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Mountaineering News

Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 12 bodies after snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepalese teams Sunday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season but also found 12 more bodies, officials said.

Storm toll jumps to 43 in Nepal's worst trekking disaster

Kathmandu - The death toll from a devastating snowstorm in Nepal's Himalayas climbed to 43 on Saturday, in the worst trekking disaster ever to hit the mountainous country.

Nepal vows warning system after deadly Himalayan snowstorm

Kathmandu - Nepal's prime minister has pledged to set up a weather warning system after a major Himalayan snowstorm killed 32 people at the height of the trekking season, 17 of them tourists.

Rescuers hunt scores of trekkers missing after deadly Nepal storm

Kathmandu - Rescuers in Nepal battled waist-deep snow as they searched a remote mountainous area popular with trekkers for dozens of people still missing on Thursday, two days after a major snowstorm that triggered avalanches and killed more than 30 people.

Three climbers die after 800-metre fall from Mont Blanc

Grenoble - Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 metres to their death in the Mont Blanc range, French police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.

Six climbers die after fall on France's Mont Blanc

Chamonix - Six French climbers have died after a terrifying 250-metre fall from Mont Blanc, officials said Wednesday, one of the worst accidents in a decade on Europe's highest mountain.

'Cranks' accused of risking lives on France's Mont Blanc

Lyon - A US climber who tried to go up western Europe's highest peak with his two children has sparked alarm among professional guides and officials in France for what some see as "cranks" putting lives at risk on Mont Blanc.

Italian rescuers search for two missing on Mont Blanc

Rome - Rescuers continued their search on Saturday for two climbers -- a 15-year-old French boy and his 52-year-old Italian guide -- missing on Mont Blanc since Wednesday.

Chinese-American 'was target' of Pakistan mountain massacre

- The massacre of 10 foreign climbers on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" a year ago came after a failed attempt to capture a Chinese-American to use him as a high-value bargaining chip, officials and militant sources have told AFP.

Italian mountain climber found dead in Peru, another lost

Lima - Searchers in Peru on Tuesday found the body of one of two Italian climbers who disappeared last week trying to reach one of the Andes' highest peaks.

Indian schoolgirl elated after Everest summit

Kathmandu - A 13-year-old impoverished Indian schoolgirl, thought to be the youngest female to climb Mount Everest, said Monday she had never scaled a mountain before setting her sights on the world's highest peak.

Climbers back on Everest after avalanche disaster

Kathmandu - Two foreign mountaineers have returned to Everest after a deadly avalanche effectively ended the climbing season, flying by helicopter partway up the peak before starting their ascents, an official said Tuesday.

Nepal counts cost of damaging Everest debacle

Kathmandu - Dreams shattered and counting their losses, many foreign climbers say they might never return to Nepal to climb Everest, upset by ugly scenes at base camp and what they see as the government's mismanagement of the peak.

Sherpas struggle as Everest shuts down after killer avalanche

Kathmandu - An unprecedented shutdown of Mount Everest after the worst ever accident on the world's highest peak has left grieving Nepalese sherpa guides and their families fearing for their livelihoods.

Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest

Kathmandu - The Nepal government held talks with grieving and angry sherpas on Mount Everest Thursday to try to end a deepening crisis on the world's highest peak after an avalanche killed 16 of their colleagues.

Cancellations on Everest amid talks to save climbing season

Kathmandu - Nepal's government strove Wednesday to save the Everest climbing season from an unprecedented walkout by sherpa guides as another major mountaineering company abandoned its expedition following a deadly avalanche last week.

Everest guides abandon climbing season after deadly avalanche

Kathmandu - Nepalese guides on Mount Everest said Tuesday they would abandon this year's climbing season to honour 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week, throwing hundreds of mountaineers' plans into chaos.

Tension at Everest base camp over sherpa strike threat

Kathmandu - Tensions mounted Tuesday at Everest base camp as frustrated mountaineers who have paid tens of thousands of dollars to climb the world's highest peak faced disappointment due to a strike threat by guides.

Cancellation threat follows tragedy on Everest

Kathmandu - Expedition leaders and guides threatened Monday to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest after the deadliest avalanche in its history as hundreds of Nepalese sherpas paid final respects to fellow guides.

Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest

Kathmandu - Nepal on Sunday called off the search for local guides still missing after the deadliest accident on Mount Everest killed 13 colleagues, as climbers recalled the terrifying moments when the avalanche hit.

At least 11 dead in worst-ever Everest avalanche

Kathmandu - At least eleven Nepalese climbing guides have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, a rescue team official told AFP, in the worst accident to hit the world's highest peak.

Nepal may install ladders on Everest's Hillary Step

Kathmandu - Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest's Hillary Step, the final rock wall which climbers have to scale to reach the summit, in a bid to ease congestion, the government said Monday.Expedition organisers announced last week that extra ropes would be...

Japanese man, 80, is oldest mountain climber to conquer Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese man breaks all records as the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain peak.

Hill walker found dead during search on Cairngorms

Aviemore - One man has been found dead by a rescue team on Monday, after a search mission saved five other hill walkers during an hiking expedition in the Scottish mountains.

Avalanche in Scottish mountains claims lives of four climbers

In one of the worst ever tragedies in the Scottish mountains, four mountaineers died and one was seriously injured when a party of six climbers fell victim to an avalanche at Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe in Scotland.

Three climbers die on Mt Everest over the weekend

A German, Korean and Nepal-born Canadian died on their descent from Mt Everest in Nepal on the weekend. Two others are reported missing.

Mount Everest ascent planned by 13-year-old

Big Bear Lake - Jordan Romero, a 13 year-old from Big Bear Lake, California has his sights on the summit of Mount Everest, in an attempt at becoming the youngest person to conquer the 29,035-foot mountain.
 

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