Archives for May, 2011

Everest 2011: Dave Hahn on the Summit (Photos): “Eventually We Had the Top to Ourselves and Enjoyed the Quiet”

Everest Summit from South Summit By Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent; Photographs by Dave Hahn and Linden Mallory More Everest: See more Everest photos, take our Everest quiz, or watch expedition videos. Dispatch #14 – The Summit Our hope was to make the summit bid short and sweet, not so…

Extreme Photo of the Week: Biking Table Mountain, South Africa (Free Wallpaper!)

Photograph by Nick Muzik, Caters News Agency Download the desktop wallpaper and see previous Extreme Photos of the Week. “Riding on top of Table Mountain was something I had to do,” says professional mountain biker Kenny Belaey. “The landscape is just perfect for trials—but I had to be really careful.” Belaey pulled out every daredevil…

Everest 2011: As Clients Decide to Turn Back, Guide Dave Hahn Reflects His Upcoming Summit Bid

Text and photo 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…

Off Limits Host Don Wildman Uncovers Los Angeles’s Forgotten History and Secrets

There’s a good chance you underappreciate your favorite city—we all do. For Off Limits (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on the Travel Channel), adventurous host Don Wildman delves into the overlooked, restricted places hiding in plain sight to discover the true identities of America’s cities. He examines how our great metropolises came to flourish and…

Apa Sherpa Claims 21st Everest Summit, Now Begins Taking Trash Off Mountain

By Kraig Becker, The Adventure Blog Big things are happening in the Himalaya, where teams have begun summitting Everest and other peaks. The news, of course, was that Apa Sherpa has claimed his 21st summit of the mountain, topping out Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. local time. The successful climb extends his record for the…

Gear Review: Surefire’s Shockingly Bright, Compact M3LT Spotlight

By Contributing Editor Steve Casimiro, editor of Adventure Journal. See more of Casimiro's gear recommendations in our must-have Spring/Summer 2011 gear gallery >> One Christmas back in the ’90s, my dad gave me a spotlight, the kind that plugs into your vehicle’s lighter. The light was massive, eight inches across, and on a road trip…

Everest 2011: Favorable Weather Sends Climbers to the Summit

  Dawa Jamba, Yubarj, Kaji, Chhering at the first ladder… bound for ABC Text and photographs by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. Now it gets interesting in Everest-ville. Chherring, Dawa Jamba, and Kaji made a significant contribution to our team's potential success today. They got up around 2 a.m., put on big packs…

Everest 2011: 82-Year-Old Dies in Attempt to Set New Age Record

By Kraig Becker, The Adventure Blog Sad news from Everest Monday, as we have received word that 82-year-old Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya died while trying to scale the mountain. He had hoped to set a new age record for reaching the summit and prove to the world that elderly people are still strong and vibrant, even…

Fringe Elements: How to Pack (Very) Light

By Fitz Cahall; video still by Bryan Smith Watch the Fringe Elements: Height Doesn't Matter Video >> Colin Haley specializes in climbing the world’s largest and steepest mountain faces. They require the cardiovascular fitness needed to summit Mount Everest and the carefully honed technique required to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan. Sherpas don’t haul loads to…

New Organization Links Adventure Athletes and Scientists in Conservation

By Gregg Treinish, founder of ASC and former Adventurer of the Year As ambassadors of the outdoors—the people who are living in, moving through, and sharing the value of the wilderness with the rest of the world—we have a responsibility to do all that is in our power to protect what we love so much.…