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As he gazed out on Venezuela’s Lake…

As he gazed out on Venezuela’s Lake Valencia in 1800, Alexander von Humboldt – who was born on this day in 1769 – being the amazing polymath he was, connected the myriad dots of lake level decrease, deforestation, and human induced micro-climate change, and was able to see the natural environment in which he was immersed as a vast, interconnected web…an idea that defied scientific conventions at the time. As he noted, “Everything is interaction and reciprocal.” Humboldt was arguably the grandfather of much of modern​ science – Darwin likely would not have gone on the Beagle if not for Humboldt, and thus there would be no “Origin of Species” – and was a huge influence on the modern understanding of our world, environment, and need to protect it. He was a friend – and critic – of Thomas Jefferson, influenced the philosophy and writing of John Muir, and a remarkable adventurer as well, floating the Orinoco, traveling much of the Andes, and setting a world altitude record in 1802 when he reached 19,286 feet of Ecuador’s Chimborazo (thought to be the highest mountain in the world at the time). But, more than anything, Humboldt was a visionary thinker, a scientist of the whole rather than the part, and while much of his writing and legacy is lost in America these days (thanks to anti-German purges post WWI), his thoughts and concepts resonate more than ever:
“The most dangerous worldviews are the worldviews of those who have never viewed the world.”
“Before being free, it is necessary to be just.” “…but there are no races nobler than others. All are equally destined for freedom.”
“Our imagination is struck only by what is great; but the lover of natural philosophy should reflect equally on little things.”
“By felling the trees which cover the tops and sides of mountains, men in all climates seem to bring upon future generations two calamities at once; want of fuel and a scarcity of water.”
If you want to learn more about this amazing man, read “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” by Andrea Wulf. #liveyouradventure #alexandervonhumboldt | Here, Mitre Peak is reflected in tide pools at Milford Sound, New Zealand.

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It’s hard to believe that it was…

It’s hard to believe that it was 4 years ago that @pedromcbride, @davidcmorton, and I sat in Rishikesh, India, watching the spectacle of devotion that is Ganga Aarti, and preparing for a 45-day, 1600-mile journey down the most revered and reviled river in the world. Our trip following the Ganges took us from 18,000 feet in the Garhwal Himalaya – some 20 kilometers above Gaumukh on the Gangotri Glacier – through the lower hills, across the steaming and teeming Indo-Gangetic Plains to the Bay of Bengal. Three long years later, our experiences and all we learned came together in a labor of love of a film, Holy (un)Holy River. It’s been screening at a lot of festivals over the past year, and has quite a few more to come in India, Czech Republic, Austria, San Francisco, and more. Check the link in my profile, or go to, to learn more and maybe catch the film near you. #liveyouradventure #gangas2s #gangaaction @natgeo @eddiebauer

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Last week, I shared some images of…

Last week, I shared some images of artifacts I recovered from #Everest years ago, items from the pre-modern era expeditions that I rediscovered while moving my office. Many people in turn asked about video from that 2004 expedition…I have had one on YouTube for some years, but in poor quality, so finally found the best source footage I have (still not great) and re-uploaded the video I shot while exploring the “mystery” camp on the First Step of the Northeast Ridge back in 2004. It’s an interesting camp, sitting on the ridge crest – above the standard climbing route – and, to me, the likely ascent route used by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine back in 1924. It later became a camp used by the Chinese in 1960 and again in 1975, and then by the French in 1981. It was a cool exploration of a bit of the Northeast Ridge seldom visited by climbers, and full of artifacts from a bygone age. This is the first minute of the video, but check the link in my profile ( for the full version. #liveyouradventure @davehahn.climb

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I remember first meeting @cm back in…

I remember first meeting @cm back in 1993. I was a freshman at Colorado College, and he was an illustrious alum back in town to share stories from his recent climb of K2. I was then – as now – awestruck at a person who could be so accomplished, and yet so humble. As the years passed, I got to know Charley a bit better, eventually sharing a rope with him on climbs in our backyard, and eventually on some bigger trips like our attempt on Everest’s West Ridge. Throughout, Mace’s humble, can-do attitude has shone through, a smile and a laugh at the ready whether we’re dodging hail and lightning a couple pitches up in Clear Creek Canyon, sharing near misses in the Khumbu Icefall, or free forming it on a stunning day in New Zealand, like in this picture from the Remarkables. There are few people I’d rather tie in with, who I’d trust more in any situation, at any time, in any place, with the bond climbers share. Thanks, Charley, for so many good times, and here’s to a Happy Birthday and many more trips around the sun! #liveyouradventure #happybirthday

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The ancient landscape of Mustang, Nepal, is…

The ancient landscape of Mustang, Nepal, is awe inspiring. Jagged canyons – carved first by glaciers and then by the mighty Kali Gandaki – etch the ruddy brown land, exposing towering bands of conglomerate and other sedimentary layers that were just slightly harder than their surroundings and survived the weathering of eons. It was in these hallmark bands of cliffs that ancient peoples, several thousand years ago, carved tombs to bury their dead, and conducted intricate, pre-Buddhist rituals to protect themselves from the undead. Who were these people who settled some 3000 years ago in one of the most inhospitable places on earth? What were their rituals and beliefs, and what of those can still be seen in Mustang today? And, what artifacts and remnants of the past still remain in these myriad, isolated tombs high in the cliffs? I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with @clarkliesl, @mreverest7x, and others for the past two years helping to film and tell the story of these caves and all the secrets they hold. @novapbs is sharing the film, Secrets of the Sky Tombs, for free for the next 4 weeks online. Take a look! (See link in my profile.) | In this photo, Nilgiri is seen towering over the Kali Gandaki River Valley from inside a cave near Rhi Rhi Cave outside of Chuksang, Mustang, Nepal, 2015. #liveyouradventure #skytombs

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I awoke this morning thinking about our…

I awoke this morning thinking about our planet, and the deep need for us as a collective human community to love and protect it, and to foster that same love, appreciation, and protection in the generations to come. We can immerse ourselves in nature’s immensity, as my daughter is here in Langtang, Nepal, or revel its minute complexity, lost in the insane intricacy of creation. But, if we don’t experience it, we don’t understand it and what we don’t understand we don’t value and protect. The key is getting ourselves and our kids into our natural world. The hero of @stownpodcast, John McLemore, expressed it so well: “I’ve coaxed many infirm clocks back to mellifluous life, studied projected geometry and built astrolabes, sundials, taught myself 19 century electroplating, bronzing, patination. Micromachinery, horology, learned piano. Read Poe, De Maupassant, Boccaccio, O’Connor, Welty, Hugo, Balzac, Kafka, Bataille, Gibran, as well as modern works like Mortimer, Hawking, Kunstler, Klein, Jacobi, Heinberg, Hedges, Hitchens and Rhodes. “But the best times of my life, I realize, were the times I spent in the forest and field. I’ve walked in solitude besides my own babbling creek, and wondered at the undulations, meanderings, and tiny atolls that were occasionally swept into its midst. I’ve spent time in idle palaver with Violets, Lileas, Sage, Heliopsis and Monkshood, and marveled at the mystery of Monotropa uniflora. I’ve audited the discourse of the Hickories, Oaks and Pines, even when no wind was present. I have peregrinated the woods in Winter under the watchful guard of vigilant dogs, and spent hours entranced by the exquisiteness and delicacy of tiny mosses and molds, entire forests within a few square inches.” #liveyouradventure

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Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity…

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to climb and work with some amazing people, around the world. One of those special souls is @brb13770. Brent’s climbing career speaks for itself, with multiple Everest summits of ascents of classic routes around the world. But, what makes him unique is Brent is far more than a climber. Throughout his career, Brent has focused on making a difference by co-founding the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition in 1994 and dedicating his time and energy to important causes around the world, earning him the Lowell Thomas Award from @the_explorers_club and the David R. Brower Award from @americanalpine. Brent also makes the hard-but-right choices on his climbs, like just this May giving up another summit of Everest to instead try to save the life of a fallen climber. Along with all that, Brent is a joy to climb with as he’s not mono-dimensional; conversations on the trail, at the belay, and in camp range from business to environmental ethics to politics, philosophy, and much more. So, a big Happy Birthday, Bishop! Hope it’s a great one, and thanks for all your contributions to our world. | In this photo, Brent climbs alongside @charley.mace at sunrise on Mt. Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand. #liveyouradventure #happybirthday

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I first took environmental science in high…

I first took environmental science in high school, and learned about the stunning complexity of our natural world and its oxymoronic power and frailty. At the same time in another building, we read the iconic “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau in English class. Thoreau, one of the first prominent environmentalists, would be 200 years old today, and his words from yesteryear ring even truer today than before. In “Walking,” written for the Atlantic in 1862, Thoreau famously proclaimed: “In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” An incredible truism both in 1862 and perhaps more so today, yet, day by day, we see our limited wildness depleted, the “civilization other than our own” (Journal, 1859) ravaged by industry, pillaged by greed, and encroached upon ever further by our insatiable desire for more and more and more. Even Thoreau’s treasured Walden Pond has not been immune to human action; in 2011, it was found to harbor dangerous levels of mercury from industrial pollution – most likely from coal fired power plants. While I recognize the need for human development across the globe – and the very real challenges posed when coupling that need with the equally-important needs of ecosystems, animals, and environments – it’s high time that our officials remember Thoreau’s words, again from Walking: “There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.” In this country, we are daily reminded of the need to “Make America Great Again.” I’ve long wondered when that supposed great time was, and for whom. Perhaps it was in our early days, before we attacked the wildness with the tools of “civilization,” in the time when, as Thoreau reminds us, the Governor-General of Canada, Sir Franeis Head, noted: “The heavens of America appear infinitely higher, the sky is bluer, the air is fresher, the cold is intenser, the moon looks larger, the stars are brighter the thunder is louder, the lightning is vivider, the wind is stronger, the rain is heavier, the mountains are higher, the rivers longer, the forests bigger, the plains broader.” [continued in comments]

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Fun cragging on perfect limestone with the…

Fun cragging on perfect limestone with the kids, s’mores at night under starry skies, cool nights and warm days, lots of laughs, a few tears, great memories, and more than one magical sunset across the rolling hills and out to the snowy, distant Wind Rivers…Wild Iris did not disappoint. #liveyouradventure #wildiris #wyoming #pixel #shotbypixel

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Apparently completely unaffected by the hordes of…

Apparently completely unaffected by the hordes of voracious, bloodthirsty mosquitoes that kept us constantly swatting and swearing in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Pema found ample bliss with a fast flowing creek and a ten pound boulder. Simple pleasures. Now heading to Wild Iris to hopefully find some respite from the bugs and more climbing in cooler temps. #liveyouradventure

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