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This Sherpa Woman Is the New Face of Adventure

Adventure is sometimes criticized as being selfish—the pursuits of privileged people with time to burn. At National Geographic, our definition of adventure is a broad one, spanning exploration and conservation, the pushing of the boundaries of human potential, cultural boundary breaking, community building, and humanitarianism. Our 2016 Adventurer of the Year honorees reflect this diversity, from…

Climbers Set Blistering Speed Record On Patagonia’s Torre Traverse

In an astonishing record time of 20 hours and 40 minutes, climbers Colin Haley and Alex Honnold on Monday completed the second ascent of the Torre Traverse—a north-to-south traverse of Patagonia’s Cerro Standhardt, Punta Herron, Torre Egger, and Cerro Torre. Their camp-to-camp time was 32 hours. Haley, 31, is beginning to see big dividends after…

Explore Mont Blanc Like a Superstar Athlete with Google’s New Street View

Ever dreamed of skiing iconic Mont Blanc, or climbing or even running to its summit? Why not do it today? Building on the recent Street View project that mapped the vertical walls of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Google has just released an immersive and interactive Street View of Mont Blanc. The world-famous peak is considered ground…

What Was Ropeless Climber Alex Honnold’s Closest Call?

When I called Alex Honnold for this interview, the first thing he asked was whether I had read his new book, Alone on the Wall, which he co-wrote with David Roberts.  I think he was fishing a bit because I’ve heard from a few people that he throws me (aka as “Mr. Safety”) under the…

Video: The Art of Climbing Castles in the Sky

World-class rock climber Sonnie Trotter takes us on his backyard quest, which resulted in Canada’s first multi-pitch 5.14, in this first film by photographer/climber Ben Moon (Denali, Rabbit Island), just released today. Castles in the Sky is a meditation on what inspires Trotter to seek what hasn’t been done and the process he uses to complete it. And now Trotter has…

A Climbing Phenom’s Life in (Mostly) His Own Words

In the fall of 2010 I spent most of a week with Alex Honnold at Smith Rock in Oregon, watching him climb and interviewing him for a profile for Outside. I was puzzled and amused by the apparent contradictions in Alex’s character: a raw brashness undercut by self-effacing modesty, his deadpan putdown of other climbers…

What Was Photographer Jimmy Chin’s Scariest Climb?

It’s not very often that a world-class climber and photographer agrees to answer any question asked—live! But that’s just what happened last week on our Nat Geo Adventure Facebook page when Chin chimed in on each inquiry posted from fans like you. We learned quite a few things about Chin, whose award-winning film Meru just made the short…

An “Old Bold” Climber Tackles a Bold New Route in Nepal

On the eve of his latest expedition, Conrad Anker explains why there’s a lot more to mountaineering than egos and competitiveness. There’s an old climbing proverb that goes something like this: “There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers.” Like most proverbs that have stood the test of…

To Hell and Back: Underdog Climbers Challenge Alex Honnold in 24-Hour Comp

Alex Honnold sure knows how to pack a lot of climbing into a single day. For example, in Yosemite in 2012, Honnold soloed the “Triple”—an enchainment of Yosemite’s three tallest formations: El Capitan, Half Dome, and Mt. Watkins—which cumulates to climbing over 7,000 feet of vertical rock, in just over 18 hours. It’s hardly surprising,…

Yosemite Climber Tommy Caldwell Speaks on Risk, Reward, and Life After the Dawn Wall

The Dawn Wall was the climb heard and seen around the world. Over 19 grueling days last January, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson achieved their seven-year pursuit of free-climbing the hardest multi-pitch route in the world: the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan. (Read: “Duo Completes First Free Climb of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, Making History”)…