Final Interview by Junko Tabei

On October 20, 2016, mountaineering lost one of its most important figures—77-year-old Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the top of Everest and to climb the Seven Summits. Early last year, several months before her death, I contacted Tabei, hoping to speak to her about her 1975 Everest expedition as research for a larger project. That initiated a months-long email

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Bonington: Everest brought me to tears

British climber Sir Chris Bonington discusses conquering the greatest peaks in the world, staying active in his 80s, and why he feels lucky to be alive. A mountaineer has to be selfish “The difficult thing to rationalise about mountaineering is how you in fact can love your wife deeply, and you can love your children whom you brought into this

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Climb Everest in 4 Weeks for 95.000 Euro

Time is a valuable commodity. We are about to change the fundamentals of high-mountain expeditions. Mount Everest in 4 weeks! While a regular Everest expedition can require almost two months, our Everest Flash expedition takes only 4 weeks while increasing safety and chances of success. One of the main reasons for a failed climb of an 8000m summit is the

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Everest: It’s not about the Summit

In November 2016, Ellis J Stewart from the UK released a self-published story detailing two attempts to climb Mount Everest, in 2014 and again in 2015. The story also detailed his early life and the journey he took to the foot of Everest, twice. This story, which became a paperback and kindle book called Everest: It’s not about the Summit was only

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Messner and the art of not getting killed

Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is perhaps one of the world’s last great adventurers: He has climbed the planet’s highest peaks, crossed Antarctica and hunted for the elusive yeti. That he has lived to tell those tales is mainly due to luck, he says. Now 73 years old with an unruly mop of gray hair and a full beard, the man

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Everest watch to be auctioned off

The watch which was worn by Gurkhas to reach the summit of Everest and made by a Stamford firm is to be auctioned off. Watchmakers Loomes and Co, of St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, specifically made the watch for the Mountain Trust. The watch was worn by the Royal Gurkha Regiment climbers to climb Everest in May. Photo Alun Richardson It

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Disabled War Veteran heads for Everest BC for Charity

A disabled war veteran will attempt to trek to the world’s highest mountain next month to raise money for the Kent-based military and disability charity where he works. Former Gurkha Anil Gurung was posted with the British Army in Afghanistan in 2009 where, just 20 days before the end of his tour, he stepped on an explosive device, resulting in

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Female Pilot had rescued climbers from Everest

With peaks over 8,000 metres, the Himalayas continue to beckon an array of experienced and novice climbers from around the globe. These mountains also call to some of the world’s most capable and courageous helicopter pilots — Priya Adhikari is among them. “I went from being a medical student to changing into being a cabin crew for five years. But

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Clearing Everest Garbage is not an Army Job

The recent order by the PMO delivered through the Defence Ministry to the Army to remove garbage etc left by climbers on Mount Everest and pilgrims going to various shrines in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, has caused much dismay and disquiet both amongst the veterans and the serving men. Troops always pitch in 1 The Indian Army has always

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Everest VR on Playstation

Ever feel the urge to climb to the tip of a sublime and awe-inspiring mountain 30,000 feet above sea level but can’t quite bring yourself to put on pants? Then Everest VR on Playstation VR is the game for you! Like Everest itself, the game’s graphics are absolutely breathtaking, plus you’ll have the opportunity to experience all of the majesty

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