Sam Anderson

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.
a submersible in shallow water

Two 500-Year-Old Shipwrecks Found in South China Sea

Under 1,500 meters of seawater off the Chinese coast,...
neanderthal with human skull

‘No Single Birthplace’: Study Finds Ancient Diversity In Human Evolution

Ancient humans were prone to interbreeding with genetically diverse...
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Polish Alpinist Kacper Tekieli Dies on Jungfrau

Kacper Tekieli died May 17 while climbing Switzerland's 4,158m...
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Weekend Warm-Up: ‘Does Climbing Matter?’ Quebec Edition

Leave it to an aid climbing documentary to stake...
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How Dave MacLeod’s Precision Unlocks the Most Severe Climbs

On E9, margins can get pretty thin (to state...
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Dozens of New Moons Found — Saturn Retakes Title For Most Followers

After a complex, years-long game of connect-the-celestial-dots, astronomers announced...
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Does Soap Attract Mosquitoes? Depends on the Soap (and Skin), Study Says

About a lifetime ago, I worked on a trail...
alex honnold free soloing a thin crack on moonlight buttress

Alex Honnold’s Unknown Free Solos

OMG, you guys — secrets! Alex Honnold’s secrets! I don’t...
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Watch Seb Bouin Climb America’s First 5.15c (9b+), ‘Suprême Jumbo Love’

Some claim sport climbing is lame. Seb Bouin, Chris...
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For the Triassic’s Flying Lizards, Link to the Air Remains Missing

Pterosaurs — the family of avian dinosaurs that included...
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Two Climbers Missing on the Moose’s Tooth in Alaska

Two climbers skied in to the Moose’s Tooth earlier...

Drone Captures Massive B.C. Avalanche

Most times we catch a close-up glimpse of an...
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Remains of one of America’s First Colonists Found in Maryland

It’s always been hard to say just who first...
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With ‘Moonlight Mile,’ Climbers Send New Line on a Melting Mountain

It’s tough for a climber to catch the southwest...
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AI ‘Hiking Bears’ Fascinate Internet, Scramble Human Brains

Midjourney, the artificial intelligence platform that won an art...
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Two Groups Complete 400Km Cambridge Bay-Gjoa Haven Arctic Ski

It’s been a quiet season in the world of...
anna hazelnutt climbing a sheer limestone cliff above an austrian village

First Whippers of Spring? Wide Boyz and Hazelnutt Get Gripped, Bust Gear, Send E9/10

Spring has sprung, which means rock climbers around the...
the ruins of a coastal viking stone building

Higher Sea Levels May Have Forced the Vikings to Flee Greenland

Leave it to Mother Nature to drop the hammer...
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Japanese Spacecraft Goes Dark During Lunar Landing. Mission Control Fears Worst

Japan's ispace company lost contact with its Hakuto-R lunar...
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Japanese Craft to Attempt Moon Landing Tomorrow

While NASA and SpaceX have recently stayed as busy...
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How to Watch the Lyrids, Earth’s Ancient Meteor Shower, This Weekend

The Lyrids have been visiting Earth every year since...
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Dinosaur Worm: Weird ‘Tully Monster’ Had No Bones

For some, there’s little doubt the so-called “Tully monster”...
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Lost Dog Ventures Across Bering Strait to Safety — 240Km Away

A month on the sea ice in the Bering...
dane jackson santo domingo gorge

Dane Jackson Paddles Absolutely Crazy Stretch of Waterfalls

For kayakers, the Santo Domingo Gorge in Mexico is...

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