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Across the Alps on skis and other adventure blogs by GreatOutdoors.com staffers. Come along with mountain skier and climber Gordy Skoog on his “Tale of Two Haute Routes,” and yet another first ascent for him in the North Cascades. The people who work here take the outdoors seriously, so check out the blog section for more, including Mike Rougeux’s Climbing on California’s Lost Coast and Peter Potterfield’s hiking odyssey in New Zealand.
Sir Edmund Hillary, the climber who was one of two men to make the first ascent of Mount Everest, in 1953, died in his native New Zealand. In May, 1953, Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first human beings to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. The extraordinary event made both men famous. Hillary had been in failing health for several years.
From Rakiura National Park, New Zealand's newest, to old favorites like the Greenstone Track, the varied backcountry landscapes down here make the second or third trip even more interesting than the first.
GreatOutdoors.com ski correspondent Andrew McLean shares his tales of woe while ski mountaineering in New Zealand's Southern Alps.
Boiling mud, world class fishing and the greatest day hike on the planet await visitors to New Zealand's North Island. A National Geographic Adventure story.
An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.
If the Lord of the Rings has you yearning for the New Zealand backcountry, here's what you need to know to find the best routes on both Islands of this friendly country.
Discover Asia. See it all! Here are the top sights - from Angkor Wat to Mount Everest to the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China.