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Climate Change Affecting Himalayas
2012-02-29 05:48:43

Apa Sherpa, who holds the record for climbing Mount Everest a total of 21 times, has noticed a change on the world´s largest peak. He has noticed that snow and ice are disappearing from the mountain making it difficult to climb. He recently told the AFP news agency: “In 1989 when I first climbed Everest there was a lot of snow and ice but now most of it has just become bare rock. That, as a result, is causing more rockfalls which is a danger to the climbers.” The climb...

2011-08-29 11:31:43

Research on Mt. Everest climbers is adding to the evidence that an amino acid called leucine – found in foods, dietary supplements, energy bars and other products – may help people burn fat during periods of food restriction, such as climbing at high altitude, while keeping their muscle tissue. It was one of two studies reported here today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on the elite corps of men and women who have tackled the...

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2011-07-20 13:33:09

Nepal's government is ordering a new measurement of Mount Everest to determine the world's highest mountain's exact height. The Himalayan country has continued to recognize decades-old measurement of 29,028-feet, though U.S. climbers and China have made new measurements. Land Reforms Ministry spokesman Gopal Giri said Wednesday that the government decided last week during its annual budget speech to take the new measurement.  He said the plans will entail placing three reference points...

2011-05-30 05:10:00

GOLD COAST, Australia, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New Zealand BMXer Jed Mildon has created action-sports history by landing the world's first Triple Backflip at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam in Taupo, New Zealand. Mildon, 24, stomped the three rotations perfectly during the free-to-the-public BMX show in his home-town on Saturday. A representative of the Guinness Book Of World Records was on hand to witness and approve the ground-breaking trick that is sure to send shockwaves through...

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2011-04-07 07:55:00

A team of 58 people will take part in a mission to pick up trash left behind from years of climbs up the slopes of the world's highest peak, AFP reports. Apa Sherpa, 51, who will count this ascent as his record-holding twenty-first climb, will lead the Eco Everest Expedition 2011 to collect four tons of garbage under a "Cash for Trash" program funded by Asian Trekking, a guide company that organizes climbs in the region. The expedition is planning on a diverse and far-flung group of...


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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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'