Articles written by: Kraig Becker

Kraig is an outdoor adventure and travel writer based in Austin, Texas. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and more.

Notable Spring Summits On Everest

Notable Spring Summits On Everest

The spring climbing season in the Himalaya has come to an end and the climbers are now making their way back home just ahead of the arrival of the summer monsoons. It has been a very busy season once again this year, with an estimated 500+ summits on Mt. Everest [...]

British Climber Summits Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse In One Push

British Climber Summits Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse In One Push

Earlier this week, British mountaineer Kenton Cool, along with his Sherpa guide Dorje Gylgen, completed an impressive Himalayan hat trick. The two men, who were climbing on the South Side of Mt. Everest in Nepal, managed to ink their names into the history books when they bagged three big peaks [...]

New Long Distance Trekking Route To Open In Africa

New Long Distance Trekking Route To Open In Africa

A new long distance trekking route is set to open in Africa early next year that will give backpackers and mountain bikers a new challenge to strive for. The new trail will run from South Sudan to Uganda, following in the footsteps of a celebrated explorer who first visited the [...]

No New Routes On Everest This Spring

No New Routes On Everest This Spring

Today will be a busy day on the world’s tallest mountain as the first commercial climbers of the year make their way to the summit of Mt. Everest. As has been the case for most of the past 60 years, they’ll all be climbing along the two standard routes up [...]

Cyclist Traveling Off The Grid Across America

Cyclist Traveling Off The Grid Across America

Cycling is obviously one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation possible, after all it uses nothing more than human power to propel us to our destination. But one cyclist has taken this Earth-friendly method of travel to a new level as he hits the road for an epic [...]

Summit Season Begins On Everest

Summit Season Begins On Everest

It has been a long and tumultuous spring climbing season on the world’s tallest mountain but for the climbers who have been on Everest since the beginning of April, the end is nearly in sight. Earlier today the Sherpas charged with installing the ropes on the mountain completed their work, [...]

British Ocean Rower Begins Pacific Crossing

British Ocean Rower Begins Pacific Crossing

British ocean rower Sarah Outen launched her second attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean last week, setting out from Japan on what promises to be a 6-month long, 4500-mile odyssey. The ocean crossing is just the latest leg on her 2+ year  quest to circle the globe entirely under her [...]

Everest Climbers, Sherpas Make Peace

Everest Climbers, Sherpas Make Peace

The three climbers who were brutally attacked on Everest earlier this week have met with the Sherpas that instigated the violent incident and signed a “peace agreement” of sorts. Both sides came together in Base Camp on Tuesday with a mediator present to help facilitate an amicable resolution to the [...]

Three Climbers Attacked By Sherpas On Mt. Everest

Three Climbers Attacked By Sherpas On Mt. Everest

A confrontation high on the slopes of Mt. Everest turned violent this past weekend as an angry mob of Sherpas attacked a trio of independent mountaineers there. The confrontation began with a fiery exchange near Camp 3, located at 7200 meters (23,622 ft) on the mountain, but later escalated when [...]

Success And Sadness On Makalu In The Himalaya

Success And Sadness On Makalu In The Himalaya

The spring climbing season is now  in full swing in the Himalaya with dozens of climbers in base camp on Everest, Lhotse and various other mountains across the region. Most of them will spend the next few weeks acclimatizing to the thin air and preparing their bodies for the challenges [...]