Veterans Walk 2,700 Miles to Help Their Own

“As we walked toward the ocean, I knew my wife, daughter, and sister were waiting at the finish line,” Anthony Anderson remembers. “The walk was over, and now it was about putting my money where my mouth was. I kept thinking, ‘I really wish we weren’t done.’ ” Anderson’s journey had started 155 days before,…

Snapchatting Everest: A Bittersweet End for Social-Media-Savvy Climbers

The story of two American mountaineers attempting to climb Everest without oxygen, scrupulously documented on Snapchat, has ended with a summit, a failed push—and no Snapchat from the top of the world. Cory Richards, a National Geographic photographer from Boulder, Colorado, made his first summit of the world’s tallest mountain, while his climbing partner, Adrian…

What Went Wrong on Everest This Season

Garrett Madison had high hopes for the 2016 climbing season on Mount Everest. The veteran mountaineering guide, who is president and founder of Madison Mountaineering in Seattle, had survived the devastating avalanche at Everest Base Camp, triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked the Himalayas on April 25, 2015. At least 20 other climbers…

First American Woman Completes Full Everest Summit Without Oxygen

They say that reaching the summit is only half the climb. And if that’s the case, it’s possible that Melissa Arnot just became the first American woman to climb Mount Everest without using supplemental oxygen. Arnot reached the summit of the 29,029-foot (8,848-meter) mountain on May 23, achieving a dream that, for her, has been…

Recent Everest Summits, Tragedies Mark Return of ‘Normal’ Climbing Season

Photo @coryrichards Climber @adrianballinger returns to the relative safety and comfort of the North Col on Everest’s North side as ChangTse rises into the building convection. Today we climbed to over 25,000 ft (7,600 m), leaving the long snow ridge behind and gaining the shattered stone that characterizes the higher reaches of the North face.…

Opinion: “Nature Has Its Rights” – Fighting for the Grand Canyon Like Martin Litton

We need more fighters like Martin Litton. We all have the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon, in no small part because of one man’s vision and his refusal to compromise. Without Martin’s will and determination to protect it from proposed dams in the 1960s, the Grand Canyon could have faced the same fate as…

Diving for Our Dinner on the Bahamas’ Wild Coast

The azure blue turned to black, silently swallowing up the spears of light that etched their way meekly into this world of the deep. Will, in his black wetsuit with a streak of gold down the side like some outlandish, otherworldly deep-sea creature, seemed as much a part of this environment as anything else. I…

Why Are Ski Towns Seeing More Suicides?

On a sunny morning in early March, Tom Slocum, a 57-year-old ski bum in Telluride, Colorado, walked up Tomboy Road, a popular hiking route that winds above the north side of town. An avid athlete and skier, Slocum moved to Telluride in 1984, a couple of years after graduating college. Like many ski town residents,…

Alex Lowe’s Son Reflects on Finding Closure

I don’t remember him leaving that early September morning. He probably woke up at some ungodly hour like he always did, made coffee for himself and my mom, and sat with her at the kitchen table before saying goodbye. Maybe he stepped into each of my brothers’ and my rooms for a kiss and a…

Sherpas Summit Everest. Now Come the Crowds

It’s been almost two years since climbers have stood on the summit of Mount Everest, but at 5 p.m. local time on May 11, a team of nine Sherpas reached the top of the world. Shea Gyaljen Sherpa, working for Asian Trekking’s Eco Everest Expedition, had the great honor of leading the rope-fixing team to…