Pause No. 32: Embrace the wanderlust


Video: National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year

They inspire us … They challenge us … They show us new discoveries … They awe us with displays of skill and courage.

Here is your chance to help select the Adventurer of the Year for National Geographic.

Allow us to introduce the outstanding individuals who made our year in adventure with their remarkable achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism. Each embodies a unique spirit of adventure. It’s up to you to decide who will be the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.

The nominees:

Vote here each day for your selection until January 31, 2014.

(In 2013, Felix Baumgartner won after his historic jump from 127,852 feet above the Earth.)

The North Face hears the mountains calling

The North Face has kick-started a new campaign titled “The Mountains are Calling.”

Here at The Mountains Are Calling blog, we say — excellent!

Simple words serve as both the title and inspiration behind the expeditions, the images and moments that bring our passion for exploration to life. We are excited to share with you this call to return to the mountains that was inspired by everyone who has had a hand in shaping The North Face brand over the last 45 years. Our passion for exploration and the outdoors fueled our thinking and thankfully we’ve never veered away from this inspiration. Never Stop Exploring is as prevalent today as it was when we built our first tent.

Over the next month or so, we’ll be taking a closer look at our “Mountains Our Calling” anthem as well as sharing behind the scenes accounts, insights and perspectives from some of the people that have made all of this possible.

We’ll keep an eye on TNF’s blog and videos as they continue the campaign.


Alex Honnold and Dewar’s: #LiveTrue

As part of a global advertising campaign, Dewar’s whiskey has developed “Live True,” which “focuses on the lives and aspirations of real people who ‘live according to their own convictions and principles and who value authenticity above everything.’”

Included in the campaign is climber Alex Honnond discussing why his life revolves around climbing.

Extreme unicycling in Switzerland

I really enjoy extreme unicycling videos — even though I have never ridden a unicycle.

Here, Lutz Eichholz and Stephanie Dietze use unicycles to descend the Mettelhorn (11,174 feet) to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

My favorite extreme unicycling films is still the first I saw, “Unizabi,” starring Khris Holm.

Jenn Flemming on Devils Tower

The film collaboration between Camp 4 Collective and the National Park Foundation continues, and part four finds professional climber Jenn Flemming at Devils Tower National Monument, located in eastern Wyoming.

A key component of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Devils Tower is considered sacred by Native American tribes. During the month of June, many climbers respect a no climbing ban on the formation as tribes conduct ceremonies around the monument.

For more on the National Park Foundation project, visit

Part one of the series featured Alex Honnond in Yosemite National Park. Part two highlighted Conrad Anker in Denali National Park. Part three followed Jimmy Chin in Grand Teton National Park.