Archive for the 'Adventure' Category

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Swimming for Sure

Friday, March 25th, 2016

By Steven Law
When things go wrong during a Grand Canyon rafting trip, the author’s friends are there to set things right.
About 260 million years ago, massive aeolian winds blew with enough ferocity to carry sand from the far-distant north and deposit it in large dunes, 500 feet deep, in what is now northern Arizona. These [...]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: The Great Escape

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Biju Sukumaran
Saline solution pools on my palm, magnifying the dust and specks of camel hair in my contacts, and cleaning them is now an almost futile gesture. But this was the least of my worries as I sit in my ger in the middle of the Gobi Desert, where our [...]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: The Same River, Twice

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Pam Mandel
He was tall and good looking and had attended an expensive prep school where he learned to talk pretty. He liked dancing to pop music and drinking beer and traveling. His father wanted him to be a real estate agent; he was not interested in a desk job. He was [...]

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Danger and Beauty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Anna Elkins
The citywide siren filled every corner of the house—a house in Tel Aviv without a bomb shelter. During one of the siren’s low levels, I heard Tsach’s voice from the garden, “Anna, come and see.”
Barefoot, I ran down the aloe-lined brick walk and came to stand next to him. In [...]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: On the Trail of a Man Called Snake

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Taylor Jennings
Crossing ethnic lines to find a notorious guerrilla leader.
It was early March 1999 when Ilir, my young interpreter, and I set out from Pristina in a battered Lada cast off by some other East bloc nation to find a man known only by his nom de guerre: Gjarperi, the Snake. [...]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: Walking the Roof of Africa

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Laura Lee Huttenbach

An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime.

“If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply.
“But Mom,” I said, “it was [...]

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Desert Nomads and Whales

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By James Dorsey

From the back of a camel the Sahara seemed endless; an infinite sea of low rolling dunes baked by a swirling sun that would be at home in a Van Gogh painting.

For one month I had been immersed in Berber Tuareg culture, traveling through Mali, as one of the famed [...]

Adventure Travel Bronze Winner: Climbing Vaea

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Catherine Watson
A Pilgrimage to Vailima
“Pilgrimages,’’ I reminded myself, as I struggled over yet another fallen tree, “aren’t supposed to be easy.’’
But I had thought this one would be. I had gone to the South Seas to meet Robert Louis Stevenson on his own turf –  to see the spacious house that [...]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: Beyond Timbuktu

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

by James Dorsey
A western Infidel journeys into the Muslim Sahara.
There are places whose names carry an instant association with the romantic and exotic, and for me the foremost has always been Timbuktu.
I am not sure when I first heard the name, but recall as a child that nothing could be “As far [...]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Rabies

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

By John Calderazzo
The bite came out of nowhere—came when I was thinking of other things or maybe nothing at all, jet-lagged and exhausted as I was in the thin Himalayan air, chasing my breath at 10,000 feet.  Maybe I was distracted by the ranks of snow peaks standing unbelievably high in the [...]

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