Nick Heil

Nick Heil

Nick Heil is a contributing editor at Outside and the author of Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Around the World in 1,026 Days

To fulfill a longtime dream and honor the memory of a fallen hero, a Turkish-American software engineer decides to circle the earth by bike and rowboat, powered solely by his own muscle, lungs, and heart. A little obsessive? Maybe, but look closely at the journey of Erden Eruc and you’ll see something else: one of the most incredible adventure stories of our ti

Nick Heil
Feb 12, 2013

Danny MacAskill Can’t Ride a Bike

Which is a serious problem when you’re the most famous stunt rider on the Internet. But as Nick Heil finds out, the oft-injured Scot is roaring out of rehab to dazzle the world once again.

Nick Heil
Jan 1, 2013

The arrival of high-altitude helicopters on Mount ­Everest and other Nepalese peaks has transformed search-and-­rescue and saved lives. But the choppers have also ­added to the chaos at the top of the world—and introduced a deadly new brand of danger.

Nick Heil
May 14, 2012

Everest's Greatest Moments

With the 2012 climbing season underway, we look back at some of the most incredible moments to take place on the world's tallest mountain over the last 150 years

Nick Heil
Apr 24, 2012

This past Wednesday, an avalanche in the Wyoming backcountry killed the creator of the popular backcountry skiing blog, A few days before he died, we spoke with Romeo about the growing popularity of backcountry and sidecountry skiing.

Nick Heil
Mar 9, 2012

Burying the Truth

A recent spate of avalanche deaths near ski resorts sparked a flurry of media reports, many declaring that so-called sidecountry skiing is becoming an increasingly dangerous pursuit. It's just not that simple.

Nick Heil
Mar 1, 2012

The smartest, most useful, and most inspiring blogs to keep your winter stoke high

Nick Heil
Jan 18, 2012

Stretching It

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So should you avoid the fitness routine if you're not a serious athlete?

Nick Heil
Jan 10, 2012

Failure to Launch

Despite a stellar record of spending cuts, job creation, and balanced budgets—and a world-class adventure résumé that includes an Everest summit—former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson can't get anyone to take his campaign for president seriously. Is it him or us?

Nick Heil
Sep 8, 2011

Cycling Star Taylor Phinney

He's got the genes and the track record (literally). Can Taylor Phinney become America's next cycling superstar?

Nick Heil
May 5, 2011

The Ride of Her Life

Greg Mortenson did it. So Shannon Galpin, a single mom and former Pilates instructor with no humanitarian experience, figured she could, too. She sold her house, started a nonprofit, and flew to Kabul to set up women’s educational and health programs, from scratch, in the world’s most troubled country. The author joined her on her most audacious fundraiser yet.

Nick Heil
Feb 15, 2011