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Exploring Ocean Life In California

First came the dull crack of the speargun fired through the clear Pacific water, its target hidden by thick kelp forest. Barely...

Sump Expedition In Oaxaca

Mirek Kopertowski and I had been in the cave for eight days, and were desperate for some sunshine and a cold beer. There were...

Caving Hundreds Of Feet Below The Ground In Montana

Obsession is, more often than not, seen as a negative trait. Common wisdom tells us that we need balance, perspective, the ability to take...

An Urban Packrafting Adventure

Imagine taking a canoe onto a train, or trying to pack a kayak into the overhead luggage compartment of an aircraft. These pieces of...

Hardcore Kayak Surfing Is Pretty Darn Cool

Damp brush crackles in the fire, hissing with moisture as last night’s embers ignite. The first rays of muted, golden sunlight cut through the...

Bikepacking Kyrgyzstan In Winter… Alone

It’s pitch black as I sit sheltering from the wind and snow in a remote valley in Kyrgyzstan. I am keeping warm beside a...

The Super Bowl Of Mountain Ultrarunning

A spec of light pierces the gloaming. A head torch, far above. Climbing, steadily, up the mountain. My prey. But there are two head...

Beyond The Ice

‘That can’t be ice.’ This was my first and most immediate thought. I don’t know why I thought it wasn’t a possibility. Maybe I was...

A Scary Journey Into The Canadian Arctic

I twisted around, trying to free my arms from inside my jacket and bring them up to my head. The two hats I’d been...

Embracing The Wilderness On The West Coast Trail

Rain came down heavily as I made my way towards the harbour, down Port Alberni’s empty streets, and dawn’s first light struggled to break...