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Morromico Bay, Chocó, Colombia | July, 2018

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RNAI: Khumbu Icefall - Fast or Slow?

It was, without doubt, a stunning morning on Mount Everest. Perhaps even perfect. No wind, bright sun, an impossibly blue sky. The only issue was I was in the Khumbu Icefall. Not that the Icefall is all bad - it isn’t. It’s immensely interesting, engaging, from the audible creaks and pops and groans of ice […]

Everest Searches, Routes, & Discoveries

As some of you know, I've been involved quite a bit in the search for information about George Mallory and Andrew Irvine's final days and hours on Mount Everest since 1999. Many others have been, too, over the years, and at times the data can be a bit overwhelming to digest, scattered and difficult to […]

Conspiracies & Lies: Thoughts on May 1, 1999

Note: I dashed this off, and the video post, pretty quickly on May 1, in between other work and heading to the airport to pick up my friend and teammate from 1999, Jochen Hemmleb. It's far from perfect, and probably quite boring. But, I needed to get it off my chest, so here it is. […]


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Petition for Mountains in COP21

The mountains are mighty, but fragile, and essential to our survival. Join me in urging the United Nations to include mountains in the UNFCCC COP21 climate deal.


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Legendary Climbs of John Evans Now Available

A quiet legend of mountaineering, John Evans' put his journals online for the public.


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“Ke garne?” (“What to do?”)

"Ke garne?" It's the classic, at time frustrating, phrase in Nepal, often fatalistic and bothersome. But, in a nation reeling from recent earthquakes, persistent poverty, and government inaction, maybe it's a blessing, too.

Harvey T. Carter’s Climbing Archive

When I first met him, I was pretty sure he was just a random drunk wandering around the Garden of the Gods. We were climbing a small route in the Garden, teaching friends to climb on what was supposed to be a 5.8, but felt more like 5.10. That’s when he approached, crooked teeth – […]


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