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Drawing of John C. Fremont.

Great Explorers: John C. Fremont

Skilled explorer or overreaching dilettante? Crusading abolitionist or violent...
gray-haired pilot in flight suit with aircraft

Pilot Dick Rutan, First to Fly Around Earth Without Refueling, Dies at 85

Famed pilot Richard “Dick” Rutan has died. Rutan earned...
painting showing the fall of the Alamo

Great Explorers: Davy Crockett

“Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier…Davy, Davy...
an illustration of David Douglas

Great Explorers: David Douglas, the Accident-Prone Botanist

If you’ve bought a Christmas tree in the last...
front and backside of a weathered medal

UK Bans Export of Final Shackleton Medal

Sir Ernest Shackleton is one of the most heavily...
two mountaineers

Legendary Mt. Rainier Guide Lou Whittaker Dies at 95

A Mount Rainier icon has lapsed into the alpenglow. The...
illustration of Zheng Yi Sao

Great Explorers: Zheng Yi Sao

In the early 1800s, Zheng Yi Sao was the...
a man looking into the viewfinder of a video camera

Nat Geo’s ‘Photographer’ Series Reveals How Pros Work

Typically, a photographer’s objective is to use an image...
headshot of a middle aged white man

Famed Everest Documentarian David Breashears Dies at 68

The mountaineering community has lost a luminary. David Breashears died...
painting of Stewart and Indians

Great Explorers: William Drummond Stewart

William Drummond Stewart did not conquer lands of the...
portrait of de Rozier

Great Explorers: Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier

A driven daredevil, Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier traded...
The Endurance listing hard to port, trapped in ice

Weekend Warm-Up: Restored Footage Shows Shackleton’s Ship in its Icy Death Throes

Is it just me, or is it physically possible...
writer

Great Explorers: Antoine de Saint Exupery

"The airplane has unveiled for us the true face...
sled dog teams with a running man

Weekend Warm-Up: Alfred Wegener’s Iron Arctic Will

Alfred Wegener’s 1930 expedition to Greenland was a monster....
portrait

Great Explorers: Ibn Battuta

Not long after Marco Polo traveled further than anyone...
portrait

Great Explorers: Annette Budgett Meakin

In the 1900s, a woman traveling alone was unheard...
La Pérouse and King Louis XVI.

Exploration Mysteries: Jean Francois de Galaup

The mutiny on HMS Bounty overshadowed an even stranger...
plaque to thomas george street

The Radford and Street Disaster: Death of a Good Man

A while back, I was gazing at a bronze...
A white haired man talking into the camera

Weekend Warm-Up: All Legends Age, Even Chris Bonington

Chris Bonington doesn’t need an introduction from a guy...
Annie Londonderry

Great Explorers: Annie Londonderry

Fifteen months. $10,000. A bicycle and a woman's determination....
canoe

Great Explorers: P. G. Downes

The Second World War had begun, and P.G. Downes...
motorcycle sisters

Legends Series: Van Buren Sisters

It is 1916. Two motorcycles roar down 8,850km of...
Kirke on a bridge

Pioneer Bungee Jumper David Kirke Dies

The father of recreational bungee jumping, David Kirke, has...
Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of Lady Hester Stanhope.

Great Explorers: Lady Hester Stanhope

Lady Hester Stanhope exchanged a life of a wealthy...

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