The Disappearance of Marco Siffredi. For those not near death, reaching the summit of the highest mountain in the world is a time of unequaled euphoria. It’s the achievement of a lifetime, the realization of a magnificent dream. But for Marco, the dream is just beginning and the summit is nothing more than a hurdle. His goal-3,000 meters of first tracks down the Hornbein-still lies before him. prev Everest
posted by allkindsoftime
on Sep 8, 2013 -
Last weekend, almost 60 years after the first ascent
by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, fights
broke out between three Western climbers and a group of sherpas, at around 7200m on Mount Everest. [more inside]
posted by daveje
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Gigapixel image of the Khumbu Glacier and Mount Everest
Taken by filmmaker David Breashears this is a gigapixel image of Everest (the mainly rock peak to the left of centre) and surrounding area taken in Spring 2012. To get an idea of the scale Everest basecamp can be seen in the bottom-centre area of the image. Best viewed fullscreen.
posted by jontyjago
on Dec 19, 2012 -
"As a climber goes up even higher in altitude, into the so-called death zone, the dangerously thin air above 26,000 feet, there is so little oxygen available that the body makes a desperate decision: it cuts off the digestive system. The body can no longer afford to direct oxygen to the stomach to help digest food because that would divert what precious little oxygen is available away from the brain. The body will retch back up anything the climber tries to eat, even if it’s as small as an M&M."
from To the Last Breath: A Journey of Going to Extremes
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Aug 7, 2012 -
What the final hours of a Mount Everest
climb are like, as written by a Canadian medical team last year (photographs enlarge nicely if opened in a new window). The month of May is the only safe window for climbing Sagarmatha, and this week Sherpas are desperately trying to get the route prepped. Journal entries from the mountain during the past day show excited teams awaiting the big push: 1
. The Discovery film crew got some nice shots
last week, too. The climb is not without immense danger -- about 6
die on the mountain every year, and in 2006 David Sharp
died right on the trail, raising a firestorm of debate.
posted by crapmatic
on May 5, 2009 -
Paraglider survives 32,000ft fall.
A German paragliding champion named Ewa Wisnierska
was "sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest." She "soared skywards," and was soon "covered in ice" as she "battled hailstones the size of oranges," becoming one with the weather. "I could see the Earth coming," she later said, "wow, like Apollo 13
– I can see the Earth."
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Feb 16, 2007 -
"The situation didn't have any intrinsic calm to it,"
he says, "There was some excited radio communication and the roar of the wind and storm was also very cautionary. I knew it was in the process of killing people out there..."
Dr. Stuart Hutchison, a Canadian cardiologist, was a member of one of three expeditions climbing the southern route
on Mount Everest in early May of 1996. Just after midnight on the morning of May 10, he and 34 other climbers crawled out of their tents
on the South Col and started their final summit push
. After weeks of climbing up and down between camps on the mountain; scaling the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall
and waliking the Western Cwm
to acclimatize their bodies to the to the rarefied air
at and above 14,000 feet above sea level, everything came down to the next 24 hours.
The day would end with 11 climbers dead on the mountain. Until now Dr. Hutchison has maintained his silence about his role in, and experience of, that tragic day on Everest. [more inside]
posted by persona non grata
on Jul 31, 2006 -
A Sad Day.
seems like all the people I admire die before their time. It's a long list: Dan
, Ned Gillette
, (plus many others), and now: Goran
, died a few days ago. "The Crazy Swede" became famous for
riding a bicycle from Stockholm to Everest, climbing it solo and without oxygen,
and riding back. This story is told in Ultimate
High:My Everest Odyssey
posted by ig
on Oct 3, 2002 -
Mans with no hands
fails to climb Everest. He lost his hands climbing McKinley, which is a sure sign that hands or non-hands you're a crappy climber, pal.
posted by skallas
on Oct 10, 2000 -
A 38-year-old Slovenian
became the first person ever to ski non-stop down the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, on Saturday. "I feel only absolute happiness and absolute fatigue," Davo Karnicar told Reuters by satellite phone after the descent
posted by Mars Saxman
on Oct 8, 2000 -