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Polar Explorer Attempting January Denali Summit Again

Polar Explorer Attempting January Denali Summit Again Jan 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM: There are two things you can say with certainty about polar explorer Lonnie Dupre. The man is certainly persistent in his pursuits and he has an undeniable affinity for the cold places of our planet. For the third straight year, Dupre has ventured to Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley) in Alaska to attempt a solo summit of the mountain in January – the coldest, darkest and harshest time of...

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013 Jan 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Though 2013 may only be a few days old, it is never too early to start planning our travels for the year ahead. If you're looking to put a healthy dose of adventure into your life this year, then Gadling is here to help. We have ten suggestions for big travel adventures that are sure to challenge and delight in the months ahead. These journeys are not for the faint of heart, however, as they will...

Video: Annapurna - The World's Toughest Mountain

Video: Annapurna - The World's Toughest Mountain Dec 15th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Yesterday the mountaineering community lost a legend when French climber Maurice Herzog passed away at the age of 93. Herzog is best remembered as the first man to summit an 8000-meter (26,600-foot) peak when he, along with climbing partner Louis Lachenal, successfully summited Annapurna back in 1950, an accomplishment that wouldn't be replicated for another 20 years. The ascent was not an easy...

Avoiding Altitude Woes: What To Bring On Your Next Ski Trip

Avoiding Altitude Woes: What To Bring On Your Next Ski Trip Nov 30th, 2012 at 1:00PM: There are few things that bum out a ski trip more than altitude issues. Even if your symptoms are just in the form of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – headache, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia or nausea – it's often enough to make you wish you'd stayed at home. I live in Colorado, and have resided in a couple of high-altitude ski towns in the past. Since our ski season just kicked off,...

Mt. Rainier Climbing Fees Increasing For 2013 ... But Only By $1

Mt. Rainier Climbing Fees Increasing For 2013 ... But Only By $1 Nov 1st, 2012 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service announced last week that the cost of a climbing permit on Washington's popular Mt. Rainier will increase next year. But before anyone gets too upset over this price hike, it should be noted that it is only going up $1. The price of an adult permit will now cost $44, while a youth pass for those 24 years of age or younger will be priced at $31. The Park Service is quick...

Japanese Climber Rescued From Everest

Japanese Climber Rescued From Everest Oct 22nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Thirty-year-old Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki had to be evacuated from Mount Everest yesterday after suffering severe frostbite to his fingers, toes and nose. He had spent the past six weeks climbing one of the most difficult routes on the mountain, but was turned back from the summit due to poor weather conditions. Kuriki had been attempting one of the boldest climbs on Everest in recent...

Maoist Rebel Leader Opens 'Guerrilla Trail' In Nepal

Maoist Rebel Leader Opens 'Guerrilla Trail' In Nepal Oct 4th, 2012 at 1:00PM: A former Maoist guerrilla leader in Nepal has started a new trail through the heart of what used to be rebel territory, the Indian Express reports. Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda created the trail to bring much-needed money to a poor region of Nepal that rarely sees tourists. Prachanda was the head of the guerrilla group that fought a bloody civil war in Nepal...

9 Climbers Killed In Nepal

9 Climbers Killed In Nepal Sep 24th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Nine climbers are dead after an avalanche on one of Nepal's tallest mountains, the Guardian reports. At least five climbers were injured and have been evacuated to Kathmandu. The avalanche hit the climbers' camps at 7,000 meters (22,966 feet) on Mount Manaslu, a 8,163-meter (26,781-foot) peak and the eighth tallest in the world. More than 200 climbers and guides were on the mountain, but not...

Fall Himalayan Climbing Season Begins

Fall Himalayan Climbing Season Begins Sep 11th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Most mountaineers, both actual and armchair, know that for two months each spring, Everest and the other big Himalayan peaks become the epicenter of the climbing world. From April to June, hundreds of mountaineers from around the globe descend on Nepal and Tibet with the expressed goal of scaling one of the tallest mountains on the planet. As a result, Base Camps across the region can become...

Police Urge Hikers To Learn Orienteering Instead Of Relying On Smartphones

Police Urge Hikers To Learn Orienteering Instead Of Relying On Smartphones Aug 16th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Police in northern Scotland have issued a call for hikers to learn orienteering rather than relying on their smartphones for navigation, the BBC reports. Grampian Police have had to lead four separate groups to safety in the past week. The latest rescue included the use of mountain rescue teams and a Royal Navy helicopter to retrieve 14 hikers. The hikers were in the Cairngorms, a rugged...

28 Climbers Summit K2 In One Day

28 Climbers Summit K2 In One Day Aug 9th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Standing 8611 meters (28,251 feet) in height, K2 is the second tallest mountain on the planet behind Everest. It also happens to be one of the most difficult and deadliest peaks as well, which has earned it nicknames such as the "Savage Mountain" and the "Mountaineer's Mountain." But last week the savage was tamed when a record-setting 28 people managed to successfully summit on a single day. ...

Avalanche Kills Nine On Mont Blanc

Avalanche Kills Nine On Mont Blanc Jul 13th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Tragedy struck one of the most popular and iconic mountains in all of Europe yesterday when an avalanche claimed the lives of nine climbers on Mont Blanc. The massive snow slide is believed to have been accidentally started by another climber who was attempting to scale the 4810-meter (15,781-foot) peak at the time. Search and rescue teams quickly leapt into action and were able to locate two...

Video: 'Wild Love' And The Adventure Stories We Rarely Share

Jun 30th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Here at Gadling, we often tell stories of adventure: of traveling to far-off lands and meeting fascinating locals and sampling unpronounceable foods and returning home with bug bites and slipper tans and tales to be told over cocktails at dinner parties. But the stories we less often share are the stories of what we sacrifice for those adventures: the patterns we disrupt, the worries we...

Japanese Woman Becomes Oldest To Summit Everest

Japanese Woman Becomes Oldest To Summit Everest May 22nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: A 73-year-old Japanese woman by the name of Tamae Watanabe extended her record as the oldest female to climb Mt. Everest when she reached the summit for a second time this past weekend. Watanabe first climbed the world's tallest mountain a decade ago and that previous record has held up until she decided to raise the bar herself. Climbing with Asian Trekking, Watanabe scaled the 8848-meter...

2012 Summit Day Begins On Everest

2012 Summit Day Begins On Everest May 19th, 2012 at 8:00AM: It will be a very busy day today at the top of the world. After months of planning and weeks of preparation, today is the day that the climbers on Everest will begin heading up to the summit en masse. For most it will be the culmination of a lifelong dream to climb the highest mountain on Earth, for others it will simply be the latest climb in their pursuit of mountaineering greatness. The road...

No Refunds For Everest Climbers

No Refunds For Everest Climbers May 10th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Mountain guide company Himalayan Experience (Himex) announced yesterday that there would be no refunds to climbers who spent roughly $55,000 on an expedition to Mt. Everest which was abruptly cancelled earlier this week. In a statement released on their website, the company said that most of the money has already been spent on logistics, permits, supplies and salaries for this season, but those...

Is Mt. Everest Unsafe To Climb This Year?

Is Mt. Everest Unsafe To Climb This Year? May 8th, 2012 at 8:00AM: At 8848 meters (29,029 feet) in height, Mt. Everest is a significant challenge for climbers even under the best of conditions. Thin air, the threat of altitude sickness and physically exhausting technical challenges are commonplace on the mountain, which has seen more than its fair share of fatalities over the years. But unusual weather conditions this spring may make climbing Everest more unsafe...

Dramatic Everest Rescue Caught On Video

Dramatic Everest Rescue Caught On Video May 3rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: A dramatic rescue took place on Mt. Everest this past weekend where photographer and filmmaker Corey Richards had to be evacuated from the mountain by helicopter. Much of the incident was captured on film, which offers insight into high altitude mountaineering rescue operations that can be employed to save a climber's life. Richards was climbing the world's tallest mountain as part of the...

National Geographic Magazine For iPad Brings Innovative Everest Coverage

National Geographic Magazine For iPad Brings Innovative Everest Coverage Apr 18th, 2012 at 9:00AM: There is no doubt that the iPad is changing our perceptions of traditional media in profound ways. Apple's innovative tablet has put news, information and entertainment quite literally at our fingertips. As a result, organizations that have been in the publishing and broadcasting business for a long time are now adapting to take advantage of this still relatively new technology. One of those...

First Climbers Arriving In Everest Base Camp Today

First Climbers Arriving In Everest Base Camp Today Apr 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012 climbing season on Mt. Everest officially gets underway today when the first climbers begin to arrive in Base Camp on the south side of the mountain. They'll spend the next six weeks or so acclimatizing on the slopes of the world's tallest peak before attempting to climb up to the 8848-meter (29,029-foot) summit. Mountaineers first began arriving in Kathmandu, the gateway to the...

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