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From Longboarding on a Mountain Pass to Climbing with Conrad Anker in His Own Backyard No one chatted much as we trudged uphill through the forest. Mosquitos made their way into my ear each time I paused to catch my breath, and the verbal silence masked any possible diversion from the buzzing and swatting. It…

The draw of the distant and inhospitable peaks of this world is in my blood. My father Alex Lowe and now stepfather Conrad Anker have enough first accents, daring rescues, and cardinal accomplishments in the high mountains all over the world to outdo most anyone in the history of the climbing. For a young man…

On this day 50 years ago, May 1, 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to stand atop Everest, a feat which made him a national hero. A few weeks later, May 22, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld made the daring first ascent of the West Ridge and the first traverse of the peak, electrifying…

I thought I was in solid shape until I tried to keep up with Conrad Anker, one of the best climbers in the world, on a short hike through the snowy trails of Hyalite Canyon, a beautiful gorge located just outside of Bozeman, Montana. Conrad floats over the ground, while I merely stumble. He can…

Murky fog envelops the valley floor. Snowflake after snowflake plummets to Earth with a purpose and persistence only the mountains can muster. Overhead, Mike Kirby, an Army Ranger who served one tour in Afghanistan and three in Iraq, gracefully places axes and kicks steps as he ascends a skinny chunk of frozen water. From below,…

Think about the greatest adventures you’ve had. Chances are, they started as a dream, slowly incubated in your mind, and finally morphed into reality after careful planning and execution. At some point, pipe dream becomes possibility—usually when you mentally commit yourself to a goal. After all, you never get anywhere in life by sitting on…

During the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market the action movie makers at Sender Films treated a VIP audience to a sneak preview of their signature production the Reel Rock Film Tour. With four features, each over 20 minutes, this seventh edition of the program includes appearances by a few of the top names in climbing…

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…

[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…

Do you want to know what it’s really like to climb Everest? To say goodbye to the people you love most, to get sick with the Khumbu Crud, to tempt fate on the treacherous ladders in the Khumbu Icefall, to be surrounded by the most iconic mountains in the world? And that’s before the climbing even starts. This…

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…

[View the story "The Latest #OnEverest - Update #2" on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest – Update #2 Storified by Mary Anne Potts · Wed, Apr 11 2012 17:12:05 Check back each week for a look at what’s been happening #OnEverest. @coryrichards on assignment photographing the #fullmoon rising over the #Khumbu glacier. #OnEverest @thenorthface @bookofsamuel imageNational…

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…

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…

What do you pack for the world’s tallest peak? Here’s what ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill is bringing to Everest, where she is part of our spring 2012 expedition sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face (learn more about the expedition). Though her main objective is to summit via the Southeast Ridge with her teammates,…

Photograph by Cory Richards. As seen from Lhotse, a team of climbers ascending Everest creates a spectacular line of light on the mountain ridge. WASHINGTON—Continuing his legacy of renowned ascents, famed mountaineer and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker is aiming once again for the top of the world as he leads a team of climbers…

This morning, The Today Show’s Ann Curry interviewed Jennifer Lowe-Anker about her new memoir, Forget Me Not. Jenni’s story captivated many after her first husband, Alex Lowe, died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in October 1999. Conrad Anker, his best friend, survived the accident. In their grief, Jenni and Conrad—much to their surprise—fell in love,…