Author: Brendan Leonard

Maurice Herzog Led the Brutal First Ascent of an 8,000-Meter Giant

Maurice Herzog Led the Brutal First Ascent of an 8,000-Meter Giant

On June 3, 1950, three years before anyone would stand on top of Everest, French mountaineers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal knocked off the [...]
Climber Vera Komarkova and the First Women’s Summit of Annapurna

Climber Vera Komarkova and the First Women’s Summit of Annapurna

In 2018, Arlene Blum—mountaineer, author, chemist, environmentalist, among many other hats—entered the California Hall of Fame. She was joined [...]
The 8 Best Long-Haul Backpacking Trails

The 8 Best Long-Haul Backpacking Trails

Memorial Day is just a couple weeks away, which kicks off long-distance hiking season for many. With that in mind, we present some of our favor [...]
Climbing Legend Charlie Porter Climbed Everything and Said Nothing

Climbing Legend Charlie Porter Climbed Everything and Said Nothing

In a career full of superhuman stories, Charlie Porter’s 1975 climb on Baffin Island’s Mt. Asgard stands out: He took a month just to ski in al [...]
‘Utahlorado’ Is An Idea For A Mega-State Of Awesomeness

‘Utahlorado’ Is An Idea For A Mega-State Of Awesomeness

We love this story from a few years back, pitching the idea of merging two of our fave outdoor states. What’s not to love here? Too good of a p [...]
The Bizarre, Painful Appeal of Off-Width Climbing

The Bizarre, Painful Appeal of Off-Width Climbing

Off-width climbing is antithetical to not only the sexiness of climbing, but the sexiness of almost all adventure sports. It is less the ballet [...]
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