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Navigations: Tombstone White

Read Mark Jenkins’s previous “Navigations” essays. We left the moraine and crossed onto the glacier. It was speckled with black stones that had plummeted down the Matterhorn’s east face. Some were small as fists, some big as barrels, but all had fallen thousands of feet at a fatal velocity. The glacier was gravity’s missile range,…

Like most mountaineering tragedies the horrible events that occurred on K2 in August of 2008 left behind far more questions than answers. The Summit, a new documentary that hit movie theaters on October 4, puts into perspective the circumstances that led to the death of 11 climbers on the second highest peak in the world.…

Dave Hahn, Sara, Bill near base of Lhotse Face Text and photographs by Dave Hahn, a guide for RMI Expeditions and First Ascent. In May 2010 Hahn reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 12th time, the most of any a non-Sherpa climber. This time, he is leading a Bill McGahan and his 16-year-old daughter, Sara, on…

By Tetsuhiko Endo What started out as a week of great hope in the Karakoram has instead ended in tragedy with the Death of Swedish alpinist and skier Fredrik Ericsson on K2 on Friday. Ericsson and his partner, American Trey Cook, were hoping to become the first men to climb K2 and descend on skis.…

Photographer Bobby Model in Kenya for ADVENTURE. See photos from that assignment here. We are terribly saddened to deliver the news that our dear Bobby Model passed away yesterday. We do not have any details yet from the family. Bobby first came to NG when he was part of the team that climbed Trango Tower…

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…

Skiing K2: The Fall of Man

Text by Christian Camerota Take a tumble on a pair of K2 skis and you might twist an ankle. Fall on K2 skiing and it will likely spell disaster. A solemn reminder of the inherent danger on the mountain's stolid slopes, Italian adventurer Michele Fait slid down an ice sheet to his death while skiing…

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoADVENTURE regrets to report that Karin Ruby, former Olympic gold medalist in the snowboarding giant slalom event and 6 time world champion died earlier today in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France (read the story on ESPN.com). Ruby, who retired from professional snowboarding in 2006, was 31 years old…

Stalled and shocked by the tragic avalanche through the Khumbu Icefall route, Ed Viesturs and the First Ascent team have been at base camp for about a week, “and that’s probably three days longer than we had originally anticipated.” The group had originally planned their summit push for tomorrow, but a combination of bad weather…

Text by Laurence Gonzales Occasionally, I Iike to visit some place where the objective hazards appear so great that I can remind myself what paying attention really means. The way we behave in environments full of risk is pretty different from how we act in the safety of our world at home. For example, I…

Text by Laurence Gonzales Occasionally, I Iike to visit some place where the objective hazards appear so great that I can remind myself what paying attention really means. The way we behave in environments full of risk is pretty different from how we act in the safety of our world at home. For example, I…

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…

Text by Ryan Bradley; Photograph courtesy of the National Geographic Channel September on the California coast is particularly lovely, except when there are dead blue whales washing up on shore. That’s what happened two years ago: The largest animal ever to exist on Earth, three of them, dead and bloated and stinky, floated to the…

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…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Prosecutors in Buenos Aires, Argentina, are investigating the failed rescue attempt of 31-yea-old climber Federico Campanini on 22,841-foot Aconcagua after a video surfaced of his would-be rescuers apparently standing around doing very little while Campanini lay close to death. The video, which has aired repeatedly on Argentine national television and has nearly 300,000…

Writer David Vann caught up with Brit James Hooper, who shared the Adventurers of the Year award with Rob Gauntlett for their ambitious 26,000-mile journey from geomagnetic pole to geomagnetic pole last year (read the feature article). Tragically Rob and his good friend James Atkinson were killed in a climbing accident in the French Alps…

2008 Adventurers of the Year James Hooper (left) and Rob Gauntlett Photograph by Martin Hartley Update: Here are some details about the accident from The Independent and the New York Times. It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the worst kind of news: The BBC reported Saturday that Rob Gauntlett, who shared the 2008 Adventurers…