Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents' evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.


On Thin Ice: New 1,100m Revelation Route Offers Little Purchase

Matt Cornell and Jackson Marvell punched out a long,...
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Nolwen Berthier Joins Female 9a+/5.15 Club with ‘Super Crackinette’

This week, France’s Nolwen Berthier joined the 9a+/5.15 club...
El Capitan in Yosemite

Duo Unlocks Fresh Tactics to Free Climb El Cap in a Day, Sans Support

These days, a free ascent — all upward progress...
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New Crevasses Will Make Mont Blanc Climbing Harder, More Dangerous

The Goûter Route on Mont Blanc (4,808m) above Chamonix,...

Best Stargazing In the U.S.? Try These ‘Dark Sky’ Locations

By now, you’re aware that dark night skies are...
El Capitan in Yosemite

Seb Berthe Bails on ‘The Dawn Wall’ After Long Effort

Sebastien Berthe’s effort to send the world’s hardest multipitch...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Solving for Z

Usually, times when you think you have it all...
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Fraud Suit Leveled Against ‘First Woman to Travel to Every Country’

If you follow international travel celebrities on social media,...
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Great Balls of Fire: Biggest Comet Ever Is Hurtling Our Way

Scientists have spotted a massive — and only somewhat...

Extremely Rare Death Valley Fish Found in Highest Numbers in Decades

Take a deep breath and say this along with...
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Arrogance or Modesty: Franco Cookson’s Odd First Ascent

If you didn't know who Franco Cookson was until...
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Dave MacLeod Repeats ‘Lexicon,’ Hardest Trad Climb in England

Scottish climbing legend Dave MacLeod climbed what many think...
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‘Shaft of the Abyss’ on Golgotha Pushes Marin, Helander to the Limit

Andres Marin and Clint Helander had to work hard...
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Flurry of Repeats on France’s Hardest Trad Climb

James Pearson's Le Voyage (E10, 7a) sat without a...
The Hubble Space Telescope magnifies Earendel by tens of thousands of times along the "magnification line." Photo: NASA/ESA/Brian Welch (JMU)/Dan Coe (STSCI)/Peter Laursen (DAWN)

The 13-Billion-Year-Old Twinkle: Hubble Spots Most Distant Star Yet

Earendel is Old English for "morning star" or "rising...

Pluto’s Ice Volcanoes: A Cold, Hard Shell With a Warm, Gooey Centre

Pluto is weird. Before the scientific community decided it...
Martin Sieberer (left) and Simon Messner (right) on the Schrammacher summit, March 24, 2022. Photo: S. Messner

Simon Messner Leaves Innsbruck With Frozen Toes and a Great New Route

Simon Messner and Martin Sieberer risked life and limb...
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Laura Tiefenthaler Defeats Doubts for Eiger North Face Solo

Alone at 3,970m on the North Face of the...

Adam Ondra is So Far Ahead of Everyone Else, It’s Crazy

Adam Ondra has carried the “world’s best climber” mantle...

There Are Over 200 Earth-like Planets Beyond Our Solar System: NASA

NASA says that among over 5,000 identified extraterrestrial planets,...
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Arctic, Antarctica Shatter Heat Records Simultaneously

Over the weekend, soaring temperatures near the planet’s poles...

Asteroid That Caused Dinosaurs’ Extinction Hit Earth in Spring, New Research Shows

By now, it's old news — 66 million-year-old news...

Stunning Traverse in Patagonia’s Grupo La Paz by Pelletti and Co.

Sebastian Pelletti may have been the standout climber in...
'Voie des Guides' on Les Drus in the French Alps, with tom livingstone and tom seccombe

Tom Livingstone: First Free Ascent of the ‘Voie des Guides’?

By the time Tom Livingstone and Tom Seccombe reached...

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