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Geography in the News: Climbing The Highest Mountains

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM In Thin Air: Climbing the Highest Peaks Just as the 2014 climbing season got underway, an avalanche killed 16 climbers on Mt. Everest on April 18, four of whom were Sherpas. This tragic accident is just one of the dangers that can befall climbers…

December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

This week on National Geographic, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they summit Everest seven times, train for an Antarctic speed record, chase water while dodging cats in Africa, sing along with an astronaut, and overcome a traumatic brain injury.

Guests Across The Globe: Six Months of 2013 NG Weekend Interviews

We’re halfway through the year and what better way to map our progress than to, well, map the many guests we’ve had on National Geographic Weekend since the ball dropped back in January?

June 9, 2013: Cooking Cicadas, Colonizing Mars, and More

National Geographic Weekend celebrates the new Age of Exploration by meeting some of the most celebrated explorers of our past. We chat with astronaut Buzz Aldrin about the future of space exploration, American Everest pioneer Jim Whittaker about the past and present of climbing on Everest.

Geography in the News: In Thin Air, The Highest Peaks

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com May is the month that high elevation climbers focus on Mt. Everest and other high mountains of the Himalaya. Many have been planning for years and will be journeying to Nepal shortly to adjust to the elevation and prepare base camps for…

How Tall Is Mt. Everest?

How tall is Mt. Everest? Actually, the answer to that question is trickier than it sounds.

To the Far Horizon of Experience

At a White House Rose Garden ceremony on this day in 1963 , President John F. Kennedy presented the Society’s highest honor, the Hubbard Medal, to the members of the American Mount Everest Expedition. NGS staffer Barry C. Bishop, who had gotten frostbite during the climb, accepted his medal wearing white socks and a pair of sandals.

On Everest, It Is Always the Wind

It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that deadly mountain. Thanks to his fortitude and harrowing tale of survival, Barry Bishop became the stuff of legend around National Geographic.

The Wildest Dream Debuts at Banff

The 1924 Everest expedition. Back row, left to right: Andrew Irvine, George Mallory, Edward Norton, Noel Odell, and John Macdonald. Front row: Edward Shebbeare, Geoffrey Bruce, Howard Somervell, and Bentley Beetham. In 1999, Conrad Anker discovered the frozen body of George Mallory on Mount Everest. For years afterward, he wondered about Mallory’s quest for the…