Category archives for Everest

After Two Deadly Years, Everest Climbers Gear Up for a Strong Season

Nepal has had the worst year imaginable. But even after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, political unrest that resulted in a five-month blockade, and the two deadliest years in the history of climbing on Mount Everest, this spring’s expedition season is set to be as busy as ever. Ang Kami Sherpa, 63, just arrived at Everest Base…

Everest’s Only Climber to Start Summit Push Tomorrow

Update: Nobukazu Kuriki decided to turn around on his attempt to summit Mount Everest. He has now returned to base camp. Learn more here. Japanese mountaineer Nobukazu Kuriki could become the only person to summit Mount Everest this year. The 33-year-old prefers to climb alone, without supplemental oxygen, and in the off-season of autumn—and he has lost nine…

Everest: The Movie

For various reasons, the 1996 disaster on Everest retains a mythic status, even though far more climbers have died on the mountain in subsequent seasons, including the sixteen Nepali mountain workers who perished in the Khumbu Icefall in 2014. Everest is exhausting. Yeah, climbing the mountain takes a lot of energy, but watching the new…

Plan Your Next Himalayan Expedition Mindfully

So what now? Two devastating years on the busiest mountain in the Himalaya leaves many questions. The earthquakes in Nepal this season have had a devastating affect on the local people, particularly those in the mountainous regions of the country. The economic and emotional damage will be present for the foreseeable future and the loss…

Climbers’ Relief Strategy Brings Jobs, Aid to Nepal’s Remote Villages

Seventeen-year-old Matt Moniz of Boulder, Colorado, was attempting his Himalayan climbing season goals when the earthquake and avalanche hit. Here he explains how his team has converted their expedition into a relief mission. Follow his updates here. The sun sets as we’re driving west through fields of rice toward the mountainous Manaslu region, home of the Gurkhas,…

The Everest Moral Dilemma

As another Himalayan season approaches, media attention focuses once again on the Everest guiding industry. The loss last season of 16 Nepalis in a single cataclysmic avalanche that raked the Khumbu Icefall has intensified a long-standing debate over the practice of stringing the mountain with miles of fixed ropes and constructing elaborate camps—complete with pallet-loads…

Teen Climber Returns to Himalaya to Attempt to Everest, Lhotse, First Ski Descent

Matt Moniz became our youngest Adventurer of the Year at 12 years old when he climbed to the high points in all 50 United States in just 43 days. He is now 17 years old. In just a few hectic days, I’m off with climbing partners Willie Benegas and Jim Walkley for my second consecutive expedition…

Video: Breathtaking Journey to Everest and Beyond

Starting from Kathmandu at 4,600 feet, the crew from Teton Gravity Research traveled by helicopter to 24,000 feet on supplemental oxygen to capture the majestic Himalaya in this captivating short film. Shot with the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera setup, Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse are presented in crystal-clear ultra-HD footage by these aerial cinema experts. Here director Todd…

Experts Weigh In: “Everest is Completely Out of Control”

“Everest is a shit show,” said Aaron Huey, a National Geographic photographer who is currently documenting the culture of Sherpa guides. Ten years or more ago, I mused, that pronouncement would have stirred up protestations, or at least murmurs. But this May, the Friday morning crowd, coffee mugs in hand, spilling well out the doorway…

The Sherpa Perspective—A “Black Year” on Everest

Read ongoing Everest coverage from National Geographic As we grapple with the tragic loss of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche in the infamous Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest on April 18, we look to the Sherpa community help us better understand what they are experiencing. Karsang Sherpa now lives in Denver and works for a…