Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, an editor, and a gear tester for ExplorersWeb and various other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.


Ivory-billed woodpecker illustration by Kretschmer and Schmid 1878. Image: Shutterstock

Has the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Escaped Extinction After All?

For many years, American Ivory-billed woodpeckers inhabited the dense...
Emperor penguin. Photo David Herraez Calzada

It’s World Penguin Day!

Today, April 25, marks World Penguin Day — an...
Photo: JR Lees, courtesy of the Pinnacle Club Gwen Moffat - first british female mountain guide

Weekend Warm-Up: Operation Moffat

Gwen Moffat is a name that lines the halls...
Location of Transglobal Arctic Expedition F-150 truck loss. Image: CBC News

Transglobal Car Expedition Loses Vehicle Through Ice; Local Inuit Village Outraged

On March 23, an international group known as the...
Ocean plankton and microorganisms. Image: Borshch Filipp

Over 5,000 New Viruses Found in Our Oceans

According to a study published on April 7, 2022,...
Photo: Whitney Clark, Nicole Lawton patagonia link up

Two Women Create 2,000m Link in Late-Season ‘Romp’ in Patagonia

Whitney Clark and Nicole Lawton spent the latter part...

Found: A Dinosaur That Died the Day the Asteroid Hit

Archaeologists stationed at a dig site in North Dakota...
Port Lockroy Museum on Goudier Island in the Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica.

Odd Job: Apply to Run Post Office, Count Penguins in Antarctica

For November through March, through the Antarctic summer, the...
Expedition Full Circle training for Everest. Photo: Full Circle Everest/Amrit Ale

First All-Black Expedition to Everest

A contingent of Black mountaineers from the U.S. is...
Machu Picchu Photo Adrian Wójcik

‘Machu Picchu’ is the Wrong Name for This South American Icon

A recent paper in an Andean archaeology journal indicates...
Photo: Madison Eklund

Woman to Paddle 2,400km From Minneapolis to Hudson Bay

Later this spring, Madison Eklund will leave on a...
Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island. Photo: Ian Sewell, commons license

Yes, the Easter Island Statues Have Bodies — But That’s Old News

Every so often, an old story resurfaces and goes...
1930s Grape-Nuts ad by General Foods. Grape-Nuts to fund 10 women explorers a total of $125,000

Grape-Nuts Seeks Women Adventurers to Sponsor

March is Women's History Month, and Grape-Nuts is taking...
Emily Ford and Diggins. Photo: Emily Ford

Emily Ford Ends Latest Winter Expedition Just Shy of Mark

On Friday, March 11, 2022, winter explorer Emily Ford...
John Bolte atop 'Big Time' in Sequoia National Park, c. 2019. Video still: Tyler Karow

American Climber Dies in Patagonia

On February 23, 2022, rockfall on Patagonia's world-famous Cerro...
Ben Nevis (1,340m) is the U.K.'s tallest peak. Photo: John A. Cameron

Winter Storm Kills One Climber, Strands 23 Others on Ben Nevis

Editor's note: This article was originally published on GearJunkie. A...
Mt. Elbrus, western Caucasas Mountains. Photo: Efimova Anna off limits to american US travel advisory

Mt. Elbrus Off Limits to Americans

This season is about to look quite different for...
Shackleton Endurance Ship discovered

Another Famous Polar Ship Found! Shackleton’s Endurance in Prime Condition

After 107 years, the mystery of where in Antarctic...
Hirayama on FA of Peaceful Mountain 9a circa March 2022 Photo Y. Hirayama

At 53, Yuji Hirayama Stays on the Cutting Edge

Yuji Hirayama is a 53-year-old climber from Japan. And...
Rosengarten traverse in the Dolomites, first solo winter ascent claimed by Simon Gietl circa March 2022. Photo: S. Gietl

Italian Guide Nails Major Dolomites Enchainment, Solo and in Winter

On March 3, 2022, Simon Gietl of Italy's South...
alex honnold

How Alex Honnold’s ‘The Soloist VR’ Was Made

The logistics required to pull off any adventure filmmaking...
Aerial image of the Yilan Crater (at center). Photo: L. Dauphin of NASA Earth Observatory

Humans May Have Watched the Impact That Created This Massive Young Crater

It seems that the further technology stretches toward the...
The east face of Mt. Ethelbert (3,180), B.C. Photo: C. Lustenberger

Ski Mountaineers Find Perfect Snow on Frigid First Descent in Canada

On Tuesday, February 22, three ski mountaineers captured the...
"An Accidental Life" is a portrait of climber Quinn Brett, who was paralyzed in an accident on El Capitan. Photo: Big Sky Film Fest

An Accidental Life: The Quinn Brett Story

On October 11, 2017, tragedy befell an accomplished young...

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