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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 »

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 »

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