Free Solo, The Alex Honnold Documentary, Is The Year's Most Disturbing Movie

Over the first 12,000 or so years after Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan wall was scoured out by glaciers, no human had ever climbed up it without a rope. Then, last year, Alex Honnold scaled the 3,000-foot monolith without assistance of any kind. It is an utterly elemental human achievement, and while people have…

Daring Mountain Rescue Features Helicopter Parking Its Butt Right On The Snow

Oregon Army National Guard personnel in this big-ass helicopter extracted a wayward climber and the six rescuers that had been sent after him from the summit of Oregon’s iconic Mt. Hood on Friday. The man had called local police from the summit on Thursday and told them he was initially planning to take his own life…

Alex Honnold And Tommy Caldwell Smashed Another El Capitan Climbing Record

This morning, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell ascended El Capitan’s most famous route, the Nose, in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 15 seconds. The pair broke the previous speed record of 2:19:44. Honnold, of course, once climbed El Capitan without ropes, while Caldwell was the first person to free climb El Cap’s daunting…

Two Pioneering Climbers Presumed Dead After Disappearing In The Alaskan Wilderness

Famed climbers Marc-Andre Leclerc and Ryan Johnson are presumed dead nine days after disappearing in Alaska’s Mendenhall ice field. The climbers were on an expedition to climb the Mendenhall Towers near Juneau, and were expected to be back in town March 7. The last time the pair sent was heard from was on March 5,…

Stuck Ice Climber Saves His Ass With Death-Defying Rappel 

Here we have Austrian climber Hansjörg Auer stuck on a face. By his own account, he lost his route with “no option anymore to climb up or down.” This is a terrifying place to be, even with the proper safety equipment. Auer, however, was only equipped with a thin rope, one ice screw, his harness, and a belay device. He…

The Antarctic Expedition That Included Alex Honnold Sounds Frigid And Terrifying

Antarctica is mostly known as a snowy wasteland, an island at the bottom of the world with nothing but ice and the odd penguin here and there. While it is covered in a few kilometers of ice, there is a continent underneath it all, and a rather mountainous one at that. Where there are mountains, there will inevitably…

Renowned Climber Hayden Kennedy Commits Suicide After Girlfriend, Fellow Pro Inge Perkins, Dies In Avalanche

Last Saturday, Inge Perkins and Hayden Kennedy were six miles into a backcountry skiing hike up to the top of Imp Peak, a mountain in Montana’s Madison Range, when they triggered an avalanche. The slide was 300 feet long and 150 feet wide at a depth of one to two feet, and both Perkins and Kennedy were swept up in the…

Youths Could Face Jail Time After Climbing Golden Gate Bridge Then Bragging About It

If you’re going to climb the Golden Gate Bridge and perform a series of acrobatics that would make the Grim Reaper shit his pants, don’t say anything about it online or post a video of your exploits in which your face is clearly visible. Peter “Teatime” Kurer and Tommy Rector did not follow this advice when they…

New Unassisted Mt. Everest Speed Record Set By Spanish Ultramarathoner Kilian Jornet

Mt. Everest season is upon us, as climbers are flocking to the world’s tallest peak and trying to summit it before the spring window closes and the onset of monsoon season makes the summit unreachable. Many have reached the top already, although several mountaineers have died this year, including legendary climber…

Record-Setting Mountain Climber Ueli Steck Dies While Preparing For Historic Everest Ascent

Ueli Steck’s latest project was maybe the most ambitious undertaking of his long climbing career. The 40-year-old Swissman was preparing to summit Mt. Everest via the treacherous West Ridge, then traverse south along the Nepal-China border and reach the peak of Lhotse, the fourth tallest mountain in the world. Steck…