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30 Years After They Vanished on the Mountain, 'Closure'

Steve Aisthorpe grateful that 2 friends who disappeared in Himalayas in 1988 have been found

(Newser) - The bodies of those who succumb to the Himalayan mountains likely stay on the slopes forever—it's often too difficult, dangerous, and costly to retrieve them. That fact didn't stop Steve Aisthorpe of Scotland from his recent mission on the Nepal-Tibet border: to get "closure" on the... More »

The School Led the Students Up Mount Hood, to Their Deaths

Inside the 1986 tragedy on the mountain

(Newser) - The second-deadliest alpine accident in North American history claimed nine lives. Of those who died on Mount Hood in May 1986, seven were students, all of whom attended Portland's Oregon Episcopal School. At the time, the school ran a program called Basecamp that was Outward Bound-like and required all... More »

Viral Video of Rocks Thrown Off Mountain Stirs Outrage

Hikers were recorded on Canada's Mount Rundle

(Newser) - Video footage from a mountain trail that shows visitors throwing huge rocks off a precipice has stirred outrage in the Canada climbing community. The public became aware of the incident after video that recently appeared on Instagram before being taken down appeared to show hikers on Alberta's Mount Rundle... More »

Honeymoon Was Supposed to Last a Year. Then, a Slip

New bride survives 1,000-foot slide on Denali

(Newser) - Polish newlyweds Magdalena Czarnecka and Michael Wangrat planned to take a full year for their honeymoon, first climbing Denali in Alaska, then trekking from Montana to New Mexico via the Continental Divide Trail before ultimately ending up in Central America. Instead, just 10 days into the epic trip, as Czarnecka... More »

'Into Thin Air' Survivor Dies in Apparent Home Accident

Charlotte Fox was a top female climber

(Newser) - Charlotte Fox, who survived a harrowing storm on Mount Everest in 1996 famously chronicled in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, has died after an apparent fall in her home. Friends of the 61-year-old climber found her on the floor and believe she slipped on the hardwood stairs of her... More »

He Lost 9 Fingers on Everest, Then Lost His Life

Nobukazu Kuriki was 35

(Newser) - Two foreign climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest have died on the world's highest peak, a Nepal mountaineering official said Monday. Members of their expedition teams reported a Japanese climber died Monday and a Macedonian died on Sunday, said Gyanendra Shrestha, who is stationed at Everest's base camp... More »

He Lost His Feet in Everest Fail. 43 Years Later, Redemption

Double amputee scales mountain as new climbing record is set

(Newser) - Two major conquests have kicked off the Everest climbing season. Setting out before Sherpas finished securing the season's ropes to the summit, double amputee Xia Boyu of China reached Everest's peak Monday on his fifth attempt, reports Time . It was a climb 43 years in the making. The... More »

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 »

This Whole Foods Dishwasher Is an Everest Record-Holder

Lhakpa Sherpa has already scaled it 8 times

(Newser) - Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times—and hopes to outdo herself yet again. The 44-year-old native of Nepal holds the world... More »

Climbers Made It to Top, but Only Sign of Them Are Ropes

George 'Ryan' Johnson, Marc-Andre Leclerc missing on Alaska mountain

(Newser) - Two experienced mountain climbers trying to tackle a new route in Alaska were presumed dead after climbing ropes that matched their gear were found in a crevasse, authorities said Wednesday. George "Ryan" Johnson, 34, of Juneau, and Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, were reported missing after they... More »

Climber Attempts 'Suicidal' K2 Ascent, Quickly Changes Mind

Denis Urubko abandoned team after argument, is forced back to base camp

(Newser) - A climber who abandoned a Polish team following a dispute with fellow mountaineers to attempt a solo ascent of K2, the world's second-highest peak, returned to base camp on Monday because of bad weather, reports the AP . The news dispelled concerns expressed by the other climbers after Denis Urubko... More »

Rescued Climber Gave Her Shoe to Hallucination

Elisabeth Revol describes 'Killer Mountain' ordeal

(Newser) - French climber Elisabeth Revol says that as she sheltered in a crevasse on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain," she thought people were bringing her hot tea—and she felt obliged to give them one of her shoes in return. In reality, she was alone, suffering altitude-induced hallucinations as she... More »

After a Dramatic Rescue, a 'Terrible and Painful Decision'

Climber declared dead on 'Killer Mountain'

(Newser) - Climbing partners Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz are believed to have achieved their goal of reaching the summit of Pakistan's notorious "Killer Mountain" in winter—but at a terrible cost. The pair called for help from Nanga Parbat on Friday and Revol, a French national, was brought down... More »

Descending Mount Everest Is Even Harder When You're Dead

'NYT' describes intense recovery of 3 bodies

(Newser) - Descending from the top of the world is no easy feat, taking hours or days—or more than a year, if you happen to be dead. In a 13,000-word feature, supplemented by jaw-dropping video footage, the New York Times recounts the incredible efforts taken to retrieve the bodies of... More »

Quick-Thinking Rescuer Saves Life of Man Trapped in Glacier

German mountaineer lucky to be alive after falling into a crevice in Austria

(Newser) - Austrian emergency teams have rescued a German mountaineer who spent five days in a deep glacier crevice after slipping. Officials say the man was found in the 100-foot-deep gap Thursday after he succeeded in making an emergency call from his cellphone following numerous failed attempts because of poor reception, the... More »

The Mountaineer We Never Knew Dies at 94

Fred Beckey, who sometimes climbed 50 peaks a year, had more first ascents than any American

(Newser) - Legendary mountain climber Fred Beckey, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, has died. He was 94. Megan Bond, a close friend who managed his affairs, told the AP that Beckey died of natural causes in her Seattle home... More »

Athlete With Down Syndrome Breaks Major Barrier

It took Andrew 'Bob' Harris 12 hours to scale Grand Teton

(Newser) - A Nevada man has become the first climber with Down syndrome to conquer the mighty Grand Teton. Andrew "Bob" Harris, 32, made history on Aug. 18 when he reached the summit, 13,776 feet above Jackson Hole, Wyo., at 5:15pm local time, Climbing reports. "With Bob, limits... More »

5 Climbers Fall to Deaths After Rope Comes Loose

Another 3 climbers died on Italian glacier

(Newser) - Sunday was a deadly day in the Austrian Alps: Five roped-together German climbers fell to their deaths after a rope apparently came loose, the BBC reports. Police say one of the climbers slipped and pulled down the rest of the group of six men, who plunged more than 600 feet... More »

Survival 'Unlikely' for 2 Missing on 'Killer Mountain'

Climbers are believed to have reached above 23K feet

(Newser) - It's dubbed "Killer Mountain," a name that will be hardly comforting to family members of two climbers lost on the peak in Pakistan since the weekend. Alberto Zerain Berasatei of Spain and Mariano Galacan of Argentina were part of a team that began climbing the world's... More »

Female Climber Sets Speed Record on Denali

Katie Bono, 29, makes round trip in 21 hours, fastest time by a woman

(Newser) - In what has been a tough year for climbers on Alaska's Mount Denali, a female American climber has just set a speed record, reports Outside magazine. Katie Bono, 29, left base camp at 6am on June 13, reached the summit in 40-below temperatures, and returned to camp 21 hours... More »

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