June 2, 2023
Viral Footage of Everest Base Camp Looks Like a Genuine Garbage Dump
Efforts to keep the trails clean are largely made in vain, from expecting the common courtesy of people packing up their own trash to attempts to enact official policies and even organized clean ups. The Inertia
May 26, 2023
Hiker Dies in Grand Canyon Trekking From Rim to Colorado River and Back in a Day
On May 14 around 9 p.m., officials at Grand Canyon National Park received a report of an unresponsive hiker on the Bright Angel Trail. National Park Service (NPS) personnel responded to the location above the Three-Mile Resthouse, but attempts to resuscitate the hiker failed. On Wednesday, the park identified the...
May 24, 2023
First double amputee to climb Mount Everest
Hari Budha Magar has become the first double above-the-knee amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 29,032 feet. USA Today
May 15, 2023
There’s a Report of Stolen Climbing Gear on Mount Everest
On Thursday, May 12, New Zealand climber Guy Cotter of expedition company Adventure Consultants wrote on Facebook that valuable climbing gear belonging to him had gone missing at Camp IV, which is located at approximately 26,000 feet on the South Col of Mount Everest. According to Cotter's post, a cache...
May 2, 2023
American Doctor Dies on Everest
Mount Everest has claimed its fourth life of the 2023 climbing season. Jonathan Reuel Sugarman, a retired doctor who had practiced in the Seattle area, perished on May 1 at Camp Two, Everest expert Alan Arnette reported in his blog. Sugarman, 69, was climbing as part of a guided group...
April 27, 2023
Columbia Sportswear Sues Two Former Execs For Trade Secrets Theft
The lawsuit, brought by Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, contends that William Ferreira, Columbia’s former director of global merchandising for Columbia’s PFG-PHG, youth, accessories, headwear, and equipment categories, and Dean Rurak, who served as SVP and chief product officer for Columbia Sportswear, misappropriated confidential documents. Ferreira joined Columbia in...
April 27, 2023
Parts of Yosemite Will Close (Again) As a Result of Winter’s Record Snowfall
California’s relentless winter storms made countless headlines this past season,including a temporary closure of Yosemite National Park that extended through the final week of February and into March. At one point the area saw a record-setting 40 inches of snow fall in a single day, forcing an extension of the...
April 23, 2023
Indian climber rescued from depths of Annapurna crevasse in Nepal
Rescuers hauled an Indian mountaineer up 200 metres (656 feet) from the depths of a crevasse three days after he plunged into it on Mount Annapurna in west Nepal, hiking officials said on Thursday, in a rare example of a successful high-altitude rescue operation. The climber, 34-year-old Anurag Maloo, was...
April 19, 2023
Get Paid to Travel or Move to One of These Beautiful Locations
Early on after the pandemic, some destinations offered unusual incentives to jump-start tourism. In the summer of 2020, you could score free plane tickets to Las Vegas or gratis hotel stays in Cancun. Uzbekistan simply offered cash: $3,000 for any tourists who got COVID during their stay. These destinations are...
April 12, 2023
Three Climbers Are Missing on Mount Everest After a Massive Avalanche
According to reports in The Himalayan Times and website Everest Chronicle, three Sherpa climbers who were navigating the treacherous Khumbu Icefall were buried by an avalanche on Wednesday morning. The slide was triggered when a massive ice serac located on the ridg above the glacier collapsed--falling debris tumbled down and...
March 30, 2023
Arches National Park implements timed entry system for visitors
Starting Saturday, April 1, 2023, Arches National Park will implement a pilot, temporary, timed entry system to access the park. From April 1 to October 31, 2023, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, visitors will need to purchase a timed entry reservation in advance to enter the park. RV...
March 17, 2023
Yosemite Will Finally Reopen Weeks After Being Buried In 15 Feet of Snow
Yosemite National Park was closed to the public on February 25 when snowstorms blanketed California mountain regions. Officials had originally planned to open the park on Thursday, March 2, but a record-setting 40 inches of snow in a single day just prior forced an extension on the closure with no...
March 16, 2023
Mount Everest Is Covered in Our Germs
Mount Everest has developed an unfortunate reputation as a dumping ground for empty oxygen bottles, tattered tents, and yes, tons of poop. It turns out, the throngs of climbers ascending Everest each year have left something perhaps even grosser behind: their germs. Researchers at the University of Colorado recently analyzed soil taken at 26,000 feet on...
March 13, 2023
Southern Sierra Has ‘Largest Snowpack in Recorded History’
According to data from the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), the Southern Sierras have officially hit a recorded high, currently holding a snowpack 257 percent greater than the annual average by April 1. The Inertia
March 4, 2023
Yosemite National Park Closed Indefinitely Following Record-Breaking Snowfall
In a tweet from February 28, Yosemite National Park shared an update on the park's closure, announcing that the park had been closed few several days and would remain so for an indeterminate amount of time. According to The LA Times, Yosemite Valley got about 40 inches of snow, breaking...
March 3, 2023
Large Avalanche Slams Into Olympic Valley Apartment Building
A large avalanche slammed into an apartment building in the Olympic Valley area near Palisades Tahoe, one of California’s most storied ski resorts. The avalanche, according to reports coming out of the Tahoe area, hit around 7 p.m. Thursday night and it was significant – as in not just a...
March 1, 2023
Myths, Busted: Debunking the 58 Biggest Falsehoods in Hiking
Over the past decade, we’ve written a lot about the most pernicious misconceptions in the outdoors. Here, we collect some of our most essential writing on them. Read it, and shed those old myths like an overloaded pack. Outside Online
February 27, 2023
Burton Snowboards Under Hacker Attack
If you’re looking to buy some winter gear or a snowboard from Burton, it might take some time. . . The well-known winter gear Vermont company has been dealing with a major cyberattack since Feb. 14, impacting their abilities to process orders and refunds online. Boardistan
February 17, 2023
A Skier Filmed Himself Being Swept Away by an Avalanche
A new scary avalanche video entered the oeuvre this week—luckily nobody died—and it provides one of the clearest viewpoints of what it’s like to be caught in one. The footage belongs Owen Leeper, a big-mountain skier from Jackson, Wyoming, who was skiing in the backcountry near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on...
February 3, 2023
How Much Does It Actually Cost to Ski?
The rising cost of skiing has been linked to consolidation within the ski industry, and to the rise of mega-passes. This magazine has written about this shifting financial landscape, with some writers arguing that the multi-resort passes throw “a lifeline” to 20+-day-a-year skiers. But that also means that the cost of...
January 31, 2023
Ugandan activist’s family awarded $10.5M for Arches National Park death
The United States will pay family members of a Ugandan human rights activist killed in an accident at Arches National Park more than $10 million in damages, a federal judge ruled Monday. Colorado Sun
January 27, 2023
Peru closes iconic Machu Picchu ruins as anti-government protests flare
Peru indefinitely shut the famed ancient ruins of Machu Picchu on Saturday in the latest sign that anti-government protests that began last month are increasingly engulfing the South American country. The Culture Ministry said it had closed the country’s most famous tourist attraction as well as the Inca Trail leading...
January 3, 2023
Ken Block, DC Shoes Founder and Mountain Lab Creator, Killed in Snowmobile Accident
According to a release from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, block was riding in the Mill Hollow area southeast of Park City when his snowmobile reared back and fell on top of him as he was attempting to climb a steep slope. He was apparently pronounced dead on the scene....
December 9, 2022
Unlicensed Guide Convicted Over Hiker’s Death on Buffalo National River
A Missouri man who led a 31-person hike on the Buffalo National River where one participant died in a fall will face criminal penalties for acting as an unpermitted guide, a federal judge ruled this week. Backpacker
December 5, 2022
Is working out while high L.A.’s next fitness craze? This trainer is betting on it
Stoned+Toned, a fitness company that blends cannabis and fitness in pursuit of community and a more pleasurable workout, is among those betting big on the legal cannabis boom bringing fitness along. San Francisco is home to a “cannabis gym” that encourages visitors to light up and lift. Researchers are taking...