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Pemba Dorje Sherpa, a Nepalese Sherpa who holds the record for the fastest ascent ofEverest (eight hours and ten minutesin 2004) is hoping to take a local child to the summit after 13-year-old American Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb the mountain last…

What happens when a rock climber, gripped by the natural high of his sport, gets hooked on powerful prescription tranquilizers that help him beat back the fear and anxiety? Very nasty things. MATT SAMET bares all about a long, life-threatening addiction journey that took him from the top of the mountain to a mental and physical free fall that nearly cost him hi

A climber who went missing Saturday on Mount Rainier is now presumed dead, according to the Seattle Times. On Saturday, 11 climbers were overtaken by an avalanche, and all were pulled out by fellow climbers but one. The climber is believed to be a 27-year-old man from Olympia,…

By recent standards, Everest 2010 was a safe and successful year.There were nearly 500 summits with 4 reported deaths, all on the north,and several injuries and rescues. The total Everest summits broke thetotal 5,000 (includes multiple summits by Sherpas and guides so perhaps 2500 individual summits) level since the…

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Jamie Clarke, Scott Simper, and the five climbing Sherpas–Kami Tsering, Arita, Ang Namgal, Pemba Dorje, and Sonam–of Expedition Hanesbrands, reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 17, the early side of…

Award-winning director Michael Brown—of Serac Adventure Films and the Outside Adventure Film School—keeps sending advice down from the top of the world. If you’re an aspiring adventure filmmaker, you should pay attention. The latest installment, embedded above, offers…

The weekend saw perhaps 300 summits on both sides of Everest. The weather was mixed throughout, with blizzard conditions at times. The climbers had to work hard for their summits. There have been three deaths this season: two on the north side and one on nearby Lhotse. Taking most…

May 22nd, 2010 will be a day recorded in history: the youngestperson to summit Everest and the person with the most summits inhistory on the same same day yet from different sides. Apa Sherpa at age 47 made his 20th summit with the Eco Everest teamand on the other…

This is the phlog you've all been waiting for–Jordan reached the summit of Mount Everest yesterday around 10 a.m. local time, according to the team's live map. Team Jordan has now returned to…

Team Jordan is on the move right now (1:24 p.m. EST). They are nearing Camp 3, according to their live GPS map. The team is taking advantage of the weather window this weekend, and…

A huge wave of climbers on both sides of Everest have moved to theirrespective Advanced Base Camps and are on their summit bids starting Friday night, Nepal time.They are not only dealing with the extreme altitude of Everest but also an impending cyclone that could bring heavy snows and…

Dr. Peter Hackett is back. After a ten-year absence from the Khumbu Valley, a place he’s either lived or visited consistently between 1974 and 2000, Hackett returned to Nepal this spring to work at Everest ER. In his ten-year absence, the Telluride-based doc who…

Team Jordan advanced to Camp 2 last night. According to Jordan's blog , the hike took them about nine hours to complete. Camp 2 is as high as Jordan has ever been –…

Everest's north face (photo by Carsten.nebel, used under CC 3.0) Team Jordan left advanced base camp around 3 p.m. China time (3 a.m. EST) for Camp 1 and the North Col. The team's…

There were at least 60 summits on Monday morning, May 16th from thesouth side. And at least  6 on the north. Thewinds did pick up late Monday bringing a stop to this brief window. After a false start on Saturday night when the winds did notcooperate, teams huddled at…

Team Jordan is watching and waiting. The team passed up a weather window this weekend, but did move from advanced base camp (ABC) to the north col and back again. The team is staying put at ABC, waiting for a longer weather window expected to open…

Chad Kellogg, the 38-year-old Seattle-based climber attempting to break the speed ascent record on Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, stopped by Expedition Hanesbrands’ site at Base Camp last evening to check in on the…

We can summarize the week in one word: weather. After the excitementof summits on May 5th and 7th, teams on both sides watched this week asthe jet stream sat parked on the summit of Everest creating a hugeplume of ice crystals that provided second thoughts on going to thesummit.

Combine the total number of Mount Everest summits of all the seasoned mountaineers at Base Camp this season–Dave Hahn, Apa Sherpa, Conrad Anker, David Breashears, Dr. Peter Hackett, Russell…

More teams have made the decision for a summit bid this weekend. Thelatest include the Malta Everest team, half of Peak Freaks and a twoperson team from First Ascent. They are now at camp 2. Why are theseclimbers going to the top in marginal weather? Well maybe the weatherwill not…

Bad weather has kept north side teams at base camp. Team Jordan did go out for a hike yesterday, although high winds blew their tents away from camp for a brief time, according to their…

With several teams targeting Sunday, May 16th as a summit window,the question of rescues often comes to mind; especially if the weatherlooks marginal as this one does. Followers of Everest know that rescues are difficult and sometimes impossible above base camp or 17,500'. In his book, Into…

Jamie Clarke and Scott Simper, Expedition Hanesbrands’ climbing team, have been planning their Everest expedition for more than two years. The day has finally come for the 42-year-old Calgary mountaineer and adventurer…

Most climbers get a little restless in Base Camp. There’s not a lot to do other than read the latest weather report, eat, sleep, sharpen crampons, take a Sherpa shower, and wait for a decent summit window. Cory Richards, on the other…

This was a busy week on Everest with the first summits for the 2010season along with a risky gamble. And several accidents and, sadly, areported death on nearby Lhotse. A team of nine Sherpas fixed the ropes to the summit on the southside. They included Sherpas from IMG, Alpine…

Team Jordan is back at Chinese Base Camp to rest, acclimatize, and prep their gear for the summit push. The team's sherpas are stocking Camp 3 for the last big climb of the mountain, according to Jordan's…

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Leif Whittaker shows you Everest Base Camp in a film shot by Michael Brown of Serac Adventure Films. Want to shoot your own…

Six a.m. at Everest Base Camp and I wake to the sound of a Nepali screaming into a cell phone. A few days ago a new cell tower was installed at Gorak Shep (translation: Dead Bird), the last Khumbu Valley outpost a thousand feet below us, and…

Eric Simonson's IMG Blog is noting the first summits of 2010 onEverest. As expected it came on the south side from the Sherpa teamfixing lines to the top. Sherpas from AAI and Himex were also on the team and I will report their names as soon as I receive…

It’s Day Six of Expedition Hanesbrands’ trek to Everest Base Camp. We’ve passed the14,000-foot mark and are spending a relaxing layover day in Pheriche. The view from the window of the Himalayan Hotel is a maze of stone walls, most of which enclose a very large yak.

Team Romero had a busy weekend. They spent their first night at the North Col (phlog above) and climbed as high as Camp 2 (app. 27,450 feet) before returning to advanced base camp…

Thereare good weeks and bad weeks on Everest, a bad week is when someonedies. On Monday, April 26, Hungarian climber Laszlo Varkonyi was sweptinto a crevasse by an avalanche on the North Col. A desperate searchensued, however, by Thursday, the search was called off. The entire north side was…

Oh Eun-sun of South Korea claimed a summit of Annapurna earlier this week, which would make her the first woman to summit all 14 of the world's tallest mountains–except for the fact that her total check list of achievements is in hot dispute within…

On one of my Everest climbs, I was told outright – “If you can't getto camp 3 in under 5 hours, you are out.” After a discussion with mygrim reaper on people skills, the logic of the statement made sense.Speed is your friend on any mountain, much less the…

Team Jordan plans to carry their gear up to the high camps tomorrow, according to the team's Facebook page. Along the way, they hope to reach the 8,000 meter mark, which will be…

You never know who you’re going to run into in the lobby of the Hotel Yak & Yeti. The former royal palace, with its scarlet lobby chairs, baby grand piano, and bar that serves a cold Tuburg beer, is the…

Team Jordan is resting at advanced base camp, where Jordan woke to find himself covered in a light snow. The team also managed…

I’m going to do Rainier this summer. I’ve done a few mountains in Canada and Kili, but wore rental boots...blisters galore. So I want to find a good boot to do Rainier. Any suggestions?—EvanDenver, CO

There was a large avalanche near the North Col on Monday, Tibettime. Before going further, remember that breaking news of accidentsfrom Everest, especially from the north side, in almost every case isinaccurate. However, many teams are posting updates on their websitesto inform family members of the status of their…

For most Everest climbers this is week three or four away from home.They are making good on their acclimatization efforts with over 100climbers now having spent a night or two as high as camp 2 on the southhowever significantly fewer even touching the North Col on the north. The…

Everest's north face (photo by Carsten.nebel, used under CC 3.0) Team Jordan is preparing to climb to the North Col, marking their…

Jordan Romero appeared on the Today Show yesterday. Video above. For those of you not familiar with Jordan, he is 13 years old…

In the age of social media, a group of celebrities demonstrate that "raising awareness" isn't always code for self-congratulation.

By Stephen Regenold For three weeks in April, I put my entire life on hold to trek in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. As a part of Expedition Hanesbrands, a major mountaineering initiative led bythe Canadian climber…

Team Jordan reached advanced base camp yesterday, according to the Team's Facebook page. The team reached 21,000 feet and experienced sub-zero temperatures and 37 mph winds. Jordan experienced a slight headache at that…

Climbers are making great progress with their acclimatizationrotations on both sides of Everest. The Sherpas are now starting to fixthe ropes to camp 3 high on the Lhotse Face – a great sign. On thenorth, Adventure Peaks is looking to move to the North Col For some teams, the…

Right around the time I started working at Outside, the editor Mark Bryant assigned Jon Krakauer a story that required climbing Mount Everest. The office was always supercharged, but in the weeks leading up to Krakauer’s May 1996 summit, the intensity at…

Team Romero remains at base camp, according to their most recent blog (sorry, no phlog today). But they did talk about life at the base of the mountain. Temperatures range from 48°F to single…

Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old attempting to become the youngest person to summit Everest, checked in…

Another good week on Everest with teams settling into base camp onboth sides of the mountain. Alpine Ascents was the last large team toarrive at south BC on Wednesday. They spent their time adjusting to thehigh altitudes of over 17,000'. Teams conducted their Pujas and evenpracticed some ladder walking…

Team Jordan's view of Everest's north face (photo by Carsten.nebel, used under CC 3.0) Jordan Romero is now at Chinese base camp. He and…

Jordan Romero got his first glance at Mount Everest from Tingri, Tibet – just a six hour drive from north side base camp, according to the team's Facebook page.They will rest for another…

Right on schedule, the second week of April, camps 1 and 2 arealready in according to this email I revived from Phil Crampton ofAltitude Junkies: My Sherpas have already established camp one and camptwo so we plan to continue to stock camp two in anticipation of theclimbers sleeping there.

Watch CBS News Videos Online Jordan Romero and his team are two days into their journey to Everest's north side base camp.

For the past 15 years, early April in the Khumbu welcomes the soundof footsteps, yak bells, hushed conversations and dreams seeping fromaspiring climbers. This past week, the dirt trails were quite busy. Expedition after expedition made their way to Lukla then Namche andon up the Khumbu towards base camp.

This spring I’ll be at Everest Base Camp for a month as theexpedition journalist for Expedition Hanesbrands, a team led by Jamie Clarke, a Canadianmountaineer who will attempt his second summit of the world’s highestmountain. (You can follow the expedition…

Jordan Romero and the rest of his team acquired their Chinese visas earlier today, according to Jordan's website. The team is set to leave Kathmandu for Tibet this weekend. Once in China, the…

RMI and Peak Freaks have arrived in Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The first of many. It is critical to take your time getting to BC. Tim Rippel explainsthat two of his climbers are going lower, not higher, due to the impactof altitude. He does an excellent job of…

Kathmandu ; photo by Wonderlane Jordan Romero, the 13-year-old attempting to become the youngest to summit Everest, landed in Kathmandu late Wednesday, around midnight local time. Team Romero is staying in the city to organize their gear and work with sherpas before…

Bruce Barcott profiled Jordan Romero in our April issue. Romero is 13 an attempting to become the youngest person to climb both Everest and the Seven Summits. While…

As regular followers of Everest climbs know, the weather is themake/break factor for all expeditions. And the forecasts are criticalfor the safety of teams. While it may seem straightforward given thesuccess rate we see in modern times, predicting the weather is far froma science as this interview with Michale…

This week, the majority of the 2010 expeditions are working theirway up the Khumbu towards Everest Base Camp on the south side. Permitsand visas have now been issued for north teams and they have leftKathmandu, crossed the boarder and are already in Tingri and otherTibetan villages. We can expect…

This past week saw Everest 2010 come alive; and real for theclimbers and families back home. Teams came and left Kathmandu asweather lifted enough for more flights to Lukla. Multiple dispatchesspoke of uneventful landings at the dangerous airstrip and then themore peaceful start to the trek to base camp.

I live in Las Vegas and I spend a lot of time rock scrambling at Red Rock Canyon and I need a durable backpack. It seems that most packs are designed with weight over durability in mind. Unfortunately, Red Rock Canyon presents many "tight" spots which tend to damage these lighter-weight materials when they inevitably "drag" on the sandstone. Any suggestions?—BrianLas Vegas, NV

One measure of climbing difficulty is the rating and climbing has aterminology of it's own. You read that she just redpointed a 5.12c andwonder if this was something from NASA, or Congress. I have seen Everest described as a simple “walk-up” meaning that noactual climbing is involved so I…

Chad Kellogg, 38, will attempt to set a speed record on Mt. Everest without oxygen.* Kellogg will spend five to six weeks preparing, learning the route, and establishing camps. For the journey, he plans to start going up through the…

And the season begins. This week, climbers started arriving inKathmandu. Some immediately tried to get to Lukla, without success, andothers tried to get into Tibet, without success. However, as we enter Sunday in Nepal, the clouds broke and flights to Luklastarted again. I am receiving notes from climbers…

Climbers continue to stream into Kathmandu from all around theworld.  I updated the expedition count and can already identify over150 named climbers just on  the south side and over 50 on the north. But the true number could easily exceed 350 total on both sides. Toput this in context,…

Outside readers entered the Expedition of a Lifetime contest to win a five-day climbing expedition of Mt. Rainier with legendary guides, Ed Viesturs and Peter Whittaker plus First Ascent gear.  Entrants were required…

On my first Himalayan expedition, I spent $1 per character to sendan email. “Hi, I’m back safely” costs $19! How times have changed. Twittering from the Top is not unheard of today. Expeditions sendemails, pictures and videos from trek to summit – all for pennies.Social media is a key…

During the tragic 1996 climbing season on Mount Everest, there was only one medical doctor at Camp III: Ken Kamler. Kamler spoke at…

Chuck Fryberger Films released a trailer for…

The list of seven summits climbers used to read like an alpinist all-star team. Now there are kids who can include it on their college applications.

A scientific survey stated women find men who rock climb more attractive, according to ukclimbing.com. The report also stated men liked women who practice Yoga and cook. In a shocking revelation, men who enjoy Cheetos and Guitar Hero did…

Ina few weeks climbers will trade their warm homes and soft beds for twomonths of bitter cold, extreme heat and mind numbing oxygen deprivationas they seek to stand on the top of the world. I will be covering this season as I have for the past 8 years as…

The International Olympic Committee has granted full recognition to the International Federation of Sport Climbing, making climbing eligible for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics. In recent years the sport has gained popularity, especially in…

The first ascent of a giant north face in northern China, completed last summer by Americans Jed Brown and Kyle Dempster with Scottish climber Bruce Normand, is one of five nominees for this years Piolets d'Or, states…

Lei Wang may be about to accomplish something by her calculations only nine other peoplehave done thus far: stand on top of the 7 Summits and ski the lastdegree to north and south poles – assuming she summits Everest about 3months from now. Growing up in China, Lei spent…