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5 Bodies Left on Everest Will Soon Be Retrieved

Along with 10 tons of trash

(Newser) - The climbing season opens later this month on Mount Everest, and as people flock to the mountain, the remains of five people who died during their summit attempt will be removed from it. CNN reports Nepal's Mountain Cleanup Campaign intends to bring five bodies off the mountain, as well...

Man Behind Highest-Grossing IMAX Documentary Has Died

David Breashears, 68, brought moviegoers everywhere to Everest's peak

(Newser) - David Breashears didn't just make it to Everest's peak five times: He brought the masses to it. The man behind 1998's Everest, which remains the highest-grossing IMAX documentary ever, died last Thursday at his Massachusetts home. He was 68. The New York Times reports that a rep...

New Everest Rule: You Can't Leave Your Poop Here

Climbers are leaving mountains of excrement behind, causing Everest to 'stink'

(Newser) - Scaling the world's highest summit is an amazing feat that entails plenty of logistics—and now, what climbers do with their poop will be one of them. A new rule requiring people to carry out their waste after ascending Mount Everest was recently enacted by the Pasang Lhamu rural...

As Deaths Mount, Climbing Everest Gets Pricier

Nepal plans to hike the cost of climbing permits

(Newser) - Nepal is upping the price of its Everest climbing permits—an administrative detail that might not catch much attention, were it not for the size of the increase and the reason behind it. The cost of the permit will jump 36% for foreigners in 2025, from $11,000 to $15,...

She Tried the Big 14 Last Year and Failed. Now, Success

Kristin Harila, Tenjen Sherpa summit at K2, scale world's highest mountains in record 92 days

(Newser) - A Norwegian woman mountain climber and her Nepali Sherpa guide have set a new record by scaling the world's 14 highest peaks in 92 days, a Pakistani mountaineering official said. On Thursday, Kristin Harila and Tenjen Sherpa summited K2 on the Chinese-Pakistani border in the Karakorum Range—considered to...

Everest Base Camp Has a Big Problem
Plans to Move Everest
Base Camp Dropped

Plans to Move Everest Base Camp Dropped

Sherpas not supportive of last year's proposal

(Newser) - Looks like Everest base camp is staying where it is. Nearly a year after Nepal's tourism ministry announced plans to move it lower down the mountain due to warming temperatures causing the glacier it currently sits on to melt, the plan has been put aside, the BBC reports. Sherpas...

This Sherpa Has Done the Exceptional on Everest

Kami Rita reached the summit a record 28th time

(Newser) - Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest for the 28th time Tuesday, beating his own record less than a week after setting it, as two guides compete with each other for the title of most climbs of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita, considered one of the greatest...

Sherpa Guide Ascends Everest for 26th Time, Tying Record

Pasang Dawa Sherpa first climbed peak in 1998

(Newser) - A Sherpa guide on Sunday matched the record for most ascents of Mount Everest when he finished climbing the world's tallest mountain for the 26th time. Pasang Dawa Sherpa summited with a Hungarian climber, NPR reports. The 46-year-old made his first successful ascent in 1998 and has climbed Everest...

Seattle Doctor Dies on Everest
American Climber
Dies on Everest

American Climber Dies on Everest

Jonathan Sugarman, 69, is the first foreign death on the peak this year

(Newser) - An American climber died on Mount Everest on Monday, and the Himalayan Times identifies him as 69-year-old Jonathan Sugarman, a doctor based in Seattle. Sugarman's death was not the result of a fall, though details were scant. "He was feeling unwell and passed away at Camp II,"...

Climbers Buried Under Falling Ice Masses on Everest

The 3 Sherpas were part of the team prepping the route from Camp 2 to the summit

(Newser) - In the first accident of the climbing season on Mount Everest, three Sherpa climbers were missing and presumed dead Wednesday after they were buried under snow and ice just above base camp. While the AP initially reported they fell into a deep crevasse on Wednesday morning as they were moving...

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...

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...

All-Black Team of Mountaineers Plans to Conquer Everest

Only one Black American has ever made it to the summit

(Newser) - Since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Mount Everest in 1953, more than 5,000 other people have made it to the top of the world's highest peak—but only around 10 of them were black and just one was a Black American. A group of US climbers...

He's Trying to Do the Unthinkable on Everest

Jost Kobusch is climbing it alone, in winter, without supplemental oxygen

(Newser) - "I think his chances are 50-50." That would be, 50% chance of doing something no one on the planet has done before, and 50% chance of not achieving it—or even dying. Jost Kobusch is on Mount Everest right now. Alone. There, he is attempting to be the...

Everest Ice: 2K Years to Form, 25 to Melt
Everest Ice: 2K Years
to Form, 25 to Melt


Everest Ice: 2K Years to Form, 25 to Melt

Study documents rapid retreat of glacier

(Newser) - The ice atop Mount Everest took roughly 2,000 years to form and about 25 years to melt, according to a new study, which suggests that even one of the highest glaciers on the planet is retreating as a result of climate change. Researchers traveled to the highest glacier on...

Tech CEO, Everest Guide Settle Summit Dispute

Guide called off climb after spotting massive ice block

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed against a veteran mountaineering guide last year after a failed attempt to summit Mount Everest in September 2019 has been settled. The guide, Garrett Madison, called off the climb when a serac—a massive block of glacial ice—was spotted hanging over the route to the top,...

Blind Conqueror of Everest Has Bigger Plans

China's Zhang Hong is going for the 'grand slam' of climbing

(Newser) - A Chinese climber who became the first blind Asian to scale Mount Everest says he aims to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents and then travel to the North and South Poles, per the AP . Zhang Hong, 44, is also the third blind climber internationally to reach the...

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...

2 Climbers Die on Everest
US, Swiss Climbers
Die on Everest

US, Swiss Climbers Die on Everest

They are first to die on mountain since 2019

(Newser) - Two foreign climbers have become the first to die on Mount Everest since 2019. Expedition organizers say Puwel Lui, a 55-year-old American national, reached the Hillary Step outcrop below the summit but had to turn back due to snow blindness and exhaustion, AFP reports. He was helped back to Camp...

Social Distancing Reaches Everest
China to Draw
Line on Everest

China to Draw Line on Everest

Government wants its climbers to keep their distance from Nepal's during outbreak

(Newser) - COVID-19 restrictions have reached the top of the world. After an increase in coronavirus cases on Mount Everest, China plans a "line of separation" at the summit to keep climbers from its side from coming into close contact with climbers from Nepal, the BBC reports. Everest is on the...

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