Simply summiting Everest, K2, or Kangchenjunga is a remarkable accomplishment in its own right. Last year, Viridiana Álvarez did all three in one year and 364 days, making her the fastest woman ever to do so. And while the world record is a nice reward, the mountaineer from Mexico simply hopes that her adventures will inspire other Latinx women to dream big and carve their path in the outdoors. Her next big goal is to climb the 14 biggest mountains globally, and she’s already crossed five off on her list. Given Álvarez’s drive and passion, we have feeling she has a good shot at reaching this massive goal.
If you enjoy adventures in the great outdoors, odds are that you're not content staying put in one place for too long. There are simply too many places to go and things to do for an adventurer to remain happy in a single locale. Combined with the ludicrous cost of living in many mountain towns, this desire for mobility and flexibility has led to the rise in "vanlife," a phenomenon in which spend copious amounts of time and money transforming commercial vans into mobile, self-contained homes.
Change is a constant of life. We can’t control change, but we have autonomy over how we react to it. For folks who thrive in the outdoors, this rings especially true. We’re constantly at the mercy of Mother Nature, coping with changing elements, seasons, conditions, or goals. For someone like filmmaker Renan Ozturk, his life was always dictated by climbing. It was his compass, guiding him from one grand adventure to the next. But Ozturk wouldn’t be the filmmaker he is today had he never
Professional surfer Courtney Conlogue is used to spending copious amounts of time in the ocean, but last Saturday was something entirely different for her. Starting from the Catalina Channel, Conlogue got in the water and began paddling until she hit the sand of Huntington beach seven hours and 45 minutes later. Conlogue originally came up with the idea for the 32-mile challenge during her recovery from a brain injury. She hoped that the grueling paddle would not only push her limits but also