Author: Jeff Moag

Eric Shipton’s Style and Whims Shaped Mountaineering History

Eric Shipton’s Style and Whims Shaped Mountaineering History

In 1931, no one had climbed higher than Eric Shipton, a British coffee planter who cut his climbing teeth in Africa and made the first ascent o [...]
K2 Sherpa Train Hauls 145 People To The Summit In One Day

K2 Sherpa Train Hauls 145 People To The Summit In One Day

No fewer than 145 people topped out on K2 last Friday, more than doubling in a single day the Savage Mountain’s highest yearly total of 62 summ [...]
The Nutso 1910 Attempt to Plant a Flag on Denali’s Summit—In Winter

The Nutso 1910 Attempt to Plant a Flag on Denali’s Summit—In Winter

The claim was an affront to Alaska and the frontier spirit. The mere idea that a certain Dr. Frederick Cook—of New York City no less—had climbe [...]
World’s Coolest Boat Race Is On, And First One To Alaska Wins

World’s Coolest Boat Race Is On, And First One To Alaska Wins

“What if we nail 10 grand to a tree in Alaska and say, ‘Come and get it’?” The idea came to him in the beer tent. Jake Beattie told friends at [...]
Meet the Canoe-Racing Texans Tackling The Arctic’s Toughest Passage

Meet the Canoe-Racing Texans Tackling The Arctic’s Toughest Passage

All this weekend and into next week, West Hansen and Jeff Wueste will be paddling their two-man canoe from central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico [...]
The Cooler People Know About Whitewater, Too

The Cooler People Know About Whitewater, Too

I approached this review with a fair bit of skepticism. Any book whose title includes “Yeti Presents” deserves a dose of scrutiny, even if the [...]
The Used Gear Market Is Betting You Don’t Want to Buy New Stuff

The Used Gear Market Is Betting You Don’t Want to Buy New Stuff

Every year, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis adds up the dollar value of all the stuff we outdoorsy folk buy. In 2020 it came to $689 billi [...]
Sanctions-Busting Russian Billionaire Sinks F-150 In Arctic Ocean

Sanctions-Busting Russian Billionaire Sinks F-150 In Arctic Ocean

It’s the sort of caper any kid could dream, but only a billionaire could pay for: Circling the globe in life-sized Tonka trucks and touching bo [...]
Wilderness Guides Lead Winter-Long Snowshoe Epic Across Ontario

Wilderness Guides Lead Winter-Long Snowshoe Epic Across Ontario

As wilderness guides specializing in winter travel, Kielyn and Dave Barrone were victims of their own success. The couple spent most of the las [...]
Alpinist and WWII Saboteur Freddie S. Chapman Was All Kinds of Badass

Alpinist and WWII Saboteur Freddie S. Chapman Was All Kinds of Badass

Freddie Spencer Chapman is little known even in his native England, which is remarkable given how that country lionizes intrepid explorers and [...]
Outdoor Companies Rally to Ukraine Relief

Outdoor Companies Rally to Ukraine Relief

We often struggle to grasp the human impact of something like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine until the suffering we see on television and social [...]
Al Faussett Never Met a 100-Foot Falls He Wouldn’t Run in a Dugout Log

Al Faussett Never Met a 100-Foot Falls He Wouldn’t Run in a Dugout Log

As a financial strategy, there’s a certain logic to taking bets that you are about to die. If you survive, you’ve just made a bundle of money. [...]
The Greatest Grand Canyon Speed Runs, Ranked (Not By Speed)

The Greatest Grand Canyon Speed Runs, Ranked (Not By Speed)

Last week I lost the Grand Canyon permit lottery for the twelfth year running, which got me thinking about the great sneaks of Grand Canyon his [...]
When Everything Goes Sideways, Ocean Rower Aaron Carotta Just Keeps Going

When Everything Goes Sideways, Ocean Rower Aaron Carotta Just Keeps Going

Every so often you come across a true story so wild you couldn’t make it up. Aaron Carotta’s story was one of those. In 2016 he started down th [...]
How ‘Adventure’ Aaron Carotta Paddled 5,000 Miles On Box Wine and SpaghettiOs

How ‘Adventure’ Aaron Carotta Paddled 5,000 Miles On Box Wine and SpaghettiOs

It’s fair to say that Aaron Carotta was in a bad place when he started down the Missouri River. After a cancer diagnosis in 2008 he’d remade [...]
This Forgotten Japanese Dreamer Raced Scott and Amundsen To The South Pole

This Forgotten Japanese Dreamer Raced Scott and Amundsen To The South Pole

One hundred and ten years ago this month, an extraordinary drama was playing out at the bottom of the world. In December, Norwegian explorer [...]
Snowshoe Thompson Had to be the Most Badass Backcountry Skiing Mailman Ever

Snowshoe Thompson Had to be the Most Badass Backcountry Skiing Mailman Ever

We’re off this week, spending time with our (growing) families. That in mind, we’ll be posting some of our fave stories once a day for the r [...]
Neal Moore Finishes Two-Year Solo Canoe Journey With a Pack Of New Friends

Neal Moore Finishes Two-Year Solo Canoe Journey With a Pack Of New Friends

Neal Moore ended his 22-month solo canoe journey across America yesterday at the head of a small flotilla of friends he’d made along the way [...]
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