Video: Bombardier Blood Shows the Plight of the Mountaineer with Hemophilia

The video above is a trailer for a much longer documentary due out soon. Entitled Bombardier Blood, the film introduces us to mountaineer Chris Bombardier, who suffers from hemophilia. This condition can be dangerous and life threatening under the best of circumstances, but in the high mountains it can be especially dangerous. That hasn’t stopped Chris … Read more

Video: Scaling Three Mexican Volcanoes in 24 Hours

Join mountain athlete Alex Roudayna as she set out on a grueling quest to climb three individual volcanoes in Mexico in under 24 hours. In doing so, she becomes the first woman to accomplish that feat, although it certainly wasn’t easy. Suffering from Asperger’s syndrome since she was young, Alex faces challenges that the rest … Read more

Adventure Quickies: Doug Scott’s Final Everest Climb, 2020 Piolet d’Or Winners, and More

Every Friday I try to share a few interesting and unique stories from the outdoor and exploration space that you may have missed elsewhere. I call these my “Adventure Quickies” as they are short, to the point, and relevant to the passions that we all share. That includes, interesting expeditions, travel deals, gear reviews and … Read more

Nepal Delays Opening to International Travelers, Fall Climbing Season in Doubt

After cancelling the spring climbing season in Nepal due to the coronavirus, the local tourism economy has been pinning its hopes on a return to normal activities in the fall. But as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in that country, even that now looks like it is in serious doubt. A few … Read more

American Alpinist Ed Viesturs Shares What He’s Learned in the Mountains

Legendary alpinist Ed Viesturs is often regarded as the dean of American mountaineers. He’s earned that spot thanks to being the first—and to date only—American to climb all 14 of the 8000-meter peaks. He is also the sixth person overall to accomplish that feat without the use of bottled oxygen, a quest that he chronicled … Read more

There is an Actual Mountaineering Expedition Taking Place in Pakistan

Throughout the ongoing pandemic we have continually speculated about when regular mountaineering expeditions would resume this year. In the spring, we saw Everest and the other big Himalayan Peaks closed due to the coronavirus, but for a time we thought that surely the summer Karakoram season in Pakistan would happen. As the world continued to … Read more

Video: Alpinist Adrian Ballinger Talks K2

Climbing K2 is no easy feat, even under the best of conditions. But going up the “Savage Mountain” without oxygen is an altogether different beast. But that’s exactly what American alpinist Adrian Ballinger did last year, reaching the summit of the second tallest mountain in the world—and arguably the scariest—without supplemental O’s. In this video, … Read more