Rocca Calascio is a mountaintop fortress in the province of L'Aquila in Italy. It bears witness to the long relationship between humanity and mountains, and how natural landscapes are also culture ones.
Often thought of as eternal, mountains are vulnerable to climate change and tourism. To protect them, they should be recognised for their cultural values, not just their natural characteristics.
Engraving from John Chardin’s Travels into Persia and the East Indies, 1686, showing Mount Ararat, Turkey.
Before reaching summits became part of the new ‘sublime’ in the late 18th century, people didn’t climb mountains.
Closing the climbing season will provide valuable time for recovery from the effects of intensive tourism, but will prove difficult for those working in the industry.
Climbers begin the long ascent.
The 2019 season has been one of Mount Everest’s deadliest for climbers.
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A new exhibition captures the moment when Germany started to rebuild her national pride, in the Himalayan mountains.
Dorothy Wordsworth’s ambitious walking practices helped to encourage female mountaineers to follow in her footsteps.
Climbing a mountain has more to do with how your body deals with altitude, which you can’t control.
While acclimatising is more important, here’s the training you should undertake to go mountain-climbing.
How well you’ll cope on a mountain has little to do with how fit you are.
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You can’t know how altitude will affect you until you’re up there. Here’s why people have different reactions to less atmospheric oxygen.
Everest: The Hillary Step is (or was) just 100 metres below the summit.
Reports claim the feature has vanished – but then mountains are always changing shape.
Andrew Lock personifies the meaning of ‘grit’.
Melbourne Writers' Festival
Andrew Lock is the most accomplished high-altitude mountaineer in Australian history. He is the only Australian, the first person in the Commonwealth, and just the 18th man in the world to climb all 14…
Demanding the awe and wonder it deserves.
Papa Lima Whiskey 2
It was day two of our 18 day trek to Everest’s Base Camp when in the afternoon our head guide Lhakpa Nurbu Sherpa sombrely reported to me that 16 Sherpas had been killed in an avalanche on the mountain…