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The Latest #OnEverest – Update #3 – Our Climbers Head for the Summit

[View the story “The Latest #OnEverest ” on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest Storified by Mary Anne Potts · Mon, May 21 2012 15:10:03 #Himalayan #sunset from inside the #Khumbu #glacier. #OnEverest @natgeo @thenorthfaceSamuel Elias Last weekend provided a weather window that allowed teams to take to the summit. Perhaps as many as 300 people attempted…

Climber Sasha DiGiulian, 19, Makes First Female Ascent of Era Bella, 5.14d, Spain – Beautiful Photo

See more photos in our Extreme Photo of the Week gallery. “While climbing a hard route, everything else fades away. I am only thinking about the movement in front of me, the next sequence, what I am holding on to, and my breath,” says 19-year-old climbing phemon Sasha DiGiulian, seen on Era Bella, graded 5.14d,…

First Ascent of Meru: Climbers Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk to Present at 5Point Film Festival

In October of 2011, Conrad Anker (now on Everest with our team), Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chincompleted a historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya. This was Anker’s third attempt at the climb, Ozturk and Chin’s second. The three-person climbing team had last climbed and suffered on the…

Last Words Missing—The Mystery of Sir John Franklin and Polar History’s Greatest Catastphrophe

More than six decades before Scott reached the South Pole, Sir John Franklin led an expedition into the Canadian Arctic that would turn into the greatest catastrophe in polar history. Attempting the long-sought Northwest Passage, the hypothesized shortcut from Europe to Asia, Franklin set off from England in 1845 with two powerful steam-driven ships, the…

Everest 2012: Cory Richards on Climbing Everest’s West Ridge

Alpinist and photographer Cory Richards is on the rise—literally and figuratively. He is presently making his way to Everest Base Camp as part of our 2012 expedition, which involves climbing, science, and school kids following along. Once there, Richards and his good friend Conrad Anker will prepare to make a challenging ascent of Everest’s West Ridge…

Explorers’ Last Words and Technology: From Robert Falcon Scott to Rob Hall

“Great God! This is an awful place,” wrote Robert Falcon Scott in his diary on January 17, 1912. Just hours before, Scott and his four companions had reached the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen’s team had beaten them there by a month. Nine weeks later, doomed by a combination of starvation, scurvy,…

Everest 2012: Climber Sam Elias on Training, Being a Lab Rat, and Dating on Everest

Climber Sam Elias has just arrived in Nepal as part of our 2012 Everest expedition—and if you don’t follow him on Instagram (BookofSamuel), you should. The guy has a great eye. Elias is part of our Southeast Ridge team, which also includes Emily Harrington (his girlfriend), Hilaree O’Neill, Kris Erickson, and their leader Phil Henderson…

How to Become a National Geographic Explorer

If you’ve ever wondered how you might become an explorer for National Geographic, believe it or not, it can start with attending a seminar. During the Banff Mountain Film Festival in a conference room at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, aspiring young explorers learned the ropes of turning their dreams of adventure into an…

100th Anniversary of Roald Amundsen Reaching South Pole—How the Grueling Race Was Won

By David Roberts; Photograph by London News/Getty Images It was the strangest of all races. Two teams of five men each—one British, the other Norwegian—set out at the beginning of the 1911 Antarctic summer, both bent on becoming the first explorers to reach the South Pole. The British team was led by 43-year-old Robert Falcon…

Climbers Anker, Chin, Ozturk Claim Meru’s Shark’s Fin Summit, One of World’s Most Challenging

Tents at Tapocan base camp glow in the Himalaya night. By Samantha Cook; Photographs courtesy The North Face For more than 40 years the Shark’s Fin, a route on the northwest face of the 20,700-foot Meru in the Garhwal Himalaya, eluded the attempts of some of the world's top alpinists and remained one of the…