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You Won't Pass Chamonix's Mountain-Guiding Test

Le Probatoire is one of the toughest challenges in the outdoors, used for decades to pick alpine professionals in France's legendary hub of glacier skiing, climbing, and deadly terrain. Only the strongest make it, but Simon Akam wonders: Is selection by ordeal still the best way to groom competent guides?

Simon Akam
Nov 27, 2019

Will Climate Change Close the Matterhorn?

A warming planet could make climbing iconic mountains like the Matterhorn a more risky enterprise. But is shutting them down a call for local authorities to make?

Samantha Yadron
Aug 9, 2019

The Indiana Jones of Climate Science

Five years after he famously Facebooked his way to rescue from a Himalayan crevasse, scientist and climber John All is back on Mount Everest, looking for answers about how global warming is affecting the highest peaks on earth

Nick Heil
May 9, 2019

A Film About True Scottish Alpinism

'The Place of the Gaels' features American alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli, Angela Vanweimeersch, and Jon Frederick climbing in Scotland.

Feb 27, 2019