I took this picture just seconds after I summited the Eiger (13,025 feet) in Switzerland. Every time I see it, I want to leave everything and go climbing.
Avery Walden, the youngest girl (age 9) to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet), leading us to the summit.
“Diamonds are forever”—a benediction from the Diamond of Longs Peak (14,259 feet), Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Colorado.
Climbing high on the Southeast Ridge of Mt. Shuksan (9,131 feet), Washington. This was my first alpine rock experience, and I was fortunate to share it with my dad.
The final pitch of
Martha’s Route (5.4 WI2+ M2), Longs Peak, RMNP, Colorado.
Mark Stockinger heading to the top of Mt. Baker (10,781 feet), Washington.
View of the
Trois Mont Route on Mont Blanc (15,781 feet) from the Refuge des Cosmiques.
Tanguy Locqueneux from France finishing off our free ascent of the Grand Traverse of the Remarkables Range near Queenstown, New Zealand.
Stephen Clark throwing a belay for Teslin Bruhn on
Dragon’s Tail Couloir, Flattop Mountain (12,362 feet), RMNP, Colorado.
In 1873, environmentalist and early Sierra Nevada explorer John Muir wrote, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” As climbers, we can all relate to Muir’s quote. Our readers submitted these nine photos of the mountains that inspire them.