You KNEW those mofos were lying in their snow reports! You KNEW packed powder was an oxymoron. At long last, after years of denial from ski areas around the world, Park City is telling the true about what really goes on with resort marketing.
Glen Plake wasn’t happy with the location of Camp 3 on Nepal’s Manaslu. “We didn’t really like where Camp 3 was placed,” he told EpicTV in a Skype interview from Kathmandu. “It seemed to be prone to anything if it did happen. We put our camp where other people had put Camp 3 before. It [...]
As most of the world knows, tragedy struck Mt. Manaslu in Nepal this week when an avalanche caused by a broken serac swept through Camp 3 at approximately 23,000 feet, where several dozen people were camping on their ascent of the world’s eighth-highest peak. Eight people are confirmed dead and three are still missing. Skier Greg Hill was in Camp 2 when the avalanche hit, and he’s filed this report of what happened.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO PAY $482K FOR DAMAGING NATIONAL PARK REEF There are better — and less expensive – places to park your boat than on top of a fragile coral reef in a national park. But in 2007 the University of Miami’s 96-foot research catamaran, the R/V Walton Smith, ran aground on a reef [...]
“You’ve got to ride a dirt bike like you’ve stolen it,” said Digby through gritted teeth, as he accelerated through a particularly gnarly section, the wheels weaving between rocks, mud spraying up from the bike in all directions. All around us was deep Southeast Asian jungle, with no form of civilization for miles. If anything [...]
Mt. Shasta doesn’t get its due. This Northern California volcano has off-the-charts hiking, incredible mountain biking, and the best summer skiing in the Lower 48, but rarely do you hear it mentioned (and when you do, it’s usually in the context of crystals and vortexes). This shot of Shasta is from the west, with Heart [...]
This week’s free wallpaper comes is the iconic Ansel Adams photo of the Snake River and Teton Mountains in Wyoming, courtesy of the National Archives. It’s provided here in a full range of desktop sizes. Enjoy! 1280 x 800 1440 x 900 1680 x 1050 1920×1200
Some people’s vision of heaven is frolicking on a bed covered in $100 bills or being swarmed by two dozen puppies or sitting on the edge of a bathtub filled with cocaine. Mine is digging through the stacks of the American Alpine Club Library in the bottom floor of the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, [...]
We love to talk about the most fearsome mountains, the deadliest, the most dangerous, the “Death Zone,” the risks, which one gives us the least chance of standing on top instead of destroying us. If there had been no deaths in Into Thin Air, it wouldn’t have sold a hundred copies. Well, actually, it wouldn’t [...]
This the season for Mt. Everest. Spring brings alpinists to the Himalaya, the Karakorum, and throughout the central Asia’s highest peaks, but none garners the traffic and attention as much as the Mother Goddess, Qomolangma, at 8848 meters, or 29,029 feet, the highest point in the world by nearly 800 feet. Nor do any of [...]
Among the great mountain massifs of the world, none span a larger surface area or elicit more adrenaline from climbers and skiers than Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan. Summiting this seldom-climbed beast is a rite of passage unlike anything granted amid the mamba lines on its slightly higher cousin, Denali. It’s shorter, yes. But because [...]
The Eiger was first climbed in 1858, the Matterhorn in 1865. Mt. Everest might have been climbed as early as 1924. The summit of Antarctica’s highest peak, Mt. Vinson, was conquered in 1966. But it was not until 1974 that men stood atop Cerro Torre — five years after the American flag had been pinned [...]
The talent-packed team of Russians attempting a bold winter ascent of K2 suffered the death of Vitaly Gorelik today in base camp, apparently from a heart attack, and has decided to end its expedition. “Today on 11-30 am Vitaly Gorelik died in BC. Condolences to Vitaly’s family and friends from the whole our team,” they [...]
The formal name of Mont Blanc is not “Mont Blanc, the Birthplace of Alpinism,” but it’s a mistake easily made. This 15,771-foot peak looms over the history and imagination of alpine climbing like no other (as well as casting its shadow over France, Italy, and Switzerland). Mont Blanc was indeed where mountaineering got its start, [...]