Sherpa to Crawl Length of Manhattan to Ground Zero

Sherpa Crawls Length of Manhattan to Ground Zero The New York Times reports Sherpa L. G. Khambache, 41, of Brooklyn, plans to crawl the 13 mile length of Manhattan to Ground Zero.
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Eurocopter Lands Twice on Everest Summit

Everestnews reports a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 helicopter piloted by Didier Delsalle landed on the top of Mount Everest on May 14 and May 15!
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Fatality on Jinxed 7Summits Expedition After Summiting Everest

Webindia reports Slovenian Marko Lihteneker apparently died while descending from Everest.
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Italian in Fatal Annapurna Fall in Attempt to Become 13th to Complete 7 Summits

Reuters reports Italian climber Christian Kunters, 42, died in an avalanche on Annapurna.
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Sherpa Pulmonary Edema Fatality on Poor Luck Makalu West BC Team

Everest News reports Sumbu Sherpa, working for the Spanish “Al Filo” team, died in Makalu West’s BC (5400m) apparently from high altitude pulmonary edema.
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Ed Viesturs Summits Annapurna To Become First American To Complete all 8,000 Metre Peaks

Mounteverest.net reports Ed Viesturs summited Annapurna and became the first American to summit all 14 8,000+ metre peaks. Only 12 climbers have done all 14. Viesturs summited all without supplementary O2 — something only five other climbers have done.
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Blind Australian Climber Halts Everest Attempt After Guide Forgets to Tell Him About Creavasse

smh.com reports blind Australian Gerrad Gossens halted his Everest climb after falling into a creavasse his guide did not warn him about.
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Avalanche Levels Everst Camp 1 and Injures 5

EverestNews reports an avalanche injured 5 climbers – including one without a permit – and flattened 60 to 70 tents at Camp 1 on Everest.


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Everest Fatality on Climb for Mother’s Charity

Newswatch50 reports an Oswego, NY, man on a charity climb Everest for his mother fell into a crevasse.
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Canadian Seeking to Be Oldest Everest Climber Has Fatal Heart Attack at Camp One

The Herald reports Sean Egan, 63, of Ottawa had a heart attack while leading an Everest expedition in hopes of becoming the oldest Canadian to climb the mountain.
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World’s Highest Weather Station Erected at 6,500 Metres on Everest’s Dongrongbu Glacier

China News reports a weather station has erected on Dongrongbu Glacier at 6,500 meters on Mount Everest (Qomolangma) and it will be monitored until October. The station will continue to collect data which will be retrieved when climbing season resumes in April. A weather station was erected on the same spot in 2001 but has since disappeared.
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4 Fatalities in 5 Days in Fierce Himalaya Storms on Mt. Pumori

Webindia reports four climbers in five days have died descending Mt Pumori, which means ‘the Unmarried One’, the 7,161 m peak lying next to Mt Everest.
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Afghanistan Promotes Virgin 6,000 Metres Peaks to Tourist Mountaineers

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush The Sunday Herald says Afghanistan is trying to promote mountaineering tourism by publicizing its virgin 6,000 metre peaks in the Hindu Kush and is training 12 former guerrilla fighters to become alpine guides and the country has a special landmine bureau to warn you where not to go (don’t go to the old smuggler trails).
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Hiker Survives Month With Leech in Nostril

News24 reports a leech lodged in the nostril of a Hong Kong woman after she washed her face in a stream.
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Russian Trekkers Injured by Car Bomb in Nepal

The climbing community was taken aback by early reports that two Russian Everest climbers had been injured by a Maoist car bomb in Nepal. Although the Russians were indeed injured they were identified later as just trekkers. They are being looked after by Asian Trekking Organization. The government has banned travel on major roads without an armed escort during the Maoist blockade.


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