Climbing

FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, birds fly as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. The closure of Mount Everest will have significant financial ramifications for the local Sherpas, cooks, porters and other personnel who make their living during this short climbing window. It also affects the clients who paid big money and expedition guides who are still on the hook for expenses. They all agree it was the right decision in light of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
March 24, 2020 - 9:53 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Apa Sherpa knows firsthand all the risks of climbing Mount Everest. He's been to the summit 21 times. The potential for a COVID-19 outbreak at base camp had him just as fearful as a blizzard or cracking ice. The 60-year-old mountaineer from Nepal who now lives in Salt Lake...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal. Expedition operators on Mount Everest say that Chinese mountaineering officials will not allow spring climbs from their side of the mountain due to fears of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rizza Alee, File)
March 13, 2020 - 6:11 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government announced Friday that it was suspending climbing permits for Mount Everest and all of the other peaks in the country due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The decision effectively shuts down the world's tallest mountain since China already...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, a bird flies as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Expedition operators on Mount Everest say that Chinese mountaineering officials will not allow spring climbs from their side of the mountain due to fears of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
March 12, 2020 - 6:01 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Expedition operators on Mount Everest said Thursday that Chinese mountaineering officials will not allow spring climbs from their side of the mountain due to fears of the coronavirus. On the others side of the mountain in Nepal, operators say cancellations for the popular...
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Seated left to right are Halung Dorchi Lakpa Sherpa, Pasang Nurbu Sherpa, Ming Temba Sherpa and Tashi Lakpa Sherpa during a press meet before leaving for Mount Everest, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The four experienced Sherpa guides say they will attempt to climb to the top of Mount Everest in the span of less than a week during the brutal winter season to set a new record on the world's highest peak. The team is flying on a helicopter to the Everest base camp on Monday and will begin the ascent on Tuesday. Team leader Tashi, 34, said he and the others plan to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on Saturday, make a quick descent and return to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
February 24, 2020 - 2:29 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four experienced Sherpa guides say they will attempt to climb to the top of Mount Everest in the span of less than a week during the brutal winter season to set a new record on the world's highest peak. The team is flying on a helicopter to the Everest base camp on Monday...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, birds fly as Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. Five climbers are attempting to scale Mount Everest, battling extreme cold, high winds and piled-up snow and ice as they try to become the first to reach the top of the world's highest mountain in the winter in 27 years, an official said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)
January 15, 2020 - 2:43 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Five climbers are attempting to scale Mount Everest, battling extreme cold, high winds and piled-up snow and ice as they try to become the first to reach the top of the world's highest mountain in the winter in 27 years, an official said Wednesday. The climbers — three from...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Mt. Everest is seen from the way to Kalapatthar in Nepal. Nepal mountaineering authorities have determined that an Indian couple faked a Mount Everest ascent earlier this year by altering photographs to show they were on the summit. A Nepalese national has shattered the previous mountaineering record for successfully climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks, completing the feat in 189 days. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)
October 29, 2019 - 8:55 pm
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese man shattered the previous mountaineering record for successfully climbing the world's 14 highest peaks, completing the feat in 189 days. Nirmal Purja scaled the 8,027-meter (26,340-foot) Mount Shishapangma in China on Tuesday, which was the last of the 14 peaks...
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Former professional cyclist Armando Cardenas props himself up against his bike after pedaling from the towns of Madrid to Zipacon, Colombia, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. In a decade-long career racing professionally, Cardenas never reached the same heights as the country's biggest cycling stars. Though with seven national titles and a medal at the Pan-American Games, the 37-year-old got to live his dream of cycling professionally. Like many of his fellow Colombian cyclists, he also made the decision to dope. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
September 23, 2019 - 10:39 am
MADRID, Colombia (AP) — After a punishing climb in the Andean mountains surrounding Colombia's capital, Armando Cardenas leans against his bike to catch his breath. In a decade-long career racing professionally, Cardenas never reached the same international heights as the country's biggest cycling...
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In this June 18, 2019, photo, professional rock climber Alex Honnold blows on his chalked hands at the Earth Treks gym in Englewood, Colo. His fear is that maybe his 2017 ropeless climb of El Capitan in Yosemite featured in the spine-tingling, Academy Award-winning film "Free Solo," just might be the summit of his career. If that's the case, he's made peace with it. These days, he's just as content taking a safer route in indoor climbing gyms. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
June 25, 2019 - 8:24 am
DENVER (AP) — Rock climber Alex Honnold meticulously chalked his hands before pulling himself up to the thin ledge inside the climate-controlled climbing gym. He dangled by his finger tips for a bit and then fell back to the bouncy mat. Nice and safe. No heart-pounding fear of a 3,000-foot drop,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo, Japan's Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu and Aska Cambridge celebrate winning the silver medal in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 09, 2018 - 10:10 pm
TOKYO (AP) — With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals for the 2020 Olympics, almost...
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Poland's daredevil Andrzej Bargiel attends a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Poland’s climber and skier Andrzej Bargiel says he has climbed and then skied down the world’s second highest mountain, the K2 in the Karakorum, as the first person ever to do the feat. At a news conference Friday, Bargiel showed video from his go-pro camera and from a drone showing his July 22 careful, daring descent on skis down the steep, narrow passages on K2 that rises 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) above sea level. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 03, 2018 - 2:37 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish climber and daredevil skier Andrzej Bargiel is showing pictures from his latest trip, when he climbed and then skied down the world's second-highest mountain, K2 in the Karakoram range — the first person ever to do that feat. At a news conference Friday in Warsaw,...
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