A couple and their one-year-old child were found less than two miles from their car in the Sierra National Forest, with no obvious trauma. Authorities finally determined the cause of death.
Kyle Dickman had spent his life chasing adventure. But after nearly dying from a snake bite, he saw menacing risks everywhere he went.
Josh Ourada fell 200 feet while free-soloing in Yosemite this spring, and lived to talk about it
Jordan Cannon found the courage to share his true self in an unlikely place: on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, with his hero
Despite their differences, climbing’s most famous besties get along because they share the same convictions, support each other’s harebrained schemes, and, of course, engage in some good-natured smack talk
When Sanni McCandless started dating legendary climber Alex Honnold, she never expected that millions of people would soon be watching her relationship on screen
“For me, the climbing community was not a barrier to coming out. That community is what made it possible.”
Key beta on snagging a ticket to your favorite park this year
And how to stay safe in them this summer
With funding from the federal government, Zion and other parks are swapping in electric shuttle buses and adding charging stations for visitors’ electric vehicles, putting the park system on the cutting edge of green technology
Two Yosemite locals just made the first summit-to-Valley ski descent of the iconic feature
Think you already know everything about our nation’s most iconic park? Think again. There’s so much beyond its famed Yosemite Valley, from seldom visited waterfalls to the underappreciated backcountry beyond Tuolumne Meadows.
The colder months are the perfect time to visit national parks, with fewer crowds and endless adventure. Stay at one of these dreamy base camps.
This year the famous outdoor film festival is going virtual, with thrilling tales of climbing adventures and profiles of charismatic conservationists
After the achievement of a lifetime, a few very important details got lost in translation
Find the trail runners that work best off-trail and in mixed conditions
From Patagonia to South Africa to Yosemite, visit some of our favorite places on the planet in real time via these live webcams—and start dreaming of where you want to go when we can travel again
As the sport is poised to enter the Olympics, a veteran climbing writer delves into its past in 'High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Competition Climbing'
Some bucket-list adventures require securing a wilderness permit months or even years out. Here’s how to book the most coveted ones in the country.
Your mindset is your most important tool in the backcountry
Over 300 million people visited national parks in 2019, the third-highest total in over a century
Reservations at California's national and state parks are more competitive than ever. Here's how to increase your chances of scoring a spot this summer.
Use these tips to make sure you get the shot this year
Featuring fat bears, Pattie Gonia, a very good boy, and more
Mark your calendar: it's time to do or see something big next year. Here's how to pull it off.
What could have been a fatal fall is just a stepping stone on Harrington's path to become the first woman to free climb one of El Cap's hardest routes in a day
What happens when you find yourself on El Cap with a badly injured partner? Former Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) worker Josie McKee and climber Quinn Brett found out.
These items will keep you safe and having fun in the Valley
Pearl Johnson is now the youngest person to ascend the 3,000-foot rock face
Yes, your palms will get sweaty
What is a good boy anyway? How do you become one? These are the questions that keep me up at night.
The longtime ranger has spent decades sharing stories of Buffalo Soldiers and advocating for diversity in the national parks. But his journey started on the edge of a cliff in Germany.
Say goodbye to 'The Majestic Yosemite Hotel' and welcome back 'The Ahwahnee'
On-the-ground info to keep you safe in the backcountry
She's the youngest person in history to climb the iconic 3,000-foot route
The best way to deal with the wild winter's lingering snowpack
Don’t have the time to go to Everest? Wait for hours in these lines instead.
When Alex Honnold tells you the thing you're doing is a little crazy, it warrants some self-reflection
If you haven’t seen the Oscar-winning film chronicling Alex Honnold’s historic rope-free ascent of El Cap, you can check it out (or see it again)
The logic behind requiring permits on Yosemite's famed Half Dome was sound: smaller crowds equals fewer accidents. In this case, the opposite is true.
Dierdre Wolownick gives us an inside look at what it was like to raise the 'Free Solo' climber in 'The Sharp End of Life'
How a father-son trip to Yosemite conquered my fear of hiking, bears, and falling off chairlifts
From Yosemite’s famed granite to Patagonian towers, these pitches are every bit as legendary as the climber himself
These trails thrill hikers with more than just scenery
How will a snowy winter affect your summertime high-country plans in the High Sierra and southern Rockies?
All of them come from @tinyatlasquarterly, the Instagram account you wish you ran
It's the first climbing film to receive such broad mainstream acclaim
Ski, snowshoe, ice-skate, or score a snowy visit without the crowds at these iconic parks
A man fell from Yosemite's Nevada Fall on Christmas Day
A longtime local's perspective on the mayhem
Tim Klein and Jason Wells were weekend warriors. They were also two of the best climbers to ever ply their trade on Yosemite's most iconic wall. So the climbing world was stunned when they died on some of its easiest terrain.
Connor Herson makes sixth all-free ascent of the world's most famous big wall
Finally, the Czech climber shows us that he might be human after all
Has being the subject of arguably the best climbing film ever made changed him? Absolutely.
This loop through Yosemite could just be the finest high-altitude thru-hike in the country
Climbing skills are in high demand to service sky-high turbines. Eric Ruderman has made it his career.
10 percent of the revenue will go to the volunteers who rescue climbers from El Cap.
In their new film, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin capture Alex Honnold’s historic ropeless El Cap climb and the emotional toll it took on everyone around him
Skip the crowds in Yosemite Valley and head for higher ground in Tuolumne Meadows
The Californian pioneered many of the most famous routes in Yosemite during the Valley's Golden Age
Pioneers, the government, even John Muir helped kick out Native Americans from their homes on national parks. But in Yosemite, the Miwuk Tribe is getting its village back.
In 2015, climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, an epic route in Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park closed for three weeks because of the blaze. Here's how much revenue the region lost because of that.
The world’s best-known climber describes his approach to scaling iconic rock faces without a rope
12 totally legitimate excuses
All three of the state's major blazes are making rare pyrocumulus clouds right now
This excerpt shows alpinist Andy Kirkpatrick in one of the most grueling parts of expedition climbing, hauling gear.
Frustrated by overly cautious restrictions at cliffs, some climbers are leading efforts to create flexible, evidence-based management
When Kyle Dickman set out on a month-long road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. Then he got bit by a venomous snake in a remote area of Yosemite National Park, and the harrowing event changed everything.
Last week, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold set the speed record on the Nose. But even they're not sure it was a great idea.
Over the past week, the duo has made repeated attempts to climb the Nose route on Yosemite's El Capitan in under two hours. They finally succeeded.
The quest for sub-two continues
Days after Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the speed record on the Nose, two experienced climbers died on El Cap. Has speed climbing gotten too deadly?
The climbers sent the historic route in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 15 seconds
The pro climber and free soloist extraordinaire went to D.C. to tell politicians we want to preserve the wild places we grew up with—and not turn them into radioactive tailings ponds