High altitude doesn’t present difficulties to just mountaineers. For centuries, armies have fought on mountain passes across the world, adapting their tactics to the alpine environment. As Wikipedia ominously describes, soldiers fighting in mountains have to survive, “not only combat with the enemy but also the extreme weather and dangerous [...]
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To save you all some time, I’ve compiled the best movies about outdoor adventure that are currently streaming on the internet. Watch and enjoy! Seven Years in Tibet Find it on: Amazon Prime Heinrich Harrer’s book Seven Years in Tibet is one of the greatest adventure books ever written. It’s [...]
Vices are bad, which might be why they’re called “vices” — the way I imagine it, our spongy wills are caught between our adamantine desires, slowly compressing with each turn of the crank. But what if our vices weren’t actually vices at all? If our vices were virtues… well, we [...]
The first African American to climb Denali was an administrative assistant from Seattle named Charles Crenchaw. Black American mountaineers were rare enough back then for Ebony to profile Crenchaw in 1963, one year before his historic climb. When asked about the racial diversity in his sport, he remarked, “I have not encountered [...]
Some people have a gap in their fear-circuit board that allows them to experience scary heights without the paralyzing anxiety that most people feel. These super humans are able to do cool stuff like climb mountains — which is no doubt cool, though for most people it’s an activity that [...]
The biathlon, more so than curling or synchronized swimming, is most likely to elicit a What-the-hell!?-I-didn’t-know-that-was-an-Olympic-sport type of reaction. It’s certainly a strange in the absurdly comical way that it mashes up two of the most different sports you can think of: skiing and shooting a gun. If a triathlon [...]
A small laboratory equipment company in upstate New York noticed a strange trend sometime in the 1970’s: People were using their polyethylene bottles, originally meant to carry and measure fluids in labs, as water bottles for backpacking. The president of the Nalge Company, the makers of the bottles, went on [...]
Recently, the International Olympic Committee shook up the events for the 2020 Olympics: wrestling is out. Any number of proposed sports could be in, including sport climbing. For the first time since 1988, when medals were last given to two climbers in achievements of alpinism (Reinhold Messner refused his silver [...]
One of the most amazing ways to explore the world is by bike touring – that is, using your bicycle as your means of transport over an extended distance and period of time while carrying your gear on your bike. It’s kind of like backpacking — you’ll be sleeping outside [...]
Persian royalty invented the game of polo thousands of years ago. Like chess, polo was a way for young men to train in the art of war. The polo pitch became a quasi-battlefield, and the points scored were material losses to the enemy.
During the halcyon days of the dot com boom, a few bicycle aficionados from Seattle invented the novel sport of bike polo. It’s a unique cocktail of different sports and attitudes: the urban aggressiveness of street basketball, the DIY aesthetics, all of which was affixed to the upper crust skeleton [...]
Rappelling (known by the German word “abseil” in much of the world) is often boring — though it’s one of the most important things you will do as a climber. The majority of climbing accidents occur during the rappel, so make sure you do it right.
Dean Potter made quite a stir in the climbing world when he climbed the Eiger Nordwand in 2008. He free soloed the whole route – meaning he used no rope to protect himself from falling – but
The climber’s fingers slip on the small ledge. She desperately searches for the next hold, but the rock is blank, her arms quiveringly tired. No rope secures her to the wall – besides a chalk bag
There’s something a perverse about buildering, the sport of climbing buildings, that makes it akin to bike polo or urban skiing: taking a sport normally performed in nature and translating it into an urban environment.
As much as we’d like to climb the hardest mountains from the first moments we strap on our crampons, the novices of the sport must put in their time before they get good.
Climb anywhere in North America and you’ll probably come across the name “Beckey.” Maybe you’ll find it in your guidebook, following the words “first” and “ascent.” Or maybe it’s in the by-line of that
Right now, most crags in North America are wet with rain and snow, and your hands might fall off if you tried climbing, it’s so cold. This does a funny thing to some rock climbers:
One of the greatest untruths about America is that it’s a young nation, that it’s short on history. This is an insult to the cultures that for centuries inhabited this land. While ancient American Indian
On a backpacking trip in Yellowstone, I met a guy who asked me if I had ever ran a slot canyon before. A slot canyon? What the hell are those? He explained: they are impossibly narrow canyons that are tucked into the earth, deeper than they are wide