Kevin Fedarko

Kevin Fedarko

Kevin Fedarko's book The Emerald Mile was published by Scribner.


The Best Little Boat in the West

The whitewater dory doesn't look like much to the untrained eye. How, then, did it become the quintessential Grand Canyon ride?

Kevin Fedarko
Jul 30, 2015

Rocketing Into the Grand Canyon's Great Unknown

Three whitewater guides, one wooden dory, and the Colorado River, swollen by record snowmelt and raging with a fury that boatmen hadn't seen since the days of John Wesley Powell. From Kevin Fedarko's...

Kevin Fedarko
Apr 8, 2013

No Bachcheh Left Behind

Greg Mortenson's school-building program in Central Asia dates back to 1993, when the banged-up K2 survivor made a pledge to the Himalayan villagers who took him in. Fifteen years and Three Cups...

Kevin Fedarko
Dec 5, 2008

They Call Me Groover Boy

Kevin Fedarko dreamt of becoming a Grand Canyon river guide. He didn’t realize this dream would mean he’d be manning a river dory loaded with poop.

Kevin Fedarko
Jul 7, 2008

High Times

You were told that Everest base camp is an insult to the true spirit of mountaineering. But why weren't you told about the excellent bars, the butter people, and that friendly playboy bunny from...

Kevin Fedarko
Jun 29, 2007

That Had to Hurt

Colorado River guide Michael Ghiglieri publishes irresistible books about the weird, wicked things that kill people in national parks. With a bestselling Grand Canyon necrology behind him and a new...

Kevin Fedarko
Jun 5, 2007

Ain't It Just Grand

It's a blustery April afternoon on the Colorado River, deep inside Grand Canyon National Park, and from his seat in the stern of a handsome little boat called...

Kevin Fedarko
Jun 1, 2005

Bad Trip

They say the Himalayan hideaway of Malana is Lotusland, home to the world's highest high. But here's what they don't tell you: Getting there can mean surviving a late-winter forced march over an...

Kevin Fedarko
Jan 1, 2005

The House of Rock

Help Wanted: Exum Mountain Guides, the country's premier climbing service, is looking for supremely talented alpinists with world-class résumés for seasonal work in the Tetons. Must be...

Kevin Fedarko
Apr 1, 2004

The Mountain of Mountains

How do you crack the code to K2, the darkest, deadliest peak on the planet? If you're a climber, have the courage to accept that you're bound to fail, and the wisdom to know that failure has its own...

Kevin Fedarko
Nov 1, 2003


The Siachen Glacier, the world’s largest alpine icefield, is leaking the refuse of war into a water system used by more than 300 million people. Can India clean it up, or is it already too late?

Kevin Fedarko
Feb 1, 2003

The Coldest War

High in the Karakoram, the stubborn armies of India and Pakistan have faced off for 19 years on the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battleground and a flash point in the deadly dispute over...

Kevin Fedarko
Feb 1, 2003

And a Cast of Thousands

An adventurer's guide to animal migrations—the greatest shows on earth

Kevin Fedarko
Jun 1, 2001

"You Are in Bear Country"

Close encounters of the bear-human kind are skyrocketing, though actual attacks remain few and far between. Hopefully, new outreach education efforts will keep things that way.

Caroline Fraser, Mitchell Scott, Michael Roberts, Christian DeBenedetti, Carol Greenhouse, Kevin Fedarko, and Rob Buchanan
Mar 1, 2001

The Liquid Gates of Hell

The brutal Southern Ocean has seen more races this year than ever before. Here's why.

Tim Zimmermann, Brad Wieners, Michelle Pentz, Kevin Fedarko, and Ki Bassett
Jan 6, 2001