Chris Van Leuven

Chris Van Leuven

Chris Van Leuven is a freelance writer and guidebook author specializing in adventure, travel and rock climbing.


A 9-Year-Old Climbed El Capitan

Over four days and three nights in September, Pearl Johnson, age 9, climbed the Triple Direct route on El Capitan

Chris Van Leuven
Oct 23, 2019

"It’s Bizarro Land": Joshua Tree Will Remain Open

On Wednesday, the eve of the planned temporary closure of Joshua Tree National Park, Superintendent David Smith, who’d ordered the closure in the first place, did an about-face on California’s Hi...

Chris Van Leuven
Jan 10, 2019

This 15-Year-Old Just Free-Climbed the Nose

Last weekend, over the course of three days, 15-year-old Connor Herson freed the Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan, a sweeping polished line of piton scared cracks and face climbing, with the support of...

Chris Van Leuven
Nov 20, 2018

Climber Tom Frost Dies

The Californian pioneered many of the most famous routes in Yosemite during the Valley's Golden Age

Chris Van Leuven
Aug 24, 2018

Russian Mountaineer Stuck on Peak in Karakoram

Alexander Gukov's partner, Sergey Glazunov, fell to his death while rappelling from the 23,442-foot Latok I in Pakistan. Now Gukov is stuck at 20,000 feet with no way to descend.

Chris Van Leuven
Jul 26, 2018