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Messner was the first to climb Everest without oxygen. He has established upwards of 500 rock routes, made extreme desert crossings, polar expeditions and has written over 50 books. This is his ecstatic wisdom of a life spent on the edge.
David Roberts, who died on August 20, began his lifelong cost/benefit analysis of alpinism in his first book—written in nine days—the all-time classic The Mountain of My Fear.
Most risk scientists live risk-minimal lives, but Robert Charles Lee and his wife, Linda Cook, devoted their spare time to alpine and ice climbing. Now retired, Lee has written a book about risk, climbing, and partnership. In this excerpt he writes about the time he broke the cardinal rule of ice climbing: don't fall.
With four first winter ascents of 8,000-meter peaks, Simone Moro has taken the art of climbing in harsh conditions to new heights, but controversy plagues his climbing résumé.
Against a background of 10,000-foot peaks, icebergs, and the vast Atlantic Ocean, local Inuit kids in East Greenland are growing up stuck somewhere between traditional ways of life and the quickly encroaching modern world. Communities struggle with record suicide, alcoholism, and abuse rates. Four Icelanders and an American asked the question: Can rock climbing help?
“I was ready to not be able to climb for the rest of my life”: Jessie Tan, MD, Finds New Perspective
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When Ken Murphy soloed up an overhanging route to help a climber in a dire situation, he said, climbing “never felt so easy.”