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Fulfilling Everest Dream Could Get 2 Climbers a 10-Year Ban

Willie Benegas, Matt Moniz skied Lhotse Face without ski permit, which may get them kicked off

(Newser) - More than 100 Sherpas are rallying behind two mountain climbers who face being banned from Mount Everest for the next decade due to an obscure mountaineering rule they apparently broke. Per Outside , it started with a May 5 Facebook post by Willie Benegas, 49, of Argentina, in which he announced... More »

It's Deemed 'Necessary Evil.' 2 Women Just Crushed It

Michaela Kiersch and Paige Claassen join just 12 or so male rock-climbers to ascend rock face

(Newser) - In Arizona lurks Necessary Evil, an imposing rock face that has presented a "heinous" climb for the only dozen or so male athletes who have ascended it. One climber who attempted it says it's an incredibly challenging task for anyone under 5 foot 10, but this week, two... More »

2nd Massive Rockfall in 2 Days Closes Yosemite Exit Route

Person killed Wednesday was British tourist

(Newser) - A massive new rockfall hit Yosemite National Park on Thursday, cracking with a thundering roar off the El Capitan rock formation, injuring one person and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below. The slide came a day after a giant slab of granite plunged from... More »

Mummified Climbers Found on Mexico's Tallest Peak

Bodies on Pico de Orizaba could be those lost in avalanche half-century ago

(Newser) - A team of climbers trekked some 17,000 feet up Mexico's Pico de Orizaba in search of one set of frozen, mummified remains only to stumble upon a second set some 400 feet away, reports the Telegraph . "It was impossible to conduct the rescue this time," says... More »

6 Missing on Mount Rainier Feared Dead

Helicopter crews spot gear at bottom of 3K-foot drop

(Newser) - Four climbers and two guides who went missing last week almost 13,000 feet up Mount Rainier are now presumed dead after rescuers found their gear at the bottom of a 3,000-foot drop in an area prone to avalanches, reports NBC . "There is every indication there is not... 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 »

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 »

The World's 10 Deadliest Peaks

Eiger tops the list, with the appropriate nickname "murder wall"

(Newser) - Would you be willing to climb a mountain charmingly nicknamed "murder wall"? If the moniker doesn't give you pause, its ranking as the most dangerous mountain in the world might do it. But hey, there are still nine other, slightly-less-dangerous peaks to tackle, in ranges from Pakistan... More »

Man Climbs Sandy-Hit Coaster, Plants Flag

38-year-old arrested for trespassing

(Newser) - Daring and patriotic, or reckless and stupid? You be the judge: A 38-year-old man was arrested today after climbing a roller coaster that had been swept out to sea by Hurricane Sandy and planting an American flag on it, NBC 4 New York reports. Christopher Angulo reached the coaster via... More »

Ranger Dies Saving Injured Mt. Rainier Climbers

He slid to his death while helping stranded party of 4

(Newser) - A ranger has died during a mission to rescue four injured climbers stranded on Mount Rainier. The 34-year-old ranger slid more than 3,000 feet to his death as he helped prepare the climbers to be taken from the 14,400-foot Washington mountain, reports AP . The four climbers from Texas... More »

Rescuer Describes Horror on Everest 'Death Zone'

Deadly congestion claimed at least four lives

(Newser) - Mount Everest climbers, "disoriented, frostbitten, sick, and totally exhausted," struggled against 80mph winds on congested trails last weekend , writes friend Chris Tomer on the blog of American adventurer Jon Kedrowski, who helped to rescue four climbers in the mountain's "death zone." "A two-hour wait... More »

Toll in Everest 'Traffic Jam' Hits 4

One of the deadliest days in mountain's history

(Newser) - A fourth climber died on Mount Everest on Saturday, his body spotted not far from where three other climbers perished on one of the mountain's deadliest days. The Chinese climber and the three other victims are believed to have suffered altitude sickness and exhaustion, the AP reports; all four... More »

Everest Claims 3 More Victims

Sudden windstorm moves in as climbers descend

(Newser) - Three climbers have died on Mount Everest and two others are missing, according to officials. A German, a Canadian born in Nepal, and a Korean died while descending from the 29,000-foot summit. Though the weather began favorably for the climbers, a sudden windstorm swept the mountain as they were... More »

Famed Ice Climber Dies in Fall

Jack Roberts went into cardiac arrest after 60-foot fall

(Newser) - Nationally known ice climber Jack Roberts has died after falling 60 feet during a climb in Colorado on Sunday. Roberts, a 58-year-old climber with more than 40 years experience, suffered a broken hip in the fall and went into cardiac arrest during the rescue. Members of a local search and... More »

Afraid of Heights? Don't Watch This

Teens in Kiev climb suspension bridge

(Newser) - In a vertigo-inducing video posted online, a group of teenagers in Kiev climbs a suspension bridge pylon—without a safety rope in sight. The height of the bridge they're attempting to surmount? 377 feet. One teen is wearing a camera mounted on his head; he passes a friend with... More »

6 Bodies Found in French Alps

No details yet on how climbers died

(Newser) - A hiker discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region today, the apparent victims of an accident yesterday. Mountain police based in Briancon said the bodies were discovered in a steep corridor at 8,858 feet, a day after the climbers left an overnight Alpine refuge.... More »

Long-Lost Climber's Corpse Found After 21 Years

American mountaineer found frozen in Canadian Rockies

(Newser) - Hikers in the Canadian Rockies have found the frozen body of a climber who fell to his death 21 years ago. William Holland, a 39-year-old geologist from Maine, plunged 1,000 feet from Alberta's Snow Dome Mountain when a snow outcrop collapsed beneath him. Other climbers called off the search... More »

Search Suspended for 'Likely Dead' Mt. Hood Climbers

Officials say avalanche risk too great

(Newser) - Two hikers missing since last week on Oregon's Mount Hood are almost certainly dead, say authorities. The search has been suspended due to the threat of avalanches. The chances of finding somebody alive in such conditions after 48 hours are less than 1%, a local specialist in emergency medicine tells... More »

Rescuers Seek 2 Pals of Dead Hiker

Climber's body found on glacier

(Newser) - Helicopter rescue teams continued to search for a male and female hiker missing for three days on storm-socked Mt. Hood in Oregon. Their companion, 26-year-old Luke Gullberg, was found dead on a glacier over the weekend. Gullberg's equipment was also found scattered around the glacier, including a camera with at... More »

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