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Beck Weathers Beck Weathers
"...when you get back and your body is destroyed and your relationships are destroyed, and you don't know that you'll ever work again, or if you'll be in custodial care for the rest of your life, how do you manage to put yourself back together...."

Veikka Gusafsson Veikka Gustafsson
This Finnish climber has become famous as Ed Viesturs' climbing partner, but his record of 8,000m ascents stands for itself. Audio, video, and transcript interview with amazing video shot on Dhaulagiri.

Lene Gammelgaard
Lene Gammelgaard, who survived the infamous 1996 tragedy on the upper slopes of Mount Everest, was the first to write a book about it. Climbing High was first published in Denmark in 1997, and earlier this year was released in the United States.

Ed Viesturs
Facing horrendous avalanche conditions, Ed and his partners concluded there was no safe route up Annapurna....

Katie Brown
Katie Brown is an obvious contender for the title of "world's best female sport climber." After only a few years in the sport, she has reset the standards and set a new benchmark.

Eric Simonson Live
Eric Simonson was leader of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition which stunned the world by finding the body of George Mallory on Everest after 75 years. Live in the studio of, Eric answered audience questions about this monumental moment in mountaineering history.

Mark Twight Mark Twight
Since the early 1980s, Mark Twight has proven himself to be one of America's top alpinists. Probably best known for his controversial and confrontational writings in climbing journals, his routes are among the most difficult.
  • Mark Twight: Alpinist Extreme.

  • Conrad Anker
    Conrad Anker, who was caught in the avalanche on Shishapangma that took the lives of Alex Lowe and David Bridges, shares his thoughts about the tragic events of October 5, 1999.

    Wally Berg
    Wally Berg is considered the "quiet American" by many of the world's best high altitude climbers. He not only reached the summit of Everest, but was able to spend two hours on the top.

    Lynn Hill Live
    Replay this live interactive interview with world-class climber Lynn Hill who was in our studios answering questions about training, climbing, and inspiring others.
  • SEE ALSO: Lynn Hill, Climbing Through the Glass Ceiling.

  • Alex Lowe
    He's often referred to as the best all-around climber in the world. Whether it's 8,000 meter peaks or big wall climbs, Alex always took it to another level.

    Heidi Howkins
    Howkins, back from an unsuccessful attempt on K2 in 1998, speaks about the climb and the allure of the second highest mountain on earth.

    Vernon Tejas
    Vernon Tejas: The Mountain Guide Interview Series kicks off with the climber best known for the first solo winter ascent of Denali.

    Greg Child Greg Child
    Greg Child exclusive interview. In his new book, Postcards from the Ledge, Child takes you into his world where the hope is that the climb will never end.

    Dave Hahn
    Dave Hahn, two-time Everest summiter and a favorite correspondent, opens up a little bit about the process by which he produces dispatches of rare eloquence.

    Jim Wickwire
    Jim Wickwire: Interview (audio, video, and transcript) with the climbing legend and author of the book of climbing epics, "Addicted to Danger".

    Makalu Gau
    Eight people died that day in '96, but one man survived the deadly terror of a night out on Everest above 8,000 meters.

    Pete Athans
    "Those peaks actually describe the amphitheater known as the Western Cwm, and make up an Everest Trilogy, if you will. It's never been done before, and that's frankly one of the reasons it holds interest for me."

    Eric Simonson
    Back from Everest where he lead the 1999 Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition to unexpected success, Eric shares his thoughts on the team's high-profile search and expands on some of the intriguing details.

    Ed Viesturs on IMAX
    Ed Viesturs talks about about filming the IMAX Everest movie with David Breashears, the '96 tragedy, and climbing in general.

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