Ever since our species left Africa some 60,000 years ago, the urge to push beyond what’s known—to discover new lands and opportunities—has shaped human culture. And that impulse is still strong.
As we celebrate the National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary, we’re kicking off a year of stories about the new age of exploration.
Cory Richards and his two fellow climbers endured hurricane-force winds and temperatures of minus 50°F as they struggled to reach the summit of Gasherbrum II. Photo by Cory Richards/National Geographic