Bouldering to big walls, we cover climbing and mountaineering, ice climbing, gear, and all things vertical and off the ground.

How to Spot (and Treat) Altitude Sickness

HAPE and HACE. These are four-letter words no mountaineer wants to hear. As forms of altitude sickness, HAPE (high-altitude pulmonary edema) and HACE (high-altitude cerebral edema) respectively equal fluid in the lungs and swelling of the brain. Both are caused by the mal effects thin air has on the body. Read More...

April 15, 2010

Welcome to Everest Base Camp

A subterranean stream gurgles in the glacial ice beneath my feet. An avalanche crashes, ice pillars tumbling down, in the Khumbu Icefall above. Welcome to Base Camp at Mount Everest, a tent city at 17,500 feet and home to more than 1,200 seasonal residents clad in down jackets and mountain boots. Read More...

April 12, 2010

Gear Junkie Treks to Gorak Shep

The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is almost complete. The first wave of the Expedition Hanesbrands team, including lead climber Jamie Clarke and myself, are scheduled to be at Everest's tent city Saturday, April 10. Read More...

April 12, 2010

Trek to Namche Bazaar

It’s been a little more than two days since my last update. But in that short time, the trajectory I am on from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp has brought me hundreds of miles and thousands of feet into the sky. Read More...

April 5, 2010

Kathmandu, Part II

Holy sites, markets and temples -- as well as the procurement of one oxygen mask -- made up my second day on the Expedition HanesBrands trip in Kathmandu, Nepal. Read More...

April 1, 2010

Gear Night in Kathmandu

GJ is in Kathmandu! First night: A gear shopping excursion to the city’s Thamel District. Live chickens, speeding motorbikes, and counterfeit outdoors gear included. Read More...

March 31, 2010

How to: Pack for an Expedition

En route to Nepal this week, Gear Junkie talks about his unique -- and admittedly messy! -- method to getting packed and prepared before an expedition begins. Read More...

March 28, 2010

‘Sacred To Many People’ charity

Wyoming climbing guide Frank Sanders once scaled Devils Tower 365 times in one year. Now, he's promoting a charity to help Native Americans. The name: "Sacred To Many People." Read More...

March 16, 2010

Feature Story: 7 Summits

Troy Aupperle, founder of a nutrition products company, climbed the tallest mountains in the world. Ice axes and enzyme capsules helped along the way. Read More...

March 3, 2010

Rossignol Harness Pant

The Rossignol Harness Pant hides a built-in certified climbing harness in its seat. Our Whistler, B.C., based correspondent put them to the test on ski tours this winter. Read More...

February 26, 2010
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