Mount Everest Price War

As the annual climbing season on Mount Everest nears its peak, a price war among guiding outfits is adding to tensions between native Nepalese Sherpas and the Western guiding outfits that offer to take climbers to the world’s highest point for a steep price. The dispute has been building for several years, but it generated new acrimony this year after

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Altitude Junkies (South Side) The teams climbing Sherpas have been up to the South Col today (7th May). They fixed ropes on the route and carried oxygen which they left there. They will repeat this climb one more time then all the Altitude Junkies supplies and rope for the summit will be in place. Once this work is completed the

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High Adventures Expedition (South Side) Yesterday (5th May) the team reached and occupied the tents at Camp 3. Amit decided to return to Camp 2 for further rest and recuperation. Summit Climb (South Side) The teams Sherpas are busy working hard high up on Everest carrying ropes, tents, food and oxygen. Down in Base Camp the team report that there

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Jagged Globe (South Side) The team are now back in Base Camp having been to Camp 2 and Camp 3. They will spend a couple of days resting at Base Camp but also keeping an eye on the weather window for their ascent to the summit. Welshman Richard Parks Everest climb is over due to “medical complications” He had summited

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Richard Parks Everest Climb is Over

A Welsh adventurer has been forced to end his expedition on Mount Everest due to “medical complications”. Richard Parks had been attempting to become the first person to take blood and muscle samples at the summit to investigate the effects of altitude. But Parks, 38, who was climbing without using supplemental oxygen, has returned to Wales after becoming at “high

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Jagged Globe (South Side) The team are now resting at Camp 2. They had sunshine during this morning but this afternoon it turned into snow showers. Tomorrow (5th May) the team will have an early start for the descent all the way to Base Camp. Altitude Junkies (South Side) The Altitude Junkies team are now back in Base Camp where

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Jagged Globe (South Side) The team are continuing their acclimatization rotations between Camp 2 and Camp 3. All team members are reported as being well and in good spirits. Summit Climb (North Side) On the 1st of May the team got up early to ascend up to the North Col but snow showers meant possible unstable conditions on the icy

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Summit Climb (South Side) 5am this morning (2nd May) the team were getting ready for the long descent from Camp 2 to Base Camp. High Adventure Expeditions (South Side) Yesterday (1st May) the team arrived in to Camp 1. They spent the day resting to make the most of their acclimatization. Today (2nd May) the team arrived safely in to

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289 going for Everest Summit

Two hundred and eighty nine climbers are in a bid to exploit a short window of good weather, which formally begins next week, to stand atop Mt Everest. Among the bidders, 160 are new climbers. Dambar Parajuli, president of Expedition Operators´ Association of Nepal, said the Icefall Doctors have prepared the routes till Camp III as of Friday. “They have fixed double

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Altitude Junkies (South Side) The Altitude Junkies team are either at Base Camp or lower down the valley for a couple of days taking advantage of the thicker air after their acclimatization rotation. It is thought that Base Camp will have snow showers over the next few days. The Sherpas intend to move oxygen and gear to Camp 4 over

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