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Wednesday
May292013

Russian Man Makes Highest BASE Jump Off Mount Everest

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- An extreme sports star from Russia set a new world record for a BASE jump, leaping off a more than four mile-high ledge of Mt. Everest earlier this month.

Valery Rozov, 48, wore a special wing suit for the jump and spent three weeks acclimatizing to the altitude at base camp.  He then took off on a four-day hike, assisted by a team of Sherpas, to make it to the jump point.

Rozov made the jump on May 5 to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent atop the world’s highest peak.

“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Rozov told Red Bull, a sponsor, after the climb.

A few weeks after Rozov’s history-making jump, another man made history on the same summit, this time for climbing.

Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest person to scale Mt. Everest when he reached the top of the 29,030-foot mountain on May 23, his third time reaching the peak in the past decade.

Rozov made his jump from the north side of the mountain and reached speeds of more than 124 miles-per-hour during his descent. The Russian star holds more than 9,000 jumps to his name, including a jump into an active volcano in Russia and a nearly four-mile jump from the Himalayas, according to Red Bull.

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Friday
May252012

Everest Overcrowding Could Be Fatal This Weekend

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KATMANDU, Nepal) -- An estimated 200 mountaineers will attempt the summit of Mt. Everest Friday and Saturday. But veteran climbers fear overcrowding will create treacherous circumstances that could lead to more deaths.

The warning comes one week after four climbers died on the world’s tallest peak.  They died as more than 200 climbers surged toward the top, creating delays that proved lethal as people suffered prolonged exposure to the extreme conditions. One of the deadliest days on the mountain, the deaths were caused by altitude sickness and exhaustion.

Veteran American climber Jon Kedrowski, 33, will make his attempt this week after deciding to forgo the summit last weekend in order to help others who were struggling to survive.

Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who holds the eight-year record for the fastest ascent of Everest, told the AFP, “Two hundred people climbing the mountain is too many for one weekend. Twenty-five to 30 a day is okay, but 200 is too many.”

This weekend could be the last window for a successful summit attempt. Bottlenecking leads to unanticipated wait time as oxygen runs out and frostbite sets in. But clients pay between $35,000 and $50,000 for the chance to climb Everest. The mountain is a massive money maker for the government in Nepal and officials in Kathmandu are downplaying concerns, saying they will not put a limit on the number of clients that pay to go.

More than 220 climbers have died on Everest -- half of those in the last 20 years -- when climbing the mountaing exploded as a commercial pursuit.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May212012

Three Dead, Two Missing on Mount Everest

iStockphoto/ThinkstockUPDATE: A Chinese climber has also been reported dead, bringing the death toll up to four.  One person -- a Chinese national -- is still missing, but a Nepalese Sherpa guide who had been reported missing has been found safe.

(LONDON) -- It was rush hour on Mount Everest this weekend with 150 climbers reaching the summit, including a 73-year-old woman, but the world's tallest peak also claimed the lives of three climbers and two more are missing.

The first stretch of clear weather during the spring climbing season spurred the rush of climbers to crowd the trails leading to the 29,029-foot peak, which spans the borders of China, Nepal and Tibet.

A German, a Nepal-born Canadian, and a South Korean reportedly died Saturday as they descended the mountain after suffering from exhaustion and altitude sickness. A Chinese national and his Nepalese Sherpa guide are also missing.

Climbing conditions at Mount Everest have been particularly rough this season due to heavy snowfall and winds, Gyanendra Shrestha of Nepal's Mountaineering Department told Agence France-Presse.

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Monday
Sep262011

Tourist Plane Crashes Near Mt. Everest, Two Americans Among Dead

Hemera/Thinkstock(KATMANDU, Nepal) -- Two Americans were among 19 people aboard a passenger plane who were killed Sunday when the aircraft crashed in Nepal.

Local aviation officials said that the Buddha Air Beechcraft was on its way back to Katmandu after a sight-seeing tour of Mount Everest.

While an investigation into the accident is ongoing, it's believed the pilot's vision was hampered by heavy fog.

Mountain flights in Nepal are very popular with tourists, which allows them to see the highest peaks in the Everest region.

In addition to the Americans, the victims were from India, Japan and Nepal.

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