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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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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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Bolivian 3 Peaks Expedition – Illimani, Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi

Bolivian 3 Peaks Expedition – Illimani, Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi

In 2017 Trek & Mountain returns to South America for an amazing trekking and mountaineering trip, and YOU could be on the team! The destination is Bolivia, and our objectives are threefold – Huayna Potosi (6,088m), Pequeno Alpamayo (5,410m) and the mighty Illimani (6,438m). The expedition will be led by Gavin Bate, head honcho at Adventure Alternative, one of the UK’s leading trekking and expedition companies – and we will be offering both a 2-week option (Huayna Potosi and Pequeno Alpamayo) and a 3-week option (adding Bolivia’s highest peak, Illimani). This expedition is a superb introduction to mountaineering in Latin America. First we’ll … Read more »

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Sherpa killed in Ama Dablam avalanche

Sherpa killed in Ama Dablam avalanche

Lakpa Thindu Sherpa from Dingboche has been killed in an avalanche on Ama Dablam triggered by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake at about 5.20am Nepal time. A British climber, Ciaran Hill, was also injured but has been airlifted to safety, Trek & Mountain contributor Jon Gupta, part of the team climbing on Ama Dablam, was first on the scene and this is how he described the situation: “The earthquake caused a part of the Dablam (hanging ice) to fall down from high on the face which hit them and took them both down the mountain a little way. Myself and Lakpa Onjo Sherpa were … Read more »

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Kilian Jornet to attempt speed record on Everest

Kilian Jornet to attempt speed record on Everest

After breaking records on mountains around the world, Kilian Jornet, in the final part of his ‘Summits of my Life’ project will be attempting to establish the record for ascending Everest, by a little-used route on the north face of the peak.   The expedition is to take place in August and September and will be undertaken in alpine-style, the purest and most minimalist, without oxygen, fixed ropes or high-altitude camps and with only light equipment. “Everest will probably be one of the most demanding climbs I’ve ever faced. It will be a great learning experience, from how my body reacts to the high altitude … Read more »

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