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.

Adventurers Attempting Winter Traverse of Brooks Range

Adventurers Attempting Winter Traverse of Brooks Range

Stretching for nearly 700 miles across the northernmost regions of Alaska and Canada, the Brooks Range is one of the most remote and rugged mountain chains on the planet. Largely uninhabited, and seldom visited, even in the short summer months, it is a beautiful, but demanding, wilderness that will test [...]

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January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

Have you always wanted to learn to ski or snowboard but just haven’t gotten around to it just yet? Have you dreamed of effortlessly carving an elegant path down the side of a mountain? Do you want to spend days playing in fresh powder in a pristine alpine setting? Well, [...]

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The Cost of Climbing Everest – 2014 Edition

Climbing Mt. Everest is without a doubt one of the most demanding undertakings in all of mountaineering. It requires months – and sometimes years – of training. It takes weeks of preparation before even traveling to the Himalaya, and once there it requires upwards of another two months to actually [...]

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Adventurer To Attempt 850-Mile Swim Around Ireland

On the scale of epic feats of endurance, a long distance swim ranks right near the top. Such a challenge is both physically and mentally demanding, while also creating an intense sense of isolation for the swimmer, who often spends hours alone in the water. Those are the conditions that [...]

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Passengers Rescued From Ship Stuck In Antarctic Ice

Proving that Antarctic travel is still a dicey proposition – even in the 21st century – a group of passengers stranded aboard a ship off the coast of that continent were rescued yesterday following a ten-day interruption to their voyage. The 52 scientists, researchers and tourists – not to mention [...]

Mountaineer To Attempt Winter Solo Ascent Of Denali For Fourth Time

Mountaineer To Attempt Winter Solo Ascent Of Denali For Fourth Time

If there is one thing you can say about successful adventurers and mountaineers, it’s that they tend to be a determined and tenacious bunch. Take polar explorer Lonnie Dupre for instance. He is currently in Alaska,  where he’ll soon attempt to become the first person to complete a solo winter [...]

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Three Teams To Attempt First Winter Ascent Of Nanga Parbat

With the winter climbing season now set to begin in the Himalaya, teams have begun to gather across the region ahead of the start of their expeditions. Winter is a quiet month in the big mountains, as only the most dedicated and hardiest of climbers are willing to endure the [...]

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Explorers Cancel North Pole Expedition Due To Bad Ice, Hungry Polar Bears

A team of explorers who had been preparing for an epic six-month long journey to the North Pole abruptly canceled those plans yesterday just a few days before their scheduled departure. The expedition had been more than two years in planning, but poor ice conditions in the Arctic have made [...]

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Celebrity Explorers Reach South Pole

The 2013 Antarctic season is only about half over, but it has already been a very active year at the bottom of the world. Numerous  teams are currently en route to the South Pole with several adventurers attempting to be the fastest or youngest to reach that point on the [...]

Book Review: “Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968: Reflections on the Lost Photos of the Third Ascent”

Book Review: “Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968: Reflections on the Lost Photos of the Third Ascent”

  Back in 1968, five friends set out from Ventura, California on a trip that would become a life-defining adventure. Those young climbers embarked on a six month long, 16,000 mile odyssey that would lead them into the wildss of Patagonia, where they would attempt the third ascent of one [...]