An Indian woman who lost her leg after she was thrown from a moving train two years ago has become the first female amputee to climb Everest, expedition organisers said Wednesday. Arunima Sinha, 26, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, reached the peak on Tuesday morning after a slow climb from Everest Base Camp.
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KATMANDU – An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who climbed Mount Everest five years ago, but just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit, was back on the mountain Wednesday to make another attempt at the title.
Unfortunately for Yuichiro Miura, the 81-year-old Nepalese man who nabbed the record just before he could in 2008 is fast on his heels.
Nepal has changed the route for this year’s climbing season on Mount Everest in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last April’s avalanche disaster in which 19 Sherpas died.
The new official route, which was last used in the early 1990s, avoids the left-hand side of the treacherous Khumbu icefall, known as the West Shoulder.
This year, mountaineers will climb up the centre of the icefall after leaving base camp. The new route is longer and tougher, but has less risk of avalanche.
Climbers and their local guides were descending from Everest base camp Friday as officials said a Sherpa boycott and fresh avalanches had ended hopes of any group reaching the summit this year from the more popular Nepal side.
More than 300 climbers had hoped to scale Everest, but the deaths of 16 Sherpas last week in the worst accident on the mountain left the local guides distraught and angry. The Sherpas were swept away by an ice avalanche as they fixed ropes up to camp two at above 19,000ft.
KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.
The Sherpa guides had gone to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche struck an area known as the “popcorn field” for its bulging chunks of ice at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp, where he was monitoring rescue efforts.
A mountaineer on Everest described the "terrifying" scene of two famous European climbers fighting with Nepalese guides in a high-altitude brawl that has sparked a police investigation. Ueli Steck, a Swiss national who holds climbing records, and Simone Moro of Italy, who has climbed Everest four times, were approaching the 7,470-metre (24,500 feet) Camp Three on Saturday when the bust-up occurred.