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2006-07-22 09:51:30

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A search party has found the body of one of Latin America's leading climbers, who went went missing 10 days ago on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth-highest peak, a diplomat said on Saturday. Jose Antonio Delgado, a 41-year-old Venezuelan, became stranded in bad weather at a height of 24,280 feet (7,400 meters) during his ascent of "The Killer Mountain," as Nanga Parbat is otherwise known. "All the elements suggest it is the body of Jose Antonio...

2005-10-23 03:07:23

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescue workers are searching for seven French and 11 Nepali climbers who went missing four days ago after an avalanche in western Nepal, rescue officials said on Sunday. Authorities in Kathmandu lost contact with the 21-member climbing team on Wednesday after the avalanche tore through the base camp of the 6,981-meter (22,903-feet) Kang Guru peak. The team was at the base camp when the avalanche struck, Bikram Neupane, chief of the Himalayan Rescue Association...

2005-10-09 19:17:25

BEIJING (AP) - The world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, is 12 feet shorter than previously thought, Chinese scientists who measured the peak earlier this year said Sunday. Their survey determined that the mountain was 29,017 feet, or 12 feet smaller than it was measured to be 30 years ago, said Chen Bangzhu, a spokesman with the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. The survey was carried out by a team of 50 Chinese experts in May, Chen said at a press conference. The new...

2005-10-09 05:57:56

BEIJING (Reuters) - China now thinks Everest, the world's highest peak, is about 3.7 meters shorter than its own past estimates after conducting a new survey of the mountain this year, state media reported on Sunday. Mount Everest stood 8,844.43 meters above sea level, with a margin of error of about 0.21 meters, Chen Bangzhu, Director General of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, told a news conference. Chinese mountaineers and researchers climbed to the top of Mount...

2005-04-19 10:27:49

BEIJING, (AFP) -- A team of Chinese scientists began to remeasure Mount Everest for the first time in 20 years, checking theories that it is growing one centimeter (0.4 inch) annually, state media said. Six scientists, four mountaineers and four Sherpa guides will use radar and global positioning equipment to re-survey the peak, the world's highest, said expedition head Zhang Jiangqi. The official height of the mountain, straddling China's border with Nepal, is currently 8,848 meters...

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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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