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.
May 2, 2008 |
Climbers taking a special Olympic torch up Mt. Everest were held up at advanced base camp, awaiting better weather. Eager to avoid a repeat of the anti-China protests that marred the torch's five-continent relay to Beijing's August Games, China has kept the logistics and timing of the climb under wraps. Sun Bin, Everest project manager for the Olympics organizing committee, confirmed, however, that the climbers had reached the advanced base camp on the Chinese side of the mountain at about 21,300 feet.
May 21, 2010 |
A 13-year-old boy from Big Bear became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mt. Everest on Saturday, breaking the former record as part of his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents. A spokesman for Jordan Romero said the boy's team called him by satellite phone from the summit of the world's highest mountain, 29,035 feet above sea level. "Their dreams have now come true. Everyone sounded unbelievably happy," a new statement on Jordan's blog said Saturday morning.
May 9, 1986 |
Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who joined Sir Edmund Hillary to make the first successful asssault on Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, died today of a chronic lung problem. He was 72. Hillary said the death of the man who joined him in 1953 for the first ascent to the top of the Himalayan mountain was "an unexpected shock." "I feel Tenzing had a remarkable life. He was very successful in every field," said Hillary, now New Zealand's high commissioner, or ambassador, to India.
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May 23, 2010 |
A 13-year-old from Big Bear Lake became the youngest person to scale Mt. Everest, gaining renown for the feat while renewing controversy over a trend of young record-breaking adventurers. Jordan Romero called his mother, Leigh Anne Drake, 37, from a satellite phone when he reached the peak Saturday along with his father, stepmother and a team of three guides, Drake said. "I'm calling from the top of the world," he told her. The record was previously held by Ming Kipa of Nepal, who was 15 when she made the climb in 2003 with her brother and sister.
June 28, 2013 |
This column is for the adventuresome, and buying tickets to a Lakers game and yelling at the referees does not qualify. Fifty years ago - May 1, 1963, to be exact - a tall and slender man named Jim Whittaker stood at the summit of Mt. Everest. That's 29,028 feet above sea level, or about as high as you are when you fly coast to coast in a commercial jet. Think of looking out the window and having somebody wave at you at eye level. Best estimates put the number of people making it to the top of Everest at about 3,000.
April 16, 2005 |
Certainly, it takes guts for an award-winning theater like the Colony to commit to a completely new play. However, the Colony's world premiere of "Climbing Everest" is a textbook example of good intentions gone badly awry. Inspired by "Antigone," playwright Margit Ahlin based her tale on the single-minded quest of a young woman to retrieve her brother's body from the frozen wastes of Everest.
April 16, 2000 |
A group of San Francisco Bay Area climbing buddies have left for Mt. Everest, planning to spend nearly two months hauling out at least 6,000 pounds of debris from camps on the world's highest mountain. Although only about 1,000 climbers have reached the 29,028-foot peak, more than 280,000 have attempted it. The tons of garbage they left behind range from oxygen tanks to instant noodle packages.
May 29, 1989 |
An avalanche killed five Poles climbing Mt. Everest and seriously injured a sixth mountaineer, who was stranded on the 29,028-foot peak Sunday as heavy snow hampered rescue efforts, the Ministry of Tourism reported. The six climbers belonged to a 19-member, Polish-led expedition that included four U.S. mountaineers. Two of the six climbers scaled the world's tallest mountain Wednesday, the ministry said. Andrej Hainrich, 51; Miroslaw Dasel, 26; Miroslaw Gardzielewski, 35, and Waclaw Otreba, 50, were killed by the avalanche Saturday.