Ascent by Chris Bonington

Sir Chris Bonington’s memoir Ascent charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world but also the struggles he has faced in his personal life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. Nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest are under his belt. He last climbed Everest in 1985 at

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Possible Age Limit 16 to 76 to Climb Everest

According to the Associated Press, government officials in Nepal are moving to establish an age limit for climbing Mount Everest after the death of 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan in May of 2017 while attempting to scale the mountain. Ang Tshering, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the AP, “It is very necessary to immediately bring that age limit law.

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Remeasuring Mount Everest has Begun

Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world’s tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said on Friday. The official height of Mount Everest — which lies in the Himalayan range, straddling the border between Nepal and China — is 8,848 metres, first recorded by

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Tourism Fees for Everest Region

Foreigners visiting Mt Everest region will have to pay tourism fees to the local government after Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu district decided to impose the entrance fee on foreign tourists starting next month. According to Nima Dorjee Sherpa, newly elected chairman of the Rural Municipality, the first assembly unanimously passed a decision to levy an entry fee

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Online Health Service Launched in Everest Region

The mountaineers and trekkers travelling along the Lukla-Everest Base Camp route will now be able to receive free medical advice online. Any health problems that the mountaineers suffer would be addressed online. With the availability of Wi-Fi along the section, Everest Link now has offered a free online medical service for travellers. The service has been provided in cooperation with

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Global Warming Threat to the Himalayas

Increasing global warming caused by greenhouse effect and its subsequent impact has posed a grave threat to the Nepal’s mountain ranges, experts said. They stressed the need of taking timely interventions to minimise the impact of climate change on the mountains. The experts shared their views at an interaction programme on ‘challenges f mountaineering tourism and environmental impact’ organised by

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Double Amputee in Training for Everest

A former British Gurkha soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan aims to be the first double amputee above the knee to climb the country’s highest trekking peak in the autumn season. “I am here to attempt to climb Mera peak (6,476 m) this autumn as a part of my training to conquer a dream to be on the

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Mountains named Hillary and Tenzing on Pluto

Pluto’s “heart” finally has an official name. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially approved 14 names for surface features on Pluto, including “Tombaugh Regio” for the dwarf planet’s famous heart and “Sputnik Planitia” for the huge, nitrogen-ice plain that makes up the heart’s left lobe. These two monikers should be familiar to space fans: They were informal names bestowed

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Climber to Retire

For more than 30 years Oscar Cadiach risked life and limb to conquer some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain, driven by a desire to join the ranks of mountain climbing’s elite. Now aged 64, the Spaniard will finally retire after summiting the world’s 14 tallest mountains without bottled oxygen, with his undisputed ascents set to propel him into the

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Ed Hillary’s Climbing Bag up for Auction

A rare Sir Edmund Hillary climbing artefact has surfaced at auction in New York. The faded canvas duffel bag dating to 1946, when a 27-year-old Hillary was busy knocking off some of New Zealand’s most challenging peaks, will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house later this month. ‘Hillary Expedition 46’ and ‘ropes and slings’ have been handwritten on

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