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To Climb or Not to Climb Everest: When Is the Risk Too Great?

Simon Donato | Posted 05.25.2016 | Sports
Simon Donato

Is it really that life-changing (should you survive) to stand on top of the Earth's highest point? Is it worth the risk? Perhaps, but I still don't think I'll ever understand the compulsion.

Mission: Memorial Day, An Interview with Veteran Joshua Jespersen

Stacy Bare | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Mission Memorial Day is a commitment, a commitment that myself and three other combat vets made to ensure that our friends we lost overseas, and so many other young Americans would be remembered.

To the Top of Texas! Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Stefanie Payne | Posted 04.13.2016 | Travel
Stefanie Payne

On the road to Guadalupe Mountains National Park! Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Have you heard of the term "highpointing"? That is the name given to t...

The Smallest State's Tallest Peak: Is R.I.'s Jerimoth Hill America's Most Challenging?

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.01.2016 | Travel
Peter Mandel

I've got big news for all you serious outdoor types: Maine's Katahdin isn't the climbing adventure you thought it was. Mt. Mansfield? Mt. Washington? These nubs are a walk in the park.

Women Explorers: Annie Smith Peck

Lorie Karnath | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women
Lorie Karnath

In 1895, Annie became only the third woman to ascend the Swiss Matterhorn, and the first to do this in trousers under a long tunic rather than the unwieldy skirts of the day.

Nepal Wants To Ban Novice Climbers From Everest Over Safety Concerns

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.29.2015 | World

Climbers have been complaining for years that Mount Everest has become too crowded, making it both unpleasant and hazardous for those attempting the c...

Getting Wild: This Latina Finally Gets to Experience the Thrill of the Outdoors

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 08.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Beatriz Cholo

So much was off-limits to me because of my culture and my traditional parents. I was not allowed to have sleepovers or sleep at anyone's house. When I wanted to skateboard, I was firmly told no. That was for boys. Besides, good girls stay home to mind their business, but boys could stay out because, well, they were boys. It was their birthright.

Kilimanjaro: The Peak Experience

Tim Ward | Posted 06.06.2016 | Travel
Tim Ward

There is that moment when the indigo sky pales and the stars slowly vanish, yet the sun is still hidden. What time is it? You can't guess. You are near the top of an all night hike - one way, uphill - to the roof of Africa.

How Being a Mountain Guide Prepared Me To Be a Parent

Louise Storm | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Louise Storm

Being a parent means you outfit yourself with the right kid paraphernalia so you're prepared for anything. How well our diaper bag has been packed can determine the success or failure of any outing.

So close, and yet so far: Weather delays solo Denali climber's return

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports
Alaska Dispatch News

TALKEETNA, Alaska -- High winds thwarted an attempt to pluck adventurer Lonnie Dupre from Mount McKinley base camp Wednesday after his historic solo J...

Fourth Time's a Charm as Dupre Completes Solo January Summit of McKinley

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.14.2015 | Sports
Alaska Dispatch News

Minnesota mountaineer Lonnie Dupre has apparently completed a solo summit of the 20,237-foot Mount McKinley in January, the first time anyone has accomplished such a feat, according to Stevie Plummer, Dupre's expedition manager.

Mountaineer Lonnie Dupre Is on His Fourth Attempt to Summit McKinley in January

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.10.2015 | Sports
Alaska Dispatch News

For the fourth time, to diminishing fanfare, Lonnie Dupre is trying to do what has never been done: Reach the summit of Mount McKinley, alone, in the supremely inhospitable month of January.

An "Alive" Andes Hero Gives Thanks, and Thoughts

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ximena Ortiz

Leading into the Thanksgiving season, something in the bareness of the trees and drop in temperature made me think of my cousin, Roberto Canessa, one of the two "Alive" survivors that climbed a 14,774-foot headwall to save himself, his friends and, he explained on the phone, his mother waiting in Uruguay.

3 New Books for the Skier's and Rider's Library

Liftopia | Posted 01.14.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

I don't know if you call it a "ski-brary" or a "librare-ski," but here are three books that we'd recommend adding to that dusty old stack of tattered ski literature sitting on your corner shelf.

9 Entrepreneurship Lessons From the Mountains

Steven Clough | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Steven Clough

You really have to love what you're doing and love who you're doing it with to make it worthwhile. In the end, one thing has become clear from these adventures: Not everyone is cut out for them. Some have no interest, others lack the discipline.

How A Fallen Mountain Climber's Legacy Will Live On Through His Artwork

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living

On July 27, 2013, the world lost one of it's most renowned mountaineers, New Zealander Marty Schmidt, as well as his 25-year-old son Denali, in an ava...

Why A Sherpa Is Your Best Friend

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

What is a Sherpa exactly? As an experienced mountaineer, I can tell you that they are one of the best communities of people on the planet.

Crowdfunding for Sherpas After the Everest Avalanche

Elaine Heinzman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Elaine Heinzman

At the time of the avalanche, the Sherpas were working on a notoriously dangerous slope, setting ropes and ladders for hundreds of mostly Western climbers who pay tens of thousands of dollars to attempt an Everest ascent.

How A 60-Year-Old Suburbanite Found Herself Atop Mount Kilimanjaro

Emily Kelting | Posted 06.15.2014 | Fifty
Emily Kelting

My dream of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro almost ended an hour after the push for the top began.

Ascending Abraham's Nemesis

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

What is the summit, exactly? The natural peak of Nemrut has remained covered for more than two millennia and the pyramid that sits on top of the mountain consists of hundreds of thousands of small stones, the debris of the larger than life godly statues at its foot.

Filming Denali

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

This June, the National Outdoor Leadership School's Expedition Denali set out to climb the highest peak in North America, Mt. McKinley. The group aimed to inspire minorities to get active and get outdoors. Andy Adkins, pro-filmmaker and novice climber, was there to capture the journey.

Ski Mountaineering: Gear Guide

Liftopia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Liftopia

Annie Agle tells it like it is: Editor's note: This is Part 2 of Annie's Ski Mountaineering guide, check out Part 1 here. Annie's Ski Mountaineerin...

Looking Up (Day 11)

Ben Saunders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Ben Saunders

We cranked out 10.2 miles today; I can tell you that dragging two-and-a-half times your body weight for seven hours is a bit of a workout. It felt colder than the numbers suggested, though thankfully the wind stayed at our backs all day.

Climbing Major Mountains - For the Rest of Us

Maile Keone | Posted 12.09.2013 | Travel
Maile Keone

To get an idea of what it takes to prepare for a climb up Everest or for any other advanced trek, here is a sample of the things that some guide services expect you to do before even hitting basecamp.

Interview: Getting to the Bottom of The Summit

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Even as he started talking to people for his documentary, The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan had his own skeptical view of mountain climbers and the risks they take.