The recklessness of George Mallory

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Having quarrelled with his adept former fellow climber, Mallory attempted Everest in 1924 seriously ill-equipped, and taking an inexperienced 22-year-old with him instead

The dark side of the Himalayas

8 October 2022 9:00 am

How best to write a book about the Himalayas when Mount Everest has been reduced to just another tick-off on…

Finally, the Sherpas are heroes of their own story

10 September 2022 9:00 am

John Keay has for many years been a key historian and prolific contributor to the romance attaching to the highest…

The best podcasts about dying, or almost dying

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If there’s any form of entertainment that I will reliably find time for, no matter how big the to-read pile…

Meet climber, photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire Jimmy Chin

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Jimmy Chin is part Bear Grylls, part David Attenborough: he both climbs snow, ice and rock and films other mountaineers doing it too, writes Theo Zenou

The courage of a madman: Maurice Wilson’s doomed assault on Everest

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Reinhold Messner, the first person to climb all 14 of the planet’s peaks higher than 8,000 metres, is probably the…

Riveting and beautifully staged analysis of totalitarianism: Arcola’s #WeAreArrested reviewed

23 November 2019 9:00 am

When the RSC does modern drama it usually lays on an ultra-worthy yarn with a huge cast, dozens of fancy…

Thin air and frayed tempers

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Born in New South Wales in 1888, George Finch climbed Mount Canobolas as a boy, unleashing, in the thin air,…