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Climbers quit expedition after Everest brawl

A trio of European mountaineers involved in a high-altitude brawl with Nepalese guides on Mount Everest have cancelled their trip and and are to return from the Himalayas, the climbers said Tuesday. Famed climbers Ueli Steck of Switzerland and Simone Moro of Italy, accompanied by British alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith, claimed they were attacked by an "out-of-control mob" on Saturday.

Chinese climber feared dead in Himalayas

A Chinese climber is feared dead in the Himalayas after he slipped and fell while descending from the peak of the world's fifth-highest mountain, his trekking company announced Monday. Xiangyang Liu, 46, has not been seen since last Tuesday when he was returning to base camp with a fellow Chinese climber and their Sherpa guides after scaling the 8,481-metre (27,825-feet) Makalu in the Himalayas.

2 marathons to mark man's ascent on top of the world

To mark the 60th diamond jubilee anniversary of first human ascent on the top of the world, the Mount Everest, two special marathons each of 42.2 km and 60 km will be organized on May 29, from the Everest Base Camp.Himalaya Expedition will dedicate Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (42.2 km) as Everest diamond jubilee event and launch the one-of-its-kind Mount Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon (60 Km) to coincide with 60th anniversary, Bikram Pandey, chairperson of the organizing committee told the press here on Wednesday.Both of the races will kick off from Everest expedition ba

Nepalese, Indian soldiers to climb Mount Everest

The Indian and Nepalese army will carry out a joint-expedition to Mount Everest, marking 60 years of man's first ascent of the world's highest peak.Nepal army chief Gaurav Shumsher Rana flagged off the expedition during a ceremony at the army headquarters here on Tuesday, reports Press Trust of India (PTI)."The joint-expedition symbolizes age-old friendly relations between the armies of the two countries.

Nepal marks 80th anniversary of first Everest flight

The grandson of a pilot who flew the first flight over the world's highest mountain, Nepal's Mount Everest, retraced the route Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the feat. In 1933 Scottish pilot Colonel Douglas Douglas-Hamilton and two colleagues flew a pair of biplanes from the northern Indian state of Bihar to help mountaineers gain knowledge about the 8,848-metre (29,029 foot) peak.

Boy with Down's Syndrome 'sets Everest record'

A 15-year-old American has become the first teenager with Down's Syndrome to reach Everest Base Camp, according to his father, in an attempt to inspire different attitudes towards disabilities. Eli Reimer, from Oregon, reached the 5,364-metres (17,500 foot) high camp in Nepal's Himalayan mountains in mid-March after 10 days of trekking. "Part of the focus of this trek was on having at least one disabled trekker go with us and, through their attempt, point to the abilities of the 'dis'-abled," his father Justin, who was part of the expedition team, told AFP.

Poland loses hope of finding missing Himalayan climbers

Two Polish climbers who went missing after making the first ever winter ascent of one of the world's highest mountains are unlikely to be found, the expedition leader said Thursday. Tomasz Kowalski, 27, and Maciej Berbeka, 51, were among four Poles who on Tuesday reached the 8,047-metre (26,401-feet) summit of Broad Peak, located on the border between Pakistan and China, on Tuesday. "There is no longer any chance," team leader Krzysztof Wielicki told Polish media. "Maciej probably fell into an ice crevice. We certainly won't find him. There's no trace of him."

Poland loses hope of finding missing Himalayan climbers

Two Polish climbers who went missing after making the first ever winter ascent of one of the world's highest mountains are unlikely to be found, the expedition leader said Thursday. Tomasz Kowalski, 27, and Maciej Berbeka, 51, were among four Poles who on Tuesday reached the 8,047-metre (26,401-feet) summit, located on the border between Pakistan and China, on Tuesday. "There is no longer any chance," team leader Krzysztof Wielicki told Polish media. "Maciej probably fell into an ice crevice. We certainly won't find him. There's no trace of him."

Polish climbers missing after historic Himalayan ascent

Two Polish climbers are missing after making the first ever winter ascent of the 12th highest mountain in the Himalayas called Broad Peak, the expedition leader told media Wednesday. Tomasz Kowalski, 27, and Maciej Berbeka, 51, were among four Poles who summited the 8,051-metre (26,414-foot) peak Tuesday. "We lost phone contact with them at 0300 GMT (Wednesday)," expedition leader Krzysztof Wielicki told Polish media. "We're afraid they may have fallen into a crevice," expedition spokesman Artur Hajzer said.
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