Mount Fuji is considered the “symbol of Japan,” standing as the tallest mountain in the country at 12,380 feet.  Mount Fuji is also an active volcano, sitting on a “triple junction” of tectonic activity: the Amurian plate, the Okhotsk, and the Filipino plate all converge in the region beneath Mount Fuji.  The mountain is only…

Inspired by what we know historically was Jesus’s encouragement of all people to be kind to each other, every day through April 5 the National Geographic Channel is putting a daily spotlight on organizations that help to spread kindness in the world. We are now four weeks in to that 40-day campaign, which we are…

  Every Monday morning, we ask our fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to guess #WhereintheWorld is the location of an image we share. Like us on Facebook or follow us onInstagram and Twitter to take part in this weekly challenge and find the answer right here on the Nat Geo Channel blog every Monday morning.…

With just two legs to go, the pressure’s on to snag one of the few remaining wins. On leg twelve, the teams are inserted onto a steep glacier, and race to the banks of a highland lake. At the insertion flag, they find a cache of inner tubes, planks, ropes, and other supplies. This leg,…

Every Monday morning, we ask our fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to guess #WhereintheWorld is the location of an image we share. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter to take part in this weekly challenge and find the answer right here on the Nat Geo Channel blog every Monday morning.…

Last week, we launched a 40-day campaign to coincide with the upcoming premiere of Killing Jesus called “Killing With Kindness” inspired by what we know historically was Jesus’ encouragement of all people to be kind to each other. Every day through April 5, the National Geographic Channel will put a daily spotlight on organizations that…

In leg nine of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the hunters become the hunted, as teams face their fiercest challenge yet: Kodiak brown bears. Dropped on the coast of Kodiak Island, teams sprint for the insertion flag in the middle of an inland lake. Diving through the frigid waters, competitors swim for the flag and a cache of…

With the upcoming premiere of Killing Jesus, a three-hour film that looks back at one of the most well-known figures in history and provides political, social, and historical context to the story of his life and death, we wanted to do something to recognize this special event. Historically, we know one of Jesus’ teachings was…

This week’s Ultimate Survival Alaska is as tight as can be going into leg 8, with Teams Military, Endurance and Alaskans in a three-way tie for first place. This week’s competition poses a new challenge for the teams; armed with a cache of saws, drills, ropes and logs, they must construct handmade rafts, which they’ll need to survive…

In this week’s Ultimate Survival Alaska doubleheader episode, the teams battle thorns and tundra to claim another win. The teams will attempt to bushwhack, packraft and horseback-ride their way to the flags, battling injuries and infighting along the way. With the competition’s halfway mark behind them, which team can maintain their momentum into the competition’s later…

Five legs in, and the Ultimate Survival Alaska competitors are hanging on for dear life. On this week’s challenge, teams are inserted into a remote river valley to traverse twenty miles of thick brush and rocky terrain, descend to the shores of iceberg-filled Spencer Lake, navigate past a massive glacier and climb two thousand feet to the LZ.…

Welcome to Alaska’s Six Mile Creek. And don’t let the “creek” part fool you; the stream is one of Alaska’s most dangerous waterways, a ruthless gauntlet of rocks and whitewater. On leg four of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the four teams must choose whether to brave Six Mile Creek or traverse a grueling mountain pass. Then,…

From thawing ice to near-vertical mountain slopes, this season of Ultimate Survival Alaska has stretched the competitors to their limits. But Episode 3 gives each team a chance to shine, with a challenge that takes them through 2,000 feet of snowy ridges, bush-covered slopes and chilly swamps to reach the landing zone at Talachulitna Lake, with an…

If you’re racing across Alaska, you better know how to ski. That’s a lesson the four Ultimate Survival Alaska teams learn the hard way when they’re dropped at the top of a nearly-vertical, 7000-foot mountain teams and handed skies, snowboards and climbing rope. The mission for Endurance, Military, Alaskans and Lower 48 is simple: descend the…

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of 22 volcanic islands 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador. They are best known for their unique flora and fauna, including the Galápagos tortoise, which the islands are named after (galápago is the Spanish word for tortoise). In addition to its impressive size, this tortoise also has…

Welcome back to Alaska. Ultimate Survival Alaska returns for a third season of competition and survival, challenging four teams of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen in a head-to-head race across America’s most unforgiving terrain. The rules are the same: four teams racing to complete each leg from start to finish in only 60 hours, using nothing but the gear in…

As you may guess from their name, Team Lower 48 represent the lower 48 states. The rookie team may have cut their teeth elsewhere from the Northern wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fierce competitors. The oldest of the group, legendary mountain climber James Sweeney, brings decades of experience from scaling the world’s highest…

The reigning champions of Ultimate Survival Alaska return, hoping to claim the prize for the second year in a row. Once again at the helm of Team Endurance, veteran champion Dallas Seavey leads his new teammates who, while new to the competition, are far from rookies when it comes to cold-weather survival. But Dallas will need more than…

After narrowly losing to Team Endurance last year, Team Military is out for revenge. With their eyes on the prize, two Ultimate Survival Alaska veterans, former Green Beret Grady Powell and former Navy SEAL Jared Ogden, lead season newbie Daniel Dean, a former Marine scout sniper, in their quest to capture the prize for good this…

For Team Alaskans, trekking across the backcountry is what they do. These savvy mountain veterans are in their element at high elevations and treacherous terrain. Armed with ice axes and climbing ropes, the highest peaks can’t keep these expert climbers from flourishing in their environment, seeking out direct routes to win challenges as fast as they can.…

As largest city and capital of Hungary, Budapest has been cited as the “most beautiful city in Europe” by both Time Magazine and The New York Times. And while it contains the typical European beauty marks—castles, churches, and parks— it has a few unique landmarks that make it different from any other city. The Széchenyi Medicinal…

As the popular saying “when in Rome” goes, eating and drinking like the locals do is the only way to experience this ancient city. A place with thousands of years of culture, world-renowned cuisine, iconic architecture, and a historic Christian pilgrimage site, Rome seems to have it all. Each cultural era—medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicism—have left…

Salzburg is surrounded by the Alpine mountains and the country’s highest peaks are along its border. Hiking and skiing are popular activities enjoyed by both locals and tourists and cable-car rides that give patrons a birds-eye view of the valleys below is also a very popular activity. Salzburg is home to variety of tourist eye-candy—Salzburg…

The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are an archipelago of about 20 islands. Although maybe Chuck Noland and Wilson the volleyball might disagree (the movie Castaway was filmed on one of the islands), the islands are, quite literally, heaven on earth. Similar to Hawai’i, the volcanic islands are home to pristine waters, unique flora and fauna…

The first season of Live Free or Die comes to an end tonight, and with it concludes the cast’s bizarre DIY crafts and interesting diets. And though the show’s producers dedicated plenty of screen time to the beliefs and ideological motivations of each “back-to-nature” subject, the show really shone when the cast members put their…