National Geographic Adventure (magazine)

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National Geographic Adventure
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December 2009/January 2010 issue front cover
Editor in chiefJohn Rasmus
First issueSpring 1999
Final issueDecember 2009
Company National Geographic Society
Country United States
Based inWashington, DC [1]
ISSN 1523-6226

National Geographic Adventure was a magazine started in 1999 by the National Geographic Society in the United States. The first issue was published in Spring 1999. [2] Regular publication of the magazine ended in December 2009, [2] and the name was reused for a biannual newsstand publication. The last issue was December 2009/January 2010. [1]



The magazine covered adventure travel, environmental issues, natural science, and other topics related to the outdoors. It focused on adventure travel and included:

Regular features

Adventurer of the Year

Annually, a slate of adventurers were named National Geographic Adventure Adventurer of the Year", in a variety of categories. For example, the December 2008/January 2009 issue named "Fourteen people who dreamed big, pushed their limits, and made our year". [3] One, Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, was named for "extreme heroism under trying extreme circumstances" for repeatedly risking his life to successfully rescue several mountaineers stranded on the mountain, during the 2008 K2 disaster. [4] [5] [6]


John Rasmus served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine from its inception to its closure. [2] Sam Serebin and Tom Bentkowski were the design team responsible for the initial prototype and first six issues of the magazine.

Related Research Articles

K2 Eight-thousander and 2nd-highest mountain on Earth, located in Pakistan and China; also claimed by India

K2, at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level, is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. It lies in the Karakoram range, in part in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir and in part in a China-administered territory of the Kashmir region included in the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang.

Mount Everest Earths highest mountain, part of the Himalaya between Nepal and Tibet

Mount Everest is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The China–Nepal border runs across its summit point. Its elevation of 8,848.86 m (29,031.7 ft) was most recently established in 2020 by the Nepali and Chinese authorities.

Sherpa is one of the Tibetan ethnic groups native to the most mountainous regions of Nepal in the Himalayas. The term sherpa or sherwa derives from the Sherpa language words ཤར shar ("east") and པ pa ("people"), which refer to their geographical origin of eastern Tibet.

Ed Viesturs American mountain climber

Edmund Viesturs is a high-altitude mountaineer, corporate speaker, and well known author in the mountain climbing community. He is the only American to have climbed all 14 of the world's eight-thousander mountain peaks, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. Along with Apa Sherpa, he has summitted peaks of over 8,000 meters on 21 occasions, including Mount Everest seven times; only four other climbers, Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa, Juanito Oiarzabal, Namgyal Sherpa, and Ang Dorje Sherpa, have more high-altitude ascents.

<i>Australian Geographic</i>

Australian Geographic is a media business that produces the Australian Geographic magazine, DMag magazine, specialist book titles, travel guides, diaries and calendars and online media. It published editions of the Australian Encyclopaedia. It previously operated the Australian Geographic retail chain stores and Australian Geographic Travel and Australian Geographic Adventures.

Adventures by Disney (ABD) provides group guided family vacations to various domestic and international destinations. The company is a subsidiary of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products's Signature Experiences division. Disney Parks is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

David Mayer de Rothschild

David Mayer de Rothschild is a British adventurer, ecologist, and environmentalist and head of Sculpt the Future Foundation, a charity that supports innovations and creativity in social and environmental impact efforts.

Lincoln Ross Hall OAM was a veteran Australian mountain climber, adventurer, author and philanthropist. Hall was part of the first Australian expedition to climb Mount Everest in 1984, which successfully forged a new route. Hall reached the summit of the mountain on his second attempt in 2006, miraculously surviving the night at 8,700 m (28,543 ft) on descent, after his family was told he had died.

Colin Angus (explorer) Canadian author and adventurer

Colin Angus is a Canadian author and adventurer who is the first person to make a self-propelled global circumnavigation. Due to varying definitions of the term "circumnavigation," debate has arisen as to whether or not the route travelled fulfilled the strictest criteria. As part of the circumnavigation, Angus and his then fiancé Julie Wafaei made the first rowboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Europe to mainland North America, and Wafaei became the first Canadian woman to row across any ocean. Colin and Julie have two sons: Leif, born September, 2010, and Oliver, born June, 2014.

Andrew Skurka

Andrew Skurka is an American professional backpacker who is best known for his two long-distance hiking firsts—the 6,875-mile Great Western Loop and the 7,778-mile Sea-to-Sea Route. He was named the 2007 "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure and the 2005 "Person of the Year" by Backpacker magazine.

Anatoly Sagalevich

Anatoly Mikhailovich Sagalevich is a Russian explorer, who works at the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 1965.

Kira Salak is an American writer, adventurer, and journalist known for her travels in Mali and Papua New Guinea. She has written two books of nonfiction and a book of fiction based on her travels and is a contributing editor at National Geographic magazine.

2008 K2 disaster Mountaineering expedition disaster on K2 in Pakistan

The 2008 K2 disaster occurred on 1 August 2008, when 11 mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth. Three others were seriously injured. The series of deaths, over the course of the Friday ascent and Saturday descent, was the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering. Some of the specific details remain uncertain, with different plausible scenarios having been given about different climbers' timing and actions, when reported later via survivors' eyewitness accounts or via radio communications of climbers who died later in the course of events on K2 that day.

Gerard McDonnell, mountaineer and engineer, was the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, in August 2008. He lost his life along with 10 other mountaineers following an avalanche on the descent, in the deadliest accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.

Jon Bowermaster is an oceans expert, journalist, author, filmmaker, adventurer and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Andrew Nelson is a writer and professor living in New Orleans. He worked as a senior producer of, a creative director for Cyberflix, a visiting professor at Loyola University New Orleans, and a Public Relations and Social Media Account professional at Peter A. Mayer Advertising in New Orleans. Two computer games he developed for CyberFlix – Titanic: Adventure Out of Time (1996) and Dust: A Tale of the Wired West (1995) – were bestselling PC game and Macintosh Games of the Year. In 2007 he was awarded a Lowell Thomas Award for his work with the Society. He is a writer-at-large for Salon, National Geographic Traveler, ReadyMade, The New York Times, Via magazine, Weekend Sherpa and San Francisco Magazine.

The term microadventure was made common by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys and is defined as an overnight outdoor adventure that is "small and achievable, for normal people with real lives". The New York Times described a microadventure as "short, perspective-shifting bursts of travel closer to home, inspiring followers to pitch a tent in nearby woods, explore their city by moonlight, or hold a family slumber party in the backyard."

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is a Nepali Sherpa mountaineer. She was the first woman in Nepal to become a mountaineering instructor, was one of the first Nepali women to reach the summit of K2, and has been active in earthquake relief in Nepal. In 2016, she was named National Geographic's People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, and was presented with the 45th International Alpine Solidarity Award in Pinzolo, Italy.

Camilla Rutherford is a Scottish award-winning photojournalist who lives in Wanaka, New Zealand. Rutherford specializes in outdoor sports photography and often shoots in the mountains of New Zealand. She shoots everything from sports, travel, and lifestyle.


  1. 1 2 Steve Casimiro (December 2009). "National Geographic Adventure Magazine Folds". Adventure Journal. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "The Last Page". Advertising Age. December 15, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  3. "Best of Adventure: Adventurers of the Year - They Did It (Fourteen people who dreamed big, pushed their limits, and made our year)". National Geographic Adventure. December 2008.
  4. DeBenedetti, Christian (December 2008). "K2 Hero is Adventurer of the Year". Archived from the original on 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  5. Lederman, Marsha (October 24, 2013). "90 hours in the 'death zone': One man's brave actions on an uncompromising mountain". The Globe and Mail.
  6. DeBenedetti, Christian (December 2008). "Best of Adventure: Adventurers of the Year - The savior and the storm on K2; Heroism: Pemba Gyalje Sherpa". National Geographic Adventure.