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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more...]

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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Free Falling: An Homage to Bungee Jumping

Friday 09.13.2013 , Posted by

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The first modern bungee jump with elastic materials was carried out by Oxford University students dressed in top hats and tails at the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol as an April Fool’s Day prank in 1979. They were members of the university’s “Dangerous Sports Club” and were arrested immediately after they resurged from the plunge. Today the sport has become very popular all over the world and with only a 1 in 500,000 chance of death, it is one of the least dangerous of the extreme sports. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the highest commercial bungee jump is off the Macau Tower(764ft) in China where jumpers experience four to five seconds of free fall at up to 125mph. If jumping off of a bridge or typical run of the mill bungee jumping isn’t adventurous enough for you and you can spare $10,000, you can jump off a helicopter into the mouth of an active Andean volcano in Pucon, Chile! (Telegraph) To celebrate the bravery of those entrusting their lives to a giant rubber band, we searched Instagram for this awesome collection of bungee pics! [Read more...]

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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Flying High Through The Sky: The Wonderful World of Skydiving

Friday 08.09.2013 , Posted by

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“If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle.” (Anonymous) It’s a strange thing that the closer an experience is to death, the more alive it makes you feel. Skydiving is one of those things. I have not found a single thing more exhilarating than that amazing feeling after the airplane doors open and the cold air rushes toward your face and you look down to see the tiny world beneath you as you plummet towards the ground. The chute opens and fear melts away as you gently sail to a safe landing, but the natural high lasts for hours after you hit the ground. Something magical happens along that 15,000 feet journey that quickly puts life in perspective and returns you to the land with a new sense of clarity. [Read more...]

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Motorcycle Diaries: 1 man, 503 days, 83,459 miles

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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We all have dreams, but some of us turn them into a reality. Before he dives into his doctoral studies, Alejandro Chacon decided to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. He sold everything he had and left his home in El Paso, Texas to drive halfway around the world! He went through Mexico, Central America, reached the Southernmost tip of Argentina, then went up through the Amazon and back up North all the way to Alaska and all the way home 503 days. His trip totaled 83,459 miles and he was able to see 22 countries along the way. He documented his adventures with his GoPro camera and compiled the highlights into the video below. [Read more...]

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Sustainable “Tea Bus” sets off on worldwide journey

Tuesday 03.26.2013 , Posted by

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When Guisepi Spadafora was temporarily living and working out of his truck in Hollywood, he didn’t know that the simple idea of sharing his food and tea at the end of the day would turn into a life calling. What he discovered was that in the midst of a hectic atmosphere on Hollywood Boulevard, there was suddenly an instant community created. Many people came together from diverse backgrounds and, through the act of serving tea freely, they shared life for a short moment. Thus, the “Free Tea Party” had begun. [Read more...]

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25 Places You Have To See Before You Die

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

Although they say it’s a small world, anyone who’s done a bit of traveling knows that it’s big enough to spend your entire life on the road and still only see a fraction of it. So, as a gift to all of you globetrotters out there we decided to simplify things and put together a list of 25 places you have to see before you die. [Read more...]

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Driving UK to Mongolia: 10,000 miles in a Wheelchair!

Tuesday 06.05.2012 , Posted by

The Mongol Rally is one of the most adventurous charity rallies in the world today. With over 200 teams taking vehicles ranging from Volkswagens to Volvos (the car must have less than a 1.2L engine), cars drive over 10,000 miles from the UK to Mongolia, passing through all sorts of terrain and weather. Now imagine doing it if the driving team had all sustained spinal cord injuries and now use a wheelchair instead of their legs! Let me introduce you to the Wheelie Wanderers! [Read more...]

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25 Awesome Castles You Should See

Monday 01.23.2012 , Posted by

Anyone who has done even a little bit of traveling knows the drill – if the place you are visiting has a castle, taking an overpriced tour that ends with you being ripped off in an overpriced gift shop is a non-negotiable. Don’t worry though, you’re not the first person to be tortured within the confines of those massive walls, and at least nowadays it involves taking your money rather than your appendages. To spare you the wallet pain, however, the team at List25 has scoured the globe in order to bring you 25 awesome castles you should see… at least on your computer screen. [Read more...]

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