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 Party at the End of My World

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. On a happier note, their decision to open the doors a little wider has given the gathering a fresh, life-affirming spirit.

David Roberts
Sep 15, 2017

Inside the Nanga Parbat Murders

One of the worst massacres in mountaineering history happened this summer in Pakistan. Will it happen again?

David Roberts
Jul 30, 2013

No Strings Attached

At 25, climber Alex Honnold is already the undisputed master of the most dangerous sport around; scaling iconic rock walls without any ropes. Is he the next great thing in modern climbing? Or a suicide mission in sticky shoes?

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

As a young climber, David Roberts believed in the greatness of risk. Then death came suddenly, too easily. And it came again and again.

David Roberts
Dec 15, 1980