In the hills of southern West Virginia alongside the New River Gorge, known for its world-class whitewater and rock climbing, is ACE Adventure Resort. ACE is one of the largest outfitters on the East Coast, taking hundreds of guests down the class IV-V rapids of the New and Gauley rivers daily, rock climbing, rappelling, zip …

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“It’s either going to make you or break you,” our Travel Channel film instructor told my husband, Spanky, and I as we prepared to spend seven-straight months together circumnavigating the planet. We took the class so we could learn how to make masterful videos and maybe even submit some clips (until we realized we needed a release form from all …

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“For after something this powerful, this deep,” I whispered, “There is nothing after here.” I was five days into a weeklong solo-kayaking trip through the backcountry of Everglades National Park when I spoke these words out to a cove of salty water. I had just set up camp on a small, white sand key. The …

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On climbing, control, and learning to let go—literally. “I want to fail more, to fall more, and occasionally, grunting and squeaking, to make a successful and scrappy move towards the top of the wall.”

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