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Capsizes and Crocodiles: Is this the Most Insane River Trip Ever?

Richard Bangs | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

On a recent flying safari in Africa we piloted a BushCat, a low-slow nimble bush aircraft, from the Skeleton Coast of the Atlantic up the Kunene Rive...

Visit These 21 Amazing Places Without Leaving North America

minube | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel
minube

As far as amazing places go, there's truly no place like home. After all, why fret about exorbitant airfare to far-flung locales when you can experience some of the world's most stunning sights right here in North America?

Honduras: When Conservation Goes Too Far

Richard Bangs | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Honduras is like the monkey who locked up the zookeeper. This little tropical realm has put away the constrained thinking that keeps others stuck in unproductive routines, and allowed its wildness to escape the margins.

The Dangerous First Descent of the Zambezi

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.18.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Some 350 feet below the bridge we were driving over, a mighty river coiled and cursed through a dark basalt gorge. I could see two rapids interrupting the otherwise peaceful stretch. They were pieces of effervescence, feather-white, inviting.

3 Parenting Lessons I Learned From White Water Rafting

Nicole Leigh Shaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Nicole Leigh Shaw

In preparation for our first float down the Gauley River 10 years ago, my husband and I learned three important lessons that we have applied to our lives and tried to teach our children.

The Slow Travel Movement

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Slow travel is the deliberate deceleration of a journey so that the small looms large, the particle becomes profound, and the blood races with the adventure and discovery of the Amazon in every dewdrop, the Everest in every trail stone, the Redwoods in every swath of grass, and the galaxy within every snowflake.

A Death on the Yangtze

Richard Bangs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

An excerpt from "Riding the Dragon's Back, the Great Race to Run the Wild Yangtze," by Richard Bangs with Christian Kallen. At this point an American expedition is making its way to the source, but deadly waters boil ahead.

Summer Fun in Montréal

Mark Sissons | Posted 08.12.2013 | Travel
Mark Sissons

Hot jazz, cool comedy, fine dining and fabulous European café culture. The world's second-largest French-speaking city after Paris promises all that and more during the sultry season.

PHOTOS: A Chocolate River In Wine Country

Posted 02.01.2013 | Travel

The Mendoza River is a chocolate brown sluiceway punctuated by rapids that fall neatly in the range of fun but not terrifying. The river runs away fro...

25 Adventure Activities Around The World

Viator | Posted 03.27.2013 | Travel
Viator

Whether you're a first-timer or an experienced fisherman, the thrill of catching your own dinner is irresistible.

PHOTOS: Running A River In Ladakh, Kashmir

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.19.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Walking down a vacant road on the way to Padum, capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, about five kilometers off the river, I pass a Tibetan monk with his distinctive red kasaya wrapped obliquely about his shoulders. He stops, and in halting English asks my age. When I tell him, he looks me in the eyes and says, "Ah, you have short life left." It's a daunting thought.

PHOTOS: Paddling And Filming On The Rogue River

Richard Bangs | Posted 10.05.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Alternatively tranquil and tumultuous, the Rogue chisels through the bristled plateau of the Siskiyou Mountains, taking on the character of a coastal river: steep-sided, narrow and heavily forested with moody, molting pools and sudden, spuming chutes and rapids. The French trappers who worked this watershed in the early 19th century found the waters troubling, but the Takelma Indians more so, and so the trappers called the river Les Coquines ("the Rogues") after their local adversaries. Almost two centuries later the Rogue would prove a scallywag of a river for me as well.

Florida's Natural Springs Are The Real Fountains Of Youth

Visit Florida | Posted 09.18.2012 | Travel
Visit Florida

To dive or snorkel in them is to experience an otherworldly sensation, a weightless flight through an underwater garden shaped by water clear as a lens, gnome-like rock formations, darting fish and billowing aquatic plants.

Seattle Man Dies After Raft Capsizes

AP | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green

ILWACO, Wash. (AP) — A 55-year-old Seattle area man has died after his inflatable raft capsized in the ocean in southwest Washington. ...

LISTEN: Richard Bangs On Becoming An Adventure Traveler

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.17.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Then we were in the rooster tails of the rapids, being flung up and down on a dizzy aquatic seesaw, paddling with all our strength. "Let's go higher," I screamed over the rapids' roar.

Serving Time -- In A Swimming Pool? Judge Puts Rogue Rafters In Hot Water

AP | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A northeast Ohio couple found themselves up to their ankles in trouble for rafting on a flood-swollen river without life preserve...

PHOTOS: 12 Spectacular Rafting Rivers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The world is full of breathtaking mountains, pristine valleys, thundering rivers and waterfalls - and what better way to explore these scenic locales ...

Colorado Rivers Running Dangerously High Thanks To Unseasonably Warm Weather

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Most of Colorado's rivers Sunday were flowing fast, deep and dangerously -- some at near record flows for the date -- as warm temperatures quickened t...

Ryan Daniel Snodgrass, Raft Guide, Arrested For Swimming Rafter In River

The Denver Post | Jason Blevins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Clear Creek sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a rafting guide for swimming to a stranded young rafter who had tumbled from his boat on Clear Cre...

Urgent July Communique

Kimberly Bonnell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Bonnell

I've rafted a lot post-connectivity revolution and I can confidently report there isn't a better way to absent yourself from reality than descending into a river canyon with a bunch of strangers and a really good guide.