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

Sports Helmet Holy Grail?

A long-awaited idea, the Scarab is a multisport helmet certified as safe for a half-dozen sports, rock climbing, cycling, kayaking, and equestrian activities included. Read More...

April 23, 2010

The Lukla Airport Experience

For decades, the Lukla Airport has been the gateway to Nepal's Khumbu Region and Mount Everest. It's also often cited as one of the world's most dangerous places to fly. Read More...

April 21, 2010

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
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