David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts is the author of more than 20 books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.


The New Old Gang

Change comes for everybody, including a group of adventurous friends who’ve convened for years to climb, swap stories, and hoist a few. These days, their founder is grappling with incurable cancer....

Inside the Nanga Parbat Murders

In June, 10 mountain climbers were killed on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth tallest peak, when terrorists raided their camp. David Roberts looks into the worst massacre in mountaineering...

Alex Honnold, No Strings Attached

Alex Honnold likes scaling thousand-foot walls without ropes. Most people think he's nuts. Has he achieved climbing satori, or is it only a matter of time before gravity takes him?

Moments of Doubt

He believed in the greatness of risk. Then death came suddenly, too easily. And it came again and again.