May 29, 2013 An 81-year-old climber trying to regain his title has turned back; a Russian extreme sports star has BASE jumped from nearly 24,000 feet; the BBC recounts how word reached the world in 1953 of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic feat; and more.
Sherpas' headlamps in the Khumbu Icefall early in the morning. You can see more at: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/everest/blog.
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May 27, 2012 Morning Edition host David Greene talks to mountaineer Conrad Anker who has climbed Everest several times and has just returned from his most recent ascent.
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Unidentified mountaineers descend from the summit of Mount Everest over the weekend. Four climbers were killed trying to make it down the 29,035-foot summit.
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May 22, 2012 At least four climbers who are on Mount Everest died while trying to climb back down to safety. Hundreds of people are trying to summit the peak and must use a single rope to ascend and descend, causing long delays and exposing climbers to danger.
May 10, 2011 Two climbers trying to summit Mt. Everest have died; the second victim is a former foreign minister of Nepal who tried to become the oldest person to climb the peak.
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