National Geographic Adventure - Dream It. Plan It. Do It.

Action Photography Contest Winners: Round II
Web Favorites
Adventure Travel Companies Rated!

Logo: Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth

Search through 158 top
travel companies that specialize in safaris, hiking,
biking, luxe, paddling, and

Plan an adventure trip

Video: Top Ten Adrenaline Flicks

Photo: BASE jumper

Our team hunted down the Web's ten wildest action clips. See our picks and nominate your favorites.
Watch the videos

Adventure Resources

1. Travel Directory

2. Best Places to Live

3. 25 Best Trips for 2008

4. 100 Greatest Adventure Books

5. Great National Parks


RUNNER-UP: Climbing Mount Rainier
Presenting the second round of our Action Photography Contest, judged by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
Photo: Climbing Mount Rainier
 « 3 of 5 »  

Your Story: 
Are You Living the Dream?

If you've chased a lofty adventure goal, send us your photos and four lessons learned (see example >>). They could be published in the magazine or online.

Please send photos as jpegs, 4"x5" at 75 dpi.

Send in your photos >>

I took this image on Mount Rainier's Kautz Glacier Route, one of the more popular ways to reach the summit. As we piled our gear into the car and began our drive to the mountain, the weather forecast looked rather grim. A weak front was headed right for the Pacific Northwest. Sure enough, our platform below Kautz Cliff was whipped all night by light snow and gusty  winds—just another day on Mount Rainier. Early the next morning, the wind had died down, so we finished our breakfast of hot chocolate and began to climb. With everyone on the rope pushing tempo, the going was rather swift and we quickly moved to the upper slopes. After a rest stop, I let the others have the "joy" of breaking trail. After deep post holing, I pointed my camera into the full blast of the wind to take this photo.
—Marek Wencel, 38
Flight Attendant
Seattle, Washington

Judge's Remarks:
When the weather turns bad, most photographers put their cameras away. I like this shot because the climbers are moving through a wild landscape accentuated by the blowing snow. The stamped out snow in the foreground is a distraction, but that Marek took a photo in these conditions makes for a compelling image of a real mountain experience.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

At 14,410 feet (4,392 meters), Mount Rainier is a serious undertaking. Independent climbs should only be attempted by experienced climbers. For current route and climbing conditions, contact the park service (+1 360 569 2211). A $30 climbing permit can be obtained from the park. Climbing guides can be found at Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.
(, Mount Rainier Alpine Guides (, and the American Alpine Institute ( Book well in advance!

E-mail a Friend

Cover: Adventure magazine

Pick up our August 2006 issue for America's best hikes and drives, including 11 undiscovered trails and four energy-smart road trips; Africa's top safaris; and a border odyssey along the Devil's Highway by writer Tim Cahill.

Subscribe now and save!

Adventure Subscription Offer

Image: Map mapXchange
Free maps to
use with TOPO!

Photo: Kayaker Adventurer's Handbook
How to beach a kayak

Photo: Shoe Outdoor Gear Store
Buy the right gear right now