Chris Kostman - Adventure Correspondent

Chris Kostman - Adventure Writer

• 30+ years experience as a race and special event organizer and promoter - bicycle races, triathlons, multi-day tours, and adventure retreats such as Furnace Creek 508, Race Across America, Badwater Ultramarathon, and CORPScamp, among others (since 1984).

• 30+ years experience as a professional multisport athlete and adventurer - cycling, triathlon, snowshoe, scuba diving, wilderness racing, and more (since 1984).

• 30+ years experience as an adventure writer and magazine editor (since 1984).

• 30+ years experience as a multisport coach, workshop presenter, public speaker, and fitness professional (since 1984).

• 25+ years experience as an archaeologist, technical diver, and scientist (since 1989).

• Fellow, The Explorers Club, New York, NY, since 1998.



Ph.D. Program, University of California, Berkeley, 1992-1994; 2001-2002
Arabian Gulf Archaeology

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1992
Near Eastern Archaeology

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
South Asian Archaeology


Certifications, Awards, and Professional Affiliations

2008 CPR for the Professional Rescuer

2003 "Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart" honor from Sri Chinmoy (Info)

2005 Certified Cycling Coach, USA Cycling

1998 Fellow National, The Explorers Club, New York, NY

1997 Lifetime Achievement Award, Race Across America, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Advisory Board Member: Archaeology, International Association for Nitrox and Technical Diving, Miami, FL.

1994 Full Cave Diver Certification, National Association for Cave Diving, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

1994 Nitrox (EANx) Cave Diver Certification, International Association for Nitrox and Technical Diving, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

1992 Assistant Instructor Certification, Scientific Diving, University of California at Berkeley.

1991 Scientific Diver Certification, University of California at Berkeley.

1991 Open Water II Diver Certification, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Berkeley, CA.


Writing and Editing

Chris has published over 250 articles on topics including travel, history, archaeology, adventure, scuba diving, snowshoeing, cycling, triathlon, human potential, philosophy, industry analysis, health and fitness, and more. His work has appeared in:

AquaCorps Cyclist Over The Edge
Bicycling Endurance News Perimeter Bicycling Journal
Bicycle Guide Fitness Plus Rivendell Reader
Bicycle Quarterly Fitness Sweden Southern California Bicyclist
The Bike IANTD Journal Speedskating Times
Bike Tech Immersed Sports Focus
Biosphere 2 Newsletter JAGNES Tail Winds
Bridgestone Owners Bunch Gazette LA Sports & Fitness Texas Bicyclist
Bridgestone Cycle USA Catalog Marathon & Beyond Triathlete
Buzz Mountain Bike ULTRA Cycling
California Bicyclist MultiSPORT Sweden Ultra Running
California Events Schedule Oregon Cycling Velo News
City Sports Oui Walking
Competitor Outside Wire Donkey

Chris produces two websites: and, plus his cycling blog:



  • Subject of National Geographic Explorer feature which aired several times in 1997 on TBS to an average viewership of 1.6 million, then aired regularly in 175 markets on the syndicated version of Explorer. Episode documents Chris' experience exploring Alaska's Iditarod Trail by mountain bike and snowshoe in February of 1997. Winner of Cine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in documentary film-making.
  • Co-produced, wrote, and narrated ESPN2's coverage of the Race Across America bicycle race from 1993 to 1996.
  • Has appeared as an adventure, extreme sports, and fitness personality on MTV, Good Day L.A., CBS San Francisco, and many others.


Competition Highlights

Professional cyclist, triathlete, technical scuba diver, and outdoor athlete, '84-present:

Click here to learn even more about Chris Kostman, inluding several profile articles