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A series of extreme weather events stripped the lower 48’s most glaciated mountains of their snowpack, leaving guides in the lurch

An unnatural lack of fear, a high tolerance for suffering, and a healthy sense of humor. Just ask Cedar Wright.

A firsthand account of a free-solo accident in the Sierra Nevada

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With fall marathons back on, we’re celebrating the return to racing—and the positive side effects it can have on our lives

Travelers must get vaccinated before entering the region, but it’s unclear how officials will enforce the rule

When Drew Hulsey started climbing, he weighed 300 pounds and wondered if the ropes would hold. He found out that they would, and found a community that embraced him. Now he sets an example that inspires others to join him.

Despite difficult conditions, the women’s sport-climbing finals produced a predictable result

American Nathaniel Coleman took second, while perennial favorite Adam Ondra missed out on the podium altogether

A lot of the world’s top climbers won’t be in the Olympics. Here’s why.

Turns out, you don’t get as confident on the rock as Honnold is without broadening your repertoire of moves and expanding your comfort zone

Her list of physical feats seems almost impossible. Win national sport-climbing competitions starting at the age of 13? Check. Summit Mount Everest? Check. Free-climb El Capitan in under 24 hours? That, too. But in order to cement her status as one of the world’s best climbers, there were more daunting obstacles to overcome.

With climbing’s Olympic debut less than two weeks away, we compiled a short explanation of how the competition will unfold on the world stage

For Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala, bringing her full identity as a woman of color to rock climbing has been both challenging and healing.

Josh Ourada fell 200 feet while free-soloing in Yosemite this spring, and lived to talk about it

Jordan Cannon found the courage to share his true self in an unlikely place: on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, with his hero

Despite their differences, climbing’s most famous besties get along because they share the same convictions, support each other’s harebrained schemes, and, of course, engage in some good-natured smack talk

Mason Earle was scaling iconic rock faces when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Now he faces his greatest test of endurance.

How the climbing phenom works to equalize entry for young climbers

Mike Chambers and Jason Antin are an adventure power duo encouraging 9-5ers to make better use of their leisure time

The mountain saw its first fatalities of the season on Wednesday

The peak saw its first summits of the season last week, including several record-breaking climbs

Wade Moriss and Stefan Griebel don’t consider themselves fast runners or climbers. But when you combine the two, they are a powerhouse.

A new documentary provides an in-depth look at the global bouldering community

A TV series from the makers of the popular film tour features races up El Capitan, sea-cliff climbing, and more

A climber posted on social media that the situation at Base Camp is “a total shitstorm. I had no idea what I was flying into.”

Is protecting your children from harm the best way for them to explore and understand the world?

The pandemic continues to complicate hopes for a normal season on the world’s highest mountain

In 2020, the coronavirus gave the tallest mountain on earth a rest. But climbers from all over are itching to go back.

A climber who installed routes over federally protected Native carvings has ignited a controversy online, death threats included

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All too often, we tell ourselves that being scared is just part of an adventure. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

This season the Nepalese government says it will require climbers and guides to get permission from its Department of Tourism before disseminating images of others on the mountain. Enforcing it won’t be easy.

After Sequoia Schmidt’s family was torn apart by climbing, her own desire to reach higher was born

Want to safely build a rope swing but don’t know where to start? Learn how with professional tree climber Waldo Etherington.

Need to add knot-tying skills to your life but don’t know where to start? Follow along with professional tree climber Waldo Etherington.

Odukoya created a group called Clmbxr to encourage and guide new Black climbers

The company sponsors some of the best athletes in the world, from Emily Harrington to Alex Honnold, all of whom are vying for a slice of the brand’s annual budget to support their expeditions. The process can be as competitive as getting into an Ivy League university—except, if approved, the athletes are often taking on death-defying adventures.

Students from Ida B. Wells Middle School visit Carderock Recreation Area, just outside Washington, D.C., to rock-climb for the first time

What does solving a boulder problem have to do with solving a crossword puzzle? An awful lot.

Nearly 280 rounds of chemotherapy hasn't stoped ovarian-cancer survivor Sharon White from taking on new hobbies

After more than three decades of attempts, there has finally been a winter summit on the Savage Mountain

The climber talks about the scary falls that actually enabled her to make it to the top of Yosemite's iconic big wall

Brooklyn Boulders said it provided "climbing and community for all." Employees said that couldn't be further from the truth. Now the company is rolling out a series of changes to work toward its DEI goals.

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With partner Adrian Ballinger and local guide Mark Synnott, Harrington discovers an untapped climbing zone: Maine's Atlantic coastline

After losing her brother to cancer, Mackenzie McGrath finds solace in guiding kids who have been impacted by the disease

As the world warms, the amount of oxygen at the top of earth's highest peak is increasing. That could make it easier to summit without using supplemental oxygen.

Rising photojournalist Malik Martin shows us how this climbing gym has built a community of paying it forward

After the achievement of a lifetime, a few very important details got lost in translation

After years of effort, the 34-year-old climber motored up El Cap's Golden Gate route and now joins the ranks of Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, and Lynn Hill

In the fall of 2019, Garrett Madison canceled his expedition on the world's highest peak. Then one of his clients sued him for breach of contract.

The new American Alpine Club CEO talks about his background, living the #vanlife before it was cool, and his goals for the organization

For the past decade, American climber Mike Dobie has been developing world-class routes outside the remote village of Liming. As the coronavirus triggers anti-Chinese sentiment worldwide, his mission is more important than ever.

Two bold men, one reckless plan: to watch the sun go dark atop a huge snow-covered peak in South America. You won't believe what happened next.

An attempt that was fraught with complications, high jinks, and bad decisions

'A Feather in the West' follows a group of elite European climbers to Ireland, proving you don't always have to travel far for first ascents

Spanish-speaking guides call the drug "levanta muertos" for the way it "brings life to a dead person"

Last year, mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Carla Perez summited K2 without supplemental oxygen

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, three Chinese teams reached the top of the world

A group of eight researchers from China just summited the mountain with the sole mission of getting the most accurate measurement to date of the world's tallest peak

The most meaningful adventures are the ones where everything goes wrong. Right?

In 1962, climber Maurice Horn completed the first ascent of the iconic Naked Edge route in Colorado's Eldorado Canyon

As it became clear that climbing walls could be an ideal host for the coronavirus, most gyms closed their doors this week

An official declaration from Nepal's Department of Immigration confirms that the world's highest peak will be closed for the season due to coronavirus concerns

For now, despite COVID-19 concerns, the Nepalese side is still open for business

What does it take to grow a sport from scratch? A tight-knit community of passionate masochists. And some rusty farm equipment.

Nepal will soon indefinitely suspend visas on arrival for travelers from five countries where the virus has been detected in high numbers

On February 24, registration opened for a series of climbing courses in an effort to standardize teaching the sport and help gym climbers transition to the outdoors in a safe way

New York City's least kid-friendly gym and its obsession with a "proper session"

Climber Matt Cornell attempts to free solo Come and Get It an M7 mixed climb outside Bozeman, Montana

'Pretty Strong' profiles eight elite female climbers crushing the sport on North America's hardest routes

How witnessing a bad fall changed my perspective on climbing

On November 27, Brad Gobright died in Potrero Chico, Mexico. He was 31.

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?

What could have been a fatal fall is just a stepping stone on Harrington's path to become the first woman to free climb one of El Cap's hardest routes in a day

After Kirstie Ennis lost her leg, she climbed some of the hardest mountains in the world. And she’s just getting started.

'The Mentor' chronicles climber Marcus Garcia’s relationship with climbing legend, Jimmy Ray Forester

Climbers at Lion Rock have joined the pro-democracy movement in the city's struggle with Beijing

As a climbing community, we may be politically diverse, but we all share the same passion, so let's come together to protect America's public lands

She's the first person to summit all 846 thirteeners in the lower 48 and Hawaii