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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 blue […]

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 north.  Or […]

Adventure Story Bronze Winner: Beyond Thunder

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

by Jeffe Aronson Autumn, 1976 The air is cool, damp. The walls coated with long undisturbed, powder-like talc, virtually liquid. My feet sense every irregularity of the limestone floor through the thin plastic soles of Chinese slippers. I cannot tell where the water is–the pools mere phantoms, perfectly clear, perfectly calm, air melding into water […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Death Road

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

by Sabine Bergmann I leaned cautiously towards the road’s edge, which gave way to a sheer cliff, a gashed rock-face stretching towards the distant earth. At the bottom, a mere speck of yellow on the floor of rocks, lay the tiny carcass of a yellow bus – tiny from here, at least. Squinting, I could […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: The Suffer Fest

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Mary Caperton Morton From around the road’s bend: a shriek of metal, a cloud of smoke, and a bus careens at our van, head on. We swerve madly for a near miss. Then I see the accident: a blue truck in pieces. A man lies in the road, very still. Our van squeals to […]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: The Power of a Single Note on the Breeze

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Stephan Morrow There was a time not so long ago, when the South Street Seaport Pier was just an abandoned piece of cement and the glare of the sun off the water with the wind pulling at your eyes as you sat at its edge so far out on the river that it felt […]

Adventure Travel Bronze Winner: Surviving the Mystical Experience

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Kevin Sebesky 09-12-08 – Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiqiui, New Mexico Hikes on the mesas above the monastery must never be undertaken alone and only when the Guestmaster has been notified. The terrain of the mesas is quite hazardous especially to unseasoned hikers. Guests who fail to observe this rule will be […]

Adventure Travel—Gold: Called to the Wild

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Robert Earle Howells How I came to be snorkeling in Hudson Bay amid 3,000-pound beluga whales is the story of a growing obsession. In the past five years, I’ve watched humpback whales feed and breach off the British Columbia coast…hovered offshore in a kayak while grizzly bears diffidently munched on tender shoots of late […]

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