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Kilian Jornet Named 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

We take our selection of the Adventurers of the Year very seriously. We want to find just the right mix of people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of adventure, whether that’s through feats of elite outdoor athleticism and exploration or giving back to the community in authentic ways. We…

Climbing Mont Blanc: The Mountains Make the Rules

As any mountaineer will attest, it’s a tough pill to swallow when you set your sights on a goal and prepare for months, only to be denied. I just returned from an attempt to climb Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe. Bad weather thwarted my ascent, which is a bit of a letdown.…

No Matter How You Climb, We All Stand on the Same Peak

Last weekend I decided to punish myself. By punish, I mean undertake some sort of brutally long hike to prepare myself for climbing Mont Blanc. I settled on tackling a 14er, since Colorado has quite a few—53, in fact, more than any other state in the nation. I guess you could say Colorado has tentacles…

Lessons From Conquering a Couloir

The other weekend, I climbed my first couloir. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what a couloir was. I knew it was a mountain feature—but I figured it was somewhere in the realm of too extreme for me. I’ve always been intimated by technical mountaineering. So how did I find myself in the backcountry…

Climbing Mont Blanc: Setting Sights on the Ceiling of Western Europe

It’s that time of year—the eve of summer, when the earth starts to awaken from her long slumber and I get itchy for adventure. After all, it’s what feeds me. Sure, my weekends are packed with fun outdoor forays all year long. But nothing compares to setting your sights on a somewhat scary goal and…

More Climbing Deaths in Chamonix, Including Olympic Snowboarder Karin Ruby

Text by Tetsuhiko EndoADVENTURE regrets to report that Karin Ruby, former Olympic gold medalist in the snowboarding giant slalom event and 6 time world champion died earlier today in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France (read the story on ESPN.com). Ruby, who retired from professional snowboarding in 2006, was 31 years old…

Interview: James Hooper on Continuing Rob Gauntlett’s Legacy

Writer David Vann caught up with Brit James Hooper, who shared the Adventurers of the Year award with Rob Gauntlett for their ambitious 26,000-mile journey from geomagnetic pole to geomagnetic pole last year (read the feature article). Tragically Rob and his good friend James Atkinson were killed in a climbing accident in the French Alps…