The story chronicled in Choss Whisperer would by many people be considered a failure. The failure: to complete a first ascent. But Mike Libecki, who has completed nearly seventy expeditions to the most remote reaches of our planet, has managed to come home each and every time. It is not that Libecki is any luckier than you or I, it is just that he intimately understands the complicated relationship climbers and adventurers have with risk. And crucially, how to calculate it so that he may return to his family every time. Libecki’s attempt to climb the Poumaka tower in French Polynesia may have been thwarted, but under this lens, the expedition was a success.
Forget all the talk about Brexit and messy international politics between the British and the rest of Europe. French inventor and badass Franky Zapata just pulled quite the stunt, flying a jet-powered hoverboard across the English Channel. The 40-year-old flew from Sangatte, France across a 22-mile stretch of water, and landed in St. Margaret’s Bay, Kent. RELATED: 7 Tourists Injured as F-18 Crashes in Death Valley This was actually Zapata’s second attempt at the feat, having crashed on his
Two friends on a camping and kayaking trip in Alaska got more than they bargained for when they were almost killed by a calving glacier. After setting up camp by the Spencer glacier, the two decided to inflate their packrafts and explore by water. Hearing parts of the glacier collapsing into the water, they paddled over to check out the commotion, and after coming very close to the glacier, sat back and watched the action from what they hoped would be a safe distance. Soon after, an
For those who haven't been keeping up, Cory Richards and Esteban "Topo" Mena have been attempting to summit Mt. Everest via a brand-new route of their own devising: the Northeast Face. Unlike the vast majority of those attempting to climb the world's tallest peak, Cory and Topo carry all of their own gear, and avoid the majority of the mountain's fixed ropes. RELATED: Cory Richards Talks About the Adventurous Approach to Everest Climbing Everest is a risky endeavor at the best of times, and