Category Archives: Alpinism

The 20 Best Climbing Films of All Time

Not so long ago, the headline “Dirtbag Rock Climbers Walk Down the Red Carpet to Accept Their Academy Award” would have seemed like an oxymoron—a violation of the very laws of nature. But in 2019 it happened: light stopped being the fastest thing in the universe, up became down, and a little rock-climbing film called Free […]

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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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4 Documentaries We Can’t Wait to See at the Mountainfilm Festival

Mountainfilm has been held in the heart of the San Juan Mountains every Memorial Day weekend for 44 years. The festival brings together athletes, filmmakers, and cinephiles to the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado, to watch hundreds of the year’s best adventure films and attend talks with movers and shakers in the outdoor world (in […]

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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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