Mountain Climbing

Plan for safety ladder on Everest's 'Hillary Step' gains support

The infamous 'Hillary Step', the final obstacle in the ascent to the summit of Everest. Photo: AFP

It was the final obstacle, 12 metres of technical climbing up a near-vertical rock face which pushed Sir Edmund Hillary to the limit. Once climbed, the way to the summit of Mount Everest lay open. Now, almost exactly 60 years after the New Zealander and his rope-mate Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, stood on the highest point in the planet, a new plan has been mooted to install a ladder on the famous "Hillary Step", as the crucial pitch at nearly 8,850 metres has been known since it was first ascended. The aim is to "ease congestion".

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:43am

Two die on Everest as good weather lures hundreds of climbers

Mount Everest, seen from Tibet. Photo: Xinhua

A climber from Bangladesh and one from South Korea have died on Mount Everest as hundreds flock to the world's highest peak during good weather, Nepalese tourism officials said yesterday. "Both men died while descending from the summit on Monday," an official with the tourism ministry said from Everest Base Camp.

22 May 2013 - 2:21am

European climbers flee Everest after confrontation with Sherpas

Ueli Steck, Jon Griffith and Simone Moro. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A British climber and two companions, confronted on Everest by an angry mob of Sherpas, are returning home after deciding they no longer feel safe enough to stay on the mountain.

2 May 2013 - 2:25am

Vertically inclined

Cason Crane and his mother, Isabella de la Houssaye, in Hong Kong. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane has been putting off starting his studies at Princeton University for two years, but it's not as if he's spent that time wondering what he wants to do with his life.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am