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Alpine Climbing

Cory Richards

Most expeditions tackle Himalayan peaks around summer, when the weather is most favorable. Even then, success is a long shot. So when Cory Richards, with Simone Moro and Denis Urubko, set out in Winter 2010 for Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, standing at8035 meters as theworld’s thirteenth tallest peak, the odds were against them.

Cold weather and blizzards were Himalayan-sized, but winter “amplified and exaggerated” the climate’s savagery and their own suffering, blogged Cory from base camp. Yet summit they did, making the first-ever winter ascent. And on the descent their strength and will were tested yet again, as they survived an avalanche.

“It was like looking at your own death coming at you,” said Cory of the wave of snow they dug themselves out of. This hard-won prize revealed Cory as a rising star of Himalayan alpinism.

In 2010, he climbed Lhotse, another 8000-meter giant, and recently on the smaller yet steeper Nepalese peaks of Kwangde and Tawoche he pioneered new routes of cutting-edge difficulty.

This 31-year-old Colorado-based professional photographer started climbing as a youngster, with his dad. His lenswork runs the gamut from fashion photography, to chronicling adventures for National Geographic.

An Expedition with Cory

Myanmar

In the northern reaches of Myanmar, two of the most remote and dangerous high-altitude peaks on the planet stretch into the sky. Hkakabo Razi and its neighbor Gamlang Razi both measure more than 5,800 meters (19,140 feet), each vying for the title of highest summit in Southeast Asia. To definitively solve the geographical mystery of …

An Expedition with Cory

Everest

Two Ascents, Both Seek Summit — Southeast Ridge Team to Focus on Education and Science; West Ridge Team of Anker and Cory Richards to Retrace Route of First American Ascent on West Ridge. Climb to Be Covered Online Starting March 16 at natgeo.com/oneverest and www.thenorthface.com/everest. Real-time Updates from West Ridge Team to Start April 16 …

An Expedition with Cory

Nepal

The new year is staring out right! I’m in Nepal for a 2 part adventure. First I’ll be meeting up with my friend Cory Richards for a first ascent attempt on the 6000M Tawoche Himal followed up by teaching Nepali climbers technical skills as part of the Khumbu Climbing School. Nepal holds a special place in our hearts …