May 16, 2006 |
A New Zealand climber who had lost part of both legs to frostbite became the first double amputee to conquer Mt. Everest, despite breaking one of his artificial limbs during the ascent. Mark Inglis, 47, called his wife, Anne, in New Zealand to tell her he was on the 29,035-foot summit of the world's highest mountain. Inglis repaired the broken artificial leg about 21,000 feet up.
May 21, 1998 |
Twenty-one climbers became the first to scale Mt. Everest this year. But Tom Whittaker, 49, of Arizona, who lost his foot in a car accident, had to turn back when he fell ill with pulmonary edema, a swelling of blood vessels. Successful mountaineers included the first Iranian team to scale Everest and American Wally Berg, who set up scientific monitoring equipment.
November 13, 1995 |
Search teams on Sunday rescued 85 people trapped for two days by an avalanche near Mt. Everest and dug out the bodies of 18 Japanese and Nepalese trekkers. The Japanese and Nepalese trekkers died when the avalanche struck their camp, said an official of Trans Himalayan Treks, which organized the trip. Rescuers were searching for three more Japanese, two Nepalese guides and two Nepalese tour operators, the official said. One Nepalese guide was found alive, he said.
May 17, 1996 |
Trudging on despite disaster, at least eight teams clambered up the icy face of Mt. Everest on Thursday, past the frozen corpses of mountaineers who succumbed to a sudden blizzard days earlier. An Indian expedition that lost three climbers in the storm expected to reach the summit of the world's highest peak today from the northern face, the Chinese side of the mountain that straddles the border with Nepal.
May 14, 1991 |
An American mountain guide and his Sherpa escort have reached the top of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, the Tourism Ministry said Monday. Peter George Athans, 34, of Boulder, Colo., and Apa Sherpa, 35, reached the summit Wednesday, the ministry said.
October 22, 2007 |
A cancer awareness group claimed to have staged the world's highest musical concert -- on Mt. Everest. The U.S.-based Love Hope Strength Foundation says on its website that the "Everest Rocks" concert was held at 18,540 feet. Six musicians from the U.S. and Britain performed at the concert: Mike Peters of the Alarm, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram of the Fixx, Glen Tilbrook of the Squeeze and Nick Harper. The money raised will go to a Nepalese cancer hospital.
May 31, 2003 |
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson reached the summit of Mt. Everest early Friday, achieving a longtime goal. Johnson's wife, Dee, got a call from an official with the expedition shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday saying the team reached the summit at 7:45 p.m. That was 7:45 a.m. in Nepal. "It's a beautiful day," Dee Johnson said she was told by the expedition member who called. "They're the only ones up there." Johnson, 50, has also climbed Mt.
January 5, 2001 |
In the action adventure "Vertical Limit," Ed Viesturs has a handful of lines and never appears in any of the high-adrenaline scenes set on the Himalayan mountain K2. In fact, he never even makes it out of base camp. So much for art imitating life. Viesturs, who has a cameo role in "Limit," is the real deal. He not only climbed K2, he also survived an avalanche during a rescue of a snow-blind climber on the world's second-highest peak.
May 16, 1996 |
An American and an Australian returned to Katmandu by helicopter Wednesday as other climbers who were caught by a sudden blizzard on Mt. Everest struggled to make their way down. Nepalese army helicopters rescued Charlotte Fox of Aspen, Colo., and Michael Groom of Brisbane, Australia. Eight climbers apparently died after a fierce storm struck the 29,028-foot mountain Friday, freezing experienced alpinists and newcomers alike with waist-high snow and 70-mph winds.