Dispatches from the Via Alpina Trail – Austria

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The Via Alpina Trail is a 1500 mile long monster trail that winds its way through the Alps, crossing Monaco, France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia billed as the high alpine answer to the Appalachian Trail. In this latest dispatch, hikers Alex Crevar and Carly Calhoun send images and information from the Via … Read more

Ouray Ice Festival Report

The Backcountry Blog has posted a very nice report on the Ouray Ice Festival that took place last weekend in Ouray, Colorado. The post gives a little history on the festival, what it was like to climb the ice there, as well as thoughts on the clinics and competitions that took place over the five … Read more

Thoughts On The Boys of Everest

On May 29, 1953 Edmun Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. It was a time of exploration and mountaineering was seen as something for a nation to take pride in. In fact, teams of climbers from different nations practically raced to be the first to find … Read more

Thoughts On Everest: Beyond The Limit – Episode 6

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Last night the Discovery Channel aired the sixth, and final episode of, Everest: Beyond The Limit and in many ways, it was the most powerful episode of them all. When last weeks episode ended, Tim Medvetz and Gerard Bourrat were determined to go to the summit despite the fact that team leader Russell Brice had … Read more

Elbrus: A “Pathetic” Climb?

ELBRUS

I saw this story while surfing through MountEverest.net earlier and found it to be a surprising report. Spanish Climber Francisco Ortiz has voiced his displeasure with the climbing techniques being used on Elbrus, calling it “pathetic.” It seems he was surprised to have visited the mountain recently and found that the trip up to 3700m … Read more

Polar Exploration… On The Moon!

Artificial Snow

National Geographic, amongst others, are reporting that NASA has announced plans to build a base at one of the moon’s poles. The base will be solar powered, and is scheduled to be permanently staffed by 2024. By 2025 someone will announce the first solo, unsupported trek to either the North or South Lunar Pole I’m … Read more

New Seven Summits Speed Record! (Again!)

New Speed Record on Dhaulagiri

According to this article over at MountainZone.com Daniel Griffith, a 55 year old Canadian climber, has become the fastest person to climb the Seven Summits, completing the Carstensz Pyramid version in just 187 days. Griffith began his quest by reaching the top of Everest back in May and ended it last week on Vinson. You’ll … Read more

Everest: Beyond The Limit Episode 3 Thoughts

Beyond The Limit

I had the chance to sit down and watch Episode 3 of Discovery Channel’s new mini-series Everest: Beyond The Limit last night, and personally I’d have to say that it was the best episode so far. The first two episodes established who the climbers were, introduced the audience to Russell Brice. Those episodes also explained … Read more

Mountaineering Lore – “The Belay”

Mountaineering Lore

Some of you have undoubtedly heard this story before, but for others I’m sure it’ll be new. Rock & Ice Magazine covered a recent event in which Charlie Houston, now at the age of 93, recounted the tale of a 1953 American expedition to K2, which was unclimbed at that time. When one of the … Read more

Ecomotion Brazil Coverage At SleepMonsters!

Ecomotion Brazil

Adventure racing site SleepMonsters.com is providing Day by Day coverage of the Ecomotion Pro Brazil expedition length adventure race. It’s been difficult to find updates on this event for most of the week, but the SleepMonsters have come through in a pinch. As of this writing Team Sole is in first place, followed by Abarth … Read more