Environmental Extremes

Everest Is Melting, Revealing Tons of Garbage and Human Bodies

Due to decades of commercial mountaineering and climate change, the worlds tallest mountain is becoming “the world’s highest garbage dump.”
Omkar Khandekar
a day ago

Men Rescued from Mountain After Getting Too High to Walk

Four men got extremely stoned and then stranded on Scafell Pike this weekend.
Mac Hackett
Mount Everest

Saray Khumalo Takes on Everest

"I don't need a man to climb a mountain," says Khumalo, who hopes to become the first black African woman to summit the world's highest peak.
Neha Wadekar
Critical Intel

Guess What, Inventory Management Is Surprisingly Hard While Climbing the Himalayas

When what you put in your pack means actual life or death, min-maxing takes on new meaning.
Robert Rath
action sports

Scaling the "Turquoise Goddess" with Pro Climber Emily Harrington

Earlier this month, Emily Harrington successfully summited Cho Oyu. Her team gave themselves just two weeks door-to-door to summit and ski the "Turquoise Goddess" – and broadcast the entire expedition to the world via social media.
Daryl Mersom
action sports

Does Everest Have a Drug Problem?

Anecdotal evidence paints a picture of mountaineers doping their way to successful summits, sometimes with dangerous drugs. How serious and widespread is the actual problem?
Daniel Oberhaus

Meet the Triathlete Who Broke Two Mountaineering World Records and Snapchatted Everest

Having climbed the Seven Summits and reached both poles for a record Explorers Grand Slam, Colin O’Brady has as many high-altitude expedition miles under his belt in the past six months as anyone on earth. We talked to him during his bid for Denali.
Marissa G. Muller

A Woman Died Climbing Mount Everest While Trying to Prove ‘Vegans Can Do Anything'

The Australian finance lecturer at Monash University and her husband, Robert Gropel, sought to reach the summit of the world in order to achieve a simple goal: “To prove that vegans can do anything and more.”
Alex Swerdloff

Two Combat Amputees Aim for Everest

Two veterans, both survivors of IED attacks, will attempt to climb the world’s highest peak this spring on prosthetic legs.
Evan Grossman

What This Obscure Comic About a War Over a Glacier Gets Wrong

The Siachen conflict should have never happened. And “Siachen: The Cold War” fails to question the point of it all.
Robert Beckhusen
photo gallery

Photo Gallery: A Day at the Office with the Swiss Machine

We spent a day training with Ueli Steck to see how much work goes into being one of the fastest mountaineers in the world.
Reto Sterchi

Returning to Everest, Alone and Against the Odds

Only three people have ever climbed Everest in the fall. After April’s devastating earthquake essentially closed the mountain this spring, Nobukazu Kuriki is boldly attempting to be the fourth.
Anna Callaghan