June 25, 1989
As a member of a French expedition to ascend the unclimbed northeast ridge of Everest, I read with delight your editorial "Because It Is There" (June 18). It romanticizes an activity that draws scant attention by comparison to other sports such as basketball or boxing. Climbing Everest is the unphilosophical abstraction to life itself. The climber senses, feels and eventually learns to know this as he struggles for the summit. Our expedition, although small and privately organized, will celebrate the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights (Sept.
May 23, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura broke the record for the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest when the 80-year-old reached the summit Thursday at 9 a.m., according to his website. But the octogenarian may not be able to bask in the limelight long. There are reports that Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, is planning an assault on the world's highest peak next week, despite some recent intestinal problems. Sherchan frustrated Miura's record-setting ambitions once before when, in May 2008, Miura conquered the mountain at the age of 75, only to arrive a day after Sherchan's ascent at age 76 years and 340 days.
March 15, 1985 |
Mt. Everest at 5-1/2 miles is a mere foothill compared to the stsolar system's highest peak. Olympus Mons on Mars towers 15 miles above the surrounding plain.
October 9, 1985 |
An Indian officer fell 4,600 feet to his death while trying to scale Mt. Everest, the Nepalese Ministry of Tourism said Tuesday. The victim was identified as Maj. K.I. Kumar, 40, who was part of an expedition of seven Indians and a Nepalese Sherpa guide.
September 25, 2011
CENTRAL ASIA Slide show Gary and Kathy Symons will explore Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, follow the route of the Silk Road and visit the Nukus Museum. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. POLYNESIA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Tahiti and Her Islands" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
December 18, 2011 |
On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp set at 23,000 feet on Mt. Everest. They were George Mallory, who, at 37, was already one of the world's most accomplished climbers, and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine, a 22-year-old Oxford graduate with little climbing experience. They walked out of the camp, vanished into the mists that surrounded the peak, and were never seen again until Mallory's frozen body was found in 1999. In his magnificent, if perhaps overlong, new book, "Into the Silence," Wade Davis tells the full story behind this almost mythic story, imbuing it with historic scope and epic sweep, perceiving the quest to conquer Everest as an emblem of Britain's damaged nobility and infatuation with heroic failure.