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2008-10-17 14:52:45

A study of professional mountain climbers has shown that high-altitude exposure can cause subtle white and grey matter changes to the area of the brain involved in motor activity, according to the October issue of the European Journal of Neurology. Italian researchers took MRI scans of nine world-class mountain climbers, who had been climbing for at least 10 years, before and after expeditions to Mount Everest (8,848 meters) and K2 (8,611 meters) without an oxygen supply. They compared their...

2008-08-05 21:00:08

By Larry Altman If it wasn't for a mistake, Hermosa Beach resident Nick Rice might be among the dead climbers on K2 in Pakistan. The 23-year-old adventurer who attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach was boiling water on Friday and spilled some of the liquid on his socks. It meant he had to stay behind to let them dry and catch up later with the rest of the expedition in the bitter cold. Eleven of his colleagues attempting to reach the 28,250-foot summit of the world's...

2008-08-05 18:00:12

By Stephen Graham ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Blinded by the glare off the snow and ice, attempting a perilous descent down K2 to save his life, the Dutch mountaineer came upon three Korean climbers. One sat dazed. Another held a rope. The third was suspended at the other end, hanging upside down. "They were trying to survive," the Dutch mountaineer, Wilco van Rooijen, recalled Monday, "but I had also to survive because I was getting snow blind." He said he offered help but they declined,...

2008-08-05 09:00:19

By Stephen Graham Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A helicopter plucked two frostbitten Dutch climbers from K2 on Monday after an avalanche and exposure left at least 11 people presumed dead on the world's second-highest mountain. An Italian who was also stranded made his way down the slope with a rescue team after telling a colleague, "I am surely not going to give up now." One of the rescued men, Wilco Van Rooijen, blamed mistakes in preparation for the final ascent -- not just...

2008-08-05 06:00:14

By Jane Perlez and Salman Masood Michael Wilson contributed reporting from New York. * At least 11 climbers died on K2, the world's second-highest mountain, after an avalanche struck them on a steep gully at a height of about 8,200 meters, just below the summit, the Pakistani military said Monday. Three of those killed were Nepalese, three were South Korean, two were Pakistani, one was Spanish, one was French and one was Irish, a military spokesman, Major Farooq Feroz Khan, said by...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By Andrew Buncombe Asia Correspondent AN ITALIAN climber who fought the twin perils of exhaustion and freezing temperatures on the world's deadliest mountain was last night rescued as he struggled alone in darkness down the slopes of K2. While authorities said they believed 11 other climbers perished on the peak known as "Killer Mountain" over the weekend, they confirmed that a rescue team had found Marco Confortola late yesterday evening and were escorting him down the slopes. His hands...

2008-08-04 09:00:04

At least nine climbers are feared dead and five others are missing on K-2, the world's second-highest peak, officials said Sunday. An avalanche struck a group of climbers on their way down after scaling the mountain in northern Pakistan, and at least six died. Three others died in separate incidents. - The Associated Press what happened Mohammed Akram, of the nonprofit Adventure Foundation of Pakistan, said the six climbers died when they were hit by an "ice cornice," or snow crashing...

2008-08-04 09:00:03

By Sadaqat Jan Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- At least nine climbers were feared dead on K-2, the world's second highest mountain, after an avalanche cut ropes used to cross a treacherous wall of ice, officials and other climbers said Sunday. Several other mountaineers were missing, prompting a desperate rescue effort on the peak in northern Pakistan, which is regarded as more dangerous to climb than Mount Everest. A total of 22 people, mostly foreigners, in eight different...

2008-07-24 12:00:26

An Italian climber said he and his partner are OK after being rescued from a mountain in Pakistan where they were stranded for days. Walter Nones and Simon Kehrer attempted descending the mountain after their leader died last week but their efforts were hampered by severe weather, the Italian news service ANSA reported Thursday. "We're OK, we're OK. There was a small avalanche (Wednesday) but we were able to ski on this morning,'' Nones told Agostino Da Polenza, head of Italy's Himalayan...

2008-07-19 00:00:37

STUDENTS embarking on an expedition to Everest base camp are asking the local community to back their Pounds 64,000 project. Sixteen teenagers from Northallerton College will be accompanied by one of their old boys, the high altitude mountaineer Alan Hinkes on their four-week trek in October, 2009. Some will have the opportunity to climb the 20,000ft Island Peak while others will help to teach English in local schools in the world's fourth poorest country. First they face the daunting...


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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary
2014-01-06 11:03:49

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. Hillary was born to Percival Augustus Hillary and Gertrude Hillary in Auckland, Dominion of New Zealand on July 20th of 1919. In 1920 his family moved to Tuakau, after his father was given land there. His grandparents were early settlers in the northern part of Wairoa in the middle of the 19th century after emigrating from Yorkshire, England. On May 29th of 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer...

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