History

Enjoy Snow? Here’s the Man Who Took the First Pictures of Snowflakes

Though not an explorer of geographies, Snowflake Bentley was...

Second Seven Summits: Mount Townsend

The Second Seven Summits involves climbing the second-highest peak...

Planispheres: The Night Sky in the Palm of Your Hand

A planisphere is an age-old device for reading the...

Legends Series: Aloha Wanderwell

Ambitious trailblazer, innovator, and adventurer; Aloha Wanderwell was born...

Escape from Camp 354: Mount Kenya, 1943

The history of Africa's second-highest peak culminates in the...

Huacas: Sacred Objects of the Incas

The Inca empire was the largest and most complex...
Machu Picchu Photo Adrian Wójcik

‘Machu Picchu’ is the Wrong Name for This South American Icon

A recent paper in an Andean archaeology journal indicates...

Great Tales in Mountaineering History: Minya Konka, 1982

Here, we tell the story of Minya Konka, a...

Mexican Woman Wants to Build Her Country’s First Thru-Hiking Trail

Most long-distance hikers are familiar with the thru-hiking Triple...

Gurans Himal: Stories From the Far Western Himalaya

In the far northwest of Nepal lies a little-known...

Weekend Warm-Up: Around Cape Horn in 1928

Four Masted Barque Rounding Cape Horn is a dull...

Exploration Mysteries: What Do These Ancient Manuscripts Say?

Around the world, a handful of age-old manuscripts have...
Photo Tete-Michel Kpomassie, the first african in greenland

At 80, Greenland’s First African Visitor Returns to Live Out His Final Years in the Arctic

In the summer of 1965, Tété-Michel Kpomassie became the...
Computer generated reconstruction of Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour. Source: ANMM

Captain Cook’s Sunken Ship Found off Rhode Island

Australian marine archaeologists have discovered what they believe to...

Great Explorers: Emmeline Freda Du Faur

Emmeline Freda Du Faur defied convention by pioneering women's...

Into The Wild: Gaurishankar

For a time in the 19th century, 7,134m Gaurishankar...

Exploration Mysteries: The Lost Tombs of Legendary Figures

Where were Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Anthony and...

Recent Buried and Sunken Treasure and What Happens to It

“That belongs in a museum!” Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones...

Exploration Mysteries: Bennington Disappearances

Southwestern Vermont is known for its bucolic setting, but...

The Hidden Treasure: Kongur Tagh, 1981

Kongur Tagh (7,719m) lies in the Kashgar Mountains, near...

Cho Oyu 1964 and the Strange Double Life of Fritz Stammberger

The almanacs of climbing history prefer not to include...
everest house

Historic George Everest House Reopens as Map Museum in India

The world's tallest peak has always commanded human reverence....
Mont Blanc plane crash

Climber Finally Gets Reward from Jewels He Found from Mont Blanc Plane Crash

On January 24, 1966, an Air India plane carrying...

Newcomers’ Guide: The Yeti

The Yeti, it seems, has shown its elusive head,...

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