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2 Women Charter Helicopter to 'Climb' Everest

Had it drop them above danger zone; sherpas upset

(Newser) - Climbers are back on Mount Everest for the first time since a deadly avalanche killed 16 less than a month ago, but they're not exactly making the whole trek: In a bid to avoid the Khumbu Icefall where the avalanche occurred, the two climbers—one an American woman hiking... More »

Sherpas' Concerns Prompt Climbers to Abandon Everest

Base camp 'increasingly tense'

(Newser) - The future of the climbing season on Mount Everest remains in doubt, and many mountaineers have decided to call it quits. After a deadly avalanche and conflict over relief funds, many sherpas have said they'll halt climbing for the season. That left hundreds of other climbers at base camp,... More »

Nepal Plans Sherpa Fund After Deadly Avalanche

After initially offering $413 to each family

(Newser) - After an Everest avalanche killed a reported 16 Sherpas, Nepal officials are coming around to the idea of coughing up some cash. Following two days of meetings with Sherpa representatives, the government says it will establish a relief fund for Sherpas wounded or killed in mountaineering accidents, the New York ... More »

Mountaineer Had Premonition of Everest Disaster —in 2012

Jon Krakauer looks at the imbalanced danger Sherpas face

(Newser) - Jon Krakauer takes to the pages of the New Yorker to weigh in on the latest tragedy on Everest (the author was, of course, part of the 1996 disaster that saw eight climbers killed). His piece makes plain the imbalance between the dangers faced by Sherpas and the climbers they... More »

Deadly Avalanche May End Season on Everest

Search for missing Sherpas called off

(Newser) - Hundreds of Everest expeditions planned for this year's climbing season may be delayed or called off in the wake of the mountain's deadliest-ever accident . Sherpa guides angered by the government's offer of just $400 compensation to the families of the 13 Sherpas killed in an avalanche are... More »

Body of 13th Sherpa Found on Everest

Three more remain missing after avalanche

(Newser) - Yesterday's avalanche on Everest already had been the deadliest ever, but the toll grew by one today with the discovery of a 13th Sherpa body, reports the BBC . Three more of the Nepalese guides remain missing, reports AP , and another three remain hospitalized. The avalanche struck yesterday morning... More »

Nepal May Ban Solo Everest Climbers

All climbers might need local guide

(Newser) - Nepal, in a bid to boost local employment and prevent incidents like last year's nasty Sherpa-climber clash , is thinking about requiring climbers going up Everest or other peaks higher than 26,000 feet to bring local guides with them. "We want to ensure the safety of climbers and... More »

Nepal Cracking Down on Bizarre Everest Attempts

Nepalese officials will be installed at base camp beginning spring 2014

(Newser) - Beginning next spring, climbers hoping to scale Everest will encounter a new group at base camp: government babysitters. Nepal will install a government team at the camp to watch over expedition teams; the move follows that infamous Sherpa-climber brawl earlier this year, the BBC reports. Those at the new post... More »

Coming to Everest: a Ladder?

Purists irked by plan to make final ascent easier

(Newser) - Traditionalists are up in arms about plans to install a ladder to make things easier on one of the final—and toughest—stages of the climb to the summit of Mount Everest, the Guardian reports. Mountaineering authorities say a ladder at the Hillary Step, a near-vertical rock face at 29,... More »

Sherpas Wanted to 'Kill Us': Everest Climber

Simone Moro gives his side of the story

(Newser) - Exactly what led to a Mount Everest brawl between Sherpas and climbers? Stories conflict, but one of the climbers has provided National Geographic with a firsthand account, and it's a harrowing tale. As previously reported, Simone Moro and two other climbers were trying to get to Camp III when... More »

High on Everest, a Nasty Fight Breaks Out

Police investigating alleged fight between 3 climbers, 100 Sherpas

(Newser) - It sounds basically insane: Climbers and Sherpas brawling, on Everest, more than 20,000 feet in the air. But that's what allegedly happened near the famed mountain's summit on Saturday morning, reports the Independent . In its telling, some 100 Sherpas surrounded and attacked three European climbers—Jonathan Griffith,... More »

First Death of Year Strikes Everest

Son of legendary climber dies at base camp

(Newser) - An experienced Sherpa guide who has scaled Mount Everest at least 10 times has died at the mountain's base camp, becoming the first fatality in this year's spring climbing season. Karsang Namgyal is the son of Ang Rita, a legendary climber who was the first to scale Everest... More »

Mt. Everest Getting More Dangerous to Climb: Sherpa

Global warming changing Himalayas, melting glaciers

(Newser) - Climate change appears to be hitting even the highest place on Earth, the Himalayas. A leading Nepalese mountaineer says the mountain range, including Mount Everest, has lost much of its snow and ice, making it now more prone to rockfalls and more dangerous to climb, reports AFP . "In 1989... More »

'Super Sherpa' Ascends Everest for 21st Time

Apa Sherpa breaks his own record for successful attempts

(Newser) - Today, a happier story from Mount Everest : A 51-year-old Nepalese climber nicknamed the "Super Sherpa" reached the summit for the 21st time, beating his own record. Apa Sherpa and five others climbed all night in conditions organizers called "perfect," as part of the annual Eco Everest campaign... More »

Famous Everest Sherpa Missing After Avalanche

Helicopter searches for Chhewang Nim, who scaled peak 19 times

(Newser) - A renowned sherpa who has scaled Mt. Everest 19 times was likely killed in an avalanche as he neared the peak of Mt. Baruntse in eastern Nepal. Chhewang Nima was leading an expedition of seven climbers when the avalanche struck as he was fixing ropes near the top of the... More »

Ice Melt Makes Everest Climb More Dangerous: Sherpas

Crampons and ice axes don't bite into rock

(Newser) - Expeditions to Everest are becoming more dangerous, local guides say, because the mountain's snow and ice are melting at an alarming rate. Crampons and ice axes, once essential Everest-scaling equipment, are now hazardous to use. “When there's no ice and only rock, metal objects don't bite into rock, so... More »

Sherpas to Remove Bodies From Everest

High-altitude cleanup to begin in 'death zone'

(Newser) - A team of 20 Sherpa mountaineers plans to remove bodies of climbers who died in Mount Everest's "death zone," a treacherous stretch that has claimed some 300 lives since 1953. The team also aims to remove tons of garbage left behind on the slopes as part of a... More »

Sherpas Navigate Big Apple Canyons

As tourism fades, expat Nepalese guides turn to driving NYC cabs

(Newser) - When a 10-year civil war drove tourists and climbers out of Nepal, the Sherpas who catered to them also left in droves, and many wound up in New York driving cabs. The taxis offer not only a livelihood but also fewer risks. "I stopped extreme climbing for my own... More »

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