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Everest Base Camp Has a Big Problem
Everest Base Camp
Has a Big Problem

Everest Base Camp Has a Big Problem

The Khumbu glacier is melting, and Nepal is preparing to move the camp lower

(Newser) - For most climbers of Mount Everest, the trek is expected to get a smidge longer—maybe by about 1,000 feet—in the next two years or so. The reason? Base camp on the Nepal side of the mountain, where most climbers begin their ascent, is essentially melting, reports the...

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...

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...

At Everest Base Camp, 'Coughing Everywhere'

Some think Nepal is hiding real numbers of coronavirus cases to keep mountain open

(Newser) - This is the peak time of year to climb Mount Everest, before monsoon season hits. But the Guardian notes 2021's climbing season may now be up in the air, as a COVID outbreak at the base camp in Nepal has led to "many" infections in a country already...

COVID Reaches Mount Everest
Everest Climber Tests Positive

Everest Climber Tests Positive

Mountain guide says mass COVID-19 testing is urgently needed

(Newser) - The coronavirus has conquered the world's highest mountain. A Norwegian climber became the first to be tested for COVID-19 in Mount Everest base camp and was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu, where he was hospitalized. Erlend Ness tells the AP that he tested positive on April 15. He says...

Everest's New Height Was Guarded Like 'a Military Secret'

Nepal, China come to agreement that world's highest mountain is 29,032 feet

(Newser) - If you're keeping tabs on how tall Mount Everest is, make sure to refresh the page you had open from the last time you checked. Due to tectonic pressure, weathering, and earthquakes (especially a major 2015 temblor), among other factors, the world's highest mountain is constantly experiencing a...

He Climbed Everest to Try to Solve Its Biggest Mystery
He Climbed Everest to Try
to Solve Its Biggest Mystery
in case you missed it

He Climbed Everest to Try to Solve Its Biggest Mystery

Mark Synnott goes in search of Sandy Irvine's remains

(Newser) - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to summit Everest. Unless they weren't. In a lengthy piece for National Geographic , longtime climber and professional guide Mark Synnott explains what took him to Everest, a mountain he had long had no interest in climbing, "turned off by stories...

China Does Something It Hasn't Done on Everest in 60 Years

It's the only team to scale it, but the goal wasn't glory

(Newser) - A single team of climbers has thus far managed to summit Everest amid the coronavirus pandemic—but they weren't doing it for the glory of the feat. The BBC reports the team was made up of Chinese surveyors tasked with measuring the peak using the country's BeiDou navigation...

Outbreak Closes Mount Everest
Outbreak Closes
Mount Everest

Outbreak Closes Mount Everest

Nepal cancels climbing permits 'as a precaution'

(Newser) - Even Mount Everest is shutting down. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Nepal's government on Friday said all climbing permits covering the period running from Saturday through April 30 would be canceled; China canceled expeditions launched from the northern side of the mountain on Thursday, reports the BBC . "Climbing...

The Everest Photo Went Viral. Here's the Story You Didn't Hear
'Oh, Jesus—What Are
They Doing' on Everest?

'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...

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...

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