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Protecting the Places We Climb

Phil Powers | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Phil Powers

Outdoor recreation employs 6.1 million Americans, and the sector is growing about 5 percent annually. Conservation and access for recreation, including climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing make this economic impact possible.

The World's Most Amazing Hikes

The Active Times | Posted 06.20.2013 | Travel
The Active Times

Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Take the back way. See the complete list of the World's Most Amazing Hikes How about seeing the jagged spikes of ...

Pinnacles Rocks: One of California's Best Kept Secrets

Mike Sweeney | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Mike Sweeney

There's an incredible diversity of nature in California, and we now have more national parks than any other state to prove it. There is really no better place to experience all the central coast has to offer than at Pinnacles National Park.

Embracing the Hole and War

Stacy Bare | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Stacy Bare

If I wanted to be normal I would not have joined the Army in the first place, so why would I want it coming home?

Lesson To Freshmen: ‘Fear Is OK' | Bryan Bumgardner | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living

Even though she’s climbed mountains on every continent, world famous climber Alison Levine can now call herself a Mountaineer. Levine came to West V...

Conquering Angel's Landing

Steve Hart | Posted 09.30.2012 | Travel
Steve Hart

I grabbed hold of the first set of chains and completely froze.

California Climbing With Maria Morales

Zach Dean | Posted 09.17.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Maria Morales is an awesome climber and a kick ass climbing instructor. She has been climbing all over the US since 2001 and helping noobs like me get into the sport since 2007.

Mountaineering For Dummies In California

Rachel Stern | Posted 09.09.2012 | Travel
Rachel Stern

Having backpacked extensively, I assumed climbing the 14,162 foot Mt. Shasta -- about a 4.5 hour drive from San Francisco -- would not be that hard. Yet while I grasped a rickety boulder around 12,000 feet, pummeled in the face by fierce snow-laced winds of 40 mph and shouting obscenities, I reconsidered that.

Extreme Sports Writer Falls To His Death

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.05.2012 | Los Angeles

An extreme-sports journalist who faced danger head-on again and again tragically died on a rugged climb Sunday. Michael J. Ybarra, an experienced m...

WATCH: Up For An Active Travel Challenge?

Karen Schaler | Posted 07.30.2012 | Travel
Karen Schaler

I love chilling out at the beach or a spa as much as the next person for a vacation -- but sometimes to relax you just need to kick things into high gear, to challenge yourself and to try something new.

WATCH: BASE Jumpers In Moab

Posted 02.27.2012 | Travel

Outside Moab, Utah sit a string of spires known as the Fisher Towers. Beautiful in their own right, they're even more memorable when BASE jumpers are ...

Why Did You Join the Army?

Stacy Bare | Posted 03.26.2012 | Green
Stacy Bare

As a Nation, did we really prevent further mass terrorism? Did we help to spread democracy? Did we make the world a better place? All of us who have served have our own answers to these questions.

Record-Setting Explorer Eric Larsen: Why And How He Does It

Avital Andrews | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel
Avital Andrews

Eric Larsen, 40, is the first person to have reached the South Pole, the North Pole and the summit of Mount Everest within the span of one year. The goal is to get people to care -- and do something -- about climate change, the effects of which Larsen saw first hand on his journeys.

The Forgotten Heroes Of The Himalayas

Elia Saikaly | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

Since Mt. Everest was first successfully climbed in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay from the South side in Nepal, it's become ever so co...

Patagonia Climber Bean Bowers: 1973-2011, He Always Picked Himself -- And Others -- Up Again

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Adrian Margaret Brune

At 37, bean Bowers was an accomplished climber and guide in Patagonia, Pakistan and all over the Western U.S.. I hadn't seen him since my last night in Lander, Wyoming, after which I returned to school and embarked on my own steady climb through life.

Love on the Rock Wall

Julia Plevin | Posted 09.13.2011 | San Francisco
Julia Plevin

Sometimes when people show up at the climbing gym on Harrison without a partner, the employees will announce over the P.A. system that someone is looking for a partner to belay. This is like putting yourself in a live date auction.

Climbing Mt. Everest For The Women And Children Of The Congo

Georgina Miranda | Posted 09.07.2011 | Impact
Georgina Miranda

When I embarked on Everest, I had five of the seven summits behind me, but everything about this mountain, both physically and emotionally, was on a whole other level.

The Faithful Shopper: Top Trends for 2011

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 07.03.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

When you visit as many stores as I do (note to accountant -- it's retail research, not shopping), you begin to see patterns and trends emerging, and New York this year is no exception.

Everest: As Quickly As It Can Freeze You, It Can Fry You Too

Georgina Miranda | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Georgina Miranda

The climb to and on the glacier was grueling. It took three hours to climb up the glacier and 1.5 hours down. The sun beat down on the ice and practically baked us in our climbing gear.

Japan's Fuji, Mountain of My Birth

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

In July and August, an estimated 200,000 people climb Fuji. It's so easy that many make the climb at night to see sunrise from the summit.

Climbing the Gros Piton in St. Lucia

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

I look for a toehold, plant my hands on a boulder, and push myself up a few feet. I am climbing Gros Piton, a twin mountain along with Petit Piton on the western coast of St. Lucia.

The Headlamp Made Me Do It

Jenny Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jenny Block

I knew that the trip to Joshua Tree would change my life. But I never even imagined that the gear would too.

Colorado Mountain Climber Dead After Fall In Rocky Mountain National Park

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ESTES PARK, Colo. — The body of a 54-year-old Colorado climber killed in a fall at Rocky Mountain National Park has been flown out of the backcountr...

Summit Day Suffering on 23,000 ft. Aconcagua

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

As we approach the 21,000 ft. mark, I'm moving slowly -- a laborious three breaths per step. A once-dull headache has blossomed into something seeming more serious.

Madness on the Matterhorn

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

Unlike many peaks, there is no "escape hatch" on the Matterhorn. Not much room for error, which is why more than 500 people have died there, thrice the fatalities of Mt. Everest.