Climbing & Trekking

The Everest Opera on Opening Night

In the spring of 1996, this magazine sent Jon Krakauer to Everest in search of a story. There, Krakauer was caught in a deadly blizzard that killed eight people. Five months later, Outside

Will Gadd Conquers Niagara

Will Gadd is the most well-known ice climber in the world. He has three X Games gold medals under his belt and

Conquering Meru, the “Anti-Everest”

The allure of Meru Peak and its Shark’s Fin climbing route is simple. The mountain, a 21,850-foot jagged monster in India’s Gharwal Himalayas, is believed by Hindus to be the center...

'Summit or Death!'

During one of the deadliest weeks on Everest, in May of 1996, a vicious storm...

Land of Water and Gravity

The Vestfjord Valley of southern Norway is spectacular by any standard, an eight-mile-long slit sunk so tightly in the earth that for months there would be no direct sunlight inside it at all...

How K2 Had One of Its Luckiest Seasons Ever

At the end of July, during a rare instance of good weather, an estimated 45 people reached the summit of Pakistan’s K2. This is an unusually high number on a mountain where one in four...

"I'm Not a Summit-or-Death Guy"

For many alpine climbers, expeditions are synonymous with suffering. You hang out in your tent for days, waiting out bad weather, hump heavy loads, and endure whipping winds, frostbite, and...

Coming of Age on Mount Rainier

It was an hour before dawn. We were scrambling in the dark, on hands and feet, our headlamps dimly lighting the dusty, crumbling rock in front of us; our metal crampons slipping on stone. I was...

Everest’s Darkest Year

At 3 A.M., Lhakpa Gyalgen’s alarm went off at Base Camp, but he dozed until 3:07, when Tenzing Chottar rattled his tent fly. “He had been reading holy books...

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