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By WAm on May 9, 2013
Joe Glickman writes about Freya Hoffmeister, the first woman to circumnavigate the entire continent of Australia in a sea kayak. The feat puts her in a league few other adventurers, male or female, occupy. That alone makes this book worth reading.
By WAm on March 22, 2013
Sisters Under Sail has put aboard more than 500 teenage girls and 250 women, and 45% of those teenage girls have shipped aboard via sponsorship dollars. The program’s application deadline this year is April 15, 2013. Only 12 teen girls will be selected from the U.S. military and Canadian forces.
By Jennifer Olson on March 3, 2013
At what point does something uncomfortable, something that makes you anxious, something that could land you in the morgue turn into something you must do?
By Our Readers on December 24, 2012
As a kid, I would not even take a shower: having water in my eyes was one of the worst things that could happen to me then.
By WAm on November 5, 2012
This trip brought me face to face with the part of myself that longs for the wilderness and it was a revelation to let her roam the terrain, both physical and spiritual.
By WAm on October 12, 2012
Woman-to-woman instruction is just what Hannah Nordhaus needed to master surfing. At a women’s camp in el Salvador, she fine-tuned her skills and discovered the details that helped her catch those damn waves.
By Camrin on August 7, 2012
I am a girl and at times love a good dose of chivalry, but I am not a damsel!
By Our Readers on July 23, 2012
Whitewater tubing involves sitting in an inner tube and, quite simply, going with the flow. When the river’s current is weak, it’s quite a restful pursuit.
By Our Readers on July 2, 2012
I spend a lot of time talking about fear, other people’s fear, mostly. It comes with my occupation and it is often our greatest motivator and our greatest barrier.
By Jennifer Olson on June 29, 2012
The little things are the sweetest. Like the moment when you reach the top of the hill before the guys do, sipping sparkling wine on the porch after a run, like crashing a guys weekend with a girl friend, like the smell of rain after a wildfire scare, like Friday afternoon.
By WAm on May 23, 2012
My hands were cold, my body wet and achy. I knew my mom must be feeling the strain of the elements too, but she said nothing. She pushed through her discomfort, so I pushed through mine.
By Jill on May 10, 2012
British explorer Sarah Outen resumes her human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, cycling, rowing, and kayaking alone across the world.
By Our Readers on May 7, 2012
This Winter, alone with only whales, dolphins, seals and great white sharks to join her, Karen Wrenn navigated 150 nautical miles, over 5 days, becoming the first standup paddler to successfully cross all seven channels.
By Our Readers on May 2, 2012
At 20, LauraLynn Jansen faced down a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and beat the odds. Now she faces a watery opponent.
By Our Readers on March 28, 2012
Until I met my husband, Ed in the late 70’s, this Colorado girl had never even been on a boat of any kind.
By WAm on March 23, 2012
Soon, I’ll race 5,800 miles across the deepest, most powerful ocean in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Today, I’m surrounded by my gear packed in waterproof bags: oilskin trousers, sailing boots, baselayers, and enough granola bars to last five weeks. But those aren’t the only essentials I’ll carry with me.
By Adventure Moms on March 19, 2012
Three fantastic family adventure getaways: The Adventure Moms take us mountain biking and surfing in Costa Rica, climbing in Mexico, and hiking in Phoenix.
By Our Readers on March 15, 2012
In early 2011, rather than have a predicted multi-level spinal fusion, Amy Brown became the swimmer on a haphazard Half Ironman relay team.
By Our Readers on February 22, 2012
I can’t even tell you what happened while I was under. How I got out of my boat. When I decided to pull my spray skirt or if I did any of the consciously. My eyes were closed, my mind blank.
By Our Readers on January 30, 2012
Vera Saulino tells of her intrepid expedition riverboarding down the Sun Kosi River, Nepal.
By Becca on November 16, 2011
On December 4, six women will depart from the Canary Islands to row 3,00 miles unaided in the fastest trans-Atlantic row ever recorded. The women, all from Britain except their American skipper, will endure the harshest test known to mankind—to row across the Atlantic.
By WAm on November 10, 2011
As I lay there, face down on the bottom of the passage, I reveled in the quietude of my breath under trillions of gallons of seawater. I was alone and I was content. I knew they would be searching for me and with any luck, they’d find me before my teeth started to chatter.
By WAm on November 9, 2011
The pace of our training is the first challenge. I start slowly and clumsily; putting my thumbs in the wrong places and struggling to manhandle ropes into messy half-remembered knots. When your life depends on that knot, you’ve got to know it instinctively. The ocean doesn’t give you a second chance because you’re a beginner.
By Jennifer Olson on October 6, 2011
Why am I so hesitant to weed out my water bottle collection? Because each bottle is connected with a memory or meaningful event. Sure, the memory won’t disappear with the bottle, but the bottle is a concrete reminder of the event. Read on for examples.
By WAm on July 15, 2011
We’re in Winnipeg, Manitoba, getting ready to paddle Lake Winnipeg and head into the Canadian wilderness. We are almost done with the Red River since we paddled the last 100 miles in a 20-hour stretch—even paddling overnight—to avoid wind and get here quickly. We’ve still been meeting people who live on the river, and, since it’s a record flood year, most can’t believe that we are able to paddle.
By WAm on July 6, 2011
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” —Aristotle
By WAm on May 25, 2011
“From small beginnings, they grow stronger and deeper as they run their course, and once they have begun they cannot be turned back: thus it is with rivers, years, and friendships.” —Ancient sanskrit verse
By WAm on May 24, 2011
Everything you need to know to master kayaking.
By WAm on May 19, 2011
My friend Ann Raiho and I will be the first two women to paddle a historic 2,250-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in a three-month canoeing expedition through the Minnesota and Red Rivers, Lake Winnipeg, and the Hayes River.
By WAm on April 7, 2011
Wave science leans heavily on quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and complex mathematics. But, in lay terms, climate change affects wave size. “We’re pumping more energy into the system,” Susan Casey says. “More energy makes bigger waves. Steeper waves, and steeper waves are more unstable.”
By Our Readers on April 4, 2011
Since I would be out there, rowing through the Grand Canyon with them, most of them included me as part of the team, just another person who could row a boat – gender neutral. Yet there always seems to be one guy who tries to constantly undermine a woman’s self-confidence and show off his superior physical strength.
By WAm on March 30, 2011
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” —Japanese Proverb
By WAm on March 16, 2011
“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” —Diane Ackerman
By Jennifer Olson on March 4, 2011
“Life is a thrill.” So get out there, says Tara Short, founder of Green Edventures, LLC. Maybe you’re one of the folks who’ll fill of one of the a few spots left in her upcoming Baja eco-adventure trip, which runs April 14-20.
By Whitney on October 7, 2010
I’m big on analogies, so if I had to compare stand-up paddleboarding to a non-aquatic sport, it would definitely be jogging.
By Whitney on September 23, 2010
Since the April 20th explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well, it’s been pretty much impossible to hear “oil” and “Gulf Coast” in the same sentence without also hearing “total decimation.” Heading to the beach after exposure like that would be sort of like packing up for a forest getaway in the wake of a conflagration.
By Jayme on August 6, 2010
The freedom of having just eight items (a toothbrush, a pair of capri’s, a tank top, one bathing suit, a pair of Keens, a sleeping bag, a sunhat, and sunscreen) was revolutionary. And it was fitting that the only mirror I had to look into was the river water, which served up a more authentic reflection than I’d seen in a long time.
By WAm on July 14, 2010
Just the cool, slick sound of the place—Vail—draws ski bunnies and tourists to the Colorado mountains all winter long, but summer in this valley town is much less crowded (and less expensive).
By WAm on May 31, 2010
Water is moving in more ways than one. Laugh, cry, and rejoice in its power. This collection of essays captures the spirit of the water and will inspire you to find peace in your own little stretch of river.
By Our Readers on September 12, 2009
After spending the last three years in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, I have now moved back to Central Florida, surrounded by forests, lakes and if I drive far enough, ocean.