Climbing & Trekking

Will Gadd Conquers Niagara

On Tuesday, grainy footage emerged online of the 47-year-old scaling a frozen section of Niagara Falls. The clip went viral, and on Thursday, Gadd, through Red Bull, announced that he had made the...

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 of the universe.

'Summit or Death!'

Who summits and who dies on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions is difficult to predict, but according to a new study released this week and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

How Sasha DiGiulian Learned to Ice Climb in 12 Days

Before two weeks ago, Sasha DiGiulian had never handled an ice axe. But that didn’t stop the 22-year-old from signing up to compete Saturday against the strongest alpine climbers on the planet in the...

Land of Water and Gravity

Long after a band of winter-hardened badasses foiled Nazi plans to build a bomb there, climbers from all over the world have changed a rural Norwegian village into one of the world’s premier...

Is Khal Drogo Opening a Climbing Gym?

It’s rumored that Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa is planning a brewery and rock climbing facility in Pontiac, Michigan. It’s either the best idea or the worst idea. (And it may not even be a real...

How K2 Had One of Its Luckiest Seasons Ever

With 45 successful summits and only one fatality on one of the world's deadliest mountains, this season on K2 seems too serendipitous to be true. But safely conquering the mountain took grueling...

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

For many alpine climbers, expeditions are synonymous with suffering. But for climber Mike Libecki, 41, who's put up first ascents from Greenland to Afghanistan, the harder the slog, the more joy it...

Coming of Age on Mount Rainier

One summer day, Amy Ragsdale's husband, Peter, gazed across the water at the white hulk of a mountain. "What about that?" he said. "Let's climb Mount Rainier."

Everest’s Darkest Year

The true story of Everest's deadliest day, the Sherpas who paid the price, and the aftershocks that will change the mountain forever

Cloudy Days on Everest

Norbu Tenzing Norgay is deeply familiar with Everest—his father famously made the first summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. But alongside the beauty and adventure, there's real danger, especially...