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China Clears Over 9 Tons of Trash From Mt. Everest

The world's tallest mountain is covered in a lot of junk

(Newser) - The world's tallest mountain is covered in a whole heap of trash. That's why a Chinese team of 30 people has been tasked with hauling decades worth of climbers' garbage off Mt. Everest. Since April, they've managed to bring down over 9 tons of cast-off mountaineering gear... More »

'Into Thin Air' Survivor Dies in Apparent Home Accident

Charlotte Fox was a top female climber

(Newser) - Charlotte Fox, who survived a harrowing storm on Mount Everest in 1996 famously chronicled in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, has died after an apparent fall in her home. Friends of the 61-year-old climber found her on the floor and believe she slipped on the hardwood stairs of her... More »

He Lost 9 Fingers on Everest, Then Lost His Life

Nobukazu Kuriki was 35

(Newser) - Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday. Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who is stationed at Everest's base camp... More »

He Lost His Feet in Everest Fail. 43 Years Later, Redemption

Double amputee scales mountain as new climbing record is set

(Newser) - Two major conquests have kicked off the Everest climbing season. Setting out before Sherpas finished securing the season's ropes to the summit, double amputee Xia Boyu of China reached Everest's peak Monday on his fifth attempt, reports Time . It was a climb 43 years in the making. The... More »

Fulfilling Everest Dream Could Get 2 Climbers a 10-Year Ban

Willie Benegas, Matt Moniz skied Lhotse Face without ski permit, which may get them kicked off

(Newser) - More than 100 Sherpas are rallying behind two mountain climbers who face being banned from Mount Everest for the next decade due to an obscure mountaineering rule they apparently broke. Per Outside , it started with a May 5 Facebook post by Willie Benegas, 49, of Argentina, in which he announced... More »

This Whole Foods Dishwasher Is an Everest Record-Holder

Lhakpa Sherpa has already scaled it 8 times

(Newser) - Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times—and hopes to outdo herself yet again. The 44-year-old native of Nepal holds the world... More »

According to Their Blood, They 'Should Have Been Dead'

How the highest lab on the planet tried to unlock the secrets of human oxygen efficiency

(Newser) - Mike Grocott's resume may seem at odds with itself at first glance: The Brit is a professor of anesthesia and what Americans would call ICU-related medicine, and he also heads up Xtreme Everest, which has essentially put a lab higher than any other on Earth to study how oxygen-light... More »

Descending Mount Everest Is Even Harder When You're Dead

'NYT' describes intense recovery of 3 bodies

(Newser) - Descending from the top of the world is no easy feat, taking hours or days—or more than a year, if you happen to be dead. In a 13,000-word feature, supplemented by jaw-dropping video footage, the New York Times recounts the incredible efforts taken to retrieve the bodies of... More »

Daredevil Who Did the Unthinkable at Everest Is Dead

Valery Rozov was 52

(Newser) - Leaping from a 22,349-foot-high mountain proved to be as dangerous as it sounds for Valery Rozov: The Russian base jumper died Saturday in an accident on Himalayan peak Ama Dablam. The AFP reports Rozov's death came while he was undertaking a "seven summits" quest that involved base... More »

3 Corpses Taken Off Everest, and Not Without Controversy

8 Sherpas recovered Indian climbers' bodies, at great risk

(Newser) - The Indian man wept as a helicopter landed in Nepal's capital carrying the body of his brother, one of hundreds of climbers who have died while attempting to scale Mount Everest. The body had been left on the mountain for a year until last week, when a team of... More »

Climber Says He Raced Up Everest Twice in One Week

Kilian Jornet says he did so without oxygen or fixed ropes within one week

(Newser) - It's one thing to climb Everest. It's another to climb Everest without fixed ropes or extra oxygen. And it's entirely something else to do the latter twice in a span of a single week. That's what 29-year-old Spanish climber Kilian Jornet claims to have just accomplished,... More »

Under Pressure, Everest Guides Will Risk Lives to Recover Body

The rescuers are being given a '50/50 chance of survival'

(Newser) - Ravi Kumar went missing on Everest last Saturday. Now, the Kathmandu Post reports climbing guides are planning the "most challenging, expensive, and longest" Everest mission ever to recover the 27-year-old Indian climber's body. The expedition will require at least 10 guides, 40 oxygen cylinders, and four days in... More »

Nepali Climbers Deny Demise of Everest's 'Hillary Step'

A British climber recently reported the outcrop near peak was no longer intact

(Newser) - Nepali climbers said Tuesday that a rocky outcrop near the top of Mount Everest known as the "Hillary Step" is intact, disputing a British climber's claim the feature had collapsed, the AP reports. British mountaineer Tim Mosedale, who last week reached the summit of the world's highest... More »

American Dies in His 2nd Attempt to Scale Everest

Roland Yearwood had survived 2015 avalanche there

(Newser) - Sunday marked a deadly day on Mount Everest and an especially tragic one for an American who had weathered danger there before. Alabama doctor Roland Yearwood was one of three to die in separate incidents on the mountain, the Washington Post reports. Yearwood, whose cause of death has not been... More »

'Not Sure What's Going to Happen' After Part of Everest Collapses

Mountaineer confirms demise of Hillary Step, probably in 2015 quake

(Newser) - Mount Everest’s iconic Hillary Step, a nearly vertical 39-foot slab of rock that stood as the final challenge to the summit, has collapsed, reports the BBC . The step was likely the victim of the 2015 earthquake that closed the mountain ; pictures from last May appeared to show a change... More »

Man Found Hiding in Cave on Everest

Ryan Sean Davy says he was 'treated like a murderer' for climbing without permit

(Newser) - A South African man was scooped up by authorities on Mount Everest after attempting to climb the mountain alone and without a permit. As a result, Ryan Sean Davy, 43, now faces a fine of $22,000, reports the BBC . In a Facebook post , Davy explains that he reached the... More »

Man Dies Attempting to Become Oldest to Climb Everest

Min Bahadur Sherchan was 85

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Nepalese man attempting to reclaim the record for oldest person ever to summit Mount Everest , died Saturday at base camp, the BBC reports. Min Bahadur Sherchan's guide says he was in good shape but hadn't spent time at high altitude in two years. According to the... More »

This Number Could Spell Trouble on Everest: 371

Nepal hasn't issued this many climbing permits to foreigners since 1953

(Newser) - There are typically just a handful of days each climbing season in which the weather allows climbers to safely ascend Everest, the head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association tells the Washington Post . Which is why pro mountaineers and local officials are worried about the 800 or so climbers expected to... More »

Climber Was in Brawl During Last Everest Attempt

Climbing community mourns Ueli Steck

(Newser) - Ueli Steck, the famed Swiss mountain climber who died in an accident near Mount Everest on Sunday, almost died in very different circumstances the last time he was in the area. The 40-year-old "Swiss Machine" was one of three European climbers who fled to base camp after brawling with... More »

Famed Swiss Climber Killed Near Everest

Ueli Steck, 40, was considered one of the best mountaineers of his generation

(Newser) - Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in a mountaineering accident near Mount Everest in Nepal, expedition organizers said. Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks said Steck was killed at Camp 1 of Mount Nuptse. "His body has been retrieved and is being brought to Kathmandu," Sherpa... More »

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