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For veteran expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry, an Adventurer of the Year who is known for running the world’s wildest whitewater, and up-and-coming Nepali kayaker Surjan Tamang, the original plan was to trek to Everest Base Camp and then check out the Dudh Kosi, a storied yet “tame” river fed from the meltwater of Everest’s infamous Khumbu Icefall…

In the wake of the deadliest day in Everest’s climbing history, we’re rounding up of the best articles from around the web covering the developments in Nepal. We will continue to update this list. •  The Alpinist: The End of the Everest Myth  http://alpinist.com/doc/web14s/wfeature-everest-myth • National Geographic: Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest http://on.natgeo.com/1tNEDAT • The…

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…

The multifaceted Renan Ozturk, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, has many stories to share—even more than we realized. We first came to know Renan years ago when he was a new North Face-sponsored climber who liked to paint and animate mountainscapes while on expeditions. That love of visuals and storytelling led him to…

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…

Jeremy Jones at the office. Photo by Clark Fyans My organization, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), has always been concerned with connecting the adventure and science communities. Both communities are very diverse, and from an adventurer’s point of view we’ve worked with the entire spectrum. Although we think that weekend warriors and average Joes can (and…

After making the rounds to the adventure film festivals last season, Sherpas Cinema‘s All.I.Can won no fewer than 20 awards, including best cinematography from MountainFilm in Telluride, Colorado, and best feature-length mountain film from the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Alberta, Canada. The film’s “Street Skiing” scene with French Canadian freeskier/genius JP Auclair flipping, flying,…

You evolve when you meet the Himalaya. It happens each time, at every encounter, and when you leave, you yearn to return. In the Fall of 2010, our four-person team—Mark Fisher, Andy Tankersley, Todd Passey, and I—attempted to make a first ski descent off of Tibet’s 26,289-foot (8,013-meter) Mount Shishapangma, the 14th-highest peak in the…

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. A mere day after arriving in Kathmandu I learned I was to return to Everest Base Camp. Climber,…

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. Leaving the Khumbu after such a long and in depth integration into this place and these people was…

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…

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…

Photograph by Cory Richards. As seen from Lhotse, a team of climbers ascending Everest creates a spectacular line of light on the mountain ridge. WASHINGTON—Continuing his legacy of renowned ascents, famed mountaineer and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker is aiming once again for the top of the world as he leads a team of climbers…

On Tuesday we announced our People’s Choice Adventurers of the Year and the news made the front page of every newspaper in Nepal. Out of twelve outstanding candidates, the popular vote went to Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa. In the spring of 2011, the Nepali duo climbed Everest, paraglided down (and set a new…

“The challenges were daunting,” says Pete Athans of scaling a set of crumbling cliffs—more mud than rock—for the benefit of science. Last summer, the seven-time Everest summiter co-led a National Geographic expedition to Mustang, in north-central Nepal, to explore mysterious man-made cave systems carved 700 feet high into the cliffsides. “At times we were climbing…

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Nepal. The world's far corners are now well within reach. NEPAL: Visit to Sherpa City Nestled in the Himalayan foothills at 11,000 feet, the town of…

Text by Catharine Livingston Photographs of East Rongbuk Glacier, 1921 (left) versus 2008. Images courtesy of Major E.O. Wheeler, Royal Geographic Society; David Breshears Climbing season is upon us and David Breashears is off to Nepal. But the five-time-Everest-summitteer has no intentions of standing atop a Himalayan giant this spring—he just wants to take pictures. Over…

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ The travel media seems filled these days with articles about the economic crisis and "tips" on how to take a budget holiday, usually mentioning some tour company that is offering a great 50 percent discount. Well, here is a budget travel tip that…

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Inn Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has been made in sustainable travel: The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a ten-point action plan to combat climate change; four international airlines have tested…

Beyond Green Travel is a blog written by Global Travel Editor Costas Christ Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Inn Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has been made in sustainable travel: The World Travel & Tourism Council has issued a ten-point action plan to combat climate change; four international airlines have tested…

Photograph by Philippe Herschke Trekking Lobuche East, Nepal We climbed Lobuche East as part of a multi-summit expedition in fall 2008. Our main objective was to attempt to summit Ama Dablam. We chose Lobuche East because it offered a nice mixed route. We were the first party of the season to attempt the summit.  Unfortunately,…