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Adventurers of the Year Update: Ed Viesturs on Everest at 50, Good Luck Charms, What’s Next

Photograph courtesy of First Ascent / Jake Norton. See photographs from Viesturs Everest expedition. Tomorrow we will officially announce the sixth annual Adventurers of the Year, each honored for their remarkable achievements in the world of adventure. Back in 2005, alpinist Ed Viesturs was named our very first Adventurer of the Year, a title he…

K2 – Altitude Vs. Attitude in Ed Viestur’s New Book

In recent years, mountaineering’s grand prize has begun to shift from the world’s highest summit to its riskiest: K2. Even after a serac collapse took the lives of 11 experienced climbers there in 2008, this year saw the vaunted peak’s first ever commercial expedition. Which makes K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous…

Video: Ed Viesturs, Backstage at The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Exclusive – Behind the Scenes – Ed Viesturs www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Tasers Ed Viesturs is one prepared dude. After writer (and sometime ADVENTURE contributor) Nick Sylvester asks the famous mountaineer to switch green rooms behind the scenes of The Colbert Report, Ed…

Jim Whittaker, First American to Summit Everest: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”

Photograph of Jim Whittaker (right) with photographer James Balog, copyright Merrick Chase / TELLURIDEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> Yesterday we caught up with Jim Whittaker, now 80 years old, at the Mountainfilm in Telluride Reading Frenzy, which is basically a book fair filled with impressive adventure authors—Ben Skinner, James Balog, David Breashears. No surprise, Whittaker stood…

Everest Video Update: Team Hahn Summits!

Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot, and Seth Waterfall reached the summit of Everest with incredible speed on May 23 at 6:40 a.m., Everest time! Congratulations Team Hahn! See the latest video dispatch >>

Everest Video Update: Viesturs, Whittaker, Norton “Standing on the Top of the World”

At about 8 a.m. Kathmandu time, Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Jake Norton, John Griber, and Gerry Moffat radioed Everest Base Camp from 29,035 feet, the highest possible place on Earth. "We're standing at the top of the world," declared Peter Whittaker, clearly overjoyed to have joined his uncle, Jim, the first American to summit peak,…

Everest Video Update: Base Camp Summit Bid Launches

The weather has broken on Everest and after 12 long days of waiting, Ed Viesturs and the First Ascent team are making a move. They left base camp about fifteen hours ago and should be getting close to Camp 2 by now. “I’m a little bit nervous,” admitted Melissa Arnot, who is trying to become…

Everest Video Update: First Ascent Team Prepares For Summit

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Alpine-style climbing is a preparation game. Gear must be checked and re-checked, camps must be made and stocked on different levels of a mountain, the body must acclimatize to altitude and the mind must steel itself against cold, fatigue and fear. No one knows this better than the men and women…

Adventure in 60 Seconds: This Week in Exploration

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Headache, heartache, and triumph in the Himalaya this week with lots of acclimatization, bad weather, and even a couple of summits. Edurne Pasabán is sitting in camp 3 on Kangchenjunga, which she says on her blog is “Bonito, pero duro” (pretty, but hard), as she gets over the headaches and…

Everest First Ascent Update: Viesturs and Whittaker Arrive at Camp 2

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo  Approaching a high mountain is a tricky process. It must be undertaken with great care in order to ensure that climbers will be both physically and mentally prepared when they push into the lethal 8,000-meter realm. With that in mind, the First Ascent team has split up into three separate groups…