Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Alaska’s First Via Ferrata Is An Epic Climb In Untouched Territory

Heli-skiing, ice climbing, glacier hiking—Alaska is ground zero for adventure activities. The Last Frontier can be intimidating, though, to those who aren’t experienced in the outdoors, leaving them to trod well-worn slopes and paths along with the rest of the neon puffy coat–clad tourists.

But in June, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge—an exclusive luxury hotel 40 minutes from Anchorage—opened up access to Alaska’s first via ferrata (a beginner-friendly one, at that!) in an area few people have ever walked, let alone climbed.

While climbing’s popularity has been growing in the U.S., via ferratas (protected climbing paths aka “iron paths”) are hard to find stateside. In fact, there are fewer than 10 in the United States—and Alaska’s is by far the most remote. While it’s technically a public climbing route, it’s 80 miles from the nearest road, and … Read the rest

Mandy Moore Completes Another Big Climb, This Time to Mount Everest Base Camp

Mandy Moore Completes Another Big Climb, This Time to Mount Everest Base Camp

May has been a busy month on Mount Everest, with an unprecedented number of climbers making their way up the mountain. The world’s highest peak even received a visit from This Is Us star Mandy Moore, who hiked to Everest base camp over the weekend, CNN reports. She made the journey with a group of friends as part of Eddie Bauer’s #WHYIHIKE campaign. They were led by guide Melissa Reid, the first American woman to summit and descend the mountain without supplemental oxygen.

 

“There is so much magic in these mountains.” Moore wrote on Instagram after reaching base camp. “They represent adventure in the grandest form and in a language all their own.”

This isn’t her first time tackling a high-altitude climb. Last fall, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. To do it, she … Read the rest

Long Lines and Overcrowding Are Creating a Deadly Climbing Season on Mount Everest

Long Lines and Overcrowding Are Creating a Deadly Climbing Season on Mount Everest

Overflowing trash, long lines, and hours-long delays—that’s what Mount Everest is looking like these days, and the consequences have been serious. This season’s death toll has climbed to 11, making it one of the deadliest on record, CNN reports. The world’s highest peak confronts climbers with all kinds of dangers, from brutal weather to a lack of oxygen, but unprecedented crowds on the mountain are making the already unforgiving peak even more dangerous.

 

According to The New York Times, Everest has become nearly overrun with climbers from across the globe attempting to reach the summit. Facing short weather windows (May is generally the best time to climb), mountaineers have clogged the routes up the mountain. Even the summit itself has become dangerously overcrowded, leading to lines and delays that last for hours. Veteran climber Nirmal Read the rest

Kami Rita Sherpa Makes Record-Breaking 23rd Mount Everest Ascent

Kami Rita Sherpa Makes Record-Breaking 23rd Mount Everest Ascent

Climbing to the summit of Mount Everest is an accomplishment nearly any adventurer would be pleased with. How about doing it 23 times? That’s how Sherpa climber Kami Rita feels after his latest summit of the 29,035-foot peak, which set a new all-time record and broke his previous milestone of 22 climbs, according to CBS News.

Rita previously set the record of 22 climbs in 2018, and on Wednesday he reached the summit of the mountain to break his own record, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a Nepalese government official that was at the mountain’s base camp.

“It is my profession, but at the same time I am setting new world record for Nepal too,” Rita said to the The Associated Press last month.

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The now-49-year-old Rita made his first climb back in 1994, and has summited the mountain almost every … Read the rest