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The ‘Denali Damsels’: American Alpine Club Profiles First All-Women Expedition

While many of today's outdoor companies now appeal to...
A portrait of Cherokee polymath Sequoyah showing his Cherokee alphabet

Exploration Mysteries: The Disappearance of Sequoyah

Sequoyah, also known as George Gist (or Guess), was...
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Replica Boat Shows How Ancient Romans Sailed Upwind

“If you want something done right, you’ve got to...
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Why Did They Do It? Six Archaeological Forgeries and the People Behind Them

Exploration has always attracted a certain amount of fraud....
Deserted remains including a possible mosque

Khara-Khoto: Lost City of the Gobi Desert

Khara-Khoto, or the 'Black City', sits mostly forgotten in...

Great Explorers: Francis Younghusband

Dubbed the last great imperial adventurer, Sir Francis Younghusband...

Great Explorers: Peter Aufschnaiter, the Other Austrian in ‘Seven Years in Tibet’

Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's travel classic, Seven Years in...
An illustration of three sail boats with West-African patterned sails.

Exploration Mysteries: An Early African Voyage to the Americas?

Fourteenth-century Malian ruler Mansa Musa was possibly the richest...

Found: Complete DNA of Pompeii Man Who Died 2,000 Years Ago

Improvements in DNA analysis have once again allowed archaeologists...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Revisit ’70s Luxury With Winnebago’s Flying Camper Van

While American culture has a historic love affair with...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Disaster on Everest

On the early afternoon of April 25, 2015, a...
A montage of the Second Seven Summits.

The Second Seven Summits: A Look Back

With today's chapter, we end our series on the...
Morocco's Atlas Mountains on a clear day. The tops are snow-capped.

Ancient Expeditions into Africa

The earliest European exploration of Africa took place thousands...

Explorers Discover World’s Deepest Shipwreck Miles Below Surface

Almost 7,000m below the Philippine Sea, explorers found a...
Artifacts from Kemune

Drought Exposes 3,400-Year-Old City in Iraq Reservoir

A dry season in the fertile crescent revealed signs...

The Mummy Files: Deciphering the World’s Best-Preserved Ancient Bodies

As unsettling as they are, dead bodies can offer...
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Canada, Denmark Resolve Strange Arctic Island Dispute

As the Russian war in Ukraine drags into its...
Female skiers circa 1920s/1930s. Photo: Commons

Outdoor Clothing Through the Ages: A Visual History

Some of history's most commendable outdoor sporting moments happened...

Enjoy Snow? Here’s the Man Who Took the First Pictures of Snowflakes

Though not an explorer of geographies, Snowflake Bentley was...

Second Seven Summits: Mount Townsend

The Second Seven Summits involves climbing the second-highest peak...

Planispheres: The Night Sky in the Palm of Your Hand

A planisphere is an age-old device for reading the...

Legends Series: Aloha Wanderwell

Ambitious trailblazer, innovator, and adventurer; Aloha Wanderwell was born...

Escape from Camp 354: Mount Kenya, 1943

The history of Africa's second-highest peak culminates in the...

Huacas: Sacred Objects of the Incas

The Inca empire was the largest and most complex...

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