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Maximo Kausch at the peak of a snowy mountain

Maximo Kausch Aims to Climb All 6000ers in Andes Mountain Range

When Maximo Kausch climbed his first 6,000-meter peak in the Andes mountain range, he decided that he would climb every single one of them. Fifty-eight 6,000ers later, Kausch is still climbing, and he will likely be climbing for at least one more year. Despite his first assumption, there are 118 6,000ers in the Andes mountain range, …

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rappelling Mount Rushmore

Rangers Rappel Mount Rushmore in National Parks Epic Challenge

Despite the elements, Mount Rushmore stays in mint condition for one reason: sustained aerial maintenance by the park rangers that patch up the massive sculpted rock. The park rangers rappel from the top of the 86-year-old monument to patch cracks and install strain gauges near the Abraham Lincoln structure’s nose and hairline. “The first time is …

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Jimmy Chin skis Grand Teton

Jimmy Chin Skis Grand Teton in National Parks Epic Challenge

When the National Park Foundation asked Jimmy Chin to return home to the powdered slopes of Grand Teton National Park for a serious climb and ski session, he just couldn’t resist. “I just remember showing up and the Tetons just totally blew me away,” says Chin in an interview with National Park Foundation. The professional climber, …

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Adam Ondra climbing champion

Adam Ondra Conquers Terranova and Gioia Bouldering Problems

Adam Ondra is a 20-year-old climbing champion, but his conquests aren’t of the towering peak variety – Ondra is a boulderer. Ondra contorts himself for a living, wrenching his weight over the hardest rock lines on Earth. At first glance, Ondra’s rocks don’t always appear difficult. They aren’t the legendary peaks at the top of the …

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