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02.06.17

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  • The Grand Canyon of the Colorado.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • View of the Na Pali Coast and sunset from Ke'e Beach.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Sunrise on Reflection Canyon.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Cirque of the Towers waterfall.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Yosemite Falls during peak flow.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Sunrise illuminates the back of Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Black Tusk at Brew Lake.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Playa Sayulita.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Playa Sayulita looking northeast.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Playa los Muertos in Sayulita.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • This section of Tikal National Park appeared as Planet Yavin in Star Wars, Episode IV.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • North Acropolis in Tikal National Park.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Fire safety information near the campsite in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Viewpoint over the jungle looking toward 3,675-foot Victoria Peak.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Viewing the sunset from the West End, Roatan.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Half Moon Bay beachfront in the West End.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Half Moon Bay in the West End.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Laguna Botos, Costa Rica.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • The main crater of Volcán Poás is 320 meters deep.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • The approach to Glaciar Grey in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • The approach to the Cuernos del Paine from Paine Grande.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) swimming at Tortuga Bay.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Tortuga Bay.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue from Sugarloaf Mountain.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • View over Botafogo Bay to the Christ the Redeemer Statue.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Sunset at Ipanema Beach with the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) Mountain in the distance.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Fresh-cut coconuts sold at Ipanema Beach. - Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Camels are useful when exploring the Erg Chebbi Dunes, especially for carrying gear.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Dramatic shadows in the morning light on the Erg Chebbi dunes.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Majorelle Blue square fountain, Jardin Majorelle.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Gran Sasso and the Arapietra abandoned shelter.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • View from the Corno Grande summit.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Hiking to Cima delle Murelle.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
  • Beautiful views from Cima delle Murelle.- Add a Stamp to Your Passport
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In 1969, while he walked on the surface of the moon, astronaut Bill Anders shot a photograph of the earth rising above the horizon line. “We came all this way to explore the moon,” he said then, “and the most important thing is we discovered the Earth.” Captured in that moment from 238,000 miles away was the vastness of our home in contrast the immense and overwhelming vacuum of space.

That which seems small by comparison is of infinite variety. Within the 60 miles of the Earth’s surface exists everything essential to the workings of life: all of our governments, our societies, our cities, all of life, all of our experience, and every one of our adventures—unless you’re an astronaut like Bill.

As we’ve found at Outdoor Project, a continent is more than enough to fill the lifetimes of all of us. North America alone has no fewer than 4,479 adventures, and that number grows every day—sea caves and golden sand beaches on the coast of Kauai, rafting adventures on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, river oxbows along the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic folded on one another like a curly straw.

Still, the vastness of our home never ceases to impress, and beyond the shores of North America are adventures worth stamping your passport. It was said that when God finished building the world, he took everything he had left over and lumped it together in South America. The continent hosts 20,000-foot peaks along its spine in the Andes, the biggest river watershed in the world, the driest desert, one of the most dangerous ocean passages, the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest growing glacier, and an island archipelago to inspire evolutionary theory.

Europe is steeped in history. Thru-hiking in Europe takes place on ancient trails traveled by pilgrims, the pioneers of sport, or the armies of antiquity. Where in North America the untouched wilderness is valued, here there are monasteries built on Grecian pillars, constructed over the ages by monks with ladders lashed together and baskets attached to ropes, where the skulls of past residents line the sacristy. In Turkey, underground cities built beneath stone monoliths bring together the natural and the human environments.

The wilds of Asia are no less striking, with thousands of years of history of its own. The islands of Japan were said to form from the ocean brine that dripped from the spear of Izanagi and Izanami, the first man and woman. Now thousands of feet above the Pacific rises Mount Fuji. The rivers of the Himalayas run parallel through the wild gorges of Yunnan, where some of the world’s most dangerous rapids have claimed lives.

Throughout Africa and Australia, and across the world, are unending opportunities to get out of the norm, to experience something unknown, to see the size of the world in contrast to the overwhelming vacuum that surrounds it. For this week’s edition of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge, we bring you some of the best adventure destinations in the world.

North America

Mexico + Central America

Europe

  • Mountaineering in the Dolomites, northern Italy
  • Hiking the Corno Grande and the Cima Delle Murelle in central Italy.
  • Hiking the El Camino de Santiago, Portugal and Spain
  • Kalymnos, Greece
  • Meteora Monasteries of Greece
  • Sailing the Adriatic coast
  • Caving and hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey

Africa

  • A safari at Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Exploring Morroco's Erg Chebbi Dunes, or enjoying the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Wildlife viewing in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Australia and Oceania

  • Diving the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hiking the Larapinta Trail
  • Exploring the national parks of New Zealand’s South Island

Asia

  • Diving along the Andaman Coast, Thailand
  • Three Parallel Rivers National Park, China
  • Cycling excursions in Bhutan
  • Horseback riding the steppes of Kazakhstan
  • Lake Baikal, Russia

#52AdventureChallenge

We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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