envisions a history of climbing museum in Yosemite
(Eric Bailey, 17 April, 2005, Los Angeles Times)
Yager has amassed 30+ years of personal climbing history on the towering
granite Yosemite walls. He's ascended El Capitan more than 50 times and
established routes up other cliffs and spires. But his biggest
mark may come on terra firma. Yager is pushing for a museum to be
built in Yosemite Valley (partly to house his amazing collection of
artifacts) and to help depict the historical development of modern
bribing to get on crowded Kilimanjaro
(Paul Redfern, 28 February, 2005, allafrica.com)
Accusations of overcrowding, protests about poor conditions for
sherpas, and suspicions of corruption amongst Tanzanian officials
are undermining efforts by Western tour companies efforts to
provide "gourmet" extreme expeditions up Mt Kilimanjaro.
higher you go, the farther you see
(Todd Balf, November, 1995, Fast Company, 1, 160)
A writer takes on his toughest trip so far, the Tetons.
Venturing on Jackson Hole Mountain Guides' train-and-climb program for
beginning mountaineers, Balf discovers a curious
group, ranging from novice to experienced, including a few risk-happy business-types. The 3-day course included basic instruction on rock and ice that leads to a bid for Grand Teton's
peak. Summit day might last anywhere from 16 to 24 hours.
Sherpa breaks record for Everest ascent by two hours
(Channel NewsAsia, 21 May, 2004)
50 years ago it took Hilary and Tenzing over seven weeks from
Everest basecamp to become
the first humans known to have scaled the highest peak on Earth.
Now, two vying Sherpas are doing it in under 12 hours...
Two Sherpas have been vying to be quickest up Everest. Now,
Pemba Dorji Sherpa, 26, has broken the record for the fastest ascent of
Mount Everest by more than two hours, reaching the summit just over eight
hours after leaving base camp. Last year Pemba had broken the record
in a time of 12 hours 46 minutes. Three days later Lakpa, powered only
by fruit juice, sprinted to the top to set the new record.
It took Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, more than seven weeks
from base camp to the summit in 1953. During 50th anniversary
celebrations of that historic moment last year, Hillary pointed out that he
and Tenzing had to forge their own route without the benefit of modern
equipment, or of ropes and ladders already fixed in place. "We had to
do everything ourselves," said Hillary. The record for ascending the
world's tallest peak has been steadily chipped away, thanks to climbers
being able to use ropes and ladders put in place by others.
Jed Williamson talks on mountaineering across the decades
(Pitt News, 25 February, 2004)
"Now, we didn't have the tools you have
today," Williamson said. "The total of all our gear amounted to one ice tool
today, about $300." As editor of Accidents in North American
Mountaineering since 1974, Williamson warned the crowd that bad preparation,
not the mountain or the weather, causes deaths and accidents. "There's
no such thing as bad weather," Williamson said. "It's weather. It's what you
The man who fell to earth: Interview with Joe Simpson, author of
mountaineering epic "Touching the Void"
(Jasper Rees, The Age, 8 February, 2004)
Could you remain friends with someone who left you for dead? Joe Simpson's
escape from death as a young mountaineer in the Andes brought him fame as an
author and has now been made into a film. This interview delves into
Simpson's psyche and the ongoing effects of his miraculous escape in the
- Society for Human Performance in Extreme
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