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Watch Mike Libecki Attempt A First Ascent In The Jungles Of French Polynesia

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.

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Mike seems to be such an under appreciated modern explorer. Even in backing off here, his insight is completely entertaining and illuminating. 7 minutes well spent. Keep coming home, Mike, so you can go out again and enthrall the rest of us.

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VIDEO: A Kayaker’s Worst Nightmare
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VIDEO: A Kayaker’s Worst Nightmare

VIDEO: A Kayaker’s Worst Nightmare

It's every kayaker's worst nightmare, getting pushed off line and into a strainer. That's exactly what happened to french kayaker Rapheal Urscheler, who gets pinned under a log while paddling the "Ex du Bas" on the Ubaye river. Luckily for him he was able to keep his head and was able to push off the log and slide under. Everything worked out, but this video serves as a useful reminder on how quickly it can go from bad to good on the river.  RELATED: A Perfect Example of How Not to Kayak

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VIDEO: Kira Brazinski’s Journey Up the Grand Teton
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VIDEO: Kira Brazinski’s Journey Up the Grand Teton

VIDEO: Kira Brazinski’s Journey Up the Grand Teton

As a born-and-raised Jackson, WY local, Kira Brazinski has been looking at the Grand Teton nearly every day for years and years. And, like many who have the opportunity to see the Grand, she dreamed of one day summiting the peak. RELATED: Check out the TGR Journal Vol. 1 Born without a left femur, Kira has made a habit of overcoming unique challenges through hard work, dedication, and creative thinking, and the Grand Teton was no different. Join her on the difficult climb in , a short film

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Check Out Nat Geo’s 360 Video of An Everest Expedition
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Check Out Nat Geo’s 360 Video of An Everest Expedition

Check Out Nat Geo’s 360 Video of An Everest Expedition

“Everesting” seems to have been quite the trend lately, that is if you are an endurance athlete willing to push the boundaries of your legs and lungs. Well, for those of us who aren’t quite that strong, or who prefer a good couch sesh over a good sufferfest, Nat Geo has just the thing for you. Nat Geo recently undertook an expedition to the top of the world, not just to climb Everest, but to research climate change at high elevations as part of their Perpetual Planet initiative. Along the