Edmund Hillary

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Even though there was no promise for us in the sky or in the weather forecast, no prospect of vistas or even colour, we had a very enjoyable day

Edmund Hillary once said that the reason we climb mountains was simply “for the hell of it”. And on a bleak November morning of elusive beauty, we far(...)

The peak of Mount Everest (centre), the world’s highest mountain at 8,848 metres. Nepal has issued permits to 371 foreign climbers this season, up from last year’s 281, each of which cost $11,000 (€9,800). Photograph: Tashi Sherpa/AP

Nepali sherpas have found four climbers dead in their tents on Mount Everest, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world’s highes(...)

Mount Everest is seen from the village of Tembuche, in Nepal. File photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Mountaineers have confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making climbing the mountain more da(...)

British writer and historian Jan Morris, at her home near the village of Llanystumdwy in Gwynedd, north Wales, in 2007. Morris has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and writer and published more than 30 books. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

It has been a good year for British nonagenarians. Having celebrated their 90th birthdays in 2016, both David Attenborough and Queen Elizabeth were ce(...)

A small plane flying over the Aiguille du Midi. Photograph: Getty Images

The final stage of the Cosmiques Arête proves icy and requires care with route finding but, having traversed it previously, I fancy I know the way. W(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

The mother of Kaji Sherpa, one of 13 Nepali mountaineering guides who lost his life in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cries as she waits for the body of her son to arrive at Sherpa Monastery in Kathmandu. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Rescuers recovered the body of one mountain guide today after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll(...)

An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest (centre) killing nine Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said.  Photograph: Tim Chong/Files/Reuters

An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on today killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season,(...)

Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world’s highest peak is safe, officials said today. Photograph: Getty Images.

Nepal will enforce tighter controls of climbers on Mount Everest to ensure the world’s highest peak is safe, officials said today. The developm(...)

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