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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…

A Year in the Wilderness: Navigating Spring Ice – Week 30, Post 14

It feels like a switch was flipped signaling the end of winter. Two days after being pinned in our tent by snow and 30-mile-per-hour winds, we found ourselves lounging in the sun. We gazed down Knife Lake past Isle of the Pines and on to the West where generations of Native Americans, voyageurs, and now…

7 Ideas to Upgrade Your Car Camping Gear

Car camping can be a nightmare junk show of cold feet, bad food and a sore back, or it can be a comfy efficient, experience. The difference is in the gear you pack along with you. These four essentials and three  extra items should improve your time in camp. See our ten favorite camping spots in…

To Save a Pristine Wilderness, Run an Ultramarathon

The shadows of the forest grow longer each minute, the sun is starting to set, and we’re nowhere near the village we intend to get to tonight. About 15 kilometers back on the start of this long descent on the southern ridge of the Philippines’ Mount Ugo, one of our companions started suffering from ilotibial…

Freediver Smashes His Own World Record—Twice

Four and a half minutes is a decent chunk of time. It’s about how long it takes for your coffee to brew or your average shower. So imagine holding your breath for that entire time, while diving 400 feet into a lightless abyss. That’s what world record-holding freediver William Trubridge did–twice–this past week at the…

Ten Reasons to Love Mountainfilm in Telluride

Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, is our favorite weekend of the year. Its mix of provocative films, big-thinking filmmakers, photographers, writers, and adventurers in attendance, old and new friends, and incredible access to outdoor adventures over Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 30, 2016) in the uber-beautiful San Juans just can’t be beat. Today the fest…

Who’s That Whale? Your Photo Could Help I.D. a Humpback

The tail of a humpback whale flares out of the water as the animal begins to dive. Ted Cheeseman rattles off half a dozen quick frames with his camera before it slips under the water. “I don’t think we’ve seen that whale on this trip yet,” he says. “You think you can identify a whale…

Will China’s New Road Clear a Path for More Everest Climbers?

The road to Everest is paved—and, at least in terms of this feat of engineering, it is magnificent. China has completed a pristine asphalt highway across the Tibetan plateau, with views of 8,000-meter mountains, all the way to Everest Base Camp North. “If this road were anywhere else on the planet, it would be the…

A Year in the Wilderness: Hauling our Canoe Through Blizzards – Week 29, Post 13

As the first stars appeared, we trudged the final mile to our campsite. After 25 miles and more than 11 hours on the move, we were ready for a hot meal and a warm sleeping bag. The day’s persistent snow had slowly accumulated until our canoe, which was riding on top of our 11-foot Black…

Climber Remembers the Legendary Alex Lowe

“We knew it was going to happen one day. We just didn’t think it would be right at this point,” says alpinist Conrad Anker about learning that the bodies of his friends Alex Lowe and David Bridges had been discovered, still frozen inside a glacier at the foot of Shisha Pangma, an 8,000-meter peak in…