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WATCH: More Footage of K2's First Ski Descent

The news of K2’s first descent broke immediately but it takes a while for a proper edit so we’ve been left with a trickle provided by Polish ski …

Skimountaineering

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

Three lesser-known websites that will save you a ton of money on flights

These days, you can travel the world for a lot less than you may think. After all, it’s easier than ever to find great deals on everything from …

The ‘ultimate dome tent’ is here and it’s made from Dyneema

We’ve espoused the virtues of Dyneema here at Digital Trends in the past, but it seems that this miracle material continues to find new ways to be …

Two Climbers Go Into the Mountains…

Honestly, I’m speechless. That doesn’t happen very often, especially when I’m, you know, like, supposed to be coming up with words for a living. But …

Waterproof Jackets | Buyers' Guide

There's overwhelming choice of waterproof jackets out there, all of them claiming to keep you dry and comfortable in the outdoors, but how do you …

Save Big on Gear from a Heritage American Outdoor Company

Eddie Bauer, the brand name we’ve all become so familiar with, was also an actual person. Bauer was born and raised in the state of Washington and …

Where to Buy Inexpensive Hiking Gear

That New Backpack Doesn't Have to Cost Too Much<p>Brand-new hiking gear can cost an arm and a leg, but sometimes it's worth it for the warranty, or just …

Noon Patrol: The Wrong Way to Have Fun

Author:<p>Publish date:<p><i>Some climbers wake before dawn to climb at empty crags. Kevin Corrigan sleeps in and shows up when those people go home. Noon</i> …

Catherine Destivelle, climbing and alpinism there where it is dangerous to lean out

A portrait and two videos of Catherine Destivelle, one the most talented climbers and alpinists of all times.

This Airline Is for Skiers Only

File this under: Another reason to be jealous of Europeans.<p>Starting in December, the continent will be home to the world’s only exclusive ski airline. PowdAir (get it?) will operate flights from across western Europe to Sion, a tiny town in the heart of the Swiss Alps. From there, it’s just 45 …

Incredible Photos of Hiking Italy's 'Iron Roads'

Remnants of World War I, these via ferrata take hikers to remote reaches of the Italian Alps—and tell stories of battle and bravery.<p>As my watch beeped twice to signal that 4 a.m. had arrived, I glanced up at the outline of the Tre Cime peaks of the Italian Dolomites to see if there was any sign of …

Himalaya Fall 2016: Climbers Make Controversial Speed Ascent of Cho Oyu

Amidst all of the other summits of the big mountains in Nepal this past week, there is one interesting story that has captured the attention of the …

Gear Physics: How Ice Screws Keep Ice Climbers from Falling to Their Deaths

The simple piece of gear that made ice climbing a legit sport.<p>While so many adventure sports in the GoPro era seem to exist for the sake of spectacle, ice climbing remains a practice of deliberation. It's eerie, slow, and beautiful—a quiet sport of ascending glistening chandeliers.<p>Those chandeliers …

Best Abs Exercises: 21 Core Moves You Can Do at Home

Norwegian Mountaineering Center / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic …

Спасатели эвакуировали сорвавшегося на Эльбрусе альпиниста из Бельгии

Спасатели эвакуировали туриста из Бельгии, сорвавшегося со своей напарницей на Эльбрусе в Кабардино-Балкарии. 49-летнего альпиниста доставили в …

Climbing Grades

<b>Grade Comparison Chart</b><p>The above appears courtesy of the American Alpine Journal. Please visit them on the web at www.americanalpineclub.org.<p><b>National</b> …

2 Israelis dead in Caucasus mountain climbing accident

Two Israelis died in a mountain-climbing accident on Mount Ushba in Georgia (Asia). One of the dead is Boris Gorfinkel, 46, originally from …

This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Consciousness

The Beauty of Dolomite Mountains by Mikołaj Gospodarek

<b>Mikołaj Gospodarek</b> is a talented Polish photographer and filmmaker currently lives and works in Munchen, Germany. Mikołaj received his degree in art …

Colin Haley Solos the Infinite Spur, Gets Caught in Storm During Descent

Rob Smith near the end of the "Knife-Edge Ridge" during his and Colin Haley's May 27 ascent of the Infinite Spur (Grade 6 5.9 M5 AI4, Lowe-Kennedy, …

The 20-Minute, No-Equipment Workout

When going to the gym makes you feel <i>meh</i>, this bodyweight workout has you covered. It's quick (just 20 minutes!) and can be done anywhere you can fit …

Workouts

Am I the only person who struggles to feel sympathy when someone dies on Everest?

Some feelgood news from Mount Everest. Last week, British climber and former serviceman Leslie Binns abandoned his own summit attempt, 500 metres from the top, to save the life of Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman; she survived, albeit with severe frostbite.<p>It's a rare ray of sunshine. Last month the …

The mountain of problems facing Everest

After six deaths this climbing season, members of the Mount Everest community are calling for change on the world's tallest peak.<p>In interviews, …

The Most Successful Female Everest Climber of All Time Is a Housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut

Lhakpa Sherpa awoke before dawn on a cold Connecticut morning in January 2015 and shuffled into the kitchen of her two-bedroom apartment in West Hartford. The walls were covered in drawings and coloring-book pages of Disney princesses shaded in crayon and pencil by her two daughters, ages 8 and 13. …

How Dave Allfrey Climbed Seven Big Walls in Seven Days

Author:<p>Publish date:<p>I looked up the rope to the anchor above, which I was lowering myself away from. I was out of rope and still far from being where …

'Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art': Reinhold Messner on Tyrol highs

The revered climber on how his mountain home shaped his life and still surprises him with its ever-changing views<p><b>All climbers come to the Dolomites</b> – just as they go to Yosemite – at least once in their life. They come here to express themselves, and to follow their predecessors on the most …

These are the world’s most-stunning big wall climbs

El Capitan, California, USA<p><b>Height:</b> 900m (2,950ft)<b><br>Elevation:</b> 2,307m (7,570ft)<b><br>First ascent:</b> 1958, Wayne Merry, George Whitmore, Warren Harding<p>We …