Essential Everest Reads

Your guide to understanding the 2017 Everest climbing season and the history of the mountain

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Climbers React to Ueli Steck's Death
Apr 30, 2017

Climbers React to Ueli Steck's Death

The man known affectionately as the 'Swiss Machine' lived life on the cutting edge. Here, we gather the remembrances of those who knew him best.
Kami Rita Sherpa Ties Everest Summit Record
May 27, 2017

Kami Rita Sherpa Ties Everest Summit Record

The longtime guide with Alpine Ascents summited for the 21st time on May 27, tying Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi for the most summits on the world's highest mountain
Forgotten Men

The Sherpas

The Disposable Men: Sherpas on Everest
Jul 10, 2013

The Disposable Men: Sherpas on Everest

For more than a century, Western climbers have hired Nepal’s Sherpas to do the most dangerous work on Mount Everest. It’s a lucrative way of life in a poor region, but no service industry in the world so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients. The dead are often forgotten, and their families left with nothing but ghosts.
A Year After the Slide, Little Has Changed on Everest
Apr 20, 2015

A Year After the Slide, Little Has Changed on Everest

High-altitude workers put everything on the line, hauling climbers’ gear up and down the mountain, and aren’t compensated fairly. Their lives are worth more.
The Value of a Sherpa Life
Apr 18, 2014

The Value of a Sherpa Life

The deadliest single day in the history of Everest claimed 16 Sherpas in an instant. And, yes, there is something that needs to be done about it.
For This Sherpa, Climbing Everest Is Child's Play
Apr 1, 2001

For This Sherpa, Climbing Everest Is Child's Play

There's nobody more qualified to drag you to the top of the world than Babu Chiri Sherpa. And he'll gladly do it. But when he's through, he's got some business of his own to attend to. Namely, obliterating every last climbing record on Everest, shattering the myth of his people as high-altitude baggage handlers, and taking the Sherpa brand global.
Essential Reads

The Classics

Survival is Impossible to Forget
Aug 15, 2006

Survival is Impossible to Forget

Survivors from Everest '96 recall a day of terror and confusion that many still believe was distorted in ways that oversimplified complex events and dishonored the dead.
Putting Krakauer in a Frozen Grave
Aug 15, 2006

Putting Krakauer in a Frozen Grave

Sending Jon Krakauer to Everest was my idea. After the news broke, I spent the better part of a day wondering if I'd put him in a frozen grave.
The Man Who Knocked the Bastard Off
Oct 1, 1999

The Man Who Knocked the Bastard Off

On a sunny day in 1953, a tall young New Zealander named Edmund Hillary became the first human to stand atop the world's highest mountain—and, thereafter, a paragon of grace and bonhomie for explorers who would follow.
Base Camp: The World's Most Exclusive Party Town
Jun 29, 2007

Base Camp: The World's Most Exclusive Party Town

You were told that Everest base camp is an insult to the true spirit of mountaineering. (Harrumph.) But why weren't you told about the excellent bars, the butter people, and that friendly Playboy bunny from Poland? The author spends a month at the world's most exclusive party town.
What the Pros Know (The Complete Everest Conversation)
Jul 31, 2006

What the Pros Know (The Complete Everest Conversation)

Is it possible to guide safely on Everest? Or will the mountain always demand its pound of flesh? MARK JENKINS talks to a dream team of veterans—between them, they've reached the summit 17 times—in a frank look at the risks, rewards, and nightmares of taking clients to the top.
Ghosts of Everest
Oct 1, 1999

Ghosts of Everest

In an exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming book by the men who led the quest to solve the mystery of George Mallory's disappearance, the authors for the first time reveal the evidence they uncovered—and offer their chilling re-creation of Mallory and Irvine's last hours.
The Dark Year

The 2014 Disaster

Black Year: Everest’s Deadliest Season
Jul 8, 2014

Black Year: Everest’s Deadliest Season

The true story of the mountain's most horrific day, the Sherpas who paid the price, and the aftershocks that will change the mountain forever
Will Everest Climbing Move North?
Apr 29, 2014

Will Everest Climbing Move North?

The 2014 season has ended in Nepal, and some mountaineers are turning toward Tibet, where ascents continue. Can they overcome Chinese complexities and turn the north side into the new Everest norm?
The Second Tragedy

The 2015 Disaster

The Impact Beyond Everest
Apr 27, 2015

The Impact Beyond Everest

In a remarkable rescue effort, helicopter pilots ferried dozens of climbers to safety from Camps I and II. Meanwhile, reports continue to come in from other Himalayan peaks—including Makalu and Annapurna—that were hit by powerful avalanches.
Photos from the Aftermath at Everest Base Camp
Apr 27, 2015

Photos from the Aftermath at Everest Base Camp

A photographer with 6 Summits Challenge, an international team of climbers lead by Nick Cienski, whom Outside senior editor Grayson Schaffer spoke with yesterday, captured these images during the rescue efforts.
Remembering the Google Adventurer
Apr 26, 2015

Remembering the Google Adventurer

Across the Web, the Silicon Valley executive has been recognized for his role in bringing Street View to Everest and his other accomplishments at Google. Here, two close friends recall the spontaneity and energy that made him so endearing.
5 New Ways to Fix Everest
Mar 24, 2015

5 New Ways to Fix Everest

The avalanche that effectively closed Everest last spring hasn't stopped crowds of climbers from flocking to Base Camp. These are the stories that will define another controversial season.