Aug 12, 2015

Japanese climbers found dead on Matterhorn

Two Japanese climbers have been confirmed dead after they were caught in bad weather while descending the Matterhorn in the southern Swiss Alps, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Police in the Valais canton said Tuesday they identified the two Japanese men, both in their ...

Yosemite climbers make final push to top of El Capitan

Jan 15, 2015

Yosemite climbers make final push to top of El Capitan

Two climbers trying to scale a sheer granite face of the 3,000-foot (900-meter) El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park without climbing tools made a final push toward the summit on Wednesday, hoping to reach the top by late afternoon. Tommy Caldwell and ...

Yosemite climbers expect to reach top of El Capitan on Wednesday

Jan 14, 2015

Yosemite climbers expect to reach top of El Capitan on Wednesday

Two climbers trying to become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-meter) face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California without bolts or climbing tools believe they will reach the top on Wednesday, representatives said. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin ...

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

Jul 16, 2013

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

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Now that it’s summer climbing season, police and rescue teams are urging potential climbers to choose mountains and routes appropriate for their ability and strength amid an increase in mountain accidents. The National Police Agency said 2,465 people were involved in mountain accidents last ...

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Jun 20, 2013

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Mount Fuji will likely see its summer traffic jam of hikers get even worse this year thanks to its expected addition to the World Heritage list. A symbol of Japan, the 3,776-meter peak is widely expected to be approved for the list at the ...

May 29, 2013

Exhaustion felled noted Japanese climber, her Sherpa says

Mountaineer Chizuko Kono died of exhaustion last week while climbing in the Himalayas, while a Spanish climber was killed by an avalanche on the same mountain, Kono’s Sherpa and Nepalese officials said Tuesday. Dawa Sherpa, who was with the 66-year-old Kono until her death, ...