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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 »

Backpacker Found Dead After Texting Girlfriend

It took searchers nearly a week to find Aiden Webb's body

(Newser) - An experienced English climber who was halfway through a four-month trip through Vietnam with his girlfriend has been found dead after attempting to summit the country's highest peak. Expecting to scale the 10,312-foot Fansipan in a day, 22-year-old Aiden Webb set out at 6am last Friday with only... 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 »

Famous Climbers' Bodies Left Where They Were

Tibet mountaineers didn't realize they had found long-lost men

(Newser) - The mountaineers who discovered the bodies of long-lost American climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges in Tibet left them untouched out of respect—and it took them days to realize who they were. Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck tells Reuters that he was on the way up Mount Shishapangma with German... 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 »

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 »

After 16 Years, Mountain Gives Up Climbing Legend's Body

Alex Lowe, cameraman perished in Tibet avalanche

(Newser) - The frozen remains of one of the greatest American mountain climbers who ever lived have been found on the mountain where he died. Alex Lowe was 40 years old and considered the best in the world when he died alongside cameraman David Bridges in October 1999, the AP reports. They... 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 »

2 Women Die in 200-Foot Fall at National Park

Climbers weren't wearing ropes; 3rd woman rescued

(Newser) - Two women died when they fell about 200 feet while trying to climb a mountain in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The National Park Service says the accident occurred around 11am Saturday on the 12,300-foot Teewinot Mountain, the sixth-tallest peak in the Teton Range. The agency identified 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 »

22-Year-Old Vies to Be First Woman to Scale 'Murder Wall'

Climber Sasha DiGiulian trying to reach peak of dangerous Swiss mountain

(Newser) - Between semesters at Columbia University, Sasha DiGiulian is summering at the Mordwand in the Swiss Alps, which sounds like a lovely getaway until you find out "Mordwand" is German for "murder wall." Per CBS News , the 22-year-old world-class climber is trying to become the first woman to... 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 »

Oregon Man Falls 1K Feet to His Death

Dasan Marshall was climbing Mount Yukla in Alaska

(Newser) - Alaska State Troopers say an Oregon man died while climbing Mount Yukla. Troopers say Dasan Marshall of Portland, Oregon, was climbing with a friend yesterday when he fell about 1,000 feet. Because of the terrain in the Chugach Mountains about six miles from the Eagle River Nature Center, a... More »

Climber Makes History on Mount McKinley

Lonnie Dupre becomes first to climb it solo in January

(Newser) - Thousands of people have climbed Mount McKinley, aka Denali, in solo expeditions during the summer. Not one has made it to the top of North America's highest peak alone in the brutal weather of January—until now. Lonnie Dupre, a 53-year-old Minnesota adventurer, became the first to do so... 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 »

3 More Climbers Die in Falls on Mont Blanc

Incident follows tragedy days ago

(Newser) - Just days after six climbers died on Western Europe's tallest mountain—marking the deadliest accident there in two years, AFP notes via the Raw Story —three more have died at the site. This time, two climbers and their guide fell some 2,600 feet, police say; their bodies... More »

5 Climbers Dead on Western Europe's Tallest Mountain

Guide missing on Mont Blanc, site of many recent deaths

(Newser) - Another tragedy has struck at the peak of climbing season on Western Europe's highest mountain: Five climbers have perished on Mont Blanc in France and their guide is still missing, reports the AP . Word went out that the climbers had disappeared yesterday evening when they didn't come back... More »

Hiker Survives on Bugs After Harrowing Leg Break

Gregg Hein: Break was so bad bone protruded more than an inch out of leg

(Newser) - Hiking alone has its disadvantages, and experienced climber, rafter, and trail runner Gregg Hein got up close and personal with most of them earlier this month. Two days into a solo hike in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks near Fresno, Calif., his footing set loose a boulder that... More »

Missing Climber's Frozen Body Found 32 Years Later

Patrice Hyvert disappeared on Mont Blanc in 1982 when he was just 23

(Newser) - Some 32 years after he went missing, the body of aspiring mountain guide Patrice Hyvert has been found, frozen, on a glacier in the Mont Blanc range. Just 23 at the time he vanished during a solo climb of one of the Mont Blanc massif's main peaks, Hyvert was... More »

Mt. Rainier Victim Predicted Tough Climb

6 bodies may never be found, park officials say

(Newser) - The six people believed to have died in Mount Rainier's worst accident in decades include a veteran climber who had reached the Washington state mountain's summit more than 50 times. "We're still in a state of shock," a spokesman for the company that organized the... More »

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