Nick Heil

Author's Bio

Nick Heil (@nickheil) is the Digital Editorial Director of Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season. He lives in Santa Fe with his dog, Minnie.

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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...

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...

Photographer: Jason Maehl/Thinkstock

A New Twist in Everest's Mallory Mystery

A new book about British mountaineer Frank Smythe claims George Mallory’s body was discovered decades before Conrad Anker came upon the lost climber in 1999.

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.

When in Doubt, Go Higher

Peter Metcalf, CEO of black diamond, on climbing, keeping your composure, and the nature of pain

Photographer: AP

Diana Nyad Completes Cuba to Florida Swim

Diana Nyad successfully completed her swim today, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a cage. 

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...

Danny MacAskill Can’t Ride a Bike

Which is a serious problem when you’re the most famous stunt rider on the Internet. But as Nick Heil finds out, the oft-injured Scot is roaring out of rehab to dazzle the world once again.

Helicopter on Everest

Giving Everest the Bird

The arrival of high-altitude helicopters on Mount ­Everest and other Nepalese peaks has transformed search-and-­rescue and saved lives. But the choppers have also ­added to the chaos at the top of...

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