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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 »

Everest to Climbers: Bring Back 18 Lbs. of Trash

Nepal 'will not compromise' on new rule

(Newser) - On your next trip to Mount Everest, you'll have to bring back a not-so-scenic souvenir: at least 18 pounds of trash. That's according to new rules from the Nepalese government, which is getting sick of junk—to the tune of some 50 tons over six decades—getting left... More »

Coming to Everest: Police

Government security team will be installed at base camp this spring

(Newser) - Come spring, Everest's base camp will be home to a security team designed to prevent brawls like this one . It will be made up of three officers each from Nepal's army, police, and armed police force, assisted by tourism officials, the BBC has learned. The idea of a... More »

Dog Saved From Dump Climbs Mt. Everest

Rupee thought to be first to achieve feat

(Newser) - Mount Everest has its first known canine climber: a dog who was rescued from near death at an Indian dump. Rupee was adopted by South African golfer Joanne Lefson, who had taken her previous dog, Oscar, around the world (and has written an upcoming book about it). Her latest adventure... More »

Man With MS Makes Record Everest Leap

Frenchman skydived over highest mountain

(Newser) - A Frenchman with multiple sclerosis says he is exhausted, bruised, but very happy after becoming the first disabled man to skydive over Mount Everest. Marc Kopp, 55, swapped his wheelchair for a horse for the long journey to a Himalayan airstrip before jumping out of a helicopter at 38,000... More »

4 Die in Everest Avalanche

1 Australian, 3 Tibetans killed

(Newser) - An Australian tourist and three Tibetans have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, state media reported today. A local tourist agency organized a trip for four tourists to an off-limits area on Sunday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The group of 10, which included three herders who... 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 »

World's Highest Base Jump Made Off Everest

Daredevil Valery Rozov jumps from 23K feet

(Newser) - Most people would be pretty happy just to scale Mount Everest. Not Russian daredevil Valery Rozov. He climbed up then jumped right off again, breaking the record for the world's highest base jump at an altitude off 23,688 feet on May 5, reports the Telegraph . The 48-year-old was... 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 »

Oldest Climber Rescued From Everest

Yuichiro Miura safely back in Nepal via helicopter after bout with bad weather

(Newser) - The oldest climber to ever scale Mount Everest has made it off the mountain with his record—and his hide—intact. Bad weather, including poor visibility, had scotched Yuichiro Miura's attempt yesterday to leave the mountain, but a brief improvement today allowed a helicopter to swoop in and pick... More »

Japan Climber Becomes Oldest to Scale Everest

Yuichiro Miura, now 80, first conquered mountain at sprightly age of 70

(Newser) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest today—though his record may last only a few days. An 81-year-old Nepalese man, who held the previous record, plans his own ascent next week. Yuichiro Miura, who also conquered the 29,035-foot peak when... More »

Nepal Furious About Phone Call Atop Everest

British climber didn't get permission for interview

(Newser) - One more sign that climbing Everest just ain't what it used to be: When a British mountaineer got to the summit over the weekend, he pulled out his smartphone and gave the BBC a video billed as "the world's first live video call ... from the rooftop of... More »

Double Amputee Conquers Everest— Without Prosthetics

Sudarshan Gautam is first climber to do so

(Newser) - Sudarshan Gautam is missing both his arms, but that didn't stop him from achieving his dream: to reach Mount Everest's summit, which he did yesterday, according to his website . The Calgary man, 31, is the first double amputee to climb the mountain with no prosthetic limbs, Sun News... More »

Everest Has Become a Huge Mess

Literally and figuratively...

(Newser) - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first American to scale Mount Everest. Back in 1963, it was a feat only a handful of skilled adventurers accomplished. Today, hundreds of often inexperienced, ill-prepared thrill-seekers attempt the ascent every year. Most now survive, but as a result, the mountain has... 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 »

Teen With Down Syndrome Climbs Mt. Everest

Eli Reimer accomplishes historic feat with his dad

(Newser) - Talk about a high achievement: Oregon teenager Eli Reimer became the first person with Down syndrome to reach the base camp of Mt. Everest, People reports. Reimer made the 10-day, 70-mile trek alongside his father and even led their group: "It was humbling, it was inspiring, just an amazing... More »

Woman Sets Everest Record

In a first for women, Chhurim made 2 ascents in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Impressive: Climbing Everest. Wow: Doing it twice in a matter of days. A 29-year-old Nepalese woman entered the Guinness Book of World Records today as the first woman in the world to have made two ascents in one season, having reached the peak of the 29,035-foot mountain on May... More »

Mount Everest, in 3.8B Stunning Pixels

David Breashears compiled image from some 400 photographs

(Newser) - The Internet has gone wild over a photo this week, and deservedly so. The image in question: a shot of Mount Everest composed of some 400 individual photographs taken by filmmaker/five-time Everest climber David Breashears. He spoke with NPR about the image, which the Washington Post reports clocks in at... More »

More Than 200 Dead Litter Everest

Some bodies even used as landmarks for other climbers

(Newser) - There are regular reminders in the news just how dangerous climbing Mt. Everest can be, but Smithsonian drives that point home with a look at some of the mountain's more tragic stories. More than 200 people have died on its frozen slopes, and many have ended up preserved in... More »

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