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.

Has Amelia Earhart’s Plane Been Found In The South Pacific?

Has Amelia Earhart’s Plane Been Found In The South Pacific?

by Kraig Becker On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan, were attempting to circumnavigate the globe in their Lockheed Electra aircraft when they went missing somewhere over the South Pacific. At the time, Earhart was a celebrated aviator and her disappearance made headlines across the globe. What [...]

11 Mountaineers Murdered In Nanga Parbat Base Camp

11 Mountaineers Murdered In Nanga Parbat Base Camp

by Kraig Becker The mountaineering community is reeling today after learning about a vicious and deadly attack that took place this weekend in base camp on Nanga Parbat, a remote peak in Pakistan. The attack, which left 11 people dead, was particularly shocking because it was the first of its kind [...]

Ultrarunners Preparing To Run Across The Gobi Desert

Ultrarunners Preparing To Run Across The Gobi Desert

by Kraig Becker A pair of ultrarunners are preparing to run across one of the largest and most inhospitable deserts on the planet. Beginning this Sunday, June 23, Canadian adventurer Ray Zahab and Taiwanese endurance athlete Kevin Lin will attempt to run across the Gobi Desert at its widest point. Their [...]

Young Explorers Begin 900-Mile Paddling Expedition To The Arctic

Young Explorers Begin 900-Mile Paddling Expedition To The Arctic

by Kraig Becker Six young explorers set out on an epic paddling expedition last week that will take them into some of the more wild and seldom visited regions of Canada. Their route will cover more than 900 miles as they paddle along three remote rivers before eventually reaching the Arctic. [...]

British Explorers Abandon Winter Crossing Of Antarctica

British Explorers Abandon Winter Crossing Of Antarctica

by Kraig Becker A team of British explorers attempting a daring crossing of Antarctica in the middle of winter have given up their expedition after making very slow progress amidst incredibly bad weather and dangerous surface conditions. Unfortunately, those very same conditions make it impossible for them to be extracted from [...]

Climbers Mike Horn, Fred Roux and Köbe Reichen To Climb K2 This Summer

Climbers Mike Horn, Fred Roux and Köbe Reichen To Climb K2 This Summer

by Kraig Becker Wenger athlete Mike Horn and his climbing partners Fred Roux and Köbe Reichen have set an ambitious goal for themselves this summer. The three men are currently en route to Pakistan where they will spend the summer in the Karakoram Range attempting to climb one of the most difficult [...]

Polar Explorers Hope To Complete Famous Scott Expedition

Polar Explorers Hope To Complete Famous Scott Expedition

by Kraig Becker On January 17, 1912 famed British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrived at the South Pole only to find the Norwegian flag of his rival Roald Amundsen already in place there. For months Scott and his men had been locked in a heated race with Amundsen to be the [...]

Expedition Denali Team Gathers In Alaska

Expedition Denali Team Gathers In Alaska

by Kraig Becker As we mentioned a few days back, one of the more high profile climbing teams in Alaska this spring is the Expedition Denali squad. They have their sights set on climbing the 6194 meter (20,320 ft) Mt. McKinley, which is commonly referred to by its Koyukon name of Denali [...]

Good Weather Brings Early Success On Denali

Good Weather Brings Early Success On Denali

by Kraig Becker The spring climbing season in the Himalaya is now over and the mountaineering community turns its attention to Denali, the Alaskan peak that is the tallest in North America. Denali (aka Mt. McKinley)  has a reputation for being incredibly challenging, with unpredictable weather and cold temperatures throughout [...]

Controversial Plan To Add Ladder To Everest Announced

Controversial Plan To Add Ladder To Everest Announced

By Kraig Becker A plan to install a ladder at a crucial climbing point on Mt. Everest has drawn the ire of some mountaineers who say that that it will take away some of the challenge of the climb. But proponents of the idea say that it will ease traffic [...]