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....

David Roberts
Sep 15, 2017

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...

David Roberts
Jul 30, 2013

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?

David Roberts
Apr 11, 2011

And the Best Woman Sport Climber is...

For years, virtually no one could beat Lynn Hill to the top of a climbing wall. Then along came Isabelle Patissier, and beyond a shadow of a doubt things are changing.

David Roberts
May 2, 2004

Moments of Doubt

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

David Roberts
Dec 15, 1980