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American Climbs Everest, Dies in Return 'Traffic Jam'

Don Cash of Utah achieved his goal of 7 summits

(Newser) - A 55-year-old American reached the summit of Everest Wednesday, fulfilling a goal of conquering the highest summit on each continent. However, Don Cash of Sandy, Utah, died on the descent despite guides' efforts to revive him. The details:
  • Bottleneck: Cash went up the mountain with an expedition from Nepal's
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Hi, I Just Climbed Everest Twice in One Week!

Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, breaks own world record, ascends mountain for 24th time

(Newser) - Dear everyone who's ever climbed Mount Everest: Big deal. That may be exactly what Kami Rita Sherpa is thinking after extending his latest record on the mega-mountain, reaching the peak for the 24th time on Tuesday, per the BBC . Not only that, but the 49-year-old had just ascended Everest... More »

India's Cyclone Being Felt on Mount Everest

Power outages, dangerous winds, and 3 deaths reported so far from Fani

(Newser) - Cyclone Fani has made landfall. Per Stuff , the India Meteorological Department said the "extremely severe" cyclone, which threatens more than 100 million people in its path in eastern India, swooped into Odisha state around 8am local time Friday, though it was expected to be downgraded to a "very... More »

'Serious Issue' on Everest: Exploding Oxygen Tanks

Nepal bans old oxygen cylinders faulted by climbers

(Newser) - British TV presenter Ben Fogle was suffocating. "It felt like losing my scuba tanks under water and I only had one gulp of breath," he told the Sunday Times last year of the moment his oxygen supply cylinders exploded near Mount Everest's summit. Though Fogle's expedition... More »

Dangerous Airport Claims 3 More Lives

Plane hits helicopter on takeoff at Nepal's Lukla Airport near Everest

(Newser) - It's got a short runway and sits among mountains in the Everest region, two big reasons why Nepal's Lukla Airport is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. That became clear again on Sunday, when a small passenger plane struck a stationary helicopter on takeoff, killing... More »

China: No Permit, No Trip to Everest Base Camp

Tourist ban aims to cut down on mountain trash

(Newser) - China is making a move to help with the trash problem on Mount Everest. Bejing is closing the base camp on the Tibet side of the peak to everyone except those with climbing permits, reports the BBC . And China hands out only 300 of those permits a year. The Tibetan... More »

Their Husbands Died on Everest. Now They'll Climb It Themselves

Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa want to honor their late spouses, inspire others

(Newser) - Their husbands were Sherpas who died trying to ascend Mount Everest. Now, Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa have announced they're about to make their own climb up the treacherous mountain, both to inspire other single women and to help with their own healing, per Reuters . "We are... More »

China Clears Over 9 Tons of Trash From Mt. Everest

The world's tallest mountain is covered in a lot of junk

(Newser) - The world's tallest mountain is covered in a whole heap of trash. That's why a Chinese team of 30 people has been tasked with hauling decades worth of climbers' garbage off Mt. Everest. Since April, they've managed to bring down over 9 tons of cast-off mountaineering gear... 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 »

According to Their Blood, They 'Should Have Been Dead'

How the highest lab on the planet tried to unlock the secrets of human oxygen efficiency

(Newser) - Mike Grocott's resume may seem at odds with itself at first glance: The Brit is a professor of anesthesia and what Americans would call ICU-related medicine, and he also heads up Xtreme Everest, which has essentially put a lab higher than any other on Earth to study how oxygen-light... 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 »

Daredevil Who Did the Unthinkable at Everest Is Dead

Valery Rozov was 52

(Newser) - Leaping from a 22,349-foot-high mountain proved to be as dangerous as it sounds for Valery Rozov: The Russian base jumper died Saturday in an accident on Himalayan peak Ama Dablam. The AFP reports Rozov's death came while he was undertaking a "seven summits" quest that involved base... More »

3 Corpses Taken Off Everest, and Not Without Controversy

8 Sherpas recovered Indian climbers' bodies, at great risk

(Newser) - The Indian man wept as a helicopter landed in Nepal's capital carrying the body of his brother, one of hundreds of climbers who have died while attempting to scale Mount Everest. The body had been left on the mountain for a year until last week, when a team of... 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 »

Under Pressure, Everest Guides Will Risk Lives to Recover Body

The rescuers are being given a '50/50 chance of survival'

(Newser) - Ravi Kumar went missing on Everest last Saturday. Now, the Kathmandu Post reports climbing guides are planning the "most challenging, expensive, and longest" Everest mission ever to recover the 27-year-old Indian climber's body. The expedition will require at least 10 guides, 40 oxygen cylinders, and four days in... More »

Nepali Climbers Deny Demise of Everest's 'Hillary Step'

A British climber recently reported the outcrop near peak was no longer intact

(Newser) - Nepali climbers said Tuesday that a rocky outcrop near the top of Mount Everest known as the "Hillary Step" is intact, disputing a British climber's claim the feature had collapsed, the AP reports. British mountaineer Tim Mosedale, who last week reached the summit of the world's highest... More »

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