Weekly Feature Archives

Early Season Canadian Rockies Route Explosion by Swiss Team

Posted November 14, 2007

Ueli Steck shares stories and photographs from his October tour of the Canadian Rockies, where he established committing new lines with Simon Anthamatten.

Ice and Access in the Hyalite Canyon

Posted November 7, 2007

Joe Josephson, Montana's most vocal ice proponent and author of Winter Dance, speaks about the precarious access to Hyalite Canyon: "Often in life, you don't realize how good you have it until it's gone—or at least under the threat of being taken away."

Three Women, a Mountain and a Mosque

Posted October 31, 2007

Three women tackle a new 950-meter free rock line in the Karakorum, where they discover that friendship and solidarity are the keys to success and survival.

Obsession and Ingenuity, Part II: The Old Man and the Ice Tower

Posted October 24, 2007

The fixtures of Silver Gulch—a bar and microbrewery in Fox, Alaska—had something to talk about: an 152-foot ice blob rising out of the flattest part of Alaska. What they didn't know: The Ghost Raven Ice Tower was a proving ground for the precocious.

Obsession and Ingenuity, Part I: Michigan

Posted October 17, 2007

The three months (if you're lucky) of joy for most Midwestern ice climbers are filled with long, sleepless weekend drives to Ontario, Northern Minnesota and Michigan's Upper Peninsula... But what about lunch breaks?

Canada's Other Winter Climbing Destination: Ontario

Posted October 10, 2007

Welcome to Canada's best-kept chilly secret, where "the constant northwest winds result in some of the wildest ice formations imaginable: 10-foot umbrellas and fragile curtains waiting to kill anyone foolish enough to try climbing."

The Ultimate Route: 700 Kilometers Around the Hautes Alps

Posted October 3, 2007

Over ninety-two days, Lionel Daudet succeeded in circumnavigating 700 kilometers around the Hautes Alps province of France, ticking 292 peaks and gaining more than 70000 meters of elevation. Here, his reflections and photographs.

Climbing by Kayak: A Photo Essay of Greenland's Tallest Sea Cliff

Posted September 28, 2007

Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski load their kayaks with climbing gear and an excitement for unclimbed terrain in this mini-adventure to Greenland's highest sea cliff.

A Tribute to Bob Bates

Posted September 19, 2007

Alpinist's tribute to Robert Hicks Bates, 96, relentless first ascensionist, member of the "Harvard Five," former president of the American Alpine Club, honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division and all-around upstanding citizen.

Adventures in El Chorro, Spain

Posted September 12, 2007

Dodging trains, jumping gaps, and climbing some of the best limestone cracks in the world—the first part of an adventure series on El Chorro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean," by photographer and writer Traveler Taj Terpening.