caption Ronald Crystal, 77, hiked 18,000 feet high on Everest in April. But things didn’t go exactly as planned after that. source Ronald Crystal/Weill Cornell Mount Everest is an extremely dangerous climb. Many hikers contract a lung condition called high-altitude pulmonary edema that can be deadly. The best way to fight the condition is to get down. 77-year-old lung doctor Ronald Crystal diagnosed his own case of the dangerous fluid buildup on the mountain in April. Here’s his story. Climbing Mount Everest is a risky, life-threatening endeavor. If you don’t fall off an icy cliff, you could develop hypothermia, or fluid might build up in your lungs or brain. At least three climbers perished on Everest this year, according to reports from the New York Times. A 35-year-old Japanese climber fell to his death, a 63-year-old Macedonian man collapsed from a probable heart attack, and a sherpa named Lam Babu mysteriously went missing, leaving … [Read more...] about A 77-year-old doctor diagnosed himself with a deadly lung problem while climbing Everest — here’s how he survived
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. The Washington Post Tues., May 22, 2018 For Nobukazu Kuriki, the 2012 attempt to summit Mount Everest was costly. Strong winds from a sudden blizzard had derailed the Japanese climber’s fourth attempt up the world’s tallest mountain. For two days, he cowered inside an improvised emergency shelter that mountaineers call a snowhole as winds howled, and temperatures plunged below zero. The snow shelter kept him alive — but by the time he emerged, Kuriki had frostbite so bad, he would ultimately lose parts of nine fingers. For a few despondent days in a hospital, he also lost the will to climb. “Before my fingers were amputated, I phoned my father,” he said in recounting the incident on his YouTube channel. “The first thing he said was, ‘Congratulations.’ I asked him what for; he said because I survived.” But, he continued: “My dream is not only climbing Mount Everest. My real goal is … [Read more...] about He lost his fingers trying to climb Everest. On his eighth attempt, he lost his life.
KATHMANDU: Australian Steve Plain became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the "Seven Summits", after he scaled Mount Everest early on Monday, his expedition company in Nepal said.Plain, 36, from Albury, Australia, reached the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak of the world's tallest mountain after climbing more than seven hours from the final camp, at the 8,000 m (26,246-foot) South Col, to claim the record."He has set the record of climbing Seven Summits in the shortest time of 117 days," said Ishwari Paudel, an official of the Himalayan Guides hiking company that handled logistics for the climber. Few details of the climb were available.A Polish climber held the previous record of 126 days to complete the Seven Summits.Apart from Everest, the six highest peaks are Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Papua New Guinea's Carstensz … [Read more...] about Australian climbs Everest, sets fastest seven summit record
World renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner said Thursday that climbing Everest had become quite safe and economical as there were around thousand of hopeful Everesters every year, even as charges continue to be raised against lax attitudes to safety on the world’s tallest peak. “Now, Everest is not a safe mountain, but quite a safe mountain,” he said. The Italian climber is the first man to climb all 14 eight-thousanders in the world and without auxiliary oxygen. Messner and seven other renowned Everesters who made the ascent in 1978 were felicitated by the government for their contribution to promoting Nepal. Messner said climbing Everest was economical as people were paying US$11,000 apiece to obtain climbing permits only. “If you reduce the price, nobody else is up there. Now, there are around thousand of people up there.” Everest and the natural heritage are a big draw for foreign tourists, and the numbers are increasing, he added. However, the … [Read more...] about Climbing Everest has become quite safe now, says Messner
Xia Boyu is the first double amputee to be given a permit to climb the world's highest mountain after the ban was revoked. The 69-year-old said the measure, introduced in December to much criticism, was "discriminating against the disabled". "I panicked after I heard the news because it meant I couldn't fulfil my dream. I thought, 'How can I now get a climbing permit?' Xia told AFP. But last month, disability advocacy groups successfully overturned the ban in Nepal's highest court, arguing it contravened the UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities. Xia's bid to summit the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain will be his fifth. He was part of a Chinese national team in 1975 when the group encountered bad weather just below the summit. Oxygen-starved and exposed to frigid temperatures, Xia suffered severe frostbite and lost both his feet. In 1996, his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. The tenacious … [Read more...] about Chinese double amputee to climb Everest after ban revoked