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Swiss Climber Tackles 82 Summits in 80 Days by Foot, Bike, Paraglider, Skis

After climbing 222,651 vertical feet, cycling 326 miles, and notching another 275 miles on foot in just more than a month, Ueli Steck, a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, enjoyed an easy morning on last Tuesday at a campground outside of Sion, Switzerland. The 38-year-old Swiss mountaineer, best known for his daring, fast-and-light solo ascents of…

New Trail Race Ultra Tour Monte Rosa Dishes Up a Humbling Challenge

“The mountains are where I turn to when I need to be challenged, to be humbled, to be comforted or to find solace,” says Lizzy Hawker,  the diminutive Brit who has dominated high-altitude races around the world and one of our Adventurers of the Year. That’s why she founded the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, a 93-mile…

Learning the Ropes in Switzerland’s Canyoning Paradise

Every adventure needs trust. There must be faith in yourself, your partners, the environment, or the experience and not just for safety, but also value. You must deem the exploration important, either immediately or at some nostalgic point in the future. Belief in the experience is what makes it come alive. These thoughts are subconsciously…

Behind the Shot: Tommy Caldwell Climbs Above the Clouds in Switzerland

Climber Tommy Caldwell tells us about this climb, the benefits of thick clouds, his decade-long Yosemite Dawn Wall obsession, and his favorite recovery food. “I think most climbers will drool over this photo,” says top climber Tommy Caldwell, who has made several significant first free ascents in Yosemite, Colorado, and Patagonia. “The rock is unique and perfect.…

Video: Everest-Bound Speed Climber Ueli Steck Learns to Fly for an Alps Triple Link-Up

Ueli Steck is hard to please. The man, known as “the Swiss Machine,” seems insatiable in his quest to push the limits of speed climbing. His latest vision led him to learn to paraglide in his home country of Switzerland. The goal was to climb three peaks—the Alps’ iconic Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau—in one day,…

Gear Crush: Layering for Epic Trail Running Weather

Weather forecasts for Friday predict three to five inches of snow during The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the 100-mile trail race around 15,771-foot Mont Blanc through France, Switzerland, and Italy. That makes gearing up for the endurance event even more complicated. Breckenridge, Colorado-based ultra trail runner Helen Cosplich, sponsored by The North Face, will…

World’s Best Hikes: Grindelwald, Switzerland

By Peter Potterfield Today's Featured Hike: First to Lake Bachal to Faulhorn Hut Round-Trip: 10 miles if you ride up and walk down, 2 to 3 days When to Go: High summer is the season here, but hikable weather often extends into September, when the Europeans are back at work. The Faulhorn closes in October.…

Potentially Huge: The Woopy whoop•ee!

An inflatable wing—part balloon, part paraglider—used in skiing or snowboarding to extend jumps, ease landings, and pull off absurd leaps over crevasses and ravines. “It feels almost as if you are on the moon,” says Laurent de Kalbermatten, 53, the Woopy’s creator. “You are weightless, like Peter Pan.” Though the Woopy is not yet available…

Melting Glaciers Move Border Between Switzerland and Italy

On Wednesday, the Swiss government approved the altering of its border up to 500 feet into some areas of Italy due to melting glaciers in the high Alps. Swiss topographers determined the watershed that had determined the border in 1942 had moved, and Italian topographers agreed. This means Switzerland now owns the last stop of…