced the winners of its annual award for the fastest, highest, and hardest vertical pursuits of last year. Below is a quick listing of the Golden Piton awards for 2010, with links to the full write-ups on…

Ray Zahab racks up another 124K on days 18 and 19 of his quest to run across the Atacama. As he nears the end of his quest, he 'll celebrate his birthday. Atacama Extreme: The End is Near from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray…

Untitled from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab racks up another 60K in the Atacama as the team crosses over the old border between Chile and Peru. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16…

January was a fascinating month on the blog. It was full of top gear trends (spyed by our gear experts at multiple trade shows last month), interviews with all-star writers and athletes, health and fitness tips (for keeping those New Years resolutions), and, of course, advice for intrepid travelers. Check…

Watermen continue to flock to Jaws to push the limits of surfing. A few weeks ago, we posted a video of Mark Visser catching a 30-footer at night. Now, Salomon Freeski TV has put out this…

Atacama Extreme: 120 Degrees Fahrenheit from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray Zahab runs into ground that's been heavily mined and must weave his way around overturned earth as temperature rise.  —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a…

Contador. Courtesy of Flickr Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador presented evidence on Monday to the Spanish cycling federation that he believes will absolve him of doping allegations, according to VeloNews.com. Contador is challenging a one-year…

  Grannis’ work in the 1960s paved the way for water shots like this one. Courtesy of Flickr. LeRoy Grannis, who The New York Times dubbed ‘the godfather of surf photography,’ died last week at his home in Hermosa Beach, California, according…

Ray Zahab comes down off of an abandoned railway and into the open desert, where he must run into high winds. Atacama Extreme: Running into High Winds from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40…

After a long day of running, Ray Zahab takes you for a tour of his camp. Atacama Extreme: Camp Life from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox and Ray Zahab will be sending daily updates as Ray runs roughly 40 miles a day for 16 days…

Miss the Winter X Games in Aspen this last weekend? No problem. We've got you covered. Here are the top ten tricks, tumbles, and triumphs from Winter X 15. 10. Tucker Hibberts wins fifth-straight SnoCross Gold: 9. Jacob…

On day seven, Ray Zahab had to stop to deal with a very large blister. If you're squeamish about feet and peeling skin, don't watch the above video. If you're curious about what kind of blisters form on a man running 30-40 miles a day across some of the driest…

Atacama Extreme: Terrain Like the Sahara from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. “Had an awesome day for several reasons,” says Ray Zahab. “The terrain is totally my style which is extremely motivating!” Zahb got excited aftering hitting a new environment in Chile's Atacama desert. For more details, check…

Ray Zahab checks in at night after day four of his quest to run across Chile's Atacama Desert. After finally getting off road, he kicks up dust over Inca trails and dry riverbeds. Atacama Extreme: Dry Riverbeds and Inca Trails from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. —Bob Cox…

Contador at the 2009 Tour de France. Courtesy of Flickr Cyclist Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and suspended from racing for one year due to evidence that…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Jack LaLanne, considered the founding father of the fitness movement, died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, California, USA Today reports. LaLanne was known for promoting strength training and healthful eating…

Untitled from Outside Magazine on Vimeo. Ray and I received some very disheartening news the day before leaving for Chile. Kevin Vallely, Ray’s expedition brother—from the expedition to the South Pole in 2009 and the journey across…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. With his classic bring-it-on attitude, Lance says he's not afraid of an investigation into new blood doping claims against him, according to RoadCycling.com. Sports Illustrated recently…

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Courtesy of Flickr The Kelly Clark Foundation announced today that it has distributed its first round of scholarships, according to TransWorld Snowboarding. The foundation, established…

Last night, big-wave surfer Mark Visser gathered up a helicopter, a jet ski, a buoyancy vest tricked out with LED lights, and a surfboard  laced with submarine lighting built for NASA, and took off for Jaws. At 2:00 am local time, he caught a 30-footer…

                                                                        Photo by Ashley Barrett Four-time ASP champion Stephanie Gilmore has signed a five-year contract with Quiksilver. In addition to surfing for the company, the 22-year-old Australia native will also act as a brand ambassador, joining 13 other…

In 1939, wealthy American adventurer Dudley Wolfe was abandoned high on an unconquered K2, becoming the Savage Mountain's first victim. For more than 60 years, no one knew his story. Enter Jennifer Jordan, author, filmmaker, and…

Pro cyclist Jessica Phillips has always raced road in the summer and taught skiing in the winter. The 32-year-old Aspenite admits that the switch is necessary, because women’s pro cycling alone doesn’t exactly bring home the bacon. This year, she’s taking her transition to a new level. World Cup…

                                    Greg Hill (Tommy Chandler/Backcountry.com) After 266 days of climbing and skiing, and climbing and skiing, and climbing and skiing, Greg Hill hit his goal. His watch registered 2 million vertical feet on…

                                                            Chris Davenport, Mike Arzt To say that ski mountaineer Chris Davenport stayed busy in 2010, would be an understatement. He came out with a new book (Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North…

Musician Ry Cuming grew up surfing Australian waves, so it’s no wonder that his music has a chillax, beachy vibe. Lately, the 26-year old has been touring with Maroon 5 and One Republic, far from his native swells. But he surfs…

This year's Ironman triathlon world champion, Chris “Macca” McCormack, is currently gracing Wheaties and Wheaties FUEL boxes across the country. The 37-year-old won his second Ironman world champion title this past October, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile…

A slew of jaw-dropping stories filled the adventure news cycle in 2010. Some set new lows, like when mountain biker Missy Giove pled guilty in January to smuggling marijuana after being arrested at the end of 2009, completing a tragic fall from grace.

Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov traveled to Antarctica's 9,616-foot Mount Ulvetanna so he could be the first to climb and jump off the rock in temps as low as -22 degrees. Enough said. Via Wend. –Joe Spring…

Mt. McKinley photo courtesy of Unhindered by Talent on Flickr. Ever dream of standing atop one of the Seven Summits, winning a marathon, or swimming across the Atlantic Ocean? So did these guys. But instead of following through, they lied about…

At least that's what the world's sexiest skydiver says. Italian Roberta Mancino appeared on Conan O'Brien last night to reveal that jumping out of a plane naked isn't that enjoyable. Every part of your body fluctuates in frantic waves while falling. It can hurt, especially…

What did you miss last month? A lot. Pay attention next time. Or, just check back at the beginning of each month for a round-up of the top 10 blogs from the previous month, like this one. Number 10 (a tie!): Stuff You Should Click On: Week…

An anesthesiologist dressed as Elvis Presley revived a marathon runner after the runner passed out in a Las Vegas restaurant, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Dr. Claudio Palma ran the Rock 'n Roll Las…

What’s it like to watch a Hollywood director turn your life-threatening ordeal into entertainment?

James Franco steals the show in 127 Hours. This is what he had to say about it.

Professional triathlete Aaron Scheidies was born with a hereditary condition has left the 28-year old with only 10 percent of his vision. In 2007, he became the only disabled athlete to break two hours in an international distance triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike,…

The following dispatch is from extreme kayaker, Ben Stookesberry, a member of the First Ascent kayak team. They are currently on an expedition in Africa to make a first descent of the Lukuga…

Surfer Alana Blanchard qualified for the 2011 ASP World Tour after a third place finish at the first stop on the Vans Triple Crown. “Going into the event I didn't even know I could qualify,” Blanchard stated. “After…

The following dispatch is from extreme kayaker, Ben Stookesberry, a member of the First Ascent kayak team. They are currently on an expedition in Africa to make a first descent of the Lukuga…

Lindsey Vonn dressed up as Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct for a shoot with ESPN The Magazine. Here's the behind the scenes video. –Joe Spring@joespring…

  Photo courtesy of Flickr U.S. investigators, led by FDA agent Jeff Novitzky, plan to speak with French officials this week for further investigation of doping allegations against Lance Armstrong, CBS News reports. The French agency, which has stored…

Splitboarding: A snowboard that can be separated into two parts and used with climbing skins to ascend slopes. The halves can then be connected at the summit to form a snowboard for descent Of course you've probably heard of splitboarding by now. Gear sales…

      Sarah Palin checks fishing nets for holes,  Photo by Gilles Mingasson An early review of Sarah Palin’s Alaska  —Abe Streep Toward the end of a long montage introducing Sarah Palin’s Alaska, the Mark Burnett-produced, eight-episode series that premieres on TLC Sunday at 9 P.M. Eastern (7…

Obscure sports, a brief history of fossil fuels, “will write for ski swag,” and… Dick Van Dyke?  Here’s the stuff you click this week. I Can Ride My Bike with No Handlebars: Those Are ‘Shrooms, Dude!Making Plastic from Mushrooms (…

   Tchicaya Missamou, once a child soldier in the Republic of Congo, is now helping hundreds of Americans shape up in his Warrior Fitness Camp in California, CNN reports. As a child in the Republic of Congo, Missamou was taught brutality and forced to participate in…

Kelly Slater recently sat down with ESPN Surfing to discuss his title, Andy Irons, and what's next. –Joe Spring@joespring…

What made big news last month? Scroll down to find out. Here are the top 10 posts from October. At least you'll be armed with good dinner party conversation. Number 10: The Top 10 Adventures in Scotland Number 9: The Top 10 Things To…

Courtesy of Rescate Mineros on Flickr. Edison Peña finished the New York City Marathon yesterday with a time of 5:40:51, less than three weeks after being rescued from the collapsed gold and copper mine in Chile, the…

Photo courtesy of Red Bull. Ultra-marathoner Karl Meltzer can outrun a horse. To prove it, Meltzer recently completed the first-ever run of the full 2,064-mile Pony Express route in 40 days, finishing on October 25. The run commemorated the 150th…

                                Kelly Slater, ASP/Kirstin Scholtz Kelly Slater clinched his 10th ASP World Title while notching his 45th tour victory at the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto…

                    Kelly Slate in France (Will Bailey/Quiksilver) As competition resumes after an emotional week at the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, Kelly Slater will be gunning for his…

Chrissie Wellington unexpectedly withdrew from Ironman Kona this year, citing an illness she couldn't shake on race day. It broke a winning streak that had lasted three consecutive years for the Brit.

Courtesy of surfglassy on Flickr. The Tarrant County, Texas medical examiner has begun an autopsy of Andy Irons, the professional surfer found dead in a Dallas hotel room Tuesday, but important answers have yet to come in the…

Credit:© ASP / CESTARIThe ASP and Rip Curl decided to cancel today's Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, postponing the next round until Friday, November 5. Instead, competitors paddled out in memory of three-time ASP champ…

News continues to come out about the death of Andy Irons. Reports of dengue fever and a methadone overdose are both swirling around the web. We'll continue to keep you…

© ASP / SCHOLTZ Surfer Stephanie Gilmore secured her fourth consecutive ASP World Title by beating out Melanie Bartels in the Women's Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico. “I’m really at a loss…

Fourteen people have passed out while watching 127 Hours, the LA Times reports. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, a hiker who amputated his own arm after a boulder…

Born to Run author Christopher McDougall will co-host Reinventing Running: The Cabaret with the actor and avid trail-runner Peter Sarsgaard on Friday, November 5 at the…

The NYC Marathon is Sunday, November 7. If you’re going to be in the area, check out Born to Run author Christopher McDougall’s prelude event on Friday, November…

If you’ve ever been glued to the television during Discovery's Shark Week, chances are you've seen the work of Andy B. Casagrande. The 33-year old cameraman was obsessed with great white sharks as a kid and turned that passion…

The following dispatch is from extreme kayaker, Ben Stookesberry. He and members of the First Ascent kayak team are currently on an expedition in Africa. Their goal: to make a first descent on the…

I was climbing my local favorite, Colorado's Longs Peak earlier this year and noticed a new sign beside the trail. This was near the Diamond, famous for world class big wall climbs from Casual Route, 5.10a to Ariana at 5.12a and more. To be clear I was doing the passive…

Photo of the Himalayas courtesy of ilkerender on Flickr. Joe Puryear fell to his death on Tuesday while climbing Labuche Kang, a 24,170-foot mountain in the Himalayas, the Seattle Times reports. The 37-year old fell 1,500 feet when a cornice…

Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer finished running the 2064-mile Pony Express route on Monday morning, News Press Now reports. Meltzer completed the Red Bull-sponsored run from Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, MO in 40 days, averaging 4.81 miles per hour,…

Chrissie Wellington decided not to compete in Ironman Kona this year due to illness. The night before, “I woke up several times literally drenched in sweat, my head pounding and feeling like my throat was closing,”…

Courtesy of ♻ on Flickr. Organizers of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia next January claim that Armstrong's last international competition will be theirs, Reuters reports. During this year's Tour de France, Armstrong, who finished 23rd overall, claimed…

It was 20 years ago this fall — November 17, 1990, to be precise — when Gary Erickson (pictured at left) started to bonk on the long bike ride up Mount Hamilton in Santa Clara County, Calif. He had six energy bars with him for the day, a stash…

Courtesy Red Bull If you consider plummeting from the sky and hitting rock at more than 100 kph a lucky thing, then welcome to Karina Hollekim’s world. The Norwegian professional freeskier, BASE and ski BASE jumper is currently on tour around the US as part of…

Update: According to Jeeban Ghimire, director of Sherpa Shangri-La Treks, which organized the expedition, the search has been called off. After a six hour aerial survey, the search team deemed it unlikely he would have survived given the rough icy terrain where the avalanche occurred. Various reports say that Nima…

In case you missed 'em, here are the top 10 posts from last month. We dare you not to click on number 5: “Woman Saves Choking Bear”. Number 10: Chrissie Wellington: Riding the Himalayas Number 9: Ironman Champ Chrissie Wellington's…

Josh Kerr, beer in hand In 2007, surfer Josh Kerr was competing on the World Tour against the top names in the surfing world: Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and 41 other hungry surfers. He didn’t enjoy that first year and…

Climbing Himalayan mountains  in the Fall can be risky at best. Each day is shorter, it is progressively colder and winter looms. So every summit, especially Everest, is highly valued by the climbers. This year, Fall 2010, we saw two summit successes of very different types. First up is the…

Local Tofino surfer Peter Devries beat out a gathering of some of the best professional surfers in the world last year to be crowned champion at the inaugural O’Neill Coldwater Classic Canada. He had a good run this year, but fell short of the quarterfinals to eventual…