Hidden Mountains: Survival and Reckoning After a Climb Gone Wrong, by Michael Wejchert

Hidden Mountains

The story of a climbing adventure gone wrong in a remote Alaskan mountain range, the impossible rescue attempt that followed, and the fraught cost of survival.

Hunkering Down

We Can Learn Much About the Art of Hunkering Down From Polar Explorers.

The Telemark Skiers Who Saved the World

In 1942, Lt. Joachim Ronneberg led a team of Norwegian skiers and resistance fighters on a raid against a German facility working on atomic bomb materials in the Telemark region of Norway.

Lost Souls

What does it mean to become a “real climber”—and do you need to risk your life in the process? Seeking an answer, the author revisits the folly of his youthful climbs in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.

Harder to Get To, Harder to Leave

Newfoundland’ s ice climbing is awesome, only partially developed, and a long, long way from anywhere.

On Belay

An ode to the Presidential Range, my first love.

The Wild Ones

When paragliding and alpinism meet—in northern new England. This one was super fun to write, and impossible to fact check.

So Close. So Far.

Latok’s history is wild and compelling: just like the rescue of Alexander Gukov by the Pakistani army.

Le Minimaliste

A profile of the late Jean Christophe Lafaille, one of the few people in the world capable of climbing 5.14 as well as 8000-meter peaks. Written for Ascent.

Epigoni, Revisited

The trappings of the digital age follow a climber far north.

A Test of Time

Could the record for New Hampshire’s burliest trail run—the AMC White Mountain Hut Traverse—have been set in 1963?

An Interview with David Roberts

David Roberts, often referred to as the “dean of adventure writing,” is one the most prolific American climbing authors to date.

Historical Badass: Arthur Rimbaud

What does snotty French Symbolist Arthur Rimbaud have to do with outdoor adventure?

How Ueli Steck Met Mountaineering’s Oldest Companion: Tragedy

Ueli Steck was one of the finest alpinists in the world. This piece got a lot of flak, and I found myself scouring, word for word, the op-ed for weeks after it ran.

New Hotel on Mount Washington? A Climber Say No

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington’s height and features might not add up to much—but the mountain, the tallest in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, hosts some of the only above-treeline terrain on the East Coast.

In Memoriam: Royal Robbins

To say that Royal Robbins invented and saved modern climbing in one fell swoop might be a stretch, but not much of one.


In 1966 two German climbers became stranded on the Petit Dru, a tooth of ice granite in the Alps above Chamoix, France.

Before Nightfall

In 1978 Johnny Waterman spent 145 days alone on the Southeast Spur of Mt. Hunter.