Category Archives: Nature

David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”



David Roskelley has a penchant for difficult things. The first American to climb the Seven Summits and Volcanic Seven Summits, the highest mountains and volcanoes on each continent, Roskelley has survived on yak meat while summiting Mount Everest, and traveled as far afield as Papua New Guinea and Antarctica in search of peaks to climb. … Continue reading David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”


Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”



Maria Paz ‘Pachi’ Ibarra may well be one of the most experienced alpinists in all of Antarctica. The Santiago, Chile-raised climber has over ten first ascents in the Ellsworth Mountains, more than anyone else. A guide for more than 15 years, she first arrived on the continent to survey peaks in the Sentinel Range. She … Continue reading Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”



In photographer Kiliii Yüyan’s work, he has drawn on both wilderness survival skills and empathy — qualities he deems “critical” for the projects he embarks on in extreme environments and cultures outside his own. “Human cultures are the most complicated things to understand,” he says. “Human culture is so rich. There’s so much to it.” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 2): “Let reality unfold before you”


Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”



Storytelling has always been a part of Kiliii Yüyan’s life. As a young Chinese-American, his earliest stories came from his Nanai grandmother — stories of hunters riding orcas and roaming the seas. Today, a kayak builder, Nia Tero Storytelling Fellow, National Geographic photographer, and sought-after speaker, Yüyan explores the “human relationship to the natural world,” … Continue reading Kiliii Yüyan (Part 1): “I never stayed put”


Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”



Marc Hamer has lived a great many lives — from wandering the English countryside as a homeless teen to teaching creative writing to inmates. But it’s his latest chapter, that of an author and retired mole-catcher, that has sparked interest around the world. Hamer’s debut book, How to Catch a Mole, has been called “effortlessly … Continue reading Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”


Greg Nolan: “I was looking for adventure”



At nineteen, on Greg Nolan’s first day as a treeplanter, he was given a target of 1,000 trees a day. He managed 93. Such was the start of a 27-year career in treeplanting, during which the Vancouver Island-based Nolan braved grizzly bear encounters, hurricanes, landslides, and life-threatening situations of nearly every conceivable kind. In his … Continue reading Greg Nolan: “I was looking for adventure”


Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”



In 1986, as part of a Canadian team, Sharon Wood became the first woman from the Americas to summit Mount Everest–and the first woman in the world to do so via the West Ridge from Tibet and without Sherpa support. Often the only woman on expeditions, Wood was an outlier in a predominantly male bastion … Continue reading Sharon Wood: “I did it for the sheer passion”


Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”



Mere days into his quest to become the first person to reach the South Pole entirely by bicycle, Daniel Burton realized he had a problem. Facing gale-force winds and whiteout conditions on the southern continent, he realized it was taking far too long to cover the distance needed to reach the finish line. The plan … Continue reading Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”


Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”



There’s parenthood, and then there’s becoming a parent to seven geese overnight. For one year, laboratory manager Michael Quetting lived that reality as part of his work with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, based in Germany. An ultralight pilot by hobby, Quetting had been tasked with raising a gaggle of goslings so that he … Continue reading Michael Quetting: “[Seven geese] taught me what was really important in life”