The Technology Behind Filming an Everest Ascent

by Tom Markiewicz on May 25, 2009

The National Geographic Adventure Travel blog interviews the First Ascent team about the technology behind their Everest filmmaking. weather permitting, mountaineers Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, and other members of the First Ascent team will take on the summit of Everest. And even though we have not yet donned our down jackets, we’ve been there every […]

How to Succeed on Winter Alpine Routes

by Tom Markiewicz on February 10, 2009

Ade Miller offers some tips on how to succeed on winter alpine routes. Rehearse the climb. If you‚??re trying do a winter ascent of a line that climbs a summer route then climb the route in summer at least once. Getting off route in winter will waste time and saps your momentum. I‚??ve failed more […]

Andy Kirkpatrick Blogs and Twitters His Eiger Climb

by Tom Markiewicz on January 5, 2009

In what is truly a great example of using new media tools for expedition reporting, Andy Kirkpatrick is blogging and posting updates to Twitter on his solo ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. Unfortunately, as of yesterday, it looks like he is retreating: Starting this morning I put my solo belay device upside […]

Climbing for Kids

by Tom Markiewicz on December 3, 2008

I received an interesting press release from Bay Area Wilderness Training that many of you may find useful – do some fund raising, bag some big peaks, and get free gear. What better way is there to climb a fantastic peak and help kids at the same time? You can join Climbing For Kids and […]

Climbing Video: Interview with Reinhold Messner

by Tom Markiewicz on May 23, 2008

An interview with the mountaineering great, Reinhold Messner via The Adventure Blog.

Sir Edmund Hillary dies at age 88

by Tom Markiewicz on January 12, 2008

As has been widely reported, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to scale Mount Everest, died at age 88 in Auckland, New Zealand. Good coverage and insight can be found at The Adventure Blog and The New York Times.

12th Annual Mountainfest in the Adirondacks

by Tom Markiewicz on November 22, 2007

Taking place in New York’s Adirondacks, the 12th annual Mountainfest will take place this winter January 11-13, 2008. A full schedule of classes include beginning through advanced ice climbing, snowshoe mountaineering, and avalanche fundamentals.

Scandinavian Mountaineering site

by Tom Markiewicz on May 27, 2007

A new, very polished site was pointed out to me that covers Scandinavian mountains over 2000 meters. The site contains detailed information including climbing and walking routes, high quality photos, and a lot of info on the area.

The Boys of Everest

by Tom Markiewicz on November 30, 2006

Clint Willis has a new book out, The Boys of Everest, which was a finalist for the 2006 Banff Mountain Literature Award. The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest Generation is a story of tremendous courage, staggering achievement, and heart-breaking loss. Bonington‚??s inner circle‚??they came to be known as Bonington‚??s […]

American Climbing Legend to Retire at Peak

by Tom Markiewicz on June 20, 2005

Ed Viesturs is retiring after becoming the first American (12th climber overall) to summit all 14 of the world’s highest peaks without using bottled oxygen. Viesturs isn’t done climbing mountains ‚?? just mountains above 8,000 meters. He doesn’t have anything scheduled, but he’s looking at some mountains in India and Tibet. And he may even […]

Ed Viesturs stalls on climb in Himalayas

by Tom Markiewicz on May 12, 2005

UPDATE: Viesturs has summited Annapurna and has become first American to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. Ed Viesturs is on hold at 23,000 feet in the Himalayas on his current attempt at Annapurna. The world‚??s 10th-highest peak is the last on the list for Viesturs’ attempt to become the first American to […]

Korean Completes Grand Slam of Mountaineering

by Tom Markiewicz on May 2, 2005

The Korea Times reports that South Korean Park Young-seok reached the North Pole which would make him the first person to climb 14 8,000 meter peaks, climb the seven summits, and reach the North and South Poles.