The Matterhorn mountain (left, in distance) after sunrise seen from the Eggishorn mountain, in Fiesch, Switzerland, last month.
August 6, 2015 The remains of two Japanese climbers reported missing on the iconic Alpine peak in 1970 have been positively identified by Swiss police.
Hikers trapped on Borneo's Mt. Kinabalu on Friday after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake triggered avalanches that closed off the decent route.
June 5, 2015 Many of the climbers, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, are said to have been descending Mt. Kinabalu after reaching the peak before sunrise.
Tommy Caldwell (top) climbs what is known as Pitch 17 and Kevin Jorgeson handles the line as they free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.
January 14, 2015 Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first climbers to use only their hands and feet to ascend the nearly 3,000-foot Dawn Wall in a single trip. Ropes were used only to break a fall.
The sun shines on the peak of Mount Everest in this October 2011 photo. On Friday, an avalanche killed at least 12 Sherpas on the mountain.
April 18, 2014 The death toll surpasses what had been the single deadliest day on the world's tallest mountain. Officials say all of those killed were Sherpa guides.
A Nepalese Sherpa collecting garbage, left by climbers, at an altitude of 26,250 feet during a special Everest clean-up expedition.
March 4, 2014 Authorities say that from now on, climbers on the world's tallest peak will be expected to return 18 pounds of garbage on their way down or lose a $4,000 deposit.
A photo from May 22 shows Yuichiro Miura, 80, right, and his son, Gota at their South Col camp at 26,247 feet during their climb to the top of Mount Everest. Miura became the oldest man to reach the peak.
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May 23, 2013 A Japanese mountaineer has become the oldest person to conquer Mount Everest, as Yuichiro Miura, 80, reached the peak Thursday morning. The feat marks Miura's third time atop Mount Everest. As in 2008, Miura's accomplishment is in danger of being surpassed by rival climber Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81.
Mark Roberts' feet, in the foreground, as he slid down a mountain in Wales.
British Mountaineering Council
March 11, 2013 The video is not for the squeamish. But climber Mark Roberts' bumpy trip down an ice-covered cliff in Wales thankfully ended with him bruised and battered, but alive. His camera captured the whole ride.
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