Doug Scott on Everest 1975

On this day, 24th September 1975 the British Mount Everest Southwest Face expedition was the first to successfully climb Mount Everest by ascending one of its faces. Expedition Team Hamish MacInnes was to be deputy leader and Dougal Haston, Doug Scott, Mick Burke, Nick Estcourt, Mike Thompson and Martin Boysen agreed to take part. All except the last two had

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Mother of Two Training for Everest

None of these conditions – frostbites, dehydration, sun burns, pulmonary oedema – that are associated with climbing the Mount Everest could deter Danah Al Ali from achieving her dream. The Emirati woman from Abu Dhabi is undergoing training to climb at the cruising altitude of a Boeing 747, hoping to reach the formidable peak of Mount Everest in 2017. The

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Everest Attempt Postponed

Kilian Jornet returns from Everest without having climbed the world’s highest mountain. Bad weather conditions during the final stage of the expedition have forced him to abandon the attempt to climb Everest via the north face. As Jornet explained: “During the first few weeks we were acclimatising well and the conditions were good. However, when we were getting ready to

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The Epic of Everest

The Epic of Everest Thursday 22nd September 2016 BBC 4 10pm A remarkable film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924, newly restored by the BFI National Archive. The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether

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Historic Mountaineering Images

Siegfried Herford and George Mallory at Pen y Pass, December 1913 – Photograph: Geoffrey Winthrop Young © Alpine Club Photo Library A National Archive of Historic Mountaineering Images is to be launched by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) later this year. The searchable digital collection will include images taken using glass plate photography 160 years ago. Glasgow-born climber, keen photographer

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Everest Climbers are Spoon Fed

Santosh Yadav, the first woman to climb Mount Everest twice, on Sunday blamed commercialisation for the series of deaths which has plagued mountaineering this season and created a bad publicity for the adventure sport. Besides the death of an Australian woman and a Dutch man in May this year due to frostbite and altitude sickness, a few Indians also lost

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James Grieve Interview

British mountaineer James Grieve has kindly taken the time to do an interview for ‘Mount Everest The British Story’ about his time on Mount Everest this year (2016). Read the interview at: James Grieve Interview

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68yr old Aiming for Everest in 2017

Malaysia’s oldest mountaineer James Lee Chong Meng will begin intensive training soon to prepare himself for his second mission to conquer Mount Everest in April next year. Lee, 68, said the intensive training would involve him climbing several mountains – including the Lobuche East and Imsa Tse (Island) Peaks in the Himalayan mountains. “I chose to climb in Nepal because the mountains there are

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Climbers going for New Everest Records

With the start of this year’s autumn climbing season, the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, is all set to receive two renowned climbers from different continents as they aim to set the new records in the climbing history. According to expedition organisers, Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki has left for Tibet to make a solo attempt to the summit of Mt

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New Poll for September

I have added a new poll question for the month of September. If you were on the 1924 Everest Expedition who would you want as your climbing partner? George Mallory Noel Odell Charles Bruce Edward Norton Theodore Somervell Please take your vote at www.everest1953.co.uk Results from last months question: Xu Jing said he saw Irvine’s body below the First Step

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