I remember buying my first backpacking backpack. I walked into an outdoor store and chatted with a salesman about options. When I asked about lightweight packs, he dismissed them, telling me they would strip away any comfort and weren’t worth it. I left with a backpack that on its own weighed close to five pounds. …

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Martina Brimmer is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Seattle-based bicycle bag and pannier company, Swift Industries. This week, she’s taking over the Misadventures Instagram feed, to give us all a behind-the-scenes peek at how Swift Industries make their bags, and how the tenets of wilderness travel influence her business philosophy. But before you hop …

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August 29th, 2014 HWY 120 Eastbound, Yosemite National Park 6:30am [dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]y headlights lit the trees as I drove in silence. With the faint rise of the sun, the sky was a smear of painted clouds just beyond the Sierra Nevada ridgeline, and as the sun crept closer to the precipice of the mountains’ rugged …

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“You look like a beached whale,” Tyler called up to me. Thanks to fear, I barely winced at the insult. I peered at the vertical ice wall above me through fogged-over goggles. One of my crampons had come unfastened from my boot. I pressed my chest, stomach, and cheek to the ice, wishing my body …

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Morning commutes have a reputation for being frustrating, long, dull—but not for filmmaker Jessie Markowitz. But, then again, her commute is not what one might call typical. She lives in Gustavus, Alaska, a town of 443 residents, two paved roads, and only accessible by boat or plane. Like many of the people who live here, …

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Cheetahs, Penguins and Bears…oh my! These are just some of the century-old denizens that you will find inside the historic New York City Upper East Side mansion that serves as the headquarters of The Explorers Club. This venerable club celebrated its 113th year with their annual star-studded awards dinner held on March 25, 2017. The …

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A crying girl, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a supermarket parking lot. Not exactly the elements for an epic summit. But having missed the turn-off for our hike, we were now on the wrong side of Lake George in upstate New York, eating the lunches we were supposed to be having on the peak. …

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Our community of Misadventurers is vast. We are a community of professional and recreational athletes, of backyard explorers, intrepid thru-hikers, wildlife lovers and poetry enthusiasts. We are insatiable wander-lusters, tiny-house builders, natural-foodies, eco-gear junkies, and DIY-ers. We are travel writers and scientists. Our community is filled with movers and shakers excited to share our love …

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One of the first things I learned about Melissa Coles was that she studied taekwondo and knows how to escape everything from headlocks to alligator attacks. One of the second was that she sends scores of letters to friends and family back in her hometown of Loganville, Georgia. With chin-length hair and wire frame glasses …

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