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Climber and mountain guide Melissa Arnot has summited Everest five times. She is attempting two more summits in the 2014 season. She and Dave Morton co-founded The Juniper Fund. Everest is a beautiful and sacred place. Anyone would be hard pressed to disagree with that sentiment. Each season an international community pops up with a…

See more about Everest. The 2014 Everest climbing season is upon us and teams have already begun their treks to base camp. Each season has its own surprises and headlines, with last year’s “Everest fight” stirring a media blitz. The 2014 season will see some  changes, with new regulations in place to attempt to reduce…

Climber Matt Moniz, with his dad Mike, climbed to all the highest points in the 50 states in 43 days, a feat which made him one of our Adventurers of the Year—and our youngest honored Adventurer ever. On April 3 I’m off to Nepal to begin an expedition I’ve been dreaming about most of my…

Last night ABC News’s Nightline featured the story of Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa, our 2012 People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year.  The two Nepali friends completed The Ultimate Descent by climbing Everest, paragliding down, and kayaking to the Indian Ocean. It was a source-to-sea expedition beyond compare. And they did it without…

See more of Jim Whittaker in this video and portrait gallery. Read more about the state of Mount Everest in the June issue of National Geographic. The first time I met 84-year-old Jim Whittaker, a giant both in height (6’5″) and spirit, he was literally throwing around the heavy (and sharp) ice ax he used…

On this day 50 years ago, May 1, 1963, Jim Whittaker became the first American to stand atop Everest, a feat which made him a national hero. A few weeks later, May 22, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld made the daring first ascent of the West Ridge and the first traverse of the peak, electrifying…

There’s no doubt outdoor gear keeps getting better and better. Here writer and photographer Cameron Martindell shares a preview of some of the fall/winter 2013 gear shown at last week’s  Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah. This episode features mountaineering legend Jim Whittaker on the Eddie Bauer gear used on the first…

We often use the New Year to reflect on the year before and instill a new resolve for the year to come. For 2013, this year marks 50 years since Americans first stood atop our world’s highest peak. The climbs on Mount Everest in 1963 stand alone in climbing history and continue to inform our…

Has the world’s tallest mountain has become the ultimate trophy climb? Since guided climbing began on the mountain in the early ’90s and Sherpas took on all the heavy lifting, reaching the rooftop of the world has strayed from the qualities most mountaineers value in mountaineering. Is it worth the $50,000 price tag, on average,…

[View the story "The Latest #OnEverest: They Summited!" on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest: They Summited! The report is in from Base Camp, and our team made it to the summit! Ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill first stepped onto the summit at 8:15 a.m. Nepal time, followed by the rest of the team. They stayed on the…

[View the story "The Latest #OnEverest " on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest Storified by Mary Anne Potts · Mon, May 21 2012 15:10:03 #Himalayan #sunset from inside the #Khumbu #glacier. #OnEverest @natgeo @thenorthfaceSamuel Elias Last weekend provided a weather window that allowed teams to take to the summit. Perhaps as many as 300 people attempted…

Max Lowe received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to document social change in Nepal’s Khumbu region alongside our 2012 Everest Expedition. The expedition is being covered live on the National Geographic magazine May edition iPad app. Read Max’s previous Everest dispatches. The time spent in and around Namche seems to have breezed by. Spending…

Today in Field Test: On Everest, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins recounts the recent days of drama that have transpired on Mount Everest. First there was an avalanche that tore across the route from Camp 1 to Camp 2. Just one person was caught in the slide, Nima Sherpa, who was thrown into a crevasse.…

We learned this morning that our good friend Cory Richards has been evacuated from Everest (read the story). He was able to walk from Camp 2 to Base Camp on his own power. National Geographic photo editor Sadie Quarrier had just arrived in Base Camp and accompanied Cory to Lukla by helicopter (read the story). The…

Few climbers know Nepal like Pete Athans. Beginning in 1981, the Washington-based high-altitude mountaineer has made regular pilgrimages to Mount Everest and other regions of the Himalaya. At last count he had participated in 16 expeditions to the world’s highest mountain, attempted five different routes, and personally summited seven times. Along the way, Athans learned…

Do you want to know what it’s really like to climb Everest? To say goodbye to the people you love most, to get sick with the Khumbu Crud, to tempt fate on the treacherous ladders in the Khumbu Icefall, to be surrounded by the most iconic mountains in the world? And that’s before the climbing even starts. This…

Max Lowe received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to document social change in Nepal’s Khumbu region alongside our 2012 Everest Expedition. The expedition is being covered live on the National Geographic magazine May edition iPad app. Read Max’s previous Everest dispatches. As darkness fell on my last night at Everest Base Camp, with it…

[View the story "The Latest #OnEverest - Update #2" on Storify] The Latest #OnEverest – Update #2 Storified by Mary Anne Potts · Wed, Apr 11 2012 17:12:05 Check back each week for a look at what’s been happening #OnEverest. @coryrichards on assignment photographing the #fullmoon rising over the #Khumbu glacier. #OnEverest @thenorthface @bookofsamuel imageNational…

“Even the fittest people can succumb to altitude,” says Phil Henderson, the 18-year National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) vet who is the leader of our Southeast Ridge Everest team. His crew includes some of the world’s top rock climbers—Sam Elias, Emily Harrington—who have never tried alpine climbing. And then there’s ski mountaineers Hilaree O’Neill and…

Alpinist and photographer Cory Richards is on the rise—literally and figuratively. He is presently making his way to Everest Base Camp as part of our 2012 expedition, which involves climbing, science, and school kids following along. Once there, Richards and his good friend Conrad Anker will prepare to make a challenging ascent of Everest’s West Ridge…

“Great God! This is an awful place,” wrote Robert Falcon Scott in his diary on January 17, 1912. Just hours before, Scott and his four companions had reached the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen’s team had beaten them there by a month. Nine weeks later, doomed by a combination of starvation, scurvy,…

Simone Moro has a simple answer for anyone who feels that Mount Everest and the rest of the 8,000-meter peaks are too crowded these days: go in winter. The ebullient, outspoken Italian alpinist has made the first winter ascents of Shisha Pangma, Makalu, and, most recently, Gasherbrum II—an epic climb that was chronicled in the…

Emily Harrington never thought she would climb Everest (learn more about our 2012 expedition). Even as a volunteer instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center in the shadow of Everest—which teaches Nepali climbers technical skills in rock and ice climbing, as well as safety and leadership—the thought did not occur to her. The 26-year-old is a…

Climber Sam Elias has just arrived in Nepal as part of our 2012 Everest expedition—and if you don’t follow him on Instagram (BookofSamuel), you should. The guy has a great eye. Elias is part of our Southeast Ridge team, which also includes Emily Harrington (his girlfriend), Hilaree O’Neill, Kris Erickson, and their leader Phil Henderson…

What do you pack for the world’s tallest peak? Here’s what ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill is bringing to Everest, where she is part of our spring 2012 expedition sponsored by National Geographic and The North Face (learn more about the expedition). Though her main objective is to summit via the Southeast Ridge with her teammates,…