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'Oh, Jesus—What Are They Doing' on Everest?

Inside the perilous ascents and descents over 2 days in May

(Newser) - "Oh, Jesus—what are they doing here?" It's a thought that repeated itself in Reinhard Grubhofer's mind as he summited Everest on May 23 and kept encountering climbers not physically and mentally up for the challenge. He was part of the horde who attempted to make it... More »

Father on Climbing Trip With Son Falls to His Death

Texas man was attempting to descend Washington state's Aasgard Pass

(Newser) - A father-son climbing trip in the Cascade Mountains turned tragic last week when Robert Jake Colburn apparently slipped and fell several hundred feet to his death. The 60-year-old from Dallas was descending Washington state's Aasgard Pass Thursday with three other people when he got ahead of the group, NBC... More »

They Watched Him Fall on Video. Now, a Body

Live-streamer went missing atop Mount Fuji on Monday

(Newser) - "Am I on the right track? So much of the route is covered with snow," says a man who was live-streaming his attempt at summiting Mount Fuji—a man whose body Japanese police on Wednesday said they may have found. The AP reports officials were notified after those... More »

The Ultimate Climbing Record Has Just Been Smashed

Nirmal Purja summited the planet's 14 tallest peaks in 189 days

(Newser) - Nirmal Purja on Tuesday described the last six months as "grueling." That's likely an understatement. The 36-year-old Nepalese man has obliterated the world record for summiting the 14 peaks on the planet that measure at least 8,000 meters, or roughly 26,350 feet. The record had... More »

Mayor Outraged After Climber Leaves Rowing Machine on Mountain

'Bring on Brexit,' French mayor says

(Newser) - A British ex-soldier has outraged a French mayor by leaving a rowing machine near the summit of western Europe's highest mountain during an unusual fundraising drive. Matthew Disney, a former Royal Marine, has been climbing mountains carrying the machine on his back, then rowing the height of the summit.... More »

Crews Recover Bodies of 7 Missing Climbers

Search continues for the 8th

(Newser) - A search team has recovered the bodies of seven of the eight climbers missing in the Indian Himalayas for a month. The bodies have not been identified, said a government official in northern India, who said returning them to the base camp will take two or three days, per ABC... More »

Plan to Get to Bodies by Helicopter Doesn't Work

Rescue team may need to climb to get to the 8 who vanished on Nanda Devi East

(Newser) - Indian officials have abandoned their initial plan to retrieve bodies believed to be members of a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain. All eight of the climbers who disappeared May 26 on Nanda Devi East are presumed dead, and the five bodies photographed... More »

Missing Climbers May Not Have Had Permission

8, including 2 Americans, are presumed dead on unnamed peak in India

(Newser) - The news about eight missing climbers in the Indian Himalayas took a grim turn Monday when Indian pilots spotted five bodies amid evidence of an avalanche. High winds and snow kept rescuers from getting to the spot to search for the other three, but one official said the odds of... More »

4 More Climbers Die on Clogged Everest

One man who died was reportedly stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours

(Newser) - The "death zone" near the summit of Mount Everest is living up to its name. At least seven climbers have died on the mountain this week, most of them after spending time caught in a lethal single-file traffic jam of climbers on the way to and back from the... More »

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 »

Recovery Team Confirms Fate of Famed Climbing Trio

Bodies of 3 renowned mountain climbers found in Banff National Park in Canada

(Newser) - Even the most skilled mountain climbers in the world are no match for a major avalanche. A recovery team in Canada's Banff National Park has recovered the bodies of renowned mountaineers Jess Roskelley, 36, Hansjorg Auer, 35, and David Lama, 28, reports the Calgary Herald . Roskelley is American and... More »

Bodies of Missing Climbers Found on 'Killer Mountain'

Searchers confirm silhouettes spotted on Nanga Parbat are bodies of Tom Ballard, Daniele Nardi

(Newser) - Two weeks after they went missing on the world's ninth-tallest mountain , the bodies of British climber Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi have been found on Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's so-called "Killer Mountain," reports the Guardian . Wrote Italy's ambassador to Pakistan: "With great sadness I... More »

In 5 Days, No Word From Climbers on 'Killer Mountain'

Tom Ballard, Daniele Nardi last known to be between Camps 3 and 4

(Newser) - A snow-covered tent has been the only possible sign of two climbers missing on the world's ninth-highest mountain since Sunday. A flash of reddish-orange fabric amid a sea of white was spotted Thursday during a helicopter search of Pakistan's 26,660-foot Nanga Parbat, which also turned up evidence... More »

She Wanted to 'Understand the Forest More.' So She Made History

Dhanya Sanal named as first woman to scale sacred Agasthyakoodam mountain

(Newser) - Even as Dhanya Sanal fulfilled her dream of ascending a 6,128-foot-high sacred mountain in India, she was "ready to turn back" at any time. In fact, the 38-year-old thought protesters might force her to do so. Until Kerala's high court put an end to the tradition in... More »

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 »

Climber Makes Phone Call: I'm Committing Suicide

Chinook helicopter lands on Mt. Hood to rescue him

(Newser) - A mountain climber who called authorities threatening to commit suicide was saved Friday in a hair-raising helicopter rescue, the Statesman Journal reports. The Oregon Army National Guard lowered six rescuers to the summit of Mount Hood—with only rear wheels touching and a plank used to reach the climber, Oregon... 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 »

Yosemite's El Capitan Claims 2 Highly Experienced Climbers

Men were speed-climbing the Freeblast route, roped together

(Newser) - Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Saturday as 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colo., and 42-year-old Tim Klein of Palmdale, Calif. Rangers received multiple 911 calls that two climbers had fallen while speed-climbing the Freeblast Route around 8am,... 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 »

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 »

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