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Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Just when we thought another scene of Karakoram climbing had entered the history books, Austrian Christian Stangl surprised the world with a solo, speed summit of K2 this week. In a single, 70-hour push (with one rest and an emergency bivouac), he went from base camp to peak and back to…

By Tetsuhiko Endo And just like that, it's over. The circus has left the Himalaya and the only evidence that an army of international climbers spent all spring scrambling up and down its forbidding peaks are a few optimistic stragglers and the perennial accumulation of garbage on Mount Everest. As is usually the case, most…

"Come hither! come hither! my little daughtèr, And do not tremble so; For I can weather the roughest gale That ever wind did blow." Those words were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1842, and although they were inspired by a storm off the East Coast of the United States in 1839, they sum up…

See more Everest photos by Jake Norton here. MOUNTAINSThere is no doubt that mountaineering is one of the great adventure sports. It puts people in concert with the forces of nature in a way that few other pursuits can. However, what the triumphant summit pictures and unforgettable stories often fail to depict is the crushing…

It has been a wild week in adventure: Man has confronted nature with every type of result, but in the end, it was the women who stole the show. —By Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS Spring is always hectic in the Himalaya and 2010 has been no different. This week proved to be noteworthy for both its…

Text by Tesuhiko Endo This past week, an international group of alpinists went all in on Nanga Parbat, and for many, the gamble has paid off. One of the first to summit was Portuguese climber Joao García, who, as you might recall from an earlier blog post, was at home in Lisbon a little over…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo MOUNTAINS It was a busy week in the Himalaya last week, where, despite strong winds and bad weather on numerous peaks, determined climbers summitted on Everest, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga and a host of other mountains. In an often male-dominated world, it was the women who stole the show. Edurne Pasabán is finally…

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz It’s all about the sun on this summer vacation: Solar eclipse hunters Nike and David Speltz were counting down the hours on their Russian icebreaker until last Friday’s total solar eclipse, a short ride from the North Pole (where they recently took a celebratory swim).…

A roundup of the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Talk about beating the heat: Jorge Pacheco dominated the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon Tuesday, a challenge running from the lowest spot in North America (Death Valley) to the trailhead of the highest spot in the lower 48 (Mt. Whitney). With 17,700 feet of cumulative vertical ascent and…

A look at the latest adventure news, by Mindy Zacharjasz Talk about summer sun: Two young Brits traversing Greenland by sled and ski saw their first sunset since April, 105 days and more than 1,000 miles into what could be the longest fully unsupported polar expedition. How are the 19- and 21-year-olds keeping friends posted?…