Al Hirshen Comes of Age in The Catskills

As a young boy I would run home from school every day to turn on the TV and drink in whatever show or movie was playing. It turned out all my favorite performers were veterans of the Catskills, Borscht Belt comedians, mostly Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews, who cut their teeth in the Catskills at resorts […]

Adventure Matters: Sometimes You Have to Eat It to Save It!

It is fady to kill a lemur. The punishment is ill health, and five years in jail. Madagascar, the planet’s fourth-largest island, floats 250 miles off the east coast of Mozambique in the southwest Indian Ocean. The Afro-Indonesian people govern their lives with a series of social taboos, or fadies. And a long-time fady, rooted […]

Adventure with Purpose Spotlight: Libby Sauter

Libby Sauter is an inspirational athlete that splits her time between two great adventures.  She’s a pediatric nurse that works for Novick Cardiac Alliance, a non-profit that aids developing countries in setting up or expanding their existing heart surgery programs. Sauter works in the ICU performing surgeries and teaching local staff.  She’s also a professional […]

Climbing Mount Elgon, Uganda: 8-day tour

Dates of Travel: November 2016 SUMMARY Hike to the summit of the most beautiful mountain in Africa you’ve never heard of! Another first for Mountain Travel Sobek: Mt Elgon in Uganda. Many who know say this is the most stunning volcano climb in the continent. Join me this November 5th on a trip to trek […]

Travel Tanzania: On Safari in Selous

(This post appeared originally on MTSobek on May 16, 2016.) by Heather Howard As I bumped along giddily at the back of the jeep, whizzing through the largest faunal reserve in the world, I realized that a bucket-list dream had been fulfilled. I’d made it to Selous. The smell of warm earth and animal hair mixed […]

Explore the Pacific’s Remotest Islands by Private Air Charter

Hidden Pacific II: A private charter exploration of the Pacific’s remotest countries Designed and led by Wheeler Expeditions All of us dream of being here on an idyllic South Pacific island paradise. Some of us, however, want to experience more. We want to go to the remotest, least-known island nations in the Pacific – to meet who […]

The Hardest Place in the World to Visit

The covering has the disconcerting effect of obnubilating as well as illuminating the woman behind it. Local tourists overlooking Al Ragasat Canyon. #SaudiArabia A photo posted by Richard Bangs (@richardjbangs) on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:21pm PDT Shrouded in black niqab and ankle-length abaya, she floats towards me. Behind, her friends are firing salvos of […]

Far and Away, Flat Out, The West’s Best Road Trip!

It feels like we’re driving to the edge of the world where the water falls off. Infinity is just ahead. To the right are mountains that arc up from the basement of time. On the left, a dry lakebed now glassed with salt. This is the driest state in the country, not so surprising, but […]

Day 5 Nevada: Kingston to Reno

On the final day of our road trip, we head to Austin, a town with a population of 300, near the geographical center of Nevada. Trip Highlights Stokes Castle Shoe Tree Frey Ranch Distillery Middlegate Station We rest up at Miles End B&B, a fetching wilderness retreat with a stone lodge and a wood-burning barrel […]

Day 4 Nevada: Ely to Kingston

With the morning still crisp on Day 4, we head down Route 50 to Eureka, another town defined in ways by what is not there. The town boasts itself as “the loneliest town on the loneliest road in America.” Trip Highlights Eureka Owl Club Casino and Restaurant Zach’s Lucky Spur Saloon Later along the road, […]