Archives for April, 2011

Fringe Elements Skills: Kayaking – Surviving a Whirlpool

By Fitz Cahall, Video still by Byran Smith. Fringe Elements Extreme Adventure Videos: Watch Now >> “The most intimidating feature for any swimmer, is real swirly, really deep whirlpools,” says professional kayaker and guide Paul Kuthe. “They have a tendency to hold you under water for a long time.” To exploratory kayakers such as Kuthe,…

Fringe Elements Video: A Different Kind of Race: Kayaking Tidal Races

By Fitz Cahall, watch more Fringe Elements videos and get advice from the athletes “Even the biggest tidal races can be caught when they are small,” says sea kayaker Paul Kuthe of the river-like currents, whirlpools, and rapids that tidal shifts can cause in the ocean. “Most can be paddled into when they are completely…

Elephant Ivory Project: Explorers Finally Find Ample Elephant Dung, Begin Journey Home

By Andy Maser; Photographs by Andy Maser and Trip Jennings, Elephant Ivory Project, EP Films We were recovering at our Obenge base camp when we heard the strange screams. “Pardon Papa! Pardon Papa!” over and over again, with a sound like bamboo being chopped down prompting each yell. Effrin, a local guide, pointed to the…

Everest 2011: Camp 1, Western Cwm, More High-Wire Ladder Acrobatics (Photos)

A six section horizontal ladder in the Western Cwm. We decided to walk 15 minutes extra in order to avoid crossing it. Text and photographs by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa…

Canoeing Down Everest: Kayaking Legend Mick Hopkinson Talks About His Life on the Water

Legendary paddler Mick Hopkinson kayaking the Kokatahi River, New Zealand. Photo by Ben Jackson By Tetsuhiko Endo from Murchison, New Zealand Mick Hopkinson is one of the pioneers of whitewater kayaking. Hailing from Yorkshire, in the industrial North of England, he spent the 70s traveling the world looking for the fiercest, most remote whitewater he could…

Swiss Climber Ueli Steck Solos Shisha Pangma in Just 10.5 Hours

Ueli Steck, renowned Swiss alpinist and Mountain Hardwear-sponsored athlete known for speed records in the Alps, takes his era-defining speed style to the Himalaya. Ueli has summited the Tibetan giant of Shisha Pangma (8027-meters and 14th highest in the world) in a mere 10.5 hours, but it’s only the beginning. Holding impressive speed records on…

Everest 2011: Sneaking Through the Turbulent, Tumbling Khumbu Icefall (Photos)

Text and photographs by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on a bid for the summit. Follow the…

Everest 2011: Big Days at the Mountain, Daily Storms

  Text and photograph by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on a bid for the summit. Follow…

Fringe Elements: Deepwater Soloing Basics

  By Fitz Cahall; video still by Byran Smith, for our new video series Fringe Elements. To get more advice from our athletes, see expert tips gallery >> “There are only two mandatory criteria for deepwater soloing—overhanging rock and deep water. It’s pretty simple really,” says rock climber Matt Maddaloni, who helped bring this subsport…

Everest 2011: Training for the Khumbu Icefall (Photos)

  Sara practicing on a Khumbu ladder Text by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on a bid…