Double Amputee to Fight Everest Ban

A former Gurkha who lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan said he is going to fight the decision to ban double-amputees from climbing Mount Everest. Hari Budha Magar was due to attempt his childhood-dream of climbing the mountain in April, but last week discovered the Nepalese tourism ministry had brought in new restrictions. The new

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New Poll Question

I have added a new poll question for the month of January. Was the summit of Mount Everest reached in 1924? Please take your vote at www.everest1953.co.uk Results from last months question Do you think one day we will see robots climbing on Mount Everest? No 48% Yes 36% Maybe 16%

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Everest Liaison Officers Insurance Raised

Starting 2018, a mountaineering expedition team will have to pay more for the life insurance cover of its liaison officer to attempt to climb Nepal’s mountains including Mount Everest, according to a new mountaineering expedition regulation. The newly revised regulation states that the insurance cover for the liaison officers would be raised to Rs 1.5 million (US$ 15,000) from Rs

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New Rules for Climbing on Mount Everest

The government has revised the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation under the Tourism Act barring people with complete blindness and double amputation, as well as those proven medically unfit for climbing, from attempting to scale mountains. The Council of Ministers which passed the revised regulation yesterday also stated that Sirdars, mountain guides and high-altitude workers, who accompany expeditions to the top of

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Nepal Rejects India’s Offer To Jointly Re-Measure Everest

Nepal has rejected India’s offer to jointly re-measure the height of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the exercise on its own, the top official of the Himalayan nation’s survey department has said. Nepal will, however, seek help from India and China for getting crucial data for the exercise, Nepal’s

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Alex Txikon Everest Winter Climb

After failing to reach the top of the world in winter without oxygen last year, Spaniard Alex Txikon has Everest in sights again. Climbing 8,000-meter peaks in winter is a recipe for suffering, but some climbers just can’t get enough of it. The Basque alpinist Alex Txikon is going back to Everest (8,848 meters) this winter, after a failed attempt

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Debate of publishing photos of bodies on Everest

A recent New York Times article about the retrieval of the bodies of three Indian climbers who died on Mount Everest has garnered a wide readership and sparked a debate on the ethics of publishing images of their bodies. In emails to The Times and in comments posted on the article, readers mostly praised the story’s vivid images and videos,

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