German Team Makes Second First Ascent in 3 Days

Last week I posted an update of the quiet, yet still unfolding, climbing season in Pakistan, where very few teams have arrived this summer. Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, most commercial and independent climbing expeditions have elected to stay home, avoiding potential exposure while traveling. But a team from Germany did make the journey and … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2018: More Updates From the Mountains as Season Winds Down

There is no doubt that the bulk of the autumn climbing season in Nepal and Tibet is behind us, with most of the teams already come and gone. But there is still news to share from across the region as a few squads continue to wrap up their expeditions and take advantage of a few … Read more

Afghan Woman Makes History on Country’s Highest Peak

24-year old Afghani woman Hanifa Yousoufi made history recently by becoming the first female climber from her country to summit Mount Noshaq, the highest peak in Afghanistan at 7492 meters (24,580 ft). The summit push took place back on August 10, with the team led by experienced American mountaineer and guide Emilie Drinkwater. As Outside magazine points … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2017: Details on First Ascent of Burke Khang and Elsewhere

The news from the Himalaya keeps streaming in, even as the season chugs along at a bit slower pace. With the major commercial teams now gone for the year, the big mountains in Nepal are now seeing smaller teams achieving impressive summits. And while things have definitely quieted off, there is still plenty yet to … Read more

Himalaya Spring 2017: Bill Burke Heading Back to his Namesake Mountain

Over the past couple of climbing seasons in the Himalaya, one of the mountains that we’ve watched closely has been Burke-Khang, an unclimbed 6942 meter (22,775 ft) peak located in the  Solukhumbu region of Nepal not far from Mt. Everest and Cho Oyu. The mountain is named after American climber Bill Burke, who has spent … Read more

Video: Climbing a New Route in Tibet

This past October, mountaineers Nick Bullock and Paul Ramsden traveled to Tibet to make the first ascent of Nyainqentangla South East, a tough 7046 meter (23,123 ft) peak that has seldom been visited in the past. As you’ll see in the clip below, the two men faced incredible challenges and were pushed to their limits on this … Read more

Nepal to Take Action Against American Climber without Permits

Sticking with news from the Himalaya this morning, we have a follow-up story on the article I posted a couple of weeks back about American Sean Burch who claims to have summited 31 unclimbed peaks in just 21 days. That alone would be an impressive feat of course, but unfortunately Burch didn’t have the proper … Read more

Video: Unclimbed – Reaching the Summit in the Himalaya (Part 6)

Discovery Canada has released another episode of their fantastic series of mountaineering videos entitled Unclimbed. If you’ve been following along with the series, you know that it has been following climbers Gabriel Filippi and Elia Saikaly as they prepare to attempt the first ascent of several unclimbed peaks in Nepal. Up until now however, we’ve … Read more