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February 9, 2014: Cycling and Climbing Through a Sufferfest, Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week, they endure a 750-mile climbing and biking Sufferfest, crash during Olympic snowboard halfpipe training leading to a traumatic brain injury, try to save the Great Barrier Reef from dredging, launch the “coolest” space mission ever, chase Shackleton’s legacy across frigid Antarctic waters, enjoy the restorative health benefits of a 30-million person crowd, celebrate with winners’ dominant body language, and investigate 10 deaths high in a Russian mountain pass.

A Mission to Reach the “Snows of the Nile”

An idea, a contest, and a victory lead two explorers into the unlikely land of Africa’s ice caves. Get their story and watch the full film.

February 2, 2014: Walking from Siberia to Australia, Prepping Putin’s $51 Billion Bash and More

This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.

January 19, 2014: Waging War Against Whalers, Paragliding Above Pakistan and More

Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.

Snowboarder Jeremy Jones Ventures to Earth’s Far Corners for Conservation

Elite athletes, like Jeremy, not only bring years of skill and expertise, but their celebrity can also provide an excellent platform from which to educate others on conservation issues.

Geography in the News: Death on Greenland

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and CONSEQUENCES OF GREENLAND’S ERRATIC WEATHER              A recent BBC (May 1, 2013) article reported the death of the leader of a team attempting to hike across Greenland. Although Greenland authorities were able to rescue the remainder of the party by helicopter, 31-year-old…

Witnessing Change and Searching for Wilderness: Circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle

In August 2008, I was fortunate enough to join an expedition ship on a circumnavigation of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle, going as far north as 81⁰N. I was on a personal mission to experience and celebrate this Arctic wilderness. Life on a grand scale in this far away place of rock and ice.…

Global Warming Makes a Splash

I’m traveling the world in search of the human face of the impacts of climate change. I encountered a sobering example yesterday, in Carhuaz, Peru. There, I met Juana, a middle-aged woman dressed in a white embroidered shirt, orange skirt and a grey felt hat. One Sunday morning in April 2010 Juana puttered around the…

An Optimist

I’ve never before met anyone as thoroughly optimistic as Peruvian glaciologist Benjamin Morales. I asked him today if his rosy take on life began when he narrowly missed death in 1970. On May 31st 41 years ago Morales lunched near his home in the town of Yunguay. Despite protestations of friends who had joined him…

Icelandic Saga: Crampons and Axes

Days of camping without power and Internet access interrupted the story of my trans-Icelandic journey with Nat Geo Student Expeditions. Now I’m back on the grid, and the saga continues… After a rainy night of camping at Skaftafell—newly consolidated with other territory by the Icelandic government into Vatnajökull National Park, which is Europe’s largest—the weather…

Icelandic Saga: Black Ice

We get our first real taste of ice on Iceland‘s southern coast at Solheimajökull, one of the glaciers photo-chronicled in James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey. (The last part of the name is pronounced yokel, as in “local yokel,” and means “glacier” in Icelandic.) Quick Earth science lesson—grab some coffee: Glaciers work like conveyor belts or…

Icelandic Saga: Wonder Falls

Greenland is famously buried beneath an enormous glacier, so largely white, while Iceland is largely green. That said, there’s still plenty of ice on Iceland—for the moment, at least. Vatnajökull, the world’s third-largest glacier, covers much of Iceland’s southeast quarter. Smaller (but plenty impressive) glaciers dot the rest of the island. Glaciers typically melt at…