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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 »

Climber Says He Raced Up Everest Twice in One Week

Kilian Jornet says he did so without oxygen or fixed ropes within one week

(Newser) - It's one thing to climb Everest. It's another to climb Everest without fixed ropes or extra oxygen. And it's entirely something else to do the latter twice in a span of a single week. That's what 29-year-old Spanish climber Kilian Jornet claims to have just accomplished,... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2 Utah Climbers Missing on Pakistan Mountain

Snowstorm hit when they were halfway up

(Newser) - Friends and relatives are deeply worried about two Utah men believed to be stranded on one of Pakistan's highest and toughest mountains. Accomplished mountaineers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson set out to climb the north face of Baintha Brakk II, also known as Ogre II, on Aug. 21, and... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Nepal Wants to Keep Old, Young, Disabled Off Everest

And ensure qualified mountaineers are able to climb such tall peaks

(Newser) - Mount Everest finally reopened last month after the deadly April earthquake , but Nepal wants to limit who is allowed to climb the peak. Officials there say they want a ban that would keep the very young, elderly, disabled, and inexperienced off the world's tallest mountain for safety and to... 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 »

Solo McKinley Climber Found Dead in Snow

Climbers found Argentine man at 17.2K feet

(Newser) - A pair of climbers who made it to the 17,200-foot camp on Mount McKinley, aka Denali, discovered the body of a solo climber lying in snow in the middle of the plateau. Heraldo Javier Callupan, a 39-year-old man from Argentina, had no visible signs of trauma and "appears... More »

Nepal: Human Waste Is Wrecking Everest

Climbers are just using holes in the snow

(Newser) - The majesty of Mount Everest is being ruined by hundreds of climbers and guides who turn it into the world's highest toilet every climbing season, officials in Nepal warn. The chief of the country's mountaineering association says that at camps between base camp and the summit, climbers "... More »

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