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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…

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…

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…

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…

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 >>

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Photographs by Jake Norton It's an all-star team on an epic journey: Four of the planet's most accomplished mountaineers—Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, David Hahn, and Melissa Arnot—will attempt to climb to the rooftop of the world this spring. The expedition, sponsored by Eddie Bauer's First Ascent Clothing and Gear Line, began its ascent on March 30.…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS The party is heating up in the Himalaya. Explorer’s Web reports that Nobukazu Kuriki and Alex Gavan have both announced Everest assaults sans supplemental oxygen form the north and south sides, respectively.  Meanwhile, teams and gear are trickling in from all over the world and heading for their respective base…

Text by Mike Benoist; Photograph courtesy of Eddie Bauer / Jake Norton On March 25, Ed Viesturs, America’s preeminent high altitude mountaineer, will officially un-retire. The man who once told ADVENTURE “I have no desire to climb above 8,000 meters again,” will return to Everest for the eleventh time on a team sponsored by Eddie…

Holly Morris is a TV host (Treks in a Wild World, Globe Trekker), and the author of Adventure Divas. Post your travel questions here and they could get answered in the magazine. Illustration by Tim Marrs Q: My husband and I are avid climbers—only he sprints, and I meander. Minor bickering aside, this is fine…

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…