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Nepal Wants to Keep Old, Young, Disabled Off Everest

And ensure qualified mountaineers are able to climb such tall peaks

(Newser) - Mount Everest finally reopened last month after the deadly April earthquake , but Nepal wants to limit who is allowed to climb the peak. Officials there say they want a ban that would keep the very young, elderly, disabled, and inexperienced off the world's tallest mountain for safety and to... More »

Climber Who Lost 9 Fingers Abandons Everest

Nobukazu Kuriki is first to attempt the climb since Nepal's massive earthquake

(Newser) - For a fifth time in six years, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki is turning back from his summit bid on Mount Everest—this time hindered by heavy autumn snows and the profound challenge of making the bid with only his right thumb. Kuriki, 33, lost nine fingers to frostbite on the... More »

After Deadly Avalanche, Everest Finally Reopens

Japanese climber is set to go up

(Newser) - Nepal has opened Mount Everest to climbers for the first time since an earthquake-triggered avalanche in April killed 19 mountaineers and ended the popular spring climbing season. Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki will be the first to attempt to scale the world's highest peak since the quake. Nepal's tourism... More »

Mount Everest Moved —One Whole Inch

Nepal's deadly April earthquake shook the mountain hard

(Newser) - Rest easy, geological watchdogs: Reports that Mount Everest may have shrunk almost a whole inch after April's devastating earthquake in Nepal are unfounded, Chinese officials say. But those same officials note that data culled from a satellite monitoring system shows the deadly quake that killed more than 8,000... More »

Nepal Won't Close Everest; Sherpas, Firms Won't Go Up

Country desperate to keep its main tourism stream flowing

(Newser) - Just a week or so after Nepal's deadly avalanche and earthquake that killed at least 7,250 people , a debate is growing between those who want the mountain to remain open for climbers and those who think it's not worth the risk. A Nepal government spokesman, cognizant of... More »

Everest Is a Little Smaller Now

Earthquake shrank it by about an inch, while Kathmandu area rose 3 feet

(Newser) - Future climbers won't notice, but Mount Everest is a tiny bit shorter because of the earthquake in Nepal. Radar images show that it shrank about an inch, reports the Weather Channel . The change may have been greater had the world's tallest peak been directly above the fault line,... More »

High Up Everest, a Massive, Tricky Rescue Continues

At least 180 pulled off mountain by helicopter so far

(Newser) - In the wake of Nepal's nightmare earthquake , a group of Americans was among hundreds of people left stranded on the world's tallest mountain, ABC News reports, and their base camp doctor was among three Americans killed. "We have been up here at Camp 2 hanging tough, but... More »

Survivors Flee Kathmandu as Quake Toll Tops 3.7K

Disease fears rise as food, water runs out

(Newser) - Aftershocks from Saturday's devastating earthquake are still shaking Kathmandu, and while more aid is starting to arrive, a lot of people are trying their best to get out of the Nepalese capital. Roads out of the city are jammed, and for a second night, hundreds of thousands of people... More »

Google Exec Among the Dead on Everest

Dan Fredinburg suffered a head injury, his sister confirms

(Newser) - One of the Everest victims has been revealed as Google exec Dan Fredinburg. His sister today confirmed in posts to his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he died after suffering a head injury in the avalanche triggered by the Nepal quake. Fredinburg's LinkedIn profile lists three roles held at... More »

A Shaken Everest Sees Its 2nd Deadliest Day

At least 10 killed after Nepal quake triggers avalanche

(Newser) - Amid the sea of casualties in today's quake in Nepal are at least 10 that are garnering headlines of their own because of where tragedy befell them: on Everest. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Nepal in more than eight decades, triggered a deadly avalanche in the... More »

Nepal: Human Waste Is Wrecking Everest

Climbers are just using holes in the snow

(Newser) - The majesty of Mount Everest is being ruined by hundreds of climbers and guides who turn it into the world's highest toilet every climbing season, officials in Nepal warn. The chief of the country's mountaineering association says that at camps between base camp and the summit, climbers "... More »

After Disaster, a New Route Up Mount Everest

Avoiding danger spot means longer climb, experts say

(Newser) - Last year saw the history's deadliest Mount Everest accident , and Nepal is taking steps to make sure it never happens again. At the center of the trouble is the Khumbu Icefall, a frequently moving glacier that climber Jon Krakauer compared to "a round of Russian roulette" for climbers,... More »

British Woman Dies During Everest Trek

She had breathing difficulties on way back from base camp

(Newser) - After the worst-ever Mount Everest disaster killed 16 Sherpa guides earlier this year, climbing season was cut short—but even getting to base camp can be deadly. A 49-year-old British woman who was trekking in the region died in her hotel room after returning from the camp, which is 17,... More »

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 »

12 Dead in Everest's Deadliest Day

3 more Sherpa guides are believed missing

(Newser) - Mount Everest's spring climbing season hasn't yet hit its busiest stretch, but tragedy already has struck: Nepalese officials say at least 12 guides were killed in an avalanche this morning and another three are missing, reports AP , in what is believed to be Everest's deadliest day. The... More »

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