Nick Heil

Everest Season Shutting Down?

In the wake of the worst tragedy in Mount Everest's history, it appears that many expeditions are discussing cancelling their climb, packing up, and leaving the mountain. The latest news comes... Read More

Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Everest

On Thursday night—early Friday morning in Nepal—a massive avalanche swept down from Everest’s West Ridge and struck the climbing route between Base Camp and Camp 1. Dozens of... Read More

The Enemy Wore a Spandex Onesie

Skimo racing is one of the fastest growing sufferfests in the U.S., combining grueling big-mountain ascents in the worst kind of winter weather. So, naturally, two inexperienced, undertrained...

A New Twist in Everest's Mallory Mystery

A new book about British mountaineer Frank Smythe, written by his son, Tony, claims George Mallory’s body was discovered decades before Conrad Anker came upon the lost climber in 1999,... Read More

The Human Body has a Story to Tell

Harvard biologist Daniel Lieberman's new book, The Story of the Human Body, digs deep into the real meaning of "paleo" and why we struggle to stay fit and healthy in the modern age.

Diana Nyad Completes Cuba to Florida Swim

A weary, triumphant Diana Nyad, 64, arrived in Key West, Florida, on Sunday to become the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. Nyad, a journalist and... Read More

Jim Cantore: The Franchise

When Hurricane Sandy closed in on New york City, the Weather Channel dispatched (who else?) Jim Cantore, the world’s most fearless meteorologist. Nick Heil tagged along for a wet, wild adventure that...

The Truth About Paleo

This year’s bumper crop of paleo-inspired health, diet, and exercise books is proving that the prehistoric movement is here to stay

Around the World in 1,026 Days

To fulfill a longtime dream and honor the memory of a fallen hero, a Turkish-American software engineer decides to circle the earth by bike and rowboat, powered solely by his own muscle, lungs, and...