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I never thoughts about this before, but do Sherpas get any formal mountaineering training? Apparently, most of them do not. California State University, Sacramento professor Kevin Tatsugawa is trying to change that situation. He’s currently working to transform Nepali guides and porters into certified professionals through the Khumbu Climbing School in the Nepali village of […]
Men’s Health has a piece on high-altitude cerebral edema. While the article is a novice’s account of climbing the Mexican volcano Pico de Orizaba, it provides great insight into how even the most physically trained people can fall victim. High-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) can occur unpredictably at altitudes above 14,000 feet. Fluid fills the cavity […]
KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska reports that a climber is missing on 12,240-foot Mount Huntington. Apparently the 26-year-old Johnny Soderstrom, a mountaineering instructor, disappeared on the approach. His climbing partner, Joe Reichert, lost him as he skied behind Soderstrom. Mount Huntington, though shorter than Denali, is considered more difficult.
BBC News reports that four Greek climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the southern Peloponnese mountains in Greece. A group of 28 climbers were caught in the avalanche on Mount Menalos. The other climbers survived with minor injuries. Additional resources: Briton killed in Greek avalanche (Reuters) Five dead, six injured by avalanche in […]
The People’s Daily Online reports that China is attempting to establish a national mountaineering rescue system. Li Zhixin, director of the National Mountaineering Administration Center, said, “At present, China boasts more than 300 outdoor sports clubs. Along with blooming outdoor activities, a frequent accident occurrence period will come. Statistics show that from 2000 to 2004, […]
Jack Roberts, climbing guide and author, has some useful “tech tips” on his site. These include secrets to staying warm and keeping winter fun, preparation for long winter alpine days, and Jack’s twelve golden rules for better leading on ice.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the view from the summit of Panoramas.dk site. In addition to Mt. Everest, they have panoramic views of Jungfraujoch of Switzerland, Bishop Creek in the High Sierras, and the
The SwissInfo web site reports that Anderl Heckmair died today at age 98. Heckmair led the first team up the north face of the Eiger in 1938. Additional reading: Leader of the first ascent of the north face of the Eiger Anderl Heckmair
The latest edition of Outside Magazine online has an article on Stephen Koch’s attempt to snowboard Everest. Interestingly, I saw him give a slide show at the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival several years ago. Even then he was commenting on his plans to summit Everest and then descend by snowboard. Unable to summit last […]