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Video: Climbing In Thailand

Apr 22nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Unbeknownst to me prior to today, Eddie Bauer has a Vimeo channel complete with impressive adventure videos – including climbing shots. I happened upon the above video, which features climbers scaling walls in Thailand. The rock is jagged, steep and bolts out of the ocean. Oceanside climbing seems to be a bonus for these climbers, though. Part of this video shows the climbers falling,...

Photo Of The Day: Krabi Sunset

Photo Of The Day: Krabi Sunset Apr 15th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Perhaps no place is as romanticized as Thailand's exotic stretches of coast and islands. The country's many sugar-sand beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs and enticing emerald-clear waters create some of the most eye-catching scenery on Earth. In today's photo, brought to us by Flickr user Geir Ertzgaard, we have further visual evidence taken at sunset near Krabi on Thailand's western Andaman...

Climbing and trekking your way through Czechia

Climbing and trekking your way through Czechia Feb 8th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Czechia, also known as the Czech Republic, is a country located in Central Europe that was formed in 1993. While most visitors go to explore the architecture, history, and nightlife of the capital city of Prague, there are actually many outdoor and natural experiences to be had in the region, as well. For those who love a challenging trek there is Mount Snezka, the highest mountain in the Czech...

Yosemite climber rescued after losing his thumb

Yosemite climber rescued after losing his thumb Oct 1st, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, search and rescue teams in Yosemite National Park were called into action, when a rock climber on El Capitan became stranded on the mountain after severing his thumb. Following the freak accident, the unnamed climber from Austria was unable to finish his ascent, and had to be removed from the rock face in a difficult helicopter rescue. The man, and his partner, were...

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide Aug 5th, 2011 at 1:30PM: "Adventure travel" is a nebulous term these days. But whether your idea of a thrill is a Class-III rapid or climbing Everest, there's one thing that's ubiquitous when choosing an outfitter: safety. There are hundreds of adventure travel companies worldwide; not all are created equal. There are key things you should look for when choosing a company or independent guide, whether you're booking a...

Boulder's Chautauqua Park: more than just hiking and climbing

Boulder's Chautauqua Park: more than just hiking and climbing Jul 27th, 2011 at 10:30AM: The Chautauqua Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries provided millions of Americans with cultural, educational, and entertainment experiences that included concerts, classes, lectures, and exhibitions. It was, to quote Teddy Roosevelt, "The most American thing in America." Ask most Americans today what a Chautauqua is, and odds are, you'll get a blank stare. Until recently, I too...

More things to do in the national parks this weekend

More things to do in the national parks this weekend Jul 1st, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week we recommended a number of fun things to do this long Fourth of July weekend in the national parks. Those suggestions included fireworks displays on the National Mall and a picnic at Valley Forge, amongst other things. It turns out we were just scratching the surface, as here are even more great events happening in the parks this weekend. Colorado National Monument will once...

Boulder's favorite outdoorsy chefs describe their perfect day in "Sliced and Diced" guide

Boulder's favorite outdoorsy chefs describe their perfect day in Jun 22nd, 2011 at 4:30PM: Boulder, Colorado, is an anomaly when it comes to the complicated relationship between mountain towns and great food. Whether it's a slice of pizza or a charcuterie plate; a well-crafted cocktail, or just a damn good cup of coffee, it's generally hard to find quality ingredients and skilled artisans, chefs, and cooks to produce them in enticing high-altitude settings. Ski towns are a prime...

Nat Geo explores Yosemite's climbing culture

Nat Geo explores Yosemite's climbing culture Apr 28th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Yesterday we posted a story on five ways to explore national parks without using a vehicle, and one of the items that made the list was a suggestion to go climbing in Yosemite National Park. As noted, Yosemite is one of the greatest climbing destinations in the world, with towering granite walls that attract the best climbers from across the globe, something that National Geographic discovered...

Climbers set new speed record on El Capitan

Climbers set new speed record on El Capitan Nov 24th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Rock climbers Dean Potter and Sean Leary set a new speed record for climbing one of the most iconic and well known routes in the world, besting the old mark by mere seconds. The talented and adventurous duo made their record-breaking assault on The Nose, the most famous climbing route on El Capitan, a popular big climbing wall located in Yosemite National Park. The new record was set few weeks...

Climbing management plan in the works for Arches National Park

Climbing management plan in the works for Arches National Park Jul 19th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Arches National Park, located in eastern Utah, not far from Moab, is a very popular destination for climbers and hikers who come to explore the unusual rock formations and deep canyons. The park is famous for its more than 2000 natural rock arches carved out of the sandstone by millions of years of weathering and erosion. The most famous of those formations is Delicate Arch, a 52 foot tall...

Outside in Aspen delivers outdoor fun June 11-13

Outside in Aspen delivers outdoor fun June 11-13 May 15th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Outside magazine and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) have announced the first annual Outside in Aspen adventure weekend set to take place in Aspen, Colorado June 11-13. The three day event will be filled with hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities, with a host of professional adventure athletes, such as Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and...

Some thoughts on travel in Ethiopia

Some thoughts on travel in Ethiopia Apr 29th, 2010 at 1:00PM: One evening I was walking near my home in Madrid and in front of me there was a group of people discussing where they should go to dinner. They were just passing Mesob, the only Ethiopian restaurant in Madrid. One of them said, "Look, Ethiopian food!" and they all started laughing. Several stupid comments about empty plates and starving children followed. Needless to say they didn't go in, and...

South by Southeast: Picking a beach in Thailand

South by Southeast: Picking a beach in Thailand Mar 15th, 2010 at 9:00AM: The allure of Thailand's islands and beaches is immense. Sugar white sand. A wealth of activities, from diving to rock climbing to sailing. Raucous beach parties. But all these pleasing options can actually cause a big headache. With literally hundreds of beach and island choices, spread between Thailand's west-facing Andaman Coast and the eastern-facing Gulf of Thailand, visitors will be...

Gadling TV's Travel Talk 002: Google goes Trans-Siberian, BA Strike, Aircruises, S.F. in 24 hrs and more!

Gadling TV's Travel Talk 002: Google goes Trans-Siberian, BA Strike, Aircruises, S.F. in 24 hrs and more! Feb 24th, 2010 at 9:22AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 2 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is Gadling's version of a travel show. In each episode, we'll discuss hot travel news; share fun, useful tips for both traveling and bringing your travel experiences back home; spotlight exciting travel destinations; and much more. In this week's episode - we discuss Google's new project...

Permits now required for Yosemite's Half Dome

Permits now required for Yosemite's Half Dome Feb 14th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Hiker's planning on making the trek to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park this summer will have to add a permit to their list of required gear. Earlier this week, the National Park Service announced that permits will now be required on all Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays for all hikers climbing above the subdome. The new guidelines further stipulate that a maximum of...

Death of a dive bar: Mike's Place in Tucson, Arizona

Death of a dive bar: Mike's Place in Tucson, Arizona Jan 11th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Your first dive bar is like your first love; you never forget it. When I started college at the University of Arizona in Tucson back in 1989 I discovered Mike's Place near the corner of Park and University next to campus. It didn't look like much with its grotty interior, the smell of hot grease wafting from the kitchen, and mix of locals and students. But it did have two things going for it--the...

Taking Rock Climbing Lessons in Thailand

Taking Rock Climbing Lessons in Thailand Apr 15th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Thailand has certainly become a hot tourist destination in recent years. It offers an exotic locale with a little something for everyone. The beautiful beaches along its southern coast are amongst the most popular in the world and Bangkok has many colorful and interesting distractions for those looking to explore Thai culture, while the backpacker crowd can head north to Chang Mai and go trekking...

Band on the Run: Hiking & Climbing Mont Rigaud, Quebec

Band on the Run: Hiking & Climbing Mont Rigaud, Quebec Sep 11th, 2007 at 5:28PM: Ember Swift, Canadian musician and touring performer, will be keeping us up-to-date on what it's like to tour a band throughout North America. Having just arrived back from Beijing where she spent three months (check out her "Canadian in Beijing" series), she offers a musician's perspective on road life. It's easy as a musician to suffer from the "everything I do, I do for music" syndrome....

A Summer Camp with Just for Adult Options

A Summer Camp with Just for Adult Options Apr 30th, 2007 at 1:29PM: When I was in high school, my camp experience happened because I signed on as kitchen crew help at Camp Laurel in Maine. I didn't make much money, but I sure had a grand time in between setting tables and working on my biceps by lifting heavy pots and boxes. Plus, I learned to water ski for free during off hours. Back then, it was necessary to talk the camp director into hiring a girl for the job....

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