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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Rare Snow in the Sahara Yields Surreal Visuals

Turns out the sun, sand, and snow cohere to...

The First Repeat of one of Scotland’s Hardest Mixed Climbing Routes

The Wailing Wall (Scottish winter grade IX 9, 90m)...
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Something (or Someone) Broke Svalbard’s Internet; Authorities Seek Answers

Believe it or not, Svalbard, Norway has famously reliable...
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New Fossils Write Missing Chapters of Australia’s Jungle Origin Story

New South Wales’ arid bush country is dry and...
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Drones Help Scottish Rescuers Search for Victims Lost in Tough Terrain

The next time you hear the high-pitched whine of...
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Scientists Embark For ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Seeking Rate of Decay

If the tongue of the Thwaites Glacier collapses, we're...
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To Repeat The ‘Full Ascent’ of Mauna Kea, You’ll Need A Submarine

Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain by most...
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New Tech Flings a Projectile into Space

In 2021, a startup tested a system capable of...

Newcomers’ Guide: Bouldering Grade Scales

One reason for bouldering’s skyrocketing popularity is its low...
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Top 10 Expeditions of 2021, #4: Baruntse

For Marek Holecek and Radoslav Groh, it only took...
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Watch Adam Ondra Make a Brutal 9b First Ascent in the Czech Republic

This Christmas, the world's most prolific sport climber delivered...
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Top 10 Expeditions of 2021, #5: Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll Solos Patagonia’s Fitz Traverse

Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll was part way through day one...
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Yuji Hirayama, 52, Climbs 8c+ First Ascent in Japan

Yuji Hirayama is a legend in rock climbing. Back...
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Live, Ancient Creatures Found in Pitch Black ‘Oasis’ Beneath Antarctic Shelf

Floating atop Antarctica’s Weddell Sea in 2018, a team...
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Alex Honnold Grinds Out Long Route That May Be Hardest in U.S.

Synthetic Happiness has six pitches at 7c+/5.13 or harder...
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Extreme Kayaking: Dropping Massive Waterfalls in Iceland

If you're into extreme kayaking and want to huck...
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The 10 Best Sport Climbs of 2021

The best sport climbs usually result from calculative dedication....
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U.K. Archaeologists ‘Stunned’ to Find Crucifixion, World’s Fourth Ever Discovered

At a dig in Fenstanton, a village in Cambridgeshire,...
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Historic George Everest House Reopens as Map Museum in India

The world's tallest peak has always commanded human reverence....
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Kids in World’s Coldest Town Finally Get a ‘Snow Day’ — at -60°C

Oymyakon, in extreme northeastern Siberia, is the world's coldest...
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Dive Surprisingly Deep with Adam Ondra in ‘Beyond Focus’ (Video)

Want to hear what the world’s best rock climber...
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Climber Breaks Foot, Then Sends 9a+: Stefan Scherz is a ‘Papichulo’ Indeed

If you don't speak colloquial Spanish, you may or...

Xenobots – ‘Living’ Robots – Reproduce For First Time

In an event that’s either wildly exciting or singularly...

Weekend Warm-Up: Australian Runner Cosplays as Train Engineer to ‘Run the Line’

Watch a grown man carrying a shovel dressed as...

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