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Remembering Pioneering Climber Dean Potter

More about Dean Potter: 7 Pictures Highlight Climber Dean Potter’s Extreme Moments How Dean Potter Reinvented Climbing, Jumping, Flying Wingsuit BASE jumping, which is steadily gaining a reputation for being the world’s most dangerous sport, has claimed its latest victims. Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, died from impact during a wingsuit flight from…

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,…

New Film “The Summit” Examines the Deadliest 48 Hours on K2

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.…

Everest 2011: Lhotse Face, Sara For the Summit, A Death, Squalls and Avalanches

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…

Death on K2: Fredrik Ericsson Dies in First K2 Ski Descent Attempt

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.…

Adventure Friend, Photographer Bobby Model Dies

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…

Climbing Icon John Bachar, 52, Dies in Fall Near Mammoth Lakes

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…

More Climbing Deaths in Chamonix, Including Olympic Snowboarder Karin Ruby

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…

Everest Video Update: Avalanche Video Shows Scope of Tragedy

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…