Paddling a Volcano

Ok – I have to see this.

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Kilauea by kayak
Photograph by Alexandre Socci / Barcroft Media / Landov

Kilauea by kayak

Brazilian kayaking champion Pedro Oliva has made a career out of surviving 100-foot waterfall descents, but never had he paddled in boiling waves. Last April, Oliva navigated six-foot swells off the southeastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island as Kilauea volcano spewed molten lava into the sea. “At one point, the wind shifted and we were completely engulfed in steam,” says Benjamin Stookesbury, another kayaker on the trip. “It definitely felt like a place we shouldn’t be.”

Oliva, Stookesbury, and Chris Korbulic were in Hawaii filming an episode for the Brazilian adventure series Kaiak, but a season of scarce rainfall had dried up many of the islands’ rivers. When the team discovered that Kilauea was erupting, they booked a charter boat to the action, although no one dared to go as close as Oliva did – at…

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Bimini divers get close look at calm bull sharks

I was surprised at these observations. Bulls have a reputation for waking up angry in the morning and getting more pissed as the day goes on. I’ve always been told that bulls are more dangerous than even great whites, in some ways. These observations have made me look at them a bit differently. Cool!!

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BIMINI, Bahamas — The best word to describe my nine recent diving companions off Bimini is “polite.” They swam slowly — not herky-jerky — and waited their turn. They didn’t behave aggressively, and they were very careful not to bump into me underwater. Pretty easygoing, I thought.

But they weren’t human. They were bull sharks up to eight feet long. Yes, bull sharks — the species most blamed for attacks on humans. But they surely didn’t act like people-eaters. They seemed only marginally interested in me and the other six scuba divers kneeling 45 feet deep in the sand. It would be wonderful if other marine life we encounter while scuba diving — hear that, triggerfish? — would comport themselves with such gentility.

“They seemed to be enjoying us, and we are enjoying them,” Afif Darwish, a Canadian dive instructor, said of his first underwater bull encounter.

While their appearance…

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Disney Cruise: Castaway Cay 5k

Live, Run, Grow

The second morning of our cruise we woke up just in time to watch the ship pulling into Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, from our stateroom…

Castaway Cay Pulling In

…I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed down to the meeting area for the Castaway Cay 5k.  Once all the registered runners had arrived (you can register at Guest Services anytime after you board the ship) the cruise staff took time to explain the plan for the morning and to go over the course (twice, so no one got lost!).

Castaway Cay Meet Up Castaway Cay 5k Meeting Location

Around 8:30am the ship was cleared for us to get off.  We debarked together (I think there were around 100 of us that day) and walked about 7 minutes to the starting line.

Castaway Cay 5k Map

After one more quick overview of the course we were off!

Castaway Cay 5k Start

The course quickly brought us out to a long airstrip without much relief…

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The 8 toughest races in the world

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Adventure athlete Tobias Mews rounds up the world’s toughest, longest, hardest and basically unhinged endurance races. Not for the feint of heart

Tobias Mews (left) runs the Marathon des Sables
Tobias Mews (left) runs the Marathon des Sables Photo: Kirsten Kortebein

Some people collect stamps. Others like bird watching. Personally, I collect races – especially ones that claim to be the ‘toughest’ or the ‘longest’. It’s something that amuses my friends, puzzles my mother, and keeps my long suffering other half in a constant flux of worry.

The relative difficulty of a race is subjective and dependent upon a myriad of variables, such as fitness levels, experience, age and one’s genetic make up. But generally speaking there are four factors that l use to determine how hard a race will be: distance, the amount of climbing/descending required, terrain and climate. If that sounds like a complicated rubric, there’s always one simple fact that gives you a…

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