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THE PHOTO ARK: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals, a new book by National Geographic Fellow and acclaimed photographer Joel Sartore

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:57

WASHINGTON (Feb. 21, 2017)—Half of all Earth’s species could go extinct by 2100. Joel Sartore—National Geographic Fellow, 25-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, and acclaimed photographer and author—is acutely aware of this devastating reality and is passionate about protecting our planet’s animals. He has made it his life’s work to raise awareness and provoke action—which is why he puts us eye to eye, wet nose to nose, and face to face with the fuzzy and feathered, soaring and slithering, with the magnificent and diverse life all around us.

“We owe it to these animals, as they struggle for survival on a human-dominated planet, to look them in the eye,” agrees bestselling author David Quammen. “Joel Sartore’s awestruck and awe-inspiring photos make that an experience of deep heart and beauty.”

THE PHOTO ARK: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals (National Geographic; on sale March 7, 2017; ISBN 978-1-4262-1777-7; 400 pages; $35) is founded on Sartore’s belief that to know Earth’s animals is to love them, and in the 400 pages and 600 gorgeous photographs of THE PHOTO ARK you will lose your heart again and again.

Sartore circles the globe in his quest to photograph over 12,000 captive species and has already photographed more than 6,000, including:

  • rare animals like the white rhino
  • unusual specimens like a two-headed turtle
  • animals who are the last of their kind, as in the case of Toughie, the last living Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog, who died in 2016

And many, many more! The book embraces the theme of the ark as its organizing principle, beautifully pairing these intimate portraits of animals as partners, opposites, mirrors and sometimes in word play.

As Harrison Ford puts so well in the book’s foreword, THE PHOTO ARK “focuses a lens on the individual threads in nature’s tapestry.” The one-and-only Jane Goodall praises: “This is one of the most scientifically important—and artistically brilliant—books ever. You cannot see these sensitive portraits of the diversity of animals living on Planet Earth and not be entranced.  And moved.  And inspired to do all you can to ensure they stay with us.”

This spring, National Geographic is incredibly proud to publish THE PHOTO ARK as well as ANIMAL ARK, a children’s book with text by Newbery Medal-winner Kwame Alexander.

The goal of the National Geographic Photo Ark project is to inspire people to care for vulnerable species and to create an important record of existence for every animal in captivity. The project has already captured the world’s attention, with ten simultaneous covers of National Geographic magazine and photo projections on the United Nations and Empire State buildings, and St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. In 2017, Photo Ark exhibitions are opening at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Dallas Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo. Learn more at NatGeoPhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether.

About Joel Sartore

JOEL SARTORE is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher and a 25-year contributor to National Geographic magazine as well as Audubon, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. He has written several books including National Geographic’s Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Let’s Be Reasonable, a collection of essays from the CBS Sunday Morning show. Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including the National Geographic Channel’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and an hour-long PBS documentary, “At Close Range.” He is also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Win the Kitvision Escape 4KW pack: 4K action camera competition

Windsurfing - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:14

We’re sure you’d like to capture every moment of your next adventure in Ultra High Definition – and thanks to our incredible 4K action camera competition you can! To win the Kitvision Escape 4KW pack all you have to do is tell us something AWEsome you have done. 4K action camera competition...

The post Win the Kitvision Escape 4KW pack: 4K action camera competition appeared first on AWE365.

Categories: Wind Surfing

THE WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS: 50 DREAMY GETAWAYS, PRIVATE RETREATS, AND ENCHANTING PLACES TO CELEBRATE LOVE

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:51

WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2016)–Just in time for Valentine’s Day, National Geographic presents a gorgeous collection of dreamy destinations in THE WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS: 50 Dreamy Getaways, Private Retreats, and Enchanting Places to Celebrate Love (National Geographic Books: ISBN: 978-1-4262-1706-7; Jan. 3, 2017; $25.00).

This striking book features more than 200 photos of some of the most picture-perfect and romantic vacation spots. With smart travel tips for each of the 50 featured locations across the globe, it’s easy for newlyweds, love birds or those celebrating decades together to plan their next trip to a tropical, exotic or remote getaway thousands of miles away or perhaps right around the corner. From Italy, Hawaii or Charleston to the Caribbean, South Africa or New York City, there’s a perfect location for every adventure.

Each section of the book offers impeccable travel suggestions by season—a springtime getaway in Paris, a summer walk in Victoria Falls, an autumnal visit to Big Sur or a winter wonderland in Quebec City, and many more. Every destination is accompanied by tips on what not to miss, where to stay, best local cuisine and how to book the most relaxing or adventurous excursion.

About Abbie Kozolchyk

Abbie Kozolchyk is an award-winning writer and editor whose assignments have taken her to every continent and corner of the publishing world, from Condé Nast Traveler to Cosmopolitan. Kozolchyk’s work has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Traveler, Food & Wine, Glamour, Rachael Ray Every Day and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. She appears regularly at travel conferences around the world as a speaker and teacher, and otherwise divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles. To follow her travels on Instagram or Twitter, connect with @abbiekozolchyk.

About Annie Fitzsimmons

Annie Fitzsimmons is a travel editor, writer and speaker and has traveled to six continents for her work. She believes in creating the job you want and is an editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler, where she helped to pitch and create the Urban Insider brand, working on online and magazine content, video, cross-platform partnerships, tours and more. Annie is digital editor at Virtuoso, working on digital content and two magazines for the global luxury travel network. Annie is from Scottsdale, Arizona, and lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Connect with her on Twitter @anniefitz and on Instagram @anniefitzsimmons.

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National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Young pilot's dream comes true

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:31
Monday turned out to be a fine cloudless day.  Travis, our youngest member, coped well with the windy conditions and flew his first solo glider flight on his fourteenth birthday.  Needless to say he was delighted, as was his father Nick.  Nick is keen to take up the sport himself, perhaps one day his instructor son will be sending him solo!Travis is the less pleased looking pilot on the right!
Instructor Graham Saw, Travis and father Nick.
Categories: Gliding

Snow white

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 22:12
A couple more pics from the frozen north (not that it's particularly warm down south). Chris A went solo for the first time at Aboyne - no mention of whether he got to the end of the runway.

"OK well I'm up here now, just have to get down again."
Seems a shame to spoil it.
Categories: Gliding

Booker in Aboyne

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 14:11
Booker's first expedition of the year is to Aboyne, home to Deeside Gliding Club. They have been joined by some of our friends from the Upward Bound Trust at Haddenham. The weather has not been exactly epic but they are having a good time. Yesterday morning 315 and 319 flew locally up to 5000ft ahead of some rain. This afternoon 315 (Richard and Chris A) went to Braemar and 319 (Paul F) and C4 (Dave B and Nick H) went to Ballater and back several times.

Above the clouds
Sneaking up on 319
Snow!

Categories: Gliding

Top Charter Destinations: Part 2 - Romantic Routes

Super Yachts Carters - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:00
Top Charter Destinations: Part 2 - Romantic Routes Discover the romantic routes of Norway as the ultimate charter grounds for 2017. From the dramatic mountain tops of the Norwegian Fjords to the stunning Stavenger archipelago, Norway encapsulates the natural wonders of Europe in an abundance of unmissable beauty by superyacht.

The Gateway to the Fjords in Bergen
To start your Baltic charter, Bergen leads as a medieval city boasting the Hansetic Wharf, one of UNESCO's iconic World Heritage Sites. Bergen beats with a lively ambience where scenic city living meets the colourful markets offering a fresh culinary cuisine straight from its waters.

The Stavanger Archipelago
Nestled in the most south-westerly areas of Norway is the stunning city of Stavanger, boasting the world famous Pulpit Rock offering a stunning vantage point overlooking lush greenery and breathtaking waterways. Sola beach remains the hidden gem; where flourishing greenery meet the European shoreline.

The Jewel of the Fjord at Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord is renowned as the jewel of the Norwegian fjords. Distinguished by its S-shape, tumbling waterfalls and dotted mountain farms, the region is a proud member of UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. With a feeling of being undiscovered, Geirangerfjord remains an enchanting passage into natural beauty.

At the Heart of Nature in Sognefjord
As Norway’s longest Fjord, Sognefjord is situated at the very epicentre of Fjord Norway, offering an abundance of hike routes at its surrounding hiking areas offering expansive views of . As you reside into nature Sognefjord region, you can appreciate its culinary roots known for its fruit, berries and goats cheese.

World Famous Territory in Hardangerfjord
The staggering beauty of Hardangerfjord, the worlds third largest fjord is truly breathaking. Known for fruit trees blossoming in spring, the iconic Vøringsfossen Waterfall and the Folgefonna Glacier, visitors globally have made the Hardangerfjord region their must-do charter route, as they are immersed in natural beauty for miles.

The Ethereal Beauty of The Northern Lights
When planning your charter itinerary, be sure to include the unmissable sight of The Northern Lights. Venture above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway; the most idyllic spot to experience its views. It’s enchanting beauty is mesmerising; distinguishing Norways as Europeans most stunningly unforgettable charter routes. 

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Booker goes back to school

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 11:16
At the invitation of one of our members, James, who is Head of Engineering at Chalfonts Community College, we took the sim along for two days for the Year 11 students currently considering their 6th form options to explore. As well as aerodynamics they were also interested in the engineering and design aspects of the sim construction - the servos which provide feedback and replicate the stick forces experienced in real flight. Other students throughout the school also had an opportunity to fly during breaks, as did some of the staff, so we were kept busy. We hope to welcome a school group to the airfield in due course.

Somewhere over Bucks


Categories: Gliding

LESSONS FROM THE PACK: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life by Cesar Millan

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:43

Cesar Millan is an Emmy-nominated host, #1 New York Times best-selling author, and sought-after dog behaviorist who has been teaching us how to better understand and care for our dogs for years. Now, for the first time, the “Dog Whisperer” shares the lessons he’s learned from decades of experience and the very special dogs in his life.

In LESSONS FROM THE PACK: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life (National Geographic Books; on sale Feb. 7, 2017; ISBN 978-1-4262-1613-8; 240 pages; $24.95) Cesar shares profound and heartwarming stories of the dogs that have inspired him and the lessons he’s learned from them about healing, authenticity, acceptance, respect and more. Peppered throughout are insights from Cesar Millan’s celebrity clients, including Jerry Seinfeld, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kesha, Kathy Griffin, and more, introducing their canine friends and sharing all that they have meant and taught them. In LESSONS FROM THE PACK, Cesar offers a unique blueprint for happiness and fulfillment through canine companionship to the one in four U.S. families with dogs as part of their household.

Cesar Millan will be visiting Los Angeles, Chicago and New York on book tour this February.

Additionally, Cesar and his protégé son, Andre Millan, star in the new series “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” premiering Friday, Mar. 3, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD. The duo will crisscross the United States to work with nonprofit organizations and dog lovers who are helping save millions of dogs around the country. This is Cesar Millan in a new role as rescuer and rehabilitator.

About Cesar Millan

CESAR MILLAN is a public speaker and the internationally acclaimed star of  Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation, Cesar 911, as well as the original, Emmy-nominated host of the Dog Whisperer program. Through his international television shows, he brings more than 25 years of dog experience and his status as the most recognized and sought-after authority in the field of dog care and rehabilitation directly to non-profit organizations and communities who need his help under the most unique circumstances. In addition to co-authoring seven books, Cesar has created numerous instructional DVDs and continues to host a popular series of training courses and live shows around the world where attendees learn how to apply his extensive knowledge of dog psychology and rehabilitation techniques.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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National Geographic Kids Announces Grand-Prize Winner of International Photography Contest for Kids

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:00

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2017)—Selected from more than 46,000 entries around the world, 11-year-old Dewi Baggerman from the Netherlands was named the grand-prize winner of the National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids. With her photo of a field of vibrant tulips shot from a unique angle, Dewi has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters.

This year’s winning contest photos were chosen from a dramatically larger pool of entries than in the past. The 46,000+ photo submissions marked a 162 percent increase over last year’s program.

Open to children ages 6 to 14, the worldwide competition was conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine and nine other local-language editions: Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each country held a national contest and, in the final round, sent one photo from each of the four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging.

The judging panel announced that the four category winners in this year’s worldwide competition were:

  • Maj Kastelic, 13, Slovenia — Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals)
  • Dewi Baggerman, 11, Netherlands — Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery)
  • Pan Yinzhi, 13, China — Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny)
  • Sanya Jain, 12, India — Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels)

“The quality and quantity of this year’s entries truly blew us away,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.) and contest judge. “We were impressed not only by the beauty and artistic skill that these photos showcased, but also by the creativity and unique perspective that they demonstrated. It’s a delight to see how these kids engage with the world around them using photography.”

In the U.S. competition, 12-year-old Kate Anderson from Shelley, Idaho, captured the grand prize, selected from the more-than 3,400 photos submitted nationally. For her unique photo of a chick, titled “Owning the Stage,” Kate has won a ten-day National Geographic Galápagos Family Odyssey.

The four category winners in the U.S. competition were:

  • David Hopkins, 13, Gig Harbor, Washington — Amazing Animals
  • Riley Harlan, 12, Fruit Heights, Utah — Dare to Explore
  • Kate Anderson, 12, Shelley, Idaho — Weird But True
  • Ryan Hughes, 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico — Wild Vacation

Anderson’s photo and the U.S. category winners, along with the worldwide grand-prize winner, will be featured in the May 2017 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, reaching approximately four million U.S. readers.

To view the grand-prize-winning image and other top images from the international contest, visit natgeokids.com/photo-contest.

National Geographic Kids magazine launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. There are now 18 local-language editions, including Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.4 million.

NOTE: Captions, credits and images can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/IPC-NatGeoKids.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Another busy day

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 01/28/2017 - 20:48
This morning the Bronze lectures continued, with Bob Smith demystifying things like the importance of L/D for calculating final glides, why flaps make a difference, what happens to VNE at 20,000ft.... he even explained G relief. After all of this, and a cup of tea, one person was shut away in the briefing room for a go at the Bronze paper. News has yet to emerge of how he got on, hope he's not still in there.

Meanwhile, out on the airfield the sun was shining and people were enjoying the thermals, amongst them Chris Rowland who celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first flight in a glider. That flight was in a T21 with Blackpool and Fylde GC, then based at Samlesbury, near Preston, but now renamed Bowland Forest GC and based at Chipping, still near Preston. His anniversary flight was in a Junior - considerably less draughty.

Chris in 312
Here is a nice picture of today's sky, taken by Chris on an earlier flight in the Falke.



And this is what the sky looked like as it got more showery - and wavy.


Categories: Gliding

Nepali Trail Runner Mira Rai Voted National Geographic’s 2017 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:00

WASHINGTON (Jan. 26, 2017)—Mira Rai, a Nepali trail runner, has been named the 2017 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for her tireless efforts in breaking down barriers for women in Nepal through sports. She was selected from an impressive group of adventurers whose extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports distinguished them in the past year. The 10 honorees were announced on Nov. 3, 2016, and the public was invited to vote through Dec. 16, 2016, for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Mira Rai said. “I am grateful for the incredible support support from my family, friends and the Nepali people who have always believed in me. I would like to thank National Geographic for bringing attention to our efforts to help the women of Nepal and show them that anything is possible.”

Rai is a high-elevation racing phenom in Nepal who has placed at international trail running races in both Australia and Europe. In 2015, she received second place in the Skyrunning World Competitions. In a country where access to education is limited for girls and women don’t have time to study, the strides Rai has taken to compete as an international elite athlete are truly inspiring.

A ruptured ACL in early 2016 forced Mira to undergo surgery and put her running career on hold. During her recovery, she took on an active role in encouraging others to run by organizing the first ever running race in her home village of Bhojpur, Nepal. She secured 90 pairs of running shoes for children who do not have them and raised money through her running community, a pasta sale in Italy and screenings of a movie about her journey, entitled Mira, at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Watch an exclusive 7-minute video from the film here.

Although getting more women involved in the sport is important to Rai, her aspirations go deeper. Women in Nepal are restricted to such an extent where they don’t have much of a life outside of household chores. Through exposure to sports, Mira hopes that it will give Nepali women an avenue for “self-expression and the confidence to do anything.” To Rai, “Sport isn’t just a break from daily life but a break from stereotypes, and that is really a big adventure.”

“Mira is an outstanding natural athlete with huge potential in trail running,” said Mary Anne Potts, editorial director of National Geographic Adventure. “She’s had the courage to break with traditional expectations to follow her dreams—and she is determined now to use her experience to empower the younger generation in Nepal.”

The full list of 2017 Adventurers of the Year People’s Choice nominees are:

  • The Hōkūle‘a Team, comprised of celestial circumnavigators who have embarked on a four-year journey across large swaths of oceans in the famed Hōkūle‘a voyaging canoe guided only by the stars and the belief that Polynesian culture should not be lost to the wake of modernization. In the process, they ignited a cultural restoration in Hawaii and taught a new generation of adventurers how to navigate by the stars. Nainoa Thompson, a member of the team, was a 2016 recipient of the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious award, the Hubbard medal.
  • Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, an American business woman and adventurer turned conservationist. Tompkins funded the creation of a large wilderness conservation areas in the heart of South America’s famed Patagonia region. Along with her late husband, Doug Tompkins, she helped create five national parks and preserved more than 2.5 million acres of mountains, forests, waterways and the fauna that depend on the landscape.
  • Krzysztof Starnawski, a Polish cave diver and National Geographic Explorer who discovered the world’s deepest underwater cave in the fall of 2016. For two decades Starnawski believed that the Hranická Propast cave complex in the Czech Republic could be the deepest underwater cave system in the world. Last year, he discovered a small passage 800 feet down that he squirmed through to discover a deeper chamber. This fall he went all the way to the bottom (1,325 feet) using a combination of human and ROV-enabled exploration.
  • Peter McBride and Kevin Fedarko, American hikers, journalists, and National Geographic Explorers, both with long ties to the Grand Canyon, embarked on an incredible journey to hike its entire length—875 mostly trail-less miles. While the arduous journey has been completed before, McBride’s images and Fedarko’s words catalyzed attention to the troubling issues facing not only the Grand Canyon, but our park system as a whole.
  • Semit Lee, a Chinese kayaker who completed the first solo source-to-sea descent of the 5,464-kilometer-long Yellow River in China. The river is thought of as the cradle of Chinese civilization. Lee negotiated fierce rapids and steep gorges, but the trip also had a different purpose—a cultural and environmental survey of how people live along the river banks.
  • Colin Haley, an American mountaineer who has doggedly pushed the boundaries of alpine climbing for the last 15 years. But, as veteran alpinist Rolando Garibotti put it, Haley’s 2016 season might be the best anyone has ever had in Patagonia. He completed the first solo ascent of Torre Egger, the 9,350-foot snowcapped granite turret on the border between Chile and Argentina, considered amongst the hardest climbs in the world. He also achieved several other rapid ascents in the region. Then, in June, he stormed up the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker in the Alaska Range by himself in a day.
  • Ashima Shiraishi, a teenage American rock climber who has continued her progression as one of the world’s best climbers, becoming the first female to climb the hardest-rated boulder problem—Horizon in Japan, in March, then Sleepy Rave in Australia, in August.
  • Antoine Girard, a French paraglider who soared above 8,100 meters to fly over the summit of Broad Peak on the China-Pakistan border in the Himalaya. It’s the first time a paraglider pilot has broken that elevation, much less flown above the summit of one the world’s tallest peaks.
  • Shannon Switzer Swanson, an American surfer, marine conservationist and National Geographic Explorer who embarked on an ambitious journey to illuminate the global supply chain of tropical fish destined for American aquariums. Using her unique set of water skills and an academic approach, Swanson and her team journeyed from Indonesian reefs to enthusiasts’ homes to shine light on human impacts both positive and minus on our world’s sea life.

To learn more about each adventurer through photos, interviews and a video, go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/. National Geographic has named Adventurers of the Year for the past 12 years. Nepali mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita was voted the 2016 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for her courageous efforts to help her fellow Nepalis after 2015’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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Yacht Charter Focus: The Limitless Variety of Solandge

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 01/25/2017 - 14:00
Yacht Charter Focus: The Limitless Variety of Solandge One of Lürssen Yachts' most elegant profiles to date, superyacht Solandge has made a name for itself in the world of luxury yacht charter since her launch in 2013, and for good reason.

Now available to charter across the West and East Mediterranean this summer through Moran Yacht & Ship, we take a look at the myriad design and entertainment features which make this 85-metre (279ft) oceangoing luxury superyacht one of the world’s finest charter vessels.

After stepping on board in Monaco shortly after her launch, Superyachts.com were lucky enough to discover the first-hand experience of life on Solandge. This is undoubtedly a superyacht built for charter, offering everything possible for the ultimate lifestyle at sea or offshore.

Drawing on the extensive design expertise of Espen Oeino to create a timeless exterior profile, the high-quality construction ethics of Lurssen Yachts works with the noteworthy style of interior collaboration Aileen Rodriguez and Dölker & Voges to create an iconic yacht and a great example of an adaptable luxury yachting lifestyle.

Held together by a central ‘tree of life’ art-piece which connects all decks, guests can explore each level and discover private movie theatres, elegant dining rooms and grand communal areas built for each aspect of entertaining to spending time with both family and friends.

Solandge holds nothing back on deck, as her exteriors are vast and packed with features to cater for any opportunity. DJ Booths, Jacuzzis which turn into dance floors and outdoor bars present the party, while the indoor spa and treatment rooms offer a counteracting solution for relaxation.

No matter the guest, those stepping on deck are not only met by a warm and welcoming veteran crew, but are offered an entire world to discover with ample room for 12 guests.

When you take Solandge’s expansive layout, welcoming interior, fun lifestyle on board, ideal entertainment capabilities and extreme comfort - not to mention the arsenal of toys and gadgets on board - it’s easy to see why this yacht is an attractive opportunity for every kind of charter guest and a matter of pride for the experienced crew.

Available for both charter and sale with the Moran Yacht & Ship brokerage firm, Solandge is widely-considered one of the real highlights across the charter market this year. Click here to find out more.

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Categories: Charters

Madeira adventure holidays: 10 best Madeiran activities

Windsurfing - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:22

Officially part of Portugal but sitting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, Madeira combines the best of European culture with African conditions. Which is why Madeira adventure holidays offer a unique combination of land, wind and water activities. But what are the best Madeiran activities? Why choose...

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Categories: Wind Surfing

Jim’s XC Skills Development Lecture

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 01/22/2017 - 00:55


The winter briefings continued this Saturday with an interactive session from Jim White on “XC Skills Development”.  The assembled audience were challenged to declare their cross-country or development objectives, examine the barriers to personal progress, look at “process goals” and plan actions that will bring them closer to achieving their objectives.  Jim’s (and Tim Scott’s) enthusiasm for improving their own cross country skills and sharing their knowledge with aspiring high-fliers was clearly evident.  If you want to develop your cross-country flying these guys can, literally, point you in the right direction!
Meanwhile, out on the (rather chilly) airfield there was much activity with probably the busiest day of the year so far - the good weather bringing out many members from hibernation.
Categories: Gliding

A fine day for looking at the view

Booker High Wycombe - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 22:59
Another fine day on the airfield.  Deceptively warm in the January sunshine. A few hardy souls made it to the 06 launch-point and then got their feet in the air.  There was some instructor development and a few quarter clovers.
Nothing special to report, but thought I'd blog a pic anyway.  It was great sitting in the back of the K21 checking out the local topography highlighted by the low winter sun; it almost reminded me of the Black Mountains!
Puzzle of the day - Question 1. Spot the windmill in this pic?


If you are new to Booker then if you enlarge the pic (by clicking on it) Turville Windmill is the tiny white blob on the ridge just right of centre at the bottom edge of the pic. This ridge can be a good thermal trigger with a little bit of wind to help.
Question 2. Spot the airfield!
Categories: Gliding

Water update for Saturday 21st of January 2017

Water Sports Braylake - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 21:20

The Lake has been frozen since Tuesday 17th, getting thicker every night.

We have been breaking the ice around the launch pontoon everyday however the ice is thicker away from the shore.

The forecast for the rest of today through to tomorrow morning means that the ice will remain tonight meaning that the swimming area will be unlikely to be swimmable tomorrow morning.

We will be able to break the ice around the pontoon for you to have an ice bath or to acclimatise your body but swimming will be unlikely

Thank you for your patience

Bray…

Categories: Water Sports

Saturday's mystery object

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 14:34
The Winter Briefings continued yesterday with an introduction to Meteorology, well attended by members and once more by visitors from the Upward Bound Trust, Haddenham. Since I was the one giving the briefing I can't really give myself a review, but those attending seemed to enjoy the morning. No prizes for working out what the visual aid below was demonstrating.

Hint: the screw is the North Pole*And if you really want to learn about weather you could do a lot worse than do the Open University's short online course Come Rain or Shine run by the University of Reading. It lasts 3 weeks, 3 hours a week, and you can study when and where you like.

Don't miss next week's talk on XC skills development by Jim White.

*Coriolis effect


Categories: Gliding