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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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First British ascent of Infinite Spur on Mt Foraker, Alaska

First British ascent of Infinite Spur on Mt Foraker, Alaska

British alpinists Will Harris, Ben Silvestre and Pete Graham have completed what is thought to be the first British ascent of Infinite Spur on Alaska’s second-highest peak, Mt Foraker. The ridge, which soars almost 9,000 feel up the south face of Foraker, has only been climbed a handful of times, with the first ascent by Michael kennedy and George Lowe having taken six days back in 1977. It is considered one of the great alpine test-pieces in the Alaska Range of mountains. One of the successful trio (and Trek & Mountain contributor) Will Harris posted the following update on his Facebook page: … Read more »

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Leo Houlding completes 1,000-mile Greenland expedition

Leo Houlding completes 1,000-mile Greenland expedition

That man Leo Houlding has been at it again! During his latest project the climber and adventurer has completed an unsupported 1,000 mile snowkiting expedition across the Greenland ice cap.  Houlding was accompanied by friend and experienced snowkiter Bruce Corrie, and they covered the distance in under three weeks, despite being confined to their tent for days in a row during whiteout conditions.  This was Leo Houlding’s debut snowkiting expedition and Bruce Corrie’s first major expedition of any type. Leo Houlding and Bruce Corrie snowkited from Kangerlussuaq in south west Greenland and finished in Qaanaaq, one of the most northerly towns on … Read more »

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T&M readers tick off three Himalayan 6,000ers

T&M readers tick off three Himalayan 6,000ers

At the end of April, a tired but jubilant team of Trek & Mountain readers returned to the UK having enjoyed a month-long journey through the colourful mountains, culture and characters of Nepal. The Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 expedition was always going to be challenging – after all, one 6,000m peak is no small deal, let alone three – but the trip got off to a great start as the team avoided weather-related delays at Kathmandu by sneaking into Lukla on an early morning flight. And who did we bump into at Lukla airport that morning? Only Ueli Steck! The trek would … Read more »

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