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Temperatures suddenly drop and clouds dominate the skyline. Light rain morphs to flurries. The wind gains strength driving snow sideways through the canyon we’ve called home for the last week. Some hoods go up, but other than that no one seems to notice. It’s business as usual on the last day of the 2nd Annual…

Navigations: The Liberty of Silence

“Navigations,” a new column published twice a month, offers a deep dive into a great adventure story by writer Mark Jenkins. Jenkins, a seasoned climber and contributing writer to National Geographic, has been on 50 expeditions to more than 100 countries to cover adventure and geopolitical topics such as the war in the Afghanistan, climbing 8,000-meter peaks in…

I thought I was in solid shape until I tried to keep up with Conrad Anker, one of the best climbers in the world, on a short hike through the snowy trails of Hyalite Canyon, a beautiful gorge located just outside of Bozeman, Montana. Conrad floats over the ground, while I merely stumble. He can…

Murky fog envelops the valley floor. Snowflake after snowflake plummets to Earth with a purpose and persistence only the mountains can muster. Overhead, Mike Kirby, an Army Ranger who served one tour in Afghanistan and three in Iraq, gracefully places axes and kicks steps as he ascends a skinny chunk of frozen water. From below,…

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…

Photograph by Celin Serbo, see more in our Extreme Photo of the WeekAdventure: Where were you climbing in Norway? Chad Peele: This shot was in a valley outside of Eidfjord. A: Norway is pretty sweet for ice climbing (or so we hear from Will Gadd who put this area on our Adventure Bucket List). Would…

Ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado; courtesy Robert Turner, My ShotChampion ice climber and paraglider Will Gadd knows ice pretty much better than anyone. He's searched the world over—from frozen falls in British Columbia (he's just back from Helmcken Falls) to icebergs cruising the North Atlantic (very dangerous, not recommended)—to find the best places to enjoy…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Rožle Bregar Climbers are the academics of the action sports world: Although they constantly behave like their minds are occupied by loftier notions, they are mostly just concerned with one-upping one another. Ergo, the climbing competition. Such competitions don’t always produce the most beautiful lines in the most scenic outdoor settings,…

By Tom Prigg; Photographs by Ben McMillen Five friends and I decided to drive 40 hours each way from Pittsburgh to Newfoundland, Canada, to climb icebergs. So we loaded up a short school bus bought and modified by our teammate Ryan Hostetter and headed out, complete with a jet ski in tow. The destination was…

You won’t find a replica of Charleston Peak on the Las Vegas Strip. The 11,918-foot-tall chunk of granite is an hour away, blissfully removed from the lights and noise, in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (702-515-5400). In a good year, Charleston harbors some of the best unsung ice climbing in the West. “The Vegas…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by David D'Angelo / Serac Adventure Films Colorado's Bridal Veil Falls is an epic, 365-foot ice climb that ranks among the most classic lines in North America. Graded at a burly 5+ on a scale from 1-6 (roughly the equivalent of a 5,10 on rock), its first ascent by Jeff…