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Jon Bowermaster

Fresh from the publication of his book Birthplace of the Winds: Storming Alaska's Islands of Fire and Ice, Jon Bowermaster is gearing up for a Cuban odyssey and, later this spring, a 60-day kayaking expedition in Vietnam. Jon's explorations include dogsled travels in the Arctic and Antarctica and first-ever raft descents in Chile and China. A resident of Paris and New York State, he is the author of six books and has chronicled numerous adventures (his own and others') for many popular magazines, including National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and National Geographic Traveler.

Expedition Adviser

Dogsledding the Antarctic? Paddling the Aleutians? Rafting an untested Chinese river? You name it, author-explorer Jon Bowermaster's been there, done that. And now he'll help you plan your own adventure. But type fast—any day now he's leaving for a two-month trip to kayak Vietnam.


My friend and I are taking the 500-mile [800-kilometer] Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage from the southwest corner of France to Santiago. What are your recommendations, including shoe and pack type?

Traveling light, alpine style, makes perfect sense here since you'll never be far from a hostel or a borrowed bed. My recommendation always before such a trip… full answer >>


Do you try to lower your profile when traveling? Is there a certain vibe or attitude you try to project?

I think after some years of traveling you learn to adopt one of two vibes in a new place, based solely on your gut. Either open and engaging… full answer >>


Jon, I understand you've spent a lot of time in Chile. You must go there for a reason. What is it?

I first went to Chile in 1990, just as the Pinochet years were ending, and since then I've been back almost every year. I've gone mostly for the adventure… full answer >>


My friend, a professional photographer, often hires a local "fixer" when on assignment in other countries. Should I?

"Fixers" are definitely a plus, especially if you're in a remote place or one with a difficult language and really bad road signs… full answer >>

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