When the Great Recession hit, young people found a million different ways to cope with their battered job prospects. Alex and Nick Kleeman found the best way, scraping together enough cash to buy a 32-foot sailboat, then plunging into the Pacific for the adventure of their lives. So what if they didn’t know how to sail?

Since the birth of their first child, photographer Somira Sao and her husband have traversed the world’s oceans on a 40-foot racing sailboat, visiting six continents with their growing brood. Bet your preschool wasn’t like this.

Life Lessons from the toughest, hardest, foulest-mouthed children’s author on earth. *Parental guidance suggested.

W. Hodding Carter, Jack Hitt, and Anthony Doerr look back on their attempts to raise kids who love the outdoors.

It's a tough day for sailing and the America's Cup, but the news is hardly shocking.

To raise adventurous children, as Laura's father learned when she and Guppy set sail, means that someday, you have to let them go

The weather's been bad, and all I've been doing is sitting at home and practicing my knots. Is there an app for that?

The Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin, in which John Muir sailed as part of an Arctic research trip. Photo: Frank H. Nowell In July 1879, 33 Navy men set sail for the North Pole aboard the U.S.S. Jeannette Arctic expedition. That…

Tsunami debris. Photo: Stiv Wilson By Stiv Wilson, 5 Gyres Institute Out across a plastic stratified strand, two surfers, silhouetted in the failing light, are finishing a session. A year and half ago, this wasn’t a surf spot. A tsunami destroyed everything…

Sea turtle hatchling, Baguan Island, Philippines. Photo: Keith Ellenbogen Examples of poor ocean health are too easy—unfortunately—to find in many parts of the world, especially along densely populated coastlines or in the midst of ocean gyres filled with plastic pollution. But what is…

Field testing gear in real-world conditions is the only way to know which pieces are exceptional and which are run of the mill. So, immediately after the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt lake City wrapped, I hopped on a plane bound for Anchorage, Alaska, with Helly Hansen,…

Want to look at maps on your tablet instead of your phone so that they're bigger and easier to comprehend? Trimble Outdoors just released its MyTopo Maps app for the Kindle Fire and other Android-powered tablets. Now you can plot your next outdoor adventure on the big…

The best way to beat record high temperatures: spend as much time in the water as possible. Here are a few items to be showcased at the Outdoor Retailer show meant to help enhance your ocean experience. BELLYAK FREQUENCY A speedy rotomolded plastic bodyboat designed for joyriding rivers, oceans…

Stiv Wilson finds a lost skiff 1,500 miles off the coast of Japan

Summer is the season to embrace the sunlight, celebrate, and make a few hundred new friends

James Caird in surf. Photo: Frank Hurley In 1916, after losing his boat The Endurance on an expedition to Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton and five crew members hopped in a row…

Rescue of one of three living crew members, Screenshot Courtesy of Coast Guard Video At approximately 3 P.M. on Saturday April 14, the Coast Guard Center in Alameda, California received an EPIRB signal from near the Farrallon Islands. A 38-foot cutter named Low Speed Chase, which…

Meet the men and women on the knife's edge of exploration

Matt Rutherford has fought off drunken fishermen, lost his favorite books, and sailed 24,000 miles alone in his attempt to become the first man to circumnavigate the Americas solo. After nine months at sea, he’s still not sure who will be around to greet him when he docks.

Researchers wield the collection trawl  Photo: Stiv Wilson Despite what you might have heard, there are no huge, visually striking debris fields of plastic shopping bags and PET bottles swirling around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But if that's the good news, the bad news is much worse:…

Can a new fleet of scary-fast catamarans make the America's Cup wild enough to lure a different breed of fan? So far there have been epic wipeouts and multiple injuries. Which means everything is right on track.

Guinness World Records didn’t recognize Laura Dekker’s accomplishment as the youngest teen to sail solo around the world. Who cares? Her journey was more inspiring than any other nautical teen quest.

Afraid to open a bottle with your teeth or the flesh of your forearm? You can still impress your friends by using the outdoor gear/bottle openers below. We definitely don't recommend using the sandles on a first date if you've worn them around town. Opena iPhone 4 Case: This…

No GPS or weather reports—just a sailboat, the wild open ocean, and the constellations. Think you could find your way across the South ­Pacific? James Campbell rides along with a master navigator in the ­Caroline Islands, where they’ve been sailing this way for thousands of years.

Of all the great travel narratives the most epic are set at sea—tossed in the waves, lost in fog, pounded by storms. They traverse a world populated by leviathans and ghost ships and bizarre natural forces, the landscape itself so moving and alive it becomes a character in the book.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VI5F9K7Ytl8 Comedian Stephen Colbert announced today at the New York Auto Show that he will once again be competing in the biennial Charleston Bermuda Race, this time with the newly formed Team Audi, according to…

For God's sake, pump out your head! And that's just the first thing I learned on my wild ride into the Bermuda Triangle.

Sarah Outen, Photo by Nigel Millard Two years ago today, 25-year-old English adventurer Sarah Outen set out to row the Indian Ocean solo, becoming the first and only woman to do so when she finished in August 2009. Today, she's…

Sarah Outen, Photo by Nigel Millard Two years ago today, 25-year-old English adventurer Sarah Outen set out to row the Indian Ocean solo, becoming the first and only woman to do so when she finished in August 2009. Today, she's…

South America contains the Amazon, the Andes, 19,000 miles of coastline, and arguably more adventure than any other continent. So where to start? These ten perfect trips, from exploratory rafting in Peru to skiing in Chile to beach-hopping Brazil.

Savor the last cold blast of winter and gear up for spring with these tried and tested cold weather favorites. Over the past three months, I've looked for the most versatile, best-in-class clothing to keep warm in a wide range of frosty situations–on the mountain, out on the ocean and…

Danish officials say that Somali pirates hijacked two adults and there three children on a sailboat in the Indian Ocean, the BBC reports. Last week Somali pirates killed…

Photo by Boris Herrmann, Team Neutrogena Professional sailor Ryan Breymaier first took to a sailboat while attending St. Mary's College of Maryland. After graduation he started sailing professionally and has never looked back. Currently, the 35-year-old is participating as the lone American…

On December 31, professional sailor Ryan Breymaier left Spain as the lone American in the Barcelona World Race, a double-handed, nonstop race around the world. (He's co-skippering a vessel with German Boris Herrmann.) The 35-year-old Maryland native is…

My 12-year-old son and I want to start taking exciting and safe adventure trips together. What are some good ideas and places in the United States that are reasonable for older kids and young teens? -Clint Tokyo, Japan

                        The An-Tiki, courtesy of gasballoon.com/antiki/ When 84-year-old captain Anthony Smith arrives in the Bahamas after successfully crossing the Atlantic in a 40-by-18-foot raft made out of plastic water pipes, he plans on announcing himself with a sense of humor. “We're going to…

Your Challenge: Choosing the right adventure in New Zealand, a place that offers the best of everything. Your Solution: Our heavily researched, carefully formulated, and totally brilliant ten-step plan.

After Marine Corps Veteran Ronnie Simpson survived an explosion in Iraq in 2004, he threw himself at an audacious goal: to sail around the world. It almost killed him.

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…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. An Antarctic cruise ship, Cecilia II, lost an engine crossing the Drake Passage in the Southern Ocean Monday, going adrift in rough, dangerous seas, The Adventure Blog reports. The Cecilia II was on…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Four Norwegian kayakers completed a 20-day unsupported circumnavigation of South Georgia in the Southern Ocean this morning, a kind of Mount Everest for kayakers, ExplorersWeb…

Ian Frazier goes road-tripping through Siberia.

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