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.

Japanese Climber Gets Emergency Evac from Everest

Japanese Climber Gets Emergency Evac from Everest

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who we told you about last week, had to be airlifted off Everest this past Sunday. The 30-year old mountaineer had been attempting to summit the tallest mountain on the planet when he contracted severe frostbite on his hands, feet and face.

It’s Official: Lance Armstrong Stripped of All Seven Tour de France Titles

It’s Official: Lance Armstrong Stripped of All Seven Tour de France Titles

After months of allegations and weeks of speculation, it is now official. The International Cycling Union (UCI) has officially stripped Lance Armstrong of all seven of his Tour de France titles

Epic Paddling Trip Takes Travelers to Six Continents

Epic Paddling Trip Takes Travelers to Six Continents

Mountain Travel Sobek is one of the best adventure travel companies in the world. For more than 40 years the company has specialized in organizing amazing trips to the far flung corners of the globe. Their catalog is filled with options that could easily be classified as “trips of a lifetime.”

Japanese Climber Attempting Solo Everest Summit

Japanese Climber Attempting Solo Everest Summit

A Japanese climber by the name of Nobukazu Kuriki has been making a solo attempt on the summit of Everest this fall along the mountain’s seldom climbed West Ridge. After weeks of preparation and acclimatization, he is currently in Camp 3, located at 7200 meters

Avalanche on Annapurna Claims Two

Avalanche on Annapurna Claims Two

Just two weeks after an avalanche claimed more than a dozen lives on the remote Himalayan peak of Manaslu, another avalanche, this time on Annapurna, has taken the lives of two more climbers. The accident occurred this past weekend as a three-man team was climbing the peak, which is notorious [...]

1000 Mile Swim Down Missouri River Finished by British Adventurer

1000 Mile Swim Down Missouri River Finished by British Adventurer

This past weekend, British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite wearily pulled himself out of the Missouri River not far from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. That iconic landmark served as the finish line for an incredible journey that began back in early August, when Cornthwaite dove into

Climbers Successfully Summit Manaslu

Climbers Successfully Summit Manaslu

Tragedy has turned into triumph on the Himalayan peak of Manaslu this week. On Monday, several climbing teams successfully reached the summit of the 8156 meter (26,670 ft) mountain which was the site of a massive avalanche on September 23.

Avalanche Claims 9 Lives in the Himalaya

Avalanche Claims 9 Lives in the Himalaya

  This past weekend was a deadly one in the Himalaya where at least nine climbers lost their lives in an avalanche on Manaslu, the eighth

Grand to Grand Ultra Endurance Race Begins Sunday

Grand to Grand Ultra Endurance Race Begins Sunday

A unique new endurance race is scheduled to get underway Sunday, September 23 as runners take to the starting line for the inaugural Grand to Grand Ultra. The seven day event will pit some of the top long distance runners in the world against one another on a 168 mile [...]

The Adventure Racing World Championships Begin Saturday

The Adventure Racing World Championships Begin Saturday

The world’s best endurance athletes are descending on France this week where they are preparing to take part in the 2012 Adventure Racing World Championship. The race officially gets underway on Saturday when 73 coed teams of four, from 30 nations, will set out on an epic eight day adventure