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Dozens of Trainee Mountaineers Dead or Missing in Avalanche

Avalanche hit group of 34 trainees, 7 instructors in Indian Himalayas

(Newser) - The Indian Air Force has joined search and rescue efforts in the Himalayas, where at least 10 people were killed in an avalanche Tuesday and dozens more are missing. Authorities say the avalanche hit a group of 34 trainee mountaineers and seven instructors on Mount Draupadi ka Danda II in...

12 Climbers Went Up the Volcano. Then 5 Fell

Only a few survivors were evacuated from Russia's Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia's tallest volcano

(Newser) - A dozen climbers went up a Siberian volcano last week, but only a few have come back down. According to the Russian state agency Ria Novosti, the group of 12 began ascending Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia's tallest volcano, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far northeast, on Aug....

Canadian Climber Falls to His Death on Mt. Rainier

Witnesses say man took 'substantial fall' during descent

(Newser) - The body of a Canadian climber who fell to his death while descending Mount Rainier in Washington state has been recovered by a team of park rangers. Witnesses reported seeing British Columbia resident Chun Hui Zhang take a "substantial fall" while descending the popular Disappointment Cleaver route on Monday,...

It's More Dangerous Than Everest—and Getting Congested

'Conga line' of climbers seen near K2 summit

(Newser) - The world's second-highest mountain is a more difficult and dangerous climb than Mount Everest, but this year's climbing season has seen an unprecedented number of people attempt to conquer K2. Before July 21, only 302 people had ever reached the summit. That number jumped by more than 140...

2 Men Tried to Ascend Denali. Then It All Fell Apart
What Led to a
1K-Foot Fall on Denali
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What Led to a 1K-Foot Fall on Denali

Kelsey Vlamis explores the fateful ascent attempt in a piece for Insider

(Newser) - At Denali's 14 Camp, some climbers decide to call it quits. It's where the upper mountain begins, and where the already challenging journey to the Alaskan summit becomes even more treacherous. It's a decision made for safety's sake, but as Kelsey Vlamis explains in a lengthy...

1 Climber Killed, 4 Injured in Poor Conditions
5 Climbers Fall
on Mount Shasta

5 Climbers Fall on Mount Shasta

Weekend snow brought fog and left a thin layer of ice

(Newser) - A mountain climbing guide was killed and at least four other people were injured in separate accidents this week while climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California in treacherous conditions, authorities said Tuesday. Jillian Webster, 32, of Redmond, Oregon, was leading a man and a woman Monday morning when one of...

Too Many People Are Getting Stranded on Mount Hood
A Mount Hood 
Rescuer Is Worried

A Mount Hood Rescuer Is Worried

Veteran doctor lays out the problems, including too many unprepared climbers

(Newser) - Christopher Van Tilburg is a mountain rescue doctor who heads out with other volunteers when climbers, skiers, and snowboarders get into trouble on Oregon's Mount Hood. In an essay for Outside , Van Tilburg sounds a little exhausted. The crews typically handle a "few" cases per year, but they'...

Vindication for Climber Banned for Faking Everest Summit

One week after his ban expired, Narender Singh Yadav made it to the top

(Newser) - Update: An Indian man accused of faking a summit of Everest in 2016 was handed a six-year ban on climbing in Nepal—and just days after its expiration on May 20, he made it to the top of Everest, reports the AFP . Narender Singh Yadav made sure the feat was...

Climber Dies When Ice Bridge Collapses Into Crevasse in Alaska

The 43-year-old Japanese man wasn't roped to his fellow climbers at the time

(Newser) - A climber from Japan is presumed dead following a fall into a crevasse near Mount Hunter in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, officials said. The park, in a statement , said a 43-year-old climber from Kanagawa, Japan, was unroped from his teammates when he fell through a weak ice...

Sherpa Guide Nonchalantly Breaks Everest Record

Kami Rita scales mountain for 26th time while setting ropes for foreign climbers

(Newser) - An experienced Nepalese Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own record for the most climbs of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot summit on Saturday evening, leading a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so...

Body of Missing Climber on Tallest US Peak Is Found

Austrian Matthias Rimml apparently fell on Alaska's Mount Denali

(Newser) - The first person to try climbing North America's tallest summit this season has lost his life in the attempt. Rangers at Denali National Park in Alaska say they spotted the body of 35-year-old Austrian climber Matthias Rimml, who had set out on a solo attempt to scale the 20,...

They've Climbed the 14 Highest Peaks. Now, a 'Grand Slam' Quest

Nepalese Sherpa brothers set out to climb highest peaks on all 7 continents

(Newser) - Two brothers who are among Nepal's most famous Sherpa guides set out on Monday to scale the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents, in a sweeping global trek that will take them across both the North and South poles. Mingma Sherpa and Chhang Dawa Sherpa...

Your Kid Finished the Appalachian Trail? Be Quiet, Maybe

In 'Outside' essay, Krista Langlois explains why she doesn't like stories of young record-breakers

(Newser) - We've all seen the occasional headlines about kids who set mountain-climbing records or hike the entire Appalachian Trail , but Krista Langlois doesn't want to hear about such feats anymore. In her latest piece for Outside , she explains it's not that she's unimpressed by the youngsters' abilities,...

3 Bodies Found Buried on Peak Near Everest

They belong to French climbers missing on Kangtega since Oct. 26

(Newser) - Three French climbers appear to have died in an avalanche on a peak near Mount Everest last month. The bodies of Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche, and Louis Pachoud were recovered from Kangtega mountain in Nepal's remote Solukhumbu district on Monday, a day after they were discovered under more than...

First Disabled Man to Scale 14 Tallest Peaks Lost on Descent

Kim Hong-bin believed to have fallen into crevasse on Broad Peak in China

(Newser) - In reaching the summit of Broad Peak on the border of Pakistan and China on Sunday, 57-year-old Kim Hong-bin became the first disabled person—and 44th person overall—to climb the world's 14 tallest mountains , reports the Korea Herald . "As I could do it as a disabled person,...

On Mount Everest, a World Record Twofer

75-year-old becomes oldest American to climb peak; HK climber nabs fastest ascent by woman

(Newser) - Two new climbers made the Mount Everest record books over the past week, including a man who now holds the title of oldest American ever to ascend the 29,032-foot peak. Per Reuters and the Himalayan Times , 75-year-old Arthur Muir is that man, completing his ascent on Sunday and taking...

In 2019, Sherpa Broke Everest Record. Now, Yet Again

Kami Rita Sherpa has climbed world's tallest mountain 25 times

(Newser) - For the past 27 years, Kami Rita Sherpa has been ascending and descending Mount Everest, part of expedition teams bent on conquering the mountain. In 2019, the Nepalese man set a world record for the most summits of the world's tallest mountain, making it to the top and back...

Famous Mountaineer Now Considered Dead

Pakistan officials make statement about 3 climbers who went missing on K2

(Newser) - Three mountaineers who went missing earlier this month while attempting to scale the world’s second-highest mountain, K2, should now be considered dead, Pakistani officials said Thursday. The announcement brings closure to a dramatic snowbound rescue effort on one of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the world. K2...

With 3 Climbers Missing, the Rest Are Forced Down K2

Pakistan suspends winter ascents, effective immediately

(Newser) - Climbers managed to reach the top of the world's second-highest mountain in winter for the first time in January , but no more will be able to attempt it. Pakistani authorities on Wednesday suspended all winter ascents of K2, effective immediately, after three climbers went missing while attempting to scale...

Bid to Make Climbing History Ends in Tragedy

Spain's Sergi Mingote dies trying to scale K2 in winter; a different group made it

(Newser) - For the first time, climbers have reached the top of the world's second-highest mountain in winter. But the feat comes after yet another tragedy on Pakistan's K2. Reuters reports that a team of Nepalese climbers reached the summit together on Saturday. The celebration was muted, however, by news...

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