Readers' Blog

Posted June 30, 2008

Challenging the Speed Record on El Capitan

Doesn't climbing just to beat someone else defeat the purpose?

Posted June 27, 2008

Alex Honnold's Moonlight Buttress Playlist

"As for my playlist, I'd be happy to share. It's my Top 25..."

Posted June 26, 2008

Climbing with Purpose

American attempt on an unclimbed peak in Alaska in the name of cancer research.

Posted June 25, 2008

You May Be an Alpinist If...

Are you a true alpinist? Find out if you've got what it takes!

Posted June 25, 2008

The Accomplishment Is the Peak, Not the Path Home

"I mean, with the possible exception of free climbing, isn’t the fun part going downhill?"

Posted June 18, 2008

More Whips and Snakes Than an Indiana Jones Movie

I was sitting in the shade on Sunday, kneading the lactic acid out of my forearms, when along came a snake.

Posted June 16, 2008

Test Yourself: Are You an Alpinist?

Diamox or clarifying lotion? Think you're an alpinist? Take this quiz to find out.

Posted June 12, 2008

Frozen Sweat

Stupid. My feet are numbing. My calves burn. My thighs ache. My throat is parched as sweat drips onto the lens of my sunglasses. I'm spent. I've hit a wall. I've got to get off this climb.

Posted June 8, 2008

It's the Descent That's the Killer!

With 100 dead on Denali, here's a glimpse at how it all went wrong.

Posted June 5, 2008

Thank God Alain Robert Didn't Wear Hand Jammies

Alain Robert solos the New York Times Building to raise global warming awareness. Thank God he didn't wear Hand Jammies.

Posted June 5, 2008

And the Winner Is...?

Get this: there is now a mountain climbing version of American Idol. It's called "The Mountain Academy". Pathetic.

Posted June 4, 2008

Everest: At Least They’re Banking

With 260 people reaching the summit this season, can we really hold this summit in such high regard? Maybe it's actually quantity over quality.

Posted June 4, 2008

Determination: Bob Timmer

This is the story of my friend, ice climber Bob Timmer, who was not only diagnosed with one, but TWO inoperable malignant tumors.

Posted June 3, 2008

Pavel "Don't Forget The Kitchen Sink" Shabalin

Oh the horror of being alone here on the mountain! Oh the howling wind! The cold ice! The danger! Only fifteen other men to snuggle with!

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