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South Pole Explorer Dies in Record Attempt

The British ex-army officer was evacuated 30 miles short of his goal. Henry Worsley, a 55-year-old British ex-army officer and veteran polar explorer, has died in his attempt to become the first person in history to cross the Antarctic continent solo, unsupported, and unaided. Worsley was attempting to complete the route proposed by Ernest Shackleton…

Friends Remember the Passionate Life of Doug Tompkins

The death of North Face founder and conservationist Doug Tompkins prompted an outpouring of messages on social media that captured the shock and sadness felt by many in the outdoor community. They painted a picture of a man who was deeply respected for his genuine passion and principled business decisions. Tompkins’s life, cut short by a kayaking accident in Chile on Tuesday, was the stuff…

North Face Co-Founder and Conservationist Doug Tompkins Dies in Kayaking Accident in Chile

Update: For more on the life and legacy of Doug Tompkins, read “How The North Face Founder Went From High School Dropout to Millionaire Conservationist.”  North Face co-founder and conservation luminary Doug Tompkins, 72, died yesterday in Coyhaique, Chile. He succumbed to hypothermia resulting from a kayaking accident that took place in Patagonia’s General Carrera Lake, a 200-kilometer…

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…