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Kim Schmitz remembered for resilience and brightness in the mountains and in life

Kim Schmitz was more than a climbing legend. He was a man who managed a smile no matter what life put him through. Bone-breaking falls in the …

What Happened to Cody Dial? A New Discovery Raises More Questions

On the morning of May 19, travelers in the vast Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, discovered what could be the remains of Cody Roman Dial, son of the legendary Alaskan adventurer Roman Dial. Cody disappeared in July 2014 while traveling alone in Corcovado, and his father has been looking for …

Dutch, Australian climbers die after reaching Everest summit

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Dutch man and an Australian woman died of apparent altitude sickness while descending from the summit of Mount Everest in …

Remembering David Bridges (1970-1999) and Alex Lowe (1958-1999), found on Shishapangma, April 27, 2016

Shishapangma [Photo] Dirk Groeger/Wiki CommonsOn April 27, 2016, David Goettler and Ueli Steck reported finding the bodies of Alex Lowe and David …

Surviving the Spoon | POWDER Magazine

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Rene Etter-Garrette is a 32-year-old skier who lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and writes for an adventure blog called Outdoor Beta. …

What Do Climbers Think of a 12-Year-Old on Everest?

Back in the fall, we learned that Californian Tyler Armstrong, then 11 years old, was planning to take on Everest this spring, after his twelfth birthday. If he was given permission to climb, and if he were to make the summit, he’d be the youngest person to ascend the world’s highest peak.<p>It seems …

Woman with selfie stick tries to scale mountain in shorts, fails miserably

LONDON — A woman who was rescued from Britain's highest mountain wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt has apologised for not really thinking her …

2 Vids of Skiers Caught in Vicious Colorado Slides; Dangerous Avalanche Conditions Ahead

It was almost inevitable that this would happen. The deep El Niño winter has created a snowpack that is now reanimating itself for a spring of …

No Scene Twice Seen: Glen Dawson, June 3, 1912-March 22, 2016

Glen Dawson, June 3, 1912-March 22, 2016, passed away at age 103. [Photo] Lewis Clark/Courtesy Michael RettieGlen Dawson, one of the most significant …

Lincoln Hall's climbing boots tell story of survival after being left for dead on Mount Everest

The climbing boots worn by Lincoln Hall when he was left for dead on Mount Everest have gone on display at the National Museum of Australia (NMA).<p>The …

How Backcountry Search and Rescue Works

On the evening of February 18, 2016, a taxicab driver in Anchorage, Alaska, dropped off a 26-year-old Alaska National Guardsman named Nephi Soper at the Prospect Heights trailhead a few miles from downtown. Soper, who did not own a car and walked or biked everywhere he went, planned to hike …

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.<p>Ang Kami Sherpa, 63, …

Nat Geo

The Iceland Expedition That Went Terribly Wrong

Photo: Taylor Rees<p>Adventure filmmakers Taylor Rees and Renan Ozturk thought it would be a mellow working vacation: they’d capture footage of four young Brits as they traversed 250 miles of Iceland’s fissured terrain, starting in December. Aspiring explorers Charlie Smith, Stefan Rijnbeek, Angus …

What Happens If You Get Stuck on a Ski Lift?

Forty-eight people were evacuated from two cars on the aerial tram at New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain last week due to a mechanical breakdown. The rescue process, which required rappelling passengers from the tram some 40-plus feet to the ground below, took less than two hours and went off without …

What's Life Like After Doug Tompkins?

Last Sunday, the world’s most influential conservationists bid Doug Tompkins farewell at the Herbst Pavilion, a cavernous, light-filled space that extends 500 feet over San Francisco Bay. Tompkins was a co-founder of The North Face and Esprit who went on, with his wife, Kristine, to protect more …

The Crash, Recovery, and Miraculous Return of Jeb Corliss

In his 18-year BASE jumping and wingsuiting career, 39-year-old American Jeb Corliss has tackled his share of daunting jumps, like the time he brushed a string attached to a balloon on his way down from a Swiss peak. Or the time he jumped off the Eiffel tower. Or the time he flew through <i></i>a cave in …

How Climate Change Is Making Mountaineering More Dangerous

In July 2011, Arnaud Temme and three friends were climbing the Rottalgrat, a tough route on the west side of the Jungfrau in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, when rocks began to rain down from above. Temme, an experienced alpine climber, took a rock to the shoulder and a handful more hit his helmet, …

Video captures skier Angel Collinson surviving horrifying 1,000ft plummet down a mountain

A video that has gone viral on the internet captures the moment an American professional skier, Angel Collinson, tumbled about 1,000ft down an …

11 have died this month, in Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and elsewhere, due to ‘poor snow structure’ and increased interest in backcountry skiing<p>This year has been a deadly one for avalanches. Ten people have died in the past 10 days, and a total of 14 have died this snow season in the US, …

Skiing

Antarctica 2015: British Explorer Henry Worsley Dies Following Evacuation From the Antarctic

There is very sad news to report from Punta Arenas, Chile today. British polar explorer Henry Worsley has passed away from exhaustion and other …

John 'Brummie' Stokes, mountaineer - obituary

John "Brummie" Stokes, who has died aged 70, was an SAS mountain expert and part of a 28-man Army team which ascended Everest in 1976; despite losing all his toes to frostbite, he returned to tackle the summit a further three times.<p>Stokes’s obsession with the mountain had taken root during a 1975 …

Video: Adam Bieleki and Daniele Nardi Have an Accident on Nanga Parbat

We've been following the unfolding winter climbing season on Nanga Parbat very closely this year, as four teams are working hard to complete the …

How to Survive In the Woods for 5 Days

Tim Marsh doesn’t remember blacking out behind the wheel of his truck, but when he came to, he was 20 miles from the nearest highway, on a muddy logging road in the middle of the Oregon backwoods. It was a rainy Saturday in November, and the 51-year-old Desert Storm veteran had set out in his F-250 …

For the first time in four decades, nobody made it to the top of Mount Everest last year

For the first time since 1974, nobody reached the top of the world's tallest mountain last year — a period during which tragedy, government actions and plain old bad luck made Mount Everest virtually unconquerable.<p>The news was confirmed for The Washington Post by climbers, longtime Everest …

Mountaineering

The Normality of Tragedy

I clicked onto the Alpinist website on Tuesday night, one of those “screensaver” sites you visit when your mind goes blank and you need something to …

Climbing

Alex Honnold Isn’t Fearless—He Just Accepts Death

“I have the same hope of survival as everybody else. I just have more of an acceptance that I will die at some point.”<p>Every time he does one of his heart-stopping climbs, Alex Honnold defies gravity – and death. Like Spider Man, he can climb almost vertical surfaces, using only his hands and feet. …

Melbourne mountain guide Stuart Hollaway and his partner, Dale Thistlewaite, were found roped together after falling to their deaths off Mt Silberhorn<p>Two Australian climbers have been killed in a fall on a mountain in New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.<p>The Melbourne mountain guide Stuart …

New Zealand