Himalaya Fall 2018: David Lama Completes First Ascent of Lunag Ri

Despite the fact that the major commercial teams have already headed home a few weeks ago, the fall climbing season in the Himalaya continues to unfold with some top climbers still in the region. The weather throughout Nepal and Tibet remains stable, and although it is starting to get colder there, the true bit of … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2018: Missing Climber on Manaslu, More Summits and a Marriage Proposal on Cho Oyu

We’ve noted on several occasions that the autumn climbing season in the Himalaya is already starting to wind down, and with summits this week on Manaslu, Cho Oyu, and Shishapangma, that looks like an accurate assessment. But, things aren’t completely over yet and there is still news to share, particularly from those 8000 meter peaks, … Read more

Travel Insurance Companies May Soon Drop Coverage of Travelers in Nepal

Remember the story I shared last week about the “fake rescue” scam that had grown into a significant problem in Nepal? Essentially, trekking companies were working with helicopter operators and hospitals to evacuate clients who weren’t necessarily in need of a rescue. They would then be taken to a medical facility, where doctors would run … Read more

Nepali Government Cracks Down on “Fake Rescue” Scam Amongst Trekkers

The Nepali government says that it is cracking down on a long-running scam amongst helicopter companies, trekking operators, and hospitals that has potentially bilked millions of dollars out of insurance companies over the years. This latest corruption scandal –– one of many to come out of the Himalayan country in recent years –– has occurred … Read more

Another British Polar Explorer to Attempt Solo Antarctic Traverse

Another British polar explorer will attempt a solo, unassisted traverse of Antarctica later this year. Veteran adventurer Lou Rudd has announced his plans to follow in the footsteps of Henry Worsley by setting out to cover more than 1770 km (1100 miles) across the Antarctic continent. Rudd has vowed to complete the job that his … Read more

Climbers Set New Speed Record on The Nose in Yosemite

Two climbers have set a new speed record for climbing the most iconic route on El Capitan in Yosemite. This past weekend, Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds took on The Nose, and managed to put up an impressive new time for the 2900-foot (884 meter) rock face, completing the ascent in a blistering pace and finishing … Read more

Massive Iceberg Finally Breaks Off of Antarctica

We’ve been talking about the possibilities for months now, but it has finally happened. A massive section of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica has broken off and plunged into the sea, creating one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. According to reports, the giant chunk of ice weighs in at about one trillion … Read more

London2London via the World Update: Sarah Outen Nears Half-Way Point of Atlantic Crossing

The last time we checked in with Sarah Outen, she had just wrapped up her crossing of North America on a bike, and was enjoying some time in New York City. That was back in the spring, and since then she has pedaled her way north back into Canada, and more importantly launched the final … Read more