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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 »

'Huge Mystery': Skeleton Found Near Summit

Remains on Mt. Williamson appear to have been deliberately buried, maybe years ago

(Newser) - Two hikers ascending California's second-tallest peak were a bit lost and bit off course when they came across a startling find: a full human skeleton. Now authorities in Inyo County are trying to solve what one calls a "huge mystery"—just who died below Mt. Williamson? And... More »

One of the Doomed Climbers Had a GoPro

'Black box video' of sorts suggests group triggered avalanche on Nanda Devi

(Newser) - Eight climbers traverse a snow ledge on an unclimbed peak of India's second-highest mountain, a bright sun shining down. Then the screen goes black. The footage released Monday, taken from a GoPro camera retrieved from the body of one of eight climbers who perished on Nanda Devi in May,... 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 »

Bad News in Search for 8 Missing Climbers

Indian pilots spot 5 bodies, and chances of finding any survivors 'almost zero'

(Newser) - Pilots from India searching for eight missing climbers on a Himalayan peak spotted five bodies, but conditions remain too dangerous to retrieve them, reports the Guardian . Prior to that sighting, a government official had declared of the eight, "The chances of survival are almost zero now." The climbers... More »

Edmund Hillary's Son: Dad Would Be Appalled

First man to scale Everest would be 'quite sad' at the crowding on the mountain this year

(Newser) - Wednesday marked the 66th anniversary of the day Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand atop Mount Everest, and Hillary's son says that the overcrowding and death seen this year on the mountain would leave his dad "horrified at the whole thing" and "quite sad.... More »

7 More Climbers Disappear

This time, it isn't Mount Everest

(Newser) - With climbing deaths dogging Mount Everest, CNN reports that seven climbers and their liaison officer have gone missing near a notorious Himalayan peak. The team leader's Facebook posts suggest they were about to climb the difficult Nanda Devi East— the BBC says no one has climbed its 24,000-plus... 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 »

'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 »

For Families of Missing Climbers, the Feared News

'Presumed to be deceased,' say parks officials in Canada

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada say it's all but certain that three renowned mountain climbers are dead. “Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of the party are presumed to be deceased," declared the Canadian parks service regarding the fate of American Jess Roskelley and Austrians... 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 »

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 »

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