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Gurkhas first to summit Everest from south

Gurkhas first to summit Everest from south

It’s been confirmed that at 14:08 Nepal time, three teammembers from the Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 team became the first to summit from the south side this year. The Gurkhas were the first to find Ueli Steck’s body after he fell from Nuptse on April 30th. Trek & Mountain’s Technical Editor, Alun Richardson, is embedded with the team as official photographer. According to the Himalayan Times, “A team of rope-fixing climbers successfully scaled Mt Everest from Nepal side after they opened a climbing route to the summit point of the world’s highest peak on Monday afternoon. Base camp officials told THT Online over phone … Read more »

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Satmap announces all new Active 20 Sports GPS device

Satmap announces all new Active 20 Sports GPS device

Satmap Systems Ltd has announced the launch of the Satmap Active 20 Sports GPS unit. The Active 20 is the first device of its class to be fully touchscreen or button operated (‘DualControl’). Fitted with the latest, high-sensitivity GPS receiver (uBlox MAX M8), the Active 20 supports all the primary satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou, WAAS, EGNOS, etc.) with accuracy, even indoors, in cars, in town and under heavy tree cover – accuracy figures of 1-2m are typical in many conditions. The Active 20 now boasts an all-new, large (3.5”), super-bright (600cd) transmissive, full colour HVGA TFT display. This crystal clear … Read more »

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Ueli Steck dies on Everest

Ueli Steck dies on Everest

Legendary Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck has been killed in an accident while acclimatising for an attempt to traverse Lhotse and Everest. According to the Himalayan Times, “A group of six rescuers discovered a body of the multiple-record holder mountaineer near Nuptse Face of Mt Everest where he could have slipped and fell on the ice-covered slope. “The team has collected the scattered parts of the climber’s body.” A Fishtail Air helicopter has also been sent to Camp I to conduct a long line rescue, according to a source at base camp. “Swiss alpinist Steck and Tenzing (Tenji) Sherpa headed to Khumbu region … Read more »

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The North Face Mountain Festival returns this September

The North Face Mountain Festival returns this September

The North Face Mountain Festival returns to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland with a bang in 2017. Fuelling the outdoor spirits and minds of explorers from across the world, this year’s event takes place at the foot of the Eiger from 14-17 September 2017, doubling in participants from 2016 with an extra night added to the itinerary. Festival goers will be able to climb, paraglide, run, canyon-jump and hike their way around the stunning alpine scenery whilst kicking back and relaxing at the festival’s ‘base camp’, where numerous workshops like expedition cookery and adventure photography classes will take place to keep them entertained whilst … Read more »

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Berghaus add new summer waterproofs to Extrem range

Berghaus add new summer waterproofs to Extrem range

Berghaus has introduced a new range of high performance lightweight waterproof summer jackets, the Extrem Paclite and Fastpacking jackets, which are designed for fast-moving alpine climbing and backpacking respectively, offering low weight, carefully considered features, and packability. The new jackets complete the summer Extrem shell range, alongside the new Hyper 100 which Berghaus claim to be “the world’s lightest 3-layer waterproof.”   The Extrem Paclite is a serious alpine shell, made out of bluesign approved Gore-Tex Paclite fabric and weighing only 320g for a men’s medium and 300g for a women’s 12. The jacket features a fully adjustable climbing helmet compatible hood, … Read more »

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