Weekly Feature Archives

Inspirations, Part V: The Wisdom of Exploration

Posted April 16, 2008

Damien Gildea shares his inspirations. "Repeats were given a line or two at most. Details were scarce, photos grainy—but how much help do you want? That approach, including only the essential and knowing what to leave out, reflected one of the basic tenets of alpinism. And all without the narrow-minded, style-as-dogma hectoring we get now from wannabe alpine prophets."

130 Kilometers an Hour in the Wrong Lane

Posted April 9, 2008

Smuggling climbing hardware onto planes, destroying rental cars, and climbing excellent limestone routes—the second part of an adventure series on Spain by photographer and writer Traveler Taj Terpening.

Inspirations, Part IV: High Conquest

Posted April 2, 2008

Royal Robbins shares his inspiration: High Conquest. "It's basically a history of mountaineering, but its most salient point is that the 'high conquest' of the title is not truly getting to the top of the highest peaks; it's the conquest of those weak and timid parts of ourselves we don't want running the show."

South Georgia: A Photo Essay

Posted March 26, 2008

Follow French alpinists through poor weather, unexpected obstacles, rough seas and defensive sea lion colonies on their crossing of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic.

Chile: The Crusade for Virgin Rock

Posted March 19, 2008

"Long periods of high pressure, steep granite, moderate glaciers, 'short' approaches from base camp and 500-meter virgin walls seemed the norm in Brujo del Torres. The more research we did, the more we convinced ourselves we had found El Dorado..."

High Crimes, Chapter 11

Posted March 12, 2008

The following story—an excerpt from the recently released nonfiction novel High Crimes—reveals the dark underbelly of high-altitude mountaineering: the loss of valuables, the loss of life.

In Memoriam: Paul Dedi

Posted March 5, 2008

Remembering Alpinist's most acclaimed artist—Paul Dedi—the rare personality whose enthusiastic, witty, scrappy outlook instituted him as an offbeat bastion of the climbing and illustrating communities.

Cochamo: Into the Forest

Posted February 27, 2008

"So far we had little luck finding any climbing in Chile. But in a pension in Pucon there was a small photo on the wall showing a distant view of some interesting-looking cliffs, on a mountaintop above some woods. Our interest was roused immediately when, by chance, a local raft guide commented that no one had climbed on these walls, some of which rose 2,500 feet above the canopy."

Obsession and Ingenuity, Part IV: Kansas

Posted February 20, 2008

"We live in Lawrence, Kansas, my friend, a small college town lost in a sea of plains. If by local crag you mean a two-hour drive to some crumbling, dripping limestone in Missouri, then sure, that's our local crag."

Remembering Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted February 13, 2008

Forty Kiwi mountaineers raised their axes as one to form the New Zealand Alpine Club's honor guard when Sir Edmund Hillary's coffin emerged...