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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Space Parasol Tied to Asteroid Could Save Planet, Researcher Says

Yesterday at 105˚F in my central Texas city, I...
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Weekend Warm-Up: ‘Dare to Jam’ is Only Good if Personal Revelation Results

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Nessie or ‘Eelie?’ Recent Intrigue Roils Loch Ness Legend

"Nessie." Generations of humans have experienced instant recognition of...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Anything to Catch a Ride to the Horn of Upernavik

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Climbers Touch Thajiwas Summit for First Time in 78 Years, But Urgent Rescue Ensues

The last time anyone stood atop Jammu and Kashmir’s...
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How To Find New Boulders to Climb: A Misguided Take on Good Advice

Once, there was only one way. Finding new rock to...

New Insights into Australia’s Ancient Humans

The planet’s first Australians lived on a continent wholly...
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New Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth

Why should Saturn and Jupiter have all the new...
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Weekend Warm-Up: Findlay’s Tin Foil Tactics For Dangerous Climbing

Muy Caliente! is dangerous and terribly hard. On a...
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Watch the First Live-Stream From Mars Today

Cancel your viewing plans for Friday. You’re going to...
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Russian Spy Whale Goes Rogue In Search of Most Dangerous Game

Agent 00-Blubber has struck again — though this time,...
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5,000 New Species Identified at Site of Planned Deep-Sea Mine

Deep below the Pacific Ocean, in a vast expanse...
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Denali Bulletin: Climber Survives 300m Fall, Two Others Get Heli Rescue

Two difficult but successful rescues have occurred around Denali,...
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It’s far from a new concept that humans are...
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Two 500-Year-Old Shipwrecks Found in South China Sea

Under 1,500 meters of seawater off the Chinese coast,...
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‘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

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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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