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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 »

First a Climb, Then Earthquakes, Then a Rescue

Helicopter was able to get to Natalia Martinez off of Mount Logan

(Newser) - The Argentine climber stranded on Canada's highest peak has been rescued after four days. Natalia Martinez was stuck at about 12,800 feet on Yukon's Mount Logan after two earthquakes—of magnitudes 6.3 and 6.4, reports the Guardian —left the ground unstable. She was rescued... 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 »

Woman Will Be Stranded for Days on Canada's Highest Peak

Rescue not expected until Friday

(Newser) - Natalia Martinez was nine days into her solo climb of Canada's highest peak when two earthquakes hit the area Monday morning—leading to avalanches and unstable terrain that have made it unsafe for her to move up or down. Martinez, an accomplished 37-year-old mountain climber from Argentina, is currently... 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 »

Terror on the Mountain: 'I Let Out a Primal Scream'

Mountaineer tells tale of excruciating plummet—and extraordinary friendship

(Newser) - Alan Arnette admits he often braves mountain peaks on days other climbers label "unpleasant." But in his first-person account for the Coloradoan , Arnette explains why Feb. 10 was an entirely different scenario altogether, one in which he and fellow climber Jim Davidson found themselves in especially blustery conditions... More »

Missing Climber Fell 1,500 Feet, Survived

'He is literally a walking miracle,' mom says of Ryan Montoya

(Newser) - High winds and frigid temps couldn't take him down, nor could frostbite. And, per the story now trickling out of Colorado, even a 1,500-foot plummet off of Pyramid Peak couldn't keep Ryan Montoya from proving he's the ultimate survivor. The Aspen Times and Denver7 report the... More »

American Dies in Fall From Matterhorn

And yet he may one day return

(Newser) - Patrick Harper loved the Matterhorn so much that his ashes will one day be spread there—at the site of his death. The 52-year-old mountain climber and engineer from Butler, Pa., had been repeating his 2007 ascent of the 14,692-foot mountain in the Swiss Alps in order to recreate... 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 »

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 »

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