Author: Jeff Moag

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Kayaker Ben Stookesberry Over the Edge and Behind the Scenes

Kayaker Ben Stookesberry Over the Edge and Behind the Scenes

For almost a year now whispers of an epic kayaking first descent have swirled through the whitewater community. The mission to Ecuador’s Río Chal [...]
Eric Shipton’s Style and Whims Shaped Mountaineering History

Eric Shipton’s Style and Whims Shaped Mountaineering History

In 1931, no one had climbed higher than Eric Shipton, a British coffee planter who cut his climbing teeth in Africa and made the first ascent of [...]
K2 Sherpa Train Hauls 145 People To The Summit In One Day

K2 Sherpa Train Hauls 145 People To The Summit In One Day

No fewer than 145 people topped out on K2 last Friday, more than doubling in a single day the Savage Mountain’s highest yearly total of 62 summit [...]
The Nutso 1910 Attempt to Plant a Flag on Denali’s Summit—In Winter

The Nutso 1910 Attempt to Plant a Flag on Denali’s Summit—In Winter

The claim was an affront to Alaska and the frontier spirit. The mere idea that a certain Dr. Frederick Cook—of New York City no less—had climbed [...]
World’s Coolest Boat Race Is On, And First One To Alaska Wins

World’s Coolest Boat Race Is On, And First One To Alaska Wins

“What if we nail 10 grand to a tree in Alaska and say, ‘Come and get it’?” The idea came to him in the beer tent. Jake Beattie told friends at th [...]
Meet the Canoe-Racing Texans Tackling The Arctic’s Toughest Passage

Meet the Canoe-Racing Texans Tackling The Arctic’s Toughest Passage

All this weekend and into next week, West Hansen and Jeff Wueste will be paddling their two-man canoe from central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico in [...]
The Cooler People Know About Whitewater, Too

The Cooler People Know About Whitewater, Too

I approached this review with a fair bit of skepticism. Any book whose title includes “Yeti Presents” deserves a dose of scrutiny, even if the su [...]
The Used Gear Market Is Betting You Don’t Want to Buy New Stuff

The Used Gear Market Is Betting You Don’t Want to Buy New Stuff

Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis adds up the dollar value of all the stuff we outdoorsy folk buy. In 2020 it came to $689 billion [...]
Sanctions-Busting Russian Billionaire Sinks F-150 In Arctic Ocean

Sanctions-Busting Russian Billionaire Sinks F-150 In Arctic Ocean

It’s the sort of caper any kid could dream, but only a billionaire could pay for: Circling the globe in life-sized Tonka trucks and touching both [...]
Wilderness Guides Lead Winter-Long Snowshoe Epic Across Ontario

Wilderness Guides Lead Winter-Long Snowshoe Epic Across Ontario

As wilderness guides specializing in winter travel, Kielyn and Dave Barrone were victims of their own success. The couple spent most of the last [...]
Alpinist and WWII Saboteur Freddie S. Chapman Was All Kinds of Badass

Alpinist and WWII Saboteur Freddie S. Chapman Was All Kinds of Badass

Freddie Spencer Chapman is little known even in his native England, which is remarkable given how that country lionizes intrepid explorers and re [...]
Outdoor Companies Rally to Ukraine Relief

Outdoor Companies Rally to Ukraine Relief

We often struggle to grasp the human impact of something like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine until the suffering we see on television and social me [...]
Al Faussett Never Met a 100-Foot Falls He Wouldn’t Run in a Dugout Log

Al Faussett Never Met a 100-Foot Falls He Wouldn’t Run in a Dugout Log

As a financial strategy, there’s a certain logic to taking bets that you are about to die. If you survive, you’ve just made a bundle of money. An [...]
The Greatest Grand Canyon Speed Runs, Ranked (Not By Speed)

The Greatest Grand Canyon Speed Runs, Ranked (Not By Speed)

Last week I lost the Grand Canyon permit lottery for the twelfth year running, which got me thinking about the great sneaks of Grand Canyon histo [...]
This Forgotten Japanese Dreamer Raced Scott and Amundsen To The South Pole

This Forgotten Japanese Dreamer Raced Scott and Amundsen To The South Pole

One hundred and ten years ago this month, an extraordinary drama was playing out at the bottom of the world. In December, Norwegian explorer [...]
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