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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 »

Climber Abandons Everest Peak to Save Stranger

'I owe my life to him,' Sunita Hazra says of Leslie Binns

(Newser) - Leslie Binns was just 12 hours and 1,650 feet from the Everest summit on May 21 when an Indian woman slipped during her descent and came barreling toward him. "All I could hear were the screams of terror as the person gained momentum," he tells the BBC... More »

Vegan Climber Whose Wife Died on Everest: It's My Fault

Robert Gropel says he didn't realize how sick she was

(Newser) - The husband of a woman who died climbing Mount Everest earlier this month says he blames himself for her death, the Guardian reports. In an interview with Network Seven in Australia, Robert Gropel says wife Maria Strydom seemed exhausted from climbing when they were just 15 minutes from the peak.... More »

Vegan Climber's Mom: I Want Her Death Explained

Maria Strydom died climbing Mount Everest

(Newser) - The mother of a vegan who died trying to climb Mount Everest is demanding answers—about whether the climb was conducted safely and why, for days, no one informed her that her daughter was dead. Speaking from Australia, Maritha Strydom tells CNN she was following satellite "pings" of daughter... More »

Everest Victim Wanted to Prove 'Vegans Can Do Anything'

Maria Strydom succumbed to altitude sickness near the summit

(Newser) - A fourth person has died on Mount Everest, and further details about the deaths are slowly emerging. Subhash Paul of India was being assisted overnight Sunday by Sherpa guides during a descent when he died of altitude sickness, the AP reports. Dutch climber Eric Arnold passed away Friday of the... More »

2 Climbers MIA as Mt. Everest Turns Deadly

After 2 climbers die of apparent altitude sickness

(Newser) - Two Indian climbers have gone missing on Mount Everest, an expedition organizer said Sunday, a day after two deaths from apparent altitude sickness , underscoring the risks on the world's highest mountain. Paresh Nath and Goutam Ghosh have been missing since Saturday, said Wangchu Sherpa of the Trekking Camp Nepal... More »

By One Measure, This Is World's Tallest Mountain

Chimborazo leaves Everest in its dust, kind of

(Newser) - The New York Times chips away at a fact you've known since grade school: that 29,029-foot Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It is, of course, when measured as distance above sea level. But define tallest as the point on the planet closest to space, and... More »

Dutch Climber Is Year's First Everest Death

He perished on way down from summit

(Newser) - A 35-year-old Dutch man suffering from high-altitude sickness died on his way back from Mount Everest's summit in the first death reported this year on the world's highest mountain, an expedition organizer says. Eric Arnold died near the South Col on Friday night, Pasang Phurba of the Seven... More »

7-11 Clerk Breaks Her Own Everest Record

And a wounded veteran has a milestone of his own

(Newser) - Two Mount Everest climbs are making headlines:
  • A 42-year-old convenience store worker from Connecticut has scaled Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own record as the most successful female climber of the world's highest peak, reports the AP . Lhakpa Sherpa was among 18 climbers who reached the summit
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7-Eleven Clerk Might Be Everest's Best Female Climber

Lhakpa Sherpa is going for her seventh summit

(Newser) - She ought to be a household name, at least in the world of mountaineering. But even though Lhakpa Sherpa has reached the summit of Everest six times, more than any woman in the world, she remains a relative unknown. In fact, as a profile in Outside magazine reveals, the 40-ish... More »

Humans Failed to Conquer Everest in 2015

And more people died on the mountain last year than in any other year

(Newser) - For the first time in 41 years, not a single person stood on the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 29,029 feet, during an entire calendar year. But that's not even close to the worst of what 2015 brought, as famed climber Alan Arnette... More »

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