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Over 100 Climb World's Highest Mountain As Season Ends


 

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June 10, 2001

Camp4 - Climbing News Archive

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - More than 100 people climbed Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, in the three-month climbing season that ended last week, local newspapers said on Thursday. The Kathmandu Post said those who successfully reached the top of the 29,035 feet mountain included the youngest person ever to do so, the oldest, and the first blind climber.

Over 1,000 people attempted the climb between March and the end of May, the only time assaults on Everest are allowed from the Nepal side.

But, in keeping with the past, less than one in 10 made it.

"The craze is never to stop so long as Everest is there," the Post said.

The newspaper saluted 15-year-old sherpa Temba Tsheri for reaching the top last month on his second attempt. Last year he was forced to give up less than 80 feet from the summit because of frost bite and snow blindness.

At the other end of the age spectrum, American Sherman Bull, 64, became the oldest person to reach the top and with his son Bradford, 33, the first father and son to do it together.

Erik Weihenmeyer, meanwhile, followed the sound of bells tied to the packs of his fellow climbers to become the first blind person to conquer the mountain. Read the story at Camp4.

The Kathmandu Post also mourned the loss of sherpa Babu Chhiri, who fell to his death in a crevasse while attempting what would have been his 10th successful ascent, a world record. Read the story at Camp4.

He also once stayed on the summit for 21 hours without using bottled oxygen, another record.

The newspaper said over 800 people had now successfully climbed Everest since it was first conquered by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.



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