Summiting Highpoints in the Nude

The Guardian in an article by nude hiker Hank Wangford reports that Nepal is moving to ban nude summiting Everest after a climber stripped on the summit in 2006.
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Everest Roundup: Playboy Bunny, Double Amputee and Oldest Summit

Highlights thus far in the Everest 2006 season: the climb by a Playboy bunny, a double amputee, the oldest summiter (70), and the 16th climb by a sherpa.
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World Backcountry Accidents in South Africa, Mount Lhotse, Everest, Russia

Here is the May 13 round up of backcountry accidents in South Africa, Mount Lhotse, Everest, Russia
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Japanese Report: Middle Aged More Likely for Backcountry Accidents

A Japanese story noting three middle aged climbers died in an Avalanche notes that middle aged climbers are more vulnerable to problems because they don’t know their strength is weakening.
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Climber Takes Swipe at Krakauer’s Into Thin Air Book

Gau Ming-Ho a climber depicted as a slow selfish climber that led to the problems highlighted in Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”, has launched a documentary refuting the claims and saying the problems lie with the corruption of the guide services that charge $65,000 for an Everest climb
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International Backcountry Accidents – Vancouver, Sherpas, Snowdonia, France, South Africa

International backcountry accident wrap up:

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Fatal Snowden Fall; 11 Scouts Killed in Columbian Disaster

Tributes paid to Snowdon climber
BBC News – UK

Tributes have been paid to an experienced climber who died after a fall of nearly 700ft (213m) on Snowdon. Donal McGrath, 61, of …

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8 Hour Everest Record Claim Holder Pemba Dorje Sherpa Jailed

EverestNews via NepalNews reports that Pemba Dorje Sherpa, 28, who claims to have climbed Everest in a record 8 hours 10 minutes was thrown in jail after he went to the police to compalin of being harrassed claimed the record in 2004.
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February 11, 2006 Linkage

State Highpoint News
Warm weather records broken on Mount Washington
Boston Globe – United States
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH –Talk about a warm winter — it’s been raining on top of Mount Washington. Tim Markle, chief meteorologist …
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85-Year-Old Mary Woodbridge’s Amusing Tale of Plans to Climb Everest

Here’s an amusing (tongue in cheek) tale of 85-year-old Mary Woodbridge to climb Everest with her dachsund Daisy.
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Manslaughter Charges in Everest Fatality

Manslaughter charges have been brought against Out There Trekking of Britain in connection with the fatality six years ago of Michael Matthews on Everest.
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Syria Plans $15 Billion Development on Mount Hermon/Jabal Sheikh

Syria has announced plans for a $15 billion tourist development on its highest point — Mount Hermon/Jabal Sheikh (9,332 feet/2,814 metres).
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Fatal Fall on Mount Tilicho in Nepal

Wire services report Josef Alois Kasbaure, a 38-year-old radiologist from Wange, Germany, fell about 200 meters (650 feet) into a crevasse on Oct. 27 at an elevation of 6,600 meters (21,650 feet), while climbing 7,134-meter (23,400-foot) Mount Tilicho in Nepal.


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China Says Americans Were Wrong and Lops 12 Feet Off of Everest Height

China Daily reports that the latest estimate of the Everest’s height by China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping is 29,017 feet. That’s about 12 feet less than the previous figure of 29,029 feet.
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Climber Seek to Name Kyrgyzstan Fourteener for Scout Killed at Jamboree

The Anchorage Daily News reports the Harvard Mountaineering Climb is seeking to name a 14,495 foot peak in Central Asia Mount Powell for Scott Powell, one of four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska who died in an electrical accident at a National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia in July.
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