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How A Teen Who Can't Mountain Climb Got His Name On Top Of Mt. Everest

The San Ramon Valley High School student’s name is displayed on a flag on the world's tallest peak, thanks to a special expedition. Danville, CA By How many people reading this have been to Mt. Everest? Sixteen-year-old Alex Maddux, a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High School, hasn’t, but his name is on a flag there.

Maddux has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness. A few months ago his mother Kim became aware of an expedition to Everest Base Camp with a flag carrying the names of 1,000 Duchenne patients--both in honor of current patients and in memory of those who’ve passed away. Kim immediately had Alex’s name added to the Hope-Memory flag.
“Anything that I can do to get the word out about Duchenne’s, I’ll do,” Kim Maddux told Patch. “To spread the word and fund research.”

While Alex can still walk, he rides a scooter to school. K…

Have You Watched These 5 Movies on Mt. Everest?

- Post Report, Kathmandu Oct 2, 2015- The movie ‘Everest’,  based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, was released theatrically on September 18 and a week later in Nepal.

But this is not the first movie about the world's most popular mountain. There have been many.
We give you a list of five, with  the highest ratings.

Everest, 1998
Forty-five minute long American documentary film “Everest” revolves around mountaineers and difficulties they face during their journey to Mount Everest.  The film is narrated by actor Liam Neeson. The movie also stars Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of mountaineer Tenzing Norgay.
Rotten Tomatoes has given it a rating of 93%.

The Conquest of Everest, 1953
This British documentary film is about the conquest of Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. The film also won a nomination for the ‘Best Documentary Feature’ category in the Oscars.

IMDB has rated it with a score of 7.1/10 and Rotten Tomatoes has given it a ratin…

What One Man Learned About Success From Climbing Everest 7 Times

Rachel Gillett Adrian Ballinger You might think Adrian Ballinger is a really lucky guy, considering he's survived countless avalanches and earthquakes on his voyages up some of the highest mountains in the world.

In the more than 15 years Ballinger has been mountain guiding, he's led more than 100 international climbing expeditions and summited Mount Everest seven times.
But much of his success actually comes down to a few key principles he's learned on his journeys.
Ballinger, who is also CEO of high-altitude expeditions company Alpenglow Expeditions, says these lessons about success can apply to just about anything, especially business:
Be wary of taking too many risks. "When scaling a mountain peak, you'll find it's best to keep the risk taking to a minimum and take them only to avoid unexpected circumstances that might impact the ultimate success or safety of the climb," Ballinger says.

He explains that at 20,000 feet, living on the edge and ac…

Sooperfly Launches Mt. Everest Series on YouTube

By It’s been four months since a powerful earthquake rocked Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people nation-wide, including 19 climbers at the Mount Everest base camp.

Now, two of the surviving climbers will share their stories of the disaster in a four-part original web series produced by Sooperfly, the digital video network launched earlier this year by Mumbai-based The 120 Media Collective .

Mission Everest 2015 launches on YouTube on Wednesday, Sept. 2, with subsequent episodes released every Thursday for the remainder of the month.

Executives with 120 Media have been promising original content creation since bringing Sooperfly to life in April in a joint partnership with U.K. channel management firm Diagonal View. In early August, Roopak Saluja, 120 Media’s CEO and founder, said original series and longer-form programming would be forthcoming in the wake of a one year strategic deal struck with global ad agency Cheil Worldwide. Saluja said most of the content …

Mount McKinley's Alaska Name Denali Is Restored By Obama

After decades of controversy, the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, has been changed back to its original native Alaskan, Denali. The 20,237ft (6,168m) peak was named by a gold prospector in 1896 after he heard that William McKinley had been nominated to become the US president. US President Barack Obama announced the change ahead of a three-day visit to Alaska to highlight climate change. But Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has denounced the move. The new name Denali translates as High One or Great One and is used widely by locals. "With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska," US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement announcing the change. The statement went on to note that McKinley had never set foot in Alaska. Image captionThe mountain was named in honour of William McKinley&#…

An Incredible Tour of the World's Highest Peaks Via Google Maps Street View

by Megan Barber
Google Maps Street View of Camp Colera at 19,685 feet, on the way to summit Aconcagua
From Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in Africa, the world's highest peaks are stunning in their beauty. And while most of us use Google Maps to scope out a new coffee shop, the street view application lets you explore these awe-inspiring mountains without ever leaving the couch.

↑ Everest Base Camp: The Climbers Memorial is a sacred site located just above 14,000 feet, which honor the lives of fallen climbers on Mt. Everest.

↑ Most expeditions to the highest point on Earth are staged at Everest Base Camp, pictured here.

↑ The 18,192-foot Kala Patthar on Mount Everest.

↑ Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the high Himalayas. The town is popular with adventurers in the Khubu region because it is at a good altitude for acclimitization and has a number of stores to outfit expeditions properly.

↑ The s…

Mount Everest base camp in Tibet to reopen July 1

inShare Share More BEIJING The Mt Everest base camp in Tibet will be reopened to climbers on July 1, the tourism authorities said on Tuesday.

The base camp was closed for safety reasons following the 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25 that killed climbers and guides on Nepal's side of the mountain.

Roads leading to the base camp will be subjected to periodic traffic controls, a spokesperson with the tourism bureau said, according to Xinhua news agency. The base camp, located 5,200 metres above sea level, saw 59,100 visitors in 2014.

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WATCH: ‘Everest’ Thrilling Trailer Of Epic Climate Disaster

The much awaited trailer of ‘Everest’, director Baltasar Kormákur’s 3D epic climate-disaster thriller has finally been unveiled.

The film is based on true events and the trailer will undoubtedly give you goosebumps. The plot of the film is about the fatal 1996 Mount Everest expeditions detailed in Jon Krakeur’s best-selling book ‘Into Thin Air: A Personal Account’ of the Mt. Everest Disaster.

Releasing on September 18, ‘Everest’ stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal

What can tourists do to help—not hinder—Nepal’s quake recovery?

Do more than just taking pictures. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi) Susanne Becken Every year 800,000 international visitors travel to Nepal to experience its unique attractions. These include Sagarmatha National Park (Mt Everest), the Annapurna and Langtang trekking regions, and the Kathmandu Valley, which is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Durbar Squares in Patan and Bhaktapur. The April 25 earthquake and aftershocks seriously affected all these places.
Tourism is critical to Nepal’s economy. The World Travel and Tourism Council reports that the industry contributed 8.9% to Nepal’s gross domestic product in 2014, supporting 1.1 million jobs. Before the earthquake, Nepal was the 26th fastest-growing tourism economy out of 188 countries. What impact will the earthquake have on tourism? Based on the Nepalese culture, tourism and civil aviation ministry’s tourism statistics, about 23,000 visitors would have been in the country on April 25, 2015. It is not yet kn…

How Climate Change Affects Mount Everest & These 5 Major Landmarks Around The World


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If you still think climate change is a myth, think again. The New York Times recently reported that global climate change poses a risk to Mount Everest’s glaciers, and other natural monuments, parks, and cities around the world are facing the consequences of a hotter globe. Scientists published these frightening findings in a study in The Cryosphere, a European geoscience journal. According to the study, by 2100, most of the glaciers are likely to be gone. That means in the Hindu Kush Himalayan area where Mt. Everest is located, more than 5,500 glaciers could be lost forever. One of the leading scientists on the study, Dr. Joseph Shea, said: The worst-case scenario shows a 99 percent loss in glacial mass … but even if we start to slow down emissions somewhat, we may still see a 70 per cent reduction. Not surprisingly, Mt. Everest is not the only major landmark suffering under climate change. But, hold on for a secon…

Mt Everest Glaciers Mostly Gone by 2100

Devil may care climbers beware, you might have to start climbing Mt Everest like a regular rock if humans continue to even exist.
According to a study published in The Cyrosphere, Mt Everest is going to change drastically due to climate change. If Dr. Joseph Shea and the co-authors of this study are to be believed, industry continually to operating like it has for years will shrink the glaciers around Mt Everest by 99 percent. Even if there is a moderate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Mt Everest is estimated to lose around 70 percent of its natural beauty.

This has shocked the team of researchers with Dr. Shea telling the New York Times, “We did not expect to see glaciers reduced at such a large scale…The numbers are quite frightening.” A forbidding sign indeed.

The findings come from a computer model of glaciers the team built, that took into account the higher temperatures causing the ice to melt and how much gain there would be from snowfall and precipitation.…

Nepal earthquake stirs debate on overcrowding and commercialisation of Everest

(Mount Everest may be over…) There's no mistaking the twinge of pain in his voice as Jamling Tenzing Norgay speaks on the phone from Kathmandu. Mention the series of avalanches that were set off on the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest, and on some of the peaks around by the deadly earthquake last Saturday, killing at least 19 climbers of different nationalities, and he remains silent for a few seconds. As a Sherpa mountaineer and mountain guide, Norgay's sense of tragedy is palpable — what makes it even deeper is the family legacy; his father Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was the first summiteer of Mount Everest (along with Edmund Hillary) in 1953.
"We respect Mount Everest as a mother and a goddess — both in Hindu & Buddhist cultures. An earthquake is a natural calamity but there's still a deep feeling of sadness," says Norgay, who rushed to Kathmandu from Darjeeling, where he lives, to search for many of his family members who live in the …

'The earth shook, setting off two avalanches’

DEHRADUN: Ankur Bahl, 54, went missing for two days soon after the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. He was stranded two nights at Camp II, at a height of 22,000 feet above sea level, while attempting to summit Everest for the first time. His anxious wife sent out tweets and messages on social media, and was flooded with offers of support and help. "The ministry of external affairs and the office of the President too reached out to help," Sangeeta Bahl says, recalling that ordeal and the kindness of strangers.

Her husband says it was a dream to scale Everest. He was training under the guidance of Garret Madison, seven-time Everester. "I started my expedition for Everest on April 4. At 12 in the day on April 25, when it was all clouded and visibility was poor, the earth shook violently and two pronounced avalanches of approximately two minutes, one from the Nuptse side and the other from Everest side devastated the entire ice-fall route, sweeping away tents…

Google Executive Daniel Fredinburg Killed in Mt. Everest Avalanche


Google executive Daniel Fredinburg was among at least 17 people killed today in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by a massive earthquake near the Nepal capital of Kathmandu.

Google's Director of Privacy Lawrence You wrote in a statement: "Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. +Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly... Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends during this terrible time."

The climbing group Jagged Globe wrote on its website, "It is with the greatest sorrow that we report the death of one of our Everest team members, Daniel Fredinburg... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan's family and friends whilst we pray too for all those who have lost their li…

17 reported dead in Mount Everest avalanche, but toll expected to rise

By Peter HolleyApril 25 A senior mountain guide said that at least 17 people were killed after an avalanche triggered by Nepal’s massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, and 61 others were injured.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said early Sunday that 22 of the seriously injured were taken by helicopter to Pheriche village, the nearest medical facility. Bad weather and poor communications are hampering more helicopter sorties.

The avalanche began on Mount Kumori, a 22,966-foot mountain just a few miles from Everest, roared through the nearby Khumbu Icefall and slammed into base camp, sending hundreds of climbers running for their lives, according to the Associated Press.

Nepal Tourism Ministry spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said the death toll could rise and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp. He said two tents at the camp had been filled with the injured.

“The toll could go up, it m…