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Category Archives: Alpine Climbing

The Incredible Life of Hilaree Nelson

At 10:40 A.M. on Monday, September 26, renowned ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson summited 26,781-foot Manaslu with her climbing—and life—partner Jim Morrison. They stepped into their skis and began their descent, and shortly after, Nelson was knocked off her feet by a small avalanche. She fell 5,000 feet down the south slope of the Nepalese mountain, […]

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Here’s What We Know About the Search for Hilaree Nelson

On Monday morning, news circulated that renowned ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson was missing on 26,781-foot Manaslu. Nelson, 49, and her partner, James Morrison, summited the Himalayan peak on Monday morning and were descending on skis when she suffered a mishap just below the summit. There are conflicting reports about what, exactly, went wrong. What we […]

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Three Climbers are Dead in Ecuador Following a “Black Day for Mountaineering”

In the words of the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides—known as ASEGUIM—this past Saturday, August 13, was a “black day for mountaineering.” Three climbers died and a dozen were injured after unrelated accidents occurred on three different volcanoes: Carihuairazo (16,463 feet), Illiniza Sur (17,267 feet), and Cayambe (18,996 feet). The three deaths all occurred on […]

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Two Climbers Just Completed One of the Hardest Alpine Ascents of the Year

Two American climbers just completed one of the toughest alpine ascents of the year. On July 23, Vince Anderson and Josh Wharton finished their multi-year climb on Jirishanca, a rarely summited 20,100-foot peak in Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash. Their route, a longstanding open project on the mountain’s south face, was first climbed to the northeast ridge by […]

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Our Favorite Books and Movies About Mount Everest

It’s been quite an Everest climbing season, with nearly 700 summits, thanks to some of the best weather windows in years. Even for those of us who will never set foot in Nepal, the mountain, also known as Chomolungma in Tibetan and Sagarmatha in Nepalese, is an alluring place, perhaps due to its ability to […]

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Why Are So Many Climbers in Trouble on Mount Hood This Year?

At 5:38 p.m. on January 26, 72 cell phones from Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) and 67 from the Hood River Crag Rats mountain rescue team rattled and hummed. “Fallen climber, Devils Kitchen,” read the messages. I cringed with consternation and frustration. Someone was in trouble again on the mountain, and my evening, night’s sleep, and next […]

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Anti-Semitic Statements by a Climbing Pioneer Prompt the American Alpine Club to Rename a Prestigious Honor

On the morning of May 4, I learned that the American Alpine Club (AAC) is planning to change the name of the Robert and Miriam Underhill Award, a prestigious annual prize that honors the memories of two outstanding alpinists, a husband-and-wife team who made a mark in the first half of the 20th century. For […]

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Climb Harder with Better Footwork—Paige Claassen’s 6 Tips

If you’re serious about climbing harder grades, then you need better footwork. In our Outside Learn online course Precision Footwork, master technician Paige Claassen teaches tips and drills to power your movement from your toes up through your legs and core to send your very best. Learn more. If you watch the video of Margo […]

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