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Ueli Steck Makes Solo Summit of Annapurna

  by Kraig Becker Wenger ambassador Ueli Steck continues to amaze the mountaineering world with his high altitude exploits. The Swiss climber has earned a reputation for going fast and light on the most iconic peaks in the Alps, while setting numerous speed records in the process. Over the past few [...]

Book Review: “The Mountain: My Time on Everest” by Ed Viesturs

Book Review: “The Mountain: My Time on Everest” by Ed Viesturs

by Kraig Becker Ed Viesturs is arguably the most accomplished American mountaineer of all time. In 2005 he became is the first – and, to date, only – American to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8000-meter peaks, accomplishing that feat without the use of supplemental oxygen. His career has [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Two Teams To Attempt New Routes On Everest This Spring

Two Teams To Attempt New Routes On Everest This Spring

The 2013 spring climbing season on Mt. Everest is now officially underway and the first teams are arriving in Base Camp to begin their acclimatization. The vast majority of those climbers will stick to the traditional routes along the North and South Col, straying very little from the path that [...]

Polish Mountaineers Make First Winter Ascent Of Broad Peak, Two Missing On Descent

Polish Mountaineers Make First Winter Ascent Of Broad Peak, Two Missing On Descent

It was a week of triumph and tragedy in the Karakoram Mountain Range of Pakistan. On Tuesday, a team of Polish mountaineers braved high winds, cold weather and plenty of snow to complete the first ever winter ascent of Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world. Unfortunately, two [...]

Japanese Mountaineer To Attempt Everest At 80

Japanese Mountaineer To Attempt Everest At 80

Standing 29,029 feet in height, Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on the planet and a significant challenge to climb at any age. Most who attempt it are in the prime of their lives and excellent physical condition,

Polar Explorer Attempting Denali Climb In January

Polar Explorer Attempting Denali Climb In January

At 20,320 feet in height, Denali (also known as Mt. Mckinley) is the tallest mountain in all of North America and a popular destination for mountaineers training for Everest or hoping to bag the Seven Summit. The traditional climbing season begins in May and runs through June,

Maurice Herzog, First Climber To Summit An 8000-Meter Peaks, Passes Away At 93

Maurice Herzog, First Climber To Summit An 8000-Meter Peaks, Passes Away At 93

Last week marked the passing of a mountaineering legend, as Maurice Herzog, the first man to summit an 8000-meter peak, died at the age of 93. Herzog, along with his climbing partner Louis Lachenal, secured their place in history on June 3, 1950,