Climber dies on Mount Cook

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Aoraki Mount Cook. File photo / Doug Sherring

Aoraki Mount Cook. File photo / Doug Sherring

An experienced overseas climber was not tethered to his partner when he plummeted 600m to his death on Aoraki Mt Cook this morning.

The pair had been skiing and traversing near the lower summit, at an elevation of about 3700m, when the man fell down the mountain’s main ridge.

Police said it was believed he may have fallen vertically some 600m.

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Nepal: Five climbers missing, feared dead at Mount Kanchenjunga – 240513 1420z

A Nepalese official says five climbers are missing and feared dead on the world’s third highest mountain.

The five disappeared Monday on Mount Kanchenjunga, and bad weather was preventing a rescue helicopter from reaching the base camp. Mountaineering Department official Dipendra Poudel said Friday the climbers were descending from the summit when they were believed to have slipped at 7,900 meters (25,900 feet) altitude.

Two climbers are Hungarian, two are Nepalese and another is Korean. Kanchenjunga is 8,586 meters (28,162 feet) high.
Friday, 24 May, 2013 at 06:26 (06:26 AM) UTC RSOE

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Five climbers missing, feared dead at Nepals Mount Kanchenjunga

“Five climbers on Nepals Mount Kanchenjunga, the worlds third-highest peak, went missing earlier in the week and are now believed to be dead, a mountaineering chief said on Friday.

Two of the climbers were from Hungary, one from South Korea, and the other two, guides from Nepal, The Associated Press reported. They went missing on Monday during their descent. Poor weather conditions kept search teams from launching an immediate rescue mission and sending in a helicopter, AP said.

The five likely slipped during their descent, said Mountaineering Department spokeswoman Dipendra Poudel, in the AP report. They could have been nearly 26,000 feet up, she added.

The Hungarians were Zsolt Eross, 45, and Peter Kiss, 27, AP reported. The South Korean was Namsoo Park, 47, and the two guides: Phu Dorjee, 24, and Bibash Gurung, 25.

Mount Kanchenjunga is 28,162 feet high.” –

British explorer Daniel Hughes reaches summit of Mount Everest – 190513 1350z

British explorer Daniel Hughes reaches summit of Mount Everest


British explorer Daniel Hughes has reached the summit of Mount Everest in an attempt to raise £1m for the charity Comic Relief.

Daniel spoke to the BBC from the top of the world’s highest mountain using his smartphone.

British explorer Daniel Hughes places a video call from the summit of Mount Everest using an HTC One smartphone. The purpose of the trip is to raise £1 million for Comic Relief.

The data connection was provided by Broadband Global Area Network satellite technology from Inmarsat. He  placed a red nose on the top of the mountain.

It’s pretty cold on the mountain top. It’s estimated it will be -35C up there.


Google Street View reaches Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro

by Mark Tyson on 19 March 2013, 15:41 “Google Maps has been updated to let you explore some of the largest mountains on earth. The team behind the Google Maps product has been working to include the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, into the online maps Street View feature. Of course Mount Everest is included.” –

US: Avalanche instructor & forecaster Craig Patterson killed in Utah avalanche – 120413 1400z

Search and rescue workers located and recovered the body of a state avalanche forecaster early Friday morning, about six hours after he had been reported missing in a Big Cottonwood Canyon snow slide.

(Photo: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal reported the remains of 34-year-old Craig Patterson had been retrieved from the east face of Cardiff Fork area just before 1 a.m. Friday. Patterson had been reported missing by his employer, the Utah Department of Transportation, about 7:40 p.m. Thursday when his family reported him overdue.

Crews, aided by a helicopter, spotted Pattersons body just before sunset. Hoyal said he had been out checking snow stability when he got caught in an avalanche.

UDOT spokesman Nile Easton released this statement regarding the incident:

The UDOT family lost one of our own Thursday when veteran avalanche forecaster Craig Patterson died in a snow slide. Craig had worked with the department since 2006 and was a veteran back country skier. He was out doing the job that he loved to do, making the canyon safer for everyone to enjoy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones as we continue to gather information about this terrible tragedy.

Evelyn Lees of the Utah Avalanche Center also expressed sorrow, calling Patterson a friend, avalanche educator and integral part of Utah avalanche professionals trying to unravel the mysteries of snow and avalanches, and working to keep people safe.


Craig Patterson

(Photo: Craig Patterson killed in Utah avalanche

A UMA rock, ice, mountaineering and ski guide since 2004, Craig has been UMAs lead Level I avalanche instructor and a Utah Department of Transportation avalanche forecaster for Provo Canyon since 2006.

Craig grew up in Switzerland where he developed his sense of place in the mountains and skied extensively throughout France. He attended college in Ohio, where he spent most of his time cragging at the Red River Gorge and climbing ice and rock in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Yet he still managed to obtain a degree in Geology. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in the Spring of 2001 from Kathadin to Springer, and then moved to Alaska to work in the Western Chugach Mountains as an avalanche safety instructor and guide. He led ice, rock and glacier trips, and taught crevasse rescue and mountaineering skills.

Craig has done ice, rock and alpine ascents along the Front Range of Colorado, the Wind Rivers, the Chugach and Kenai mountains of Alaska, West central Wyoming and Montana, and all throughout the Wasatch and desert Southwest. Hes also done numerous ski descents throughout North America and Europe. (Written before Mr Pattersons death)

Scotland: Two climbers rescued after becoming lost in poor weather conditions – 110413 1340z

Tayside MRT pictured here in Southern Cairngorms on 29 January 2012 (Photo: Tayside MRT)

“Two climbers have been rescued after becoming lost in poor weather conditions.


Police and mountain rescue teams were called to the Glen Doll area, north of Kirriemuir in the Angus Glens, at about 9pm on Wednesday.


A spokesman for Police Scotland said the pair had got into trouble after losing their way in “appalling” weather conditions.


He added that the men were experienced climbers and were found safe and well in the early hours of the morning.” – STV

Tayside Mountain Rescue Team:

“Some of the Team are just getting to bed after another successful rescue this evening/morning. A Full Team call out was initiated at about 10pm on Wednesday night for 2 missing persons in the Corrie Fee area of Glen Doll. Due to the weather conditions, Rescue 137 was not able to fly. The 2 casualties were located at 3.15am, very cold but unhurt, and were able to be walked off the Mountain by Team Members.
It’s still winter conditions out there, so please be careful whatever you are doing in the Mountains.”



Ireland: Hill walkers in difficulty on Lugnaquillia Mountain aided by Dublin/ Wicklow & Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams – 290313 1845z

(Photo: Lugnaquilla Mountain 925-metre (3,035 ft)

Members of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (@DWMRT on twitter) and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team responded to the 2 hill walkers who had difficulty on Lugnaquillia Mountain (Leinsters highest) due to sheer ice conditions on steep ground.

(Photo: Dublin Wicklow MR Team) Callout 35: Art’s Lough, Lugnaquillia Mountain

The party of 2 were located at Art’s Lough by mountain rescue and were walked off the mountain safely where they were transported by mountain rescue landrovers.

“Lug as it is popularly known is Ireland’s highest summit outside Kerry. The large summit cairn and trig pillar sit on a fairly flat dryish top with views better distant than near, often surrounded by people and sadly, litter. There are several ways up and some serious hazards particularly in bad weather so map, navigational gear and skill are essential.” –

Arts lough (
Alternates names : Loch Airt
UTM : PU77
Geographical coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84)
Latitude : 52.975
Longitude : -6.428
Geographical coordinates in degrees minutes seconds (WGS84)
Latitude : 52 58′ 31”
Longitude : -6 25′ 42”

Earlier in the day (11:54hrs ) An Garda Siochana tasked mountain rescue to 2 English tourists who had become stuck in their 4×4 vehicle around the Kippure Mast area of the Military Road. Members of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team responded and treated the driver for a medical condition whilst a snow plough cleared the road.

(Photo: Dublin Wicklow MR Team) Callout 34: Military Road

New Zealand: Injured climber rescued from Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park after 100m fall, alarm raised by distress beacon (PLB) – 280313 2315z

(Photo: Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park, NZ

An injured climber has been rescued by helicopter from Mt Awful in Mt Aspiring National Park, after suffering head injuries following a fall of around 100m.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) received a personal locator beacon (PLB) alert from a party of four climbers at around 11 am. A rescue helicopter from The Helicopter Line Mount Cook, with a specialist Department of Conservation alpine rescue team on board flew to the scene, near the Gillespie Pass (altitude around 1300m).

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said the man, aged in his 60s, was stabilised and flown to Queenstown Hospital. As the full extent of his injuries was not known, a fully equipped air ambulance helicopter from Helicopters Otago, with an ICU retrieval team on board, launched from Dunedin to rendezvous at Queenstown. Medical authorities will decide upon the next course of action.

The man has fallen a considerable distance and requires a some serious medical attention, Mr Wilson said.

This incident again shows the value of carrying a registered distress beacon. Because it was registered, we were quickly able to establish from the partys emergency contact the make-up of the party and their climbing intentions.

It has enabled the injured person to get medical attention as quickly as possible.

The mans condition is not known at this stage.

Beacons can be registered free of charge on the beacons website:

The remaining members of the party, all New Zealanders, are making their own way down the mountain.” – MNZ 27 March 2013: 2.40pm

For further information contact:
Maritime New Zealand Media Line
Phone 04 499 7318

Wales: Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team in action on Snowdon, be aware of Snowdonia snow danger this Easter – 230313 1955z

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (@LlanberisMRT 0n twitter) in action on Snowdon in winter conditions on 21st March 2013. llanberismountainrescue

Mountaineering Instructor & Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team member, Rob Johnson:

Be aware of the significant amount of snow on the mountains this Easter in Snowdonia know the dangers of descending the railway instead of the Llanberis Path in winter.

We have not published it to criticise the people we have rescued – as team members we are all climbers and mountaineers and enjoy the mountains ourselves.

We are happy to help fellow mountaineers when they over stretch themselves in their adventures or are simply unlucky but we also try and educate to prevent people having an unnecessary epic!

Thats the purpose of this video so please share and spread the word – by getting into the mainstream media we are more likely to reach the people that would not otherwise appreciate the hazards of winter.

Lucky escape for ice climber after 100ft fall in Snowdonia

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RAF ValleyAN ICE climber fell 100ft down a frozen cliff – but miraculously only suffered a twisted ankle.

The man in his 40s was climbing at Parsley Fern Gully, Cwm Glas, Snowdonia, in sub-zero temperatures when he plummeted down the slope at lunchtime today.

He fell around 100ft before a ledge halted his descent – saving him from falling another 100ft.

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team(MRT) and 22 Squadron search and rescue team were alerted and went to the scene at around 12.30pm.

Two members of the mountain team were already climbing close to the incident and were quickly able to locate and secure the climber.

Three more team members were then winched down on to the cliff by the 22 Squadron helicopter.

They reached the climber and he was then airlifted from the scene to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

A spokesman for the RAF unit said he had suffered a…

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Two injured ice climbing in Provo Canyon

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PROVO CANYON, Utah – Crews rescued a pair of ice climbers near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon on Wednesday.

32-year-old Meghan Arnold and 38-year-old John Lavalla, both from the Park City area, were ice climbing when Arnold fell approximately 40 feet. Lavalla tried to help, but ended up slipping himself, then called 911.

A search and rescue team arrived, stabilized Arnold, then made their way down to an AirMed helicopter where she was transported to the University of Utah Hospital in very critical condition.

“We found them at the bottom of the falls, her condition is extremely critical right now,” said Sgt. Eldon Packer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. “She had some significant head injuries. It definitely is a very serious situation for her.”

Lavalla was also taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Battalion Chief Tom Augustus, Provo Fire Dept., says the Bridal Veil Falls area is one of…

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World’s remotest tea party on the summit of Mount Barbeau in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


The Arctic Jubilee expedition 2012 will be hosting the world’s most remote tea party on the summit of Mount Barbeau, in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Once at the summit they will be sending a Loyal Greeting to the Queen to which the Royal Household have pledged to reply!

The seven-man Anglo-Canadian team (including an Inuit Hunter and athlete) will be responding to questions from the UK and further afield. A Panel of Experts, including Polar educators and Scientists, will also support the answering of questions.

The expedition will promote the understanding of topics such as Inuit Culture, Polar Environments, British History and Exploration.

Education Through Expeditions, founded by Polar Explorer Antony Jinman, has six years experience working in partnership with Parks Canada, promoting and delivering an educational outreach programme to promote the Arctic environment to over 350 UK schools.

From Plymouth – The Arctic Jubilee Team 2012

Thomas Perriment – BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology student Plymouth University
David Buckomley – BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences student Plymouth University
Oli Milroy – Alumni of Plymstock school, Ex- Head boyFom
Antony Jinman – The Explorer In Residence at Plymouth University
Ben Shearn – City Businessman and Mentor
Pete Royston – Ex Royal Marine, Team Medic

The Arctic Jubilee Expedition aims to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II by visiting the highest point on the Queen Elizabeth Islands, renamed by Canada on the coronation of HM the Queen in 1952 and only 550 miles from the Geographic North Pole. Barbeau Peak has only been summited 8 times throughout history and is the highest point within the British Empire Range as well as the Arctic Cordillera. More people have summited Everest than Barbeau Peak, outlining the remoteness and the momentous impact of the project.

The Artic Jubilee on Facebook

To follow the teams progress in real time:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barbeau Peak
Barbeau Peak, Nunavut.jpg
Barbeau Peak as seen from its eastern side
Elevation 2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Listing List of Ultras in Canada
Barbeau Peak is located in Canada

Barbeau Peak

Nunavut, Canada

Range British Empire Range
Coordinates 8155′36″N 7459′12″WCoordinates: 8155′36″N 7459′12″W[1]
Topo map NTS 340D/15
First ascent June 5, 1967

Barbeau Peak is a mountain in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. Located on Ellesmere Island within Quttinirpaaq National Park, it is the highest mountain in Nunavut and the Canadian Arctic. The mountain was named in 1969 for Dr. Marius Barbeau (1883-1969), a Canadian anthropologist whose research into Indian and Inuit cultures gained him international acclaim.[2]

Barbeau Peak in 2002

Barbeau Peak is characterized by deep and long crevasses, razor thin ridges and highly variable and volatile weather.

Barbeau Peak is the highest mountain within the British Empire Range as well as the Arctic Cordillera.

Barbeau Peak was first climbed on 7 June 1967 by British geologist/glaciologist Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith as part of a joint Defence Research Board/Royal Air Force field party. The party both named the peak and determined its height.

The second ascent was by an eight man American team in June 1982 (Errington,Trafton AAC 1983) via the north ridge. Subsequent ascents have been made in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002, though as of 2006 only seven successful summits have been attained.

3 climbers die on Mount Everest, 2 still missing – Updated 23rd May 2012 1325GMT/UTC

Three climbers who were among scores who scaled Mount Everest over the weekend died on their descent and two more are missing, a Nepalese official said Monday.

This picture of Mt. Everest was take from Base Camp on the north (Tibetian) side. Click on photo to see more at
(Photo courtesy of Eric Bolz)

AP: The three climbers who died Saturday were believed to have suffered exhaustion and altitude sickness.

Climbers are advised to not attempt to reach the summit after 11 a.m. The area above the last camp at South Col is nicknamed the “death zone” because of the steep icy slope, treacherous conditions and low oxygen level.

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Added 23rd May 2012:

British Everest record-holder Kenton Cool has assured followers he is safe on the worlds highest mountain after news of three deaths of climbers near the summit.

Two other mountaineers are missing on the 8,848m (29,029ft) peak.

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