by Kraig Becker Heavy snows in the Himalaya this fall have made climbing and trekking there difficult at times. Some of the more popular peaks have been hit hard with fresh powder, particularly after Cyclone Phailin made landfall two weeks backs. The poor weather brought in an end to numerous high [...]
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by Kraig Becker As summer nears its inevitable end in the Northern Hemisphere the fall climbing season is getting underway in the Himalaya. Now that the seasonal monsoons have subsided for another year, climbers are descending on Kathmandu and starting to make their way out to base camps across the region. [...]
by Kraig Becker In the world of high altitude mountaineering the fourteen 8000-meter peaks are seen as the pinnacle of climbing. Each of those mountains presents a unique set of challenges that require a high level of skill and dedication to overcome. Most climbers are lucky if they get the chance [...]
By Kraig Becker A plan to install a ladder at a crucial climbing point on Mt. Everest has drawn the ire of some mountaineers who say that that it will take away some of the challenge of the climb. But proponents of the idea say that it will ease traffic [...]
The spring climbing season in the Himalaya has come to an end and the climbers are now making their way back home just ahead of the arrival of the summer monsoons. It has been a very busy season once again this year, with an estimated 500+ summits on Mt. Everest [...]
It has been a long and tumultuous spring climbing season on the world’s tallest mountain but for the climbers who have been on Everest since the beginning of April, the end is nearly in sight. Earlier today the Sherpas charged with installing the ropes on the mountain completed their work, [...]
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