Last Surviving Member of 1953 Everest Expedition Passes Away

The mountaineering community marked the passing of an era late last week. On Friday, November 20, pioneering adventure and travel writer Jan Morris passed away at the age of 94 after leading a life that included adventure, groundbreaking writing, and pushing the envelope in gender roles. She also happened to be the last remaining member … Read more

Nepal’s ‘Road to Everest’ Isn’t What You Think

When the news broke last week, Nepal was building a road to Mt. Everest, trekkers and climbers were understandably concerned. After all, the pristine alpine setting that surrounds the trek to the world’s highest peak is breathtakingly beautiful, and a well-trafficked road would alter that setting dramatically. But as it turns out, this news isn’t … Read more

Mt. Kilimanjaro is at the Epicenter of Climate Change

For decades trekking to the lofty summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro has been one of the top bucket-list items for any serious adventure traveler. As Africa’s highest peak—and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world—it routinely draws thousands of visitors each year. Even in 2020, amidst a global pandemic, it has remained open to visitors, with … Read more

Ongoing Pandemic Cancels Aconcagua Climbing Season

2020 has been an especially long and difficult year for mountaineers and adventure travelers the world over. When the pandemic spread across the globe back in March, nearly every corner of the planet went into lockdown. Planes stopped flying, borders were closed, and international travel was minimal. As a result, the Himalaya’s spring climbing season … Read more

Climber Sues Guide Over Failed Everest Expedition

One of Everest’s best guiding companies has found itself at the center of a lawsuit that could have lasting consequences for the mountaineering world. Last week it was revealed that a former client is suing Madison Mountaineering for failing to provide a refund following a failed expedition to the world’s highest peak; if successful, the … Read more

Nepal Backtracks on COVID Travel Restrictions

Last week we shared the news that Nepal was planning to reopen to foreign travelers starting on October 17, welcoming trekkers and climbers back into the country. As with most places worldwide, Nepal has been on strict lockdown since the start of the pandemic this past spring, even going so far as to cancel the … Read more

Researcher Believe They Know What Caused Mass Elephant Deaths in Botswana

One of the stories we’ve been following closely over the past few months has been the confounding mystery surrounding the mass die-off of dozens of elephants in Botswana. Eventually, the death toll rose to more than 300 of the creatures, which sent alarm bells off amongst conservationists. While the sheer number of dead elephants was concerning, … Read more