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.
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North Cascades High Route: Two Teammates Tell the Tale

As the sun began to set over Washington state’s...

DNA Analysis Reveals Eight Previously Unknown Groups of Ancient Europeans

In a genetic study of prehistoric Europe The New...
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Astronaut Captures ‘Absolutely Unreal’ Photo of Northern Lights From Space

There are those who say the northern lights are...
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‘Forbidden Planet’ the Size of Jupiter Discovered Orbiting Tiny Star

There are laws of planet formation that seldom bend...
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New Layer Discovered in Earth’s Core

If you journey to the center of the Earth,...
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Siegrist Goes ‘Back to the Future’ For One of the Hardest Climbs in the U.S.

One unlikely strip of stone in southern Nevada’s Clear...
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Motorola Defy Satellite Dongle Brings Off-Grid Texting to Smartphones

Leave it to one American cellular brand to condense...
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The Last Run: Man Hangs Up the Boards After 90 Years of Skiing

At a tiny ski mountain in a minor New...
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‘Beyond Belief’: Massive Fin Whale Pod Sighting Prompts Fishing Scrutiny

On a January 2022 morning in the Southern Ocean,...
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Ancient Sumerian Palace Discovered in Iraq

A 4,500-year-old palace from the Kingdom of Lagash unearthed...
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Watch Adam Ondra Scream His Way Up the Second-Hardest Climb of His Life

I’d think I would have gotten tired of watching...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Watch Old-School Climbing Go Wrong in ‘The Last Blue Mountain’

This is neither an endorsement nor a condemnation, but...
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Jorge Diaz-Rullo Joins Tiny Cadre of Climbers Who’ve Sent 9b+

It’s a minimal coterie in the 9b+ club. Since Adam...
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Ice Climber Who Fell Into Lake Superior Presumed Dead; Search Suspended

Authorities have presumed that James Bake, of Gaylord, Mich.,...
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Cazzanelli and Partners ‘Dream’ Up New Route in Italian Alps

The alpinist’s defining challenge is to confront the impossible....
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Would You Climb This if Your Life Depended on it? House’s Chimney on K2

Some mountain features will win beauty contests, and some...
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Ghisolfi Claims ‘Excalibur,’ Suggests It’s Now Italy’s Hardest Route

After prolonged anticipation among rock climbing devotees and fanboys,...
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Avalanches Kill 11 in Switzerland, Austria, Italy

A slew of avalanches rocked the Alps over the...
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Scientists Find World’s Oldest, Best-Preserved Vertebrate Brain

Inside the marble-sized skull of 319 million-year-old fish, scientists...
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Will Gadd Rates Hollywood Ice-Climbing Scenes

How is it possible that Vertical Limit gets a...
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Primate Ancestors Lived in High Arctic 52M Years Ago

Researchers have discovered evidence of the first known primate...
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Alex Honnold Tags Another Major Antarctic Peak

It's hard to knock Alex Honnold’s psych for Antarctic...
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World’s Oldest Runestone May Bear Woman’s Name

Archaeologists found the oldest-ever recorded runestone at a burial...
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Major Patagonia Expedition: Surviving 45 Days, 600Km On Ice Fields And Crevasses

Two years in the logistics phase, 45 days on...

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