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An "Alive" Andes Hero Gives Thanks, and Thoughts

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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.

ReThink Review: The Summit - A Lethal Mountain's Deadliest Day

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Of the 300 climbers who made it to the top of K2, one quarter of them died on the way down -- and that's not counting the ones who died on the way up.

Diversity & Mt. Everest: An Interview with Luis Benitez

Stacy Bare | Posted 11.09.2013 | Sports
Stacy Bare

I recently had a chance to sit down with good friend and 8,000 meter guide Luis Benitez to chat about these topics and the future ethic and leadership challenges in the outdoor community.

How One Girl's Education Took Her to the Top of the World and Beyond

Christine Horansky | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Christine Horansky

At just 17 years of age, the young Nepali climber became the first United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals recipient to reach the summit of the highest peak on Earth: Mount Everest in Nepal's soaring Himalayas.

Inside the Head of Highpointers Club Member

Diane Vadino | Posted 09.18.2013 | Travel
Diane Vadino

The nation's most obsessive-compulsive mountaineers, members of the Highpointers Club, aim to scale the peaks of all 50 states. As a point of reference: Around 250 people have climbed all 50 state highpoints. About 3,000 have summited Mount Everest.

High Flying Adventure

Mark Sissons | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel
Mark Sissons

Clinging like a giant gecko to the sheer face of a giant rock slab, I reckon there's no better time to practice mind over matter. I'm still only midway through what has been dubbed the wildest new outdoor adventure in North America.

Pakistani Women Scale New Heights

Kiran Nazish | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Kiran Nazish

Eight young women from Shimshal, Hunza, lead by Karachi-based, independent filmmaker, Shehrbano Saiyid, broke several records when they conquered three peaks with temperatures dipping -10 or less, at the Karakoram Range, in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

A Hard Climb On Europe's Highest Peak

Elia Saikaly | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
Elia Saikaly

Imagine being dressed in a down parka, ski goggles, thick gloves, plastic boots, crampons and barely being able to stand on your own two feet because 90 kph winds are attempting to blow you off the side of a 17, 000-foot ridge. In that moment, you feel as though life is unfolding at 120 frames per second.

PHOTOS: Bavarian Alps Lure Summer Tourists With Alpine Splendor

Posted 08.20.2012 | Travel

Unlike Americans, Germans head south for the summer, relying on altitude rather than latitude for reasonable temperatures. Once ensconced in the Bavar...

The Fire of Adventure

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Zoe P. Strassfield

There are several paintings in the museum of people who donated money or collections, but this one wasn't a typical portrait. The man and woman in the painting were dressed in climbing gear and kneeling on a mountain summit, holding an American flag and the flag of the National Geographic Society.

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.

8-Year-Old Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro For A Cure

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 07.03.2012 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles area lays claim to a lot of impressive folks, from Oscar-winning actors to renowned writers. Now, there's one more resident that Angel...

'A Life Ascending': The Mountain of Before and After

Deborah Stambler | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
Deborah Stambler

In A Life Ascending, filmmaker Stephen Grynberg follows acclaimed mountaineer Ruedi Beglinger and his family through the daily life they've created in the remote mountains of British Columbia.