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Strong from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo. “We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber and parent Roger Strong. On April 6th, 2011, the veteran backcountry skier was skinning up his favorite backcountry run when he triggered an avalanche that swept him and two friends…

Adventure movie fans fortunate enough to attend 5Point or Mountainfilm festivals in 2012 got a sneak peek of an amazing film project in progress. House of Cards from Camp 4 Productions details the three-year journey of climbers Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Conrad Anker as they make an epic first ascent of the  Shark’s Fin…

Text by Alyson Sheppard Free climbing legend John Bachar, 52, died on July 5 after a fall near his home in Mammoth Lakes, California. The 52-year-old was attempting a solo, unroped ascent of Dike Wall. Rock and Ice magazine, which routinely chronicled Bachar's career, has the full account here. Or read his obituary in the Los…

Text by Laura Buckley The crash that killed famed aviator Steve Fossett was most likely caused by downdrafts that the single engine plane couldn’t climb out of, according to federal safety officials. In its report released last Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board said the downdrafts were likely at least 400 feet-per-minute, while Fossett’s Bellanca…

The New York Times just posted an article reporting the chief medical examiner's assessment of what killed actress Natasha Richardson, who took a fall on Monday during a beginners ski lesson at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in Quebec. The autopsy indicated that Richardson died of a brain hemorrhage caused by "blunt impact." After her fall, the…

Is K2 the New Everest?

Text by David Roberts On August 1, 2008, in a single disastrous chain of events, 11 climbers were killed high on K2’s Abruzzi Ridge in Pakistan’s Karakoram Range. One of the worst accidents in mountaineering history, it made headlines around the world. Surprisingly, along with outpourings of sympathy for the victims, the tragedy generated a…

Text by Kirkpatrick ReardonPhotograph by Ed Viesturs Read previous NGA K2 accident coverage >> Clear skies and a new moon greeted Dutch mountaineer Wilco van Rooijen at the summit of K2 on Friday, August 1. That was before deteriorating visibility and an ice-avalanche turned that calm night into one of the deadliest in the history…

News: K2 Accident Update

Text by Kirkpatrick ReardonPhotograph courtesy Charley Mace, showing Ed Viesturs traversing K2’s Bottleneck News Updates:NG Adventure Blog: K2 Survivor Wilco van Rooijen, In His Own Words New York Times: Chaos on the ‘Mountain That Invites Death’ NPR: Climber Barely Missed K2 Avalanche K2climb.net: ExWeb special: A magic mountain named K2 L.A. Times: Dutch K2 survivor…