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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 »

Man, 85, Wants to Regain Everest Record

He was the oldest until an 80-year-old made the ascent

(Newser) - A Nepalese man who was once the oldest climber to scale Mount Everest is attempting to regain that title, at age 85, with hopes that the feat will help him spread a message of peace. Min Bahadur Sherchan plans to climb the 29,035-foot peak next month during a window... More »

Why Climbers Are Bringing Huge Trash Bags to Everest

It's urgent to remove trash left by previous expeditions

(Newser) - Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers up Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp, the AP reports. Dambar Parajuli of the Expedition Operators Association of Nepal said Wednesday that... More »

After Nepal's Big Everest Embarrassment, an Experiment

Some climbers will be outfitted with $300 GPS devices

(Newser) - Some climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest during the upcoming spring climbing season will be strapped with a GPS device to locate them in case they are in trouble and to prevent false claims of reaching the summit, officials said Monday. Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt to climb... More »

Middle-Aged Hiker Dies Near Everest Base Camp

Altitude sickness is suspected in death of 49-year-old

(Newser) - An Australian trekker has died near the Mount Everest base camp, reports the AP , possibly due to high-altitude sickness, police said Monday. The 49-year-old man died Friday at Lobuche village, located just below the base camp, at 16,200 feet, said Nepalese police official Khil Raj Bhattarai. Police identified the... More »

Gourmet Dinner Party for 25 on Mount Everest? No Problem

Well, there actually were problems, but chef James Sharman and his team still pulled it off

(Newser) - For a chef who's filleted and flambéd in some of Europe's top restaurants, planning a dinner party for two dozen people shouldn't present an issue—unless that dinner party happens to be nearly 18,000 feet in the air. Outside magazine outlines the challenges faced by... More »

Did Everest Really Shrink? We're About to Find Out

India to send scientists to measure

(Newser) - Call it the mystery of the missing inch. India's surveyor general on Tuesday announced that the country would "remeasure" Mount Everest to determine whether the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015 really did shave a bit off the mountain's height. The AFP reports that... More »

First Woman to Climb Everest Dead at 77

Junko Tabei overturned stereotypes in her native Japan

(Newser) - The first woman to climb Mount Everest didn't stop there. Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei, who died last week at 77, devoted her adult life to scaling peaks, climbing the tallest mountains in more than 70 countries, reports the AP . Her philosophy was to live life to the fullest. "... More »

Here's What Happens If You Lie About Climbing Everest

Indian couple banned from climbing any mountains in Nepal for 10 years

(Newser) - A total of 456 people reached the peak of Mount Everest during this past spring climbing season. PTI reports Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod were not among them. The Indian police officers, who claimed to have been the first Indian couple to climb Everest, were banned from climbing any mountain in... More »

Couple Accused of Faking Everest Climb

Indian pair may find themselves banned from mountain

(Newser) - Nepal's mountaineering authorities are investigating a climbing claim by an Indian couple who are accused of altering photographs of themselves on the summit of Mount Everest. The country's Department of Tourism chief says authorities are reviewing the Everest climb made by Dinesh Rathod and his wife Tarakeshwari in... More »

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