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Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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Gurla Mandhata Memories

A look back after 17 years to a wonderful expedition exploring western Tibet and climbing Gurla Mandhata in this "Real - Not AI" entry.

The Dumbing Down

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
- Isaac Asimov

Ego's Triumph

What is our obligation as climbers, as humans, when big goals are at stake? Do we help others, or continue on to a summit? Some thoughts on summits, ego, and humanity on K2, Everest, and in life in this Thursday Thought.


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Noel Odell's Final View of Mallory & Irvine, June 8th, 1924

On June 8, 1924, Noel Odell made the final sighting of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on the summit ridge of Everest. What did he see? What could he have seen? And, what can we learn about this final sight, before Mallory & Irvine disappeared into the ether?


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1938 High Camp Discovery on Mount Everest

See video of Jake Norton discovering the 1938 Camp VI at 27,300 feet (8321m) on the Northeast Shoulder of Mount Everest.


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The Search for Andrew Irvine, 2004, Part 2

Each year I present the story of Mallory & Irvine to many audiences around the country. It is one of my favorite presentations to share, for I feel the story of Mallory, Irvine, and the pioneer climbers of the early Everest attempts (1921-1938) is an enthralling one which touches everyone's heart and imagination. Often people […]


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George Mallory’s Words on His Birthday

It was on this day (June 18th) in 1886 that George Herbert Leigh Mallory was born in Moberly, Cheshire to a clergyman. I have written plenty about he and Andrew Irvine’s fateful summit bid on Mount Everest on June 8, 1924, and won’t repeat myself here. But, in some pretty exciting news, my friend Conrad […]


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