Extreme Skiing Expedition Raises Climate Change Awareness

25 January 2017, by

As glacial ice melts due to global warming, explorers Borge Ousland and Vincent Colliard are in the process of skiing across the world’s 20 largest glaciers to raise awareness about climate change. Deemed the Alpina & Ice Legacy Project, the plan seeks to have the duo cross the world’s most isolated glacial realms over the […]

A Living Piece of History: An Outdoor Ice Rink in New Zealand

24 January 2017, by

The remains of an outdoor ice rink near Mount Harper/Mahaanui in New Zealand offer insight into the establishment, use and decline of what may have been the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southern hemisphere. The privately built rink on South Island was a popular social amenity from the 1930s to the 1950s, playing an […]

Avalanche on Ama Dablam Claims Life of Sherpa Guide

12 January 2017, by

A Sherpa guide has died and a foreign climber was injured following an avalanche on Mount Ama Dablam in east Nepal in late November. The avalanche was triggered by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that occurred east of Kathmandu and nearly 11 miles west of Namche Bazar in Nepal at approximately 5:20 a.m. local time. Lapka […]

China’s Promotion of Everest Tourism

22 December 2016, by

Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, sitting at 29,029 feet, roughly 5.5 miles above sea level. Though the south side of Everest is located in Nepal, about 100 miles from Kathmandu, the north side of Everest lies within the Tibet Autonomous Region and is governed by China. Earlier this year, China finished […]

Alfa Romeo Debuts the Stelvio, Named for Italy’s Stelvio Pass

7 December 2016, by

The Italian car company Alfa Romeo recently debuted an SUV named the Stelvio after the Stelvio Pass, a high-altitude roadway located in the Eastern Alps. The Stelvio Pass, also known as the Stilfser Joch in German, is famous for its winding, hairpin turns that give the driver breathtaking views of nearby mountains covered in glaciers. […]

Asian Piolets d’Or Awards Recognize Outstanding Alpine Athleticism

30 November 2016, by

On November 4th, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) held the 11th annual Asia Piolets d’Or awards, commemorating outstanding achievements in rock climbing and mountaineering. Considered by many to be the Oscars of alpinism, the awards have motivated progression in Asian mountaineering culture over the last decade, contributing to an ethos of safety, respect […]

Oxonians Retrace Paths Through Spitsbergen 93 Years Later

1 November 2016, by

During summer, a team of four students from Oxford University, led by undergraduate James Lam, completed a 184-mile expedition across the Ny-Friesland ice cap in Spitsbergen, Norway. Accompanied by a guide, Endre Før Gjermundsen, they skied across the ice cap from July 31 to August 29, retracing the route of a similar expedition conducted by […]

khumbutse view of everest

Technology in Adventure: Lessons from an Everest Attempt

20 October 2016, by

Sarah Jane Pell, a researcher at the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and a self-described artist-adventurer, initially planned to climb Mount Everest in April 2015 to document her experiences with high-definition 360-degree video and record artistic expressions on the summit. She hoped to provide human-computer interaction designers […]

High Altitude Himalayan Heroes Denied Summit Certificates

19 October 2016, by

Sherpas who successfully climbed Mount Everest were denied summit certificates by the Nepalese Government following the 2015-2016 alpine season.

An All-Woman Climbing Team in the Andes

12 October 2016, by

Mujer Montaña—“Woman Mountain” in Spanish—participated in a recent project of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), in which women climbers from Latin America and Europe carried out ascents of peaks in two mountain ranges in the Bolivian Andes. They established mountaineering records, achieving first all-female ascents and opening new routes. They met another goal as […]

Sports Medicine Specialist Discusses Ice Climbing

28 September 2016, by

Volker Schoeffl, a physician and professor in Bamberg, Germany, is a leading specialist on sports medicine, with particular emphasis on climbing. He works in both Germany. He is the physician of the German national climbing team, and also serves on the medical commissions of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation  and the International Federation of […]

Roundup: The Past, Present and Future of Ice on Earth and Mars

26 September 2016, by

This Week’s Roundup: Glacier Archaeology, Medicine and Simulation Researchers explore an abandoned ice-skating rink at a glacier in New Zealand From the New Zealand Department of Conservation: “In its heyday (the 1930s), the Mt. Harper ice rink was reputed to be the largest ice rink in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting hundreds of ice skaters and […]