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“Everest is a shit show,” said Aaron Huey, a National Geographic photographer who is currently documenting the culture of Sherpa guides. Ten years or more ago, I mused, that pronouncement would have stirred up protestations, or at least murmurs. But this May, the Friday morning crowd, coffee mugs in hand, spilling well out the doorway…

In graduate school I took half a dozen “creative writing” classes without learning much at all about how to write. And during nine years of teaching at Hampshire College, in ten or twelve different seminars, I force-fed students recipes culled from my own experience as a scrivener. I don’t think I passed on to those…

You don’t normally think of Mammoth Lakes, California, as a climbing mecca. I’d never been to Mammoth, in fact, before last September, when the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) invited me to be their “keynote speaker,” where I held forth about the joys and woes of 33 years of freelance writing. During those few…

“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,…

Text by David Roberts; Photograph of Utah's Comb Ridge by Dawn Kish The discovery of explorer Everett Ruess’s skeletal remains, as detailed in the April/May 2009 issue of Adventure ("Finding Everett Ruess"), appeared to be a slam dunk. A team of forensic scientists laid out an impressive case, backed by a DNA test that linked…

For more than a decade, National Geographic ADVENTURE has brought its readers in-depth reporting and rollicking travel narratives from the farthest reaches of the globe, taking them along for the ride with grace, wit, and grit. The magazine's correspondents have solved mysteries on the highest slopes of Everest, conducted interviews amid stampeding elephants in India,…

The climbing world has been buzzing with controversy ever since video footage was released on YouTube showing a team of rescuers apparently standing idle while mountain guide Federico Campanini died on 22,841-foot Aconcagua. The video, which was leaked by unknown sources first to Campanini's parents and then onto the Internet, has provoked a federal investigation…

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…

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…