Alex Lowe reaches up to feel which tool will hold his weight, Great Sail Peak, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Canada. Photograph: Gordon Wiltsie/National Geographic/Getty Images

He was regarded as one of the greatest mountaineers of the modern era, lost in an ice avalanche on Shishapangma, in Tibet, 16 years ago. Now the body (...)

Mont Blanc, the highest mountaing in the Alps:  Martijn Seuren planned to climb all the peaks in the range. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

An ambitious attempt by one of the world’s leading mountaineers to ascend all 82 4,000-metre summits in the Alps consecutively in a single summer has (...)

Every year hundreds of climbers  set out in April to attempt to climb Mount Everest in Nepal, above. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/Reuters

A mountaineer on Everest has described the “terrifying” scene of two noted European climbers fighting with Nepalese guides in a high-altitude b(...)