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Will China’s New Road Clear a Path for More Everest Climbers?

The road to Everest is paved—and, at least in terms of this feat of engineering, it is magnificent. China has completed a pristine asphalt highway across the Tibetan plateau, with views of 8,000-meter mountains, all the way to Everest Base Camp North. “If this road were anywhere else on the planet, it would be the…

After Two Years of Deadly Everest Avalanches, Nepal Introduces New Safety Measures

On the morning of April 23, a helicopter hovered over Everest Base Camp then ripped northward through the air, flying over the great Khumbu Icefall, which creaked and groaned under the warming sunshine. As the dust settled and the helicopter engine din grew faint, many Nepali mountain workers back at Base Camp breathed a sigh of…

Can Two Climbers Improve Everest’s Bad Reputation?

The reputation of the world’s highest mountain has never been lower. Like today’s most heated political debates, there seems to be no middle ground when it comes to discussions about Everest. People are divided at polar extremes over whether Everest and all its aspirants represent everything great about humanity—or all that is wrong with it.…

After Two Deadly Years, Everest Climbers Gear Up for a Strong Season

Nepal has had the worst year imaginable. But even after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, political unrest that resulted in a five-month blockade, and the two deadliest years in the history of climbing on Mount Everest, this spring’s expedition season is set to be as busy as ever. Ang Kami Sherpa, 63, just arrived at Everest Base…

This Sherpa Woman Is Our Adventurer of the Year

Adventure is sometimes criticized as being selfish—the pursuits of privileged people with time to burn. At National Geographic, our definition of adventure is a broad one, spanning exploration and conservation, the pushing of the boundaries of human potential, cultural boundary breaking, community building, and humanitarianism. Our 2016 Adventurer of the Year honorees reflect this diversity, from…

An “Old Bold” Climber Tackles a Bold New Route in Nepal

On the eve of his latest expedition, Conrad Anker explains why there’s a lot more to mountaineering than egos and competitiveness. There’s an old climbing proverb that goes something like this: “There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers.” Like most proverbs that have stood the test of…

Climbers Conrad Anker, David Lama Team Up in Zion, Next Nepal

It’s always exciting when different generations of climbers team up to dream up something interesting to do in the vertical realm. Case in point, legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and 24-year-old elite climber David Lama, one of our previous Adventurers of the Year, recently met up in Zion National Park to see if they might make…

Plan Your Next Himalayan Expedition Mindfully

So what now? Two devastating years on the busiest mountain in the Himalaya leaves many questions. The earthquakes in Nepal this season have had a devastating affect on the local people, particularly those in the mountainous regions of the country. The economic and emotional damage will be present for the foreseeable future and the loss…

Telluride Mountainfilm Ignites This Weekend: Preview of World-Class Films, Guests, Events

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

Aid Worker in Nepal: “Now Is the Calm Before the Storm”

David Darg’s work in Nepal was mainly focused in the Sindhupalchowk district, which is the area said to be hardest hit by the quake. He also spent several days working in Bhaktapur. Every major earthquake has its own complex set of challenges. I’ve been leading relief efforts in the days following big quakes for years. Sichuan, China,…