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One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest

One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at EverestA celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world’s highest peak.



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French climber rescued from Pakistan's 'killer mountain'

French climber rescued from Pakistan's 'killer mountain'An elite group of mountain climbers have rescued a French mountaineer from a Himalayan peak in Pakistan but had to abandon the search for her climbing partner due to fierce weather conditions. The four volunteer rescuers from a separate Polish expedition, with support from the Pakistani military, launched the attempt on Saturday to rescue stranded French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol. But they were unable to reach Polish national Tomek (Tomasz) Mackiewicz on Nanga Parbat, a peak nicknamed the "killer mountain" after more than 30 climbers died trying to climb it before the first successful summit in 1953. The mountain is the ninth highest peak in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 feet). Ms Revol, who has frostbite on her feet, was brought on Sunday to the Pakistani capital Islamabad for treatment at the Shifa International Hospital, officials said. The 37-year-old physical education teacher from the Drome region in southern France was in stable condition and her wounds were not life threatening, hospital officials said. But the news for her climbing partner was grim. "The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible – because of the weather and altitude it would put the life of rescuers in extreme danger," wrote Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Ms Revol, in a series of updates on Facebook. "It's a terrible and painful decision," he wrote. The pair ran into trouble after trying to make a late descent to a camp Thursday. They were trapped on the side of the mountain for the night without a tent, battered by frigid temperatures and high winds. The rescue mission was launched after the missing alpinists were located on Friday by fellow mountaineers using binoculars, who spotted Ms Revol attempting to climb down while Mr Mackiewicz appeared to be crawling due to frostbite. The four rescuers who saved Ms Revol were flown by the Pakistani military from the base camp of K2 – the world's second-highest peak – to reach the stranded climbers. They were part of a Polish expedition seeking to become the first mountaineers to summit K2's peak during the winter, when good climbing days are rare.



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Rescuers in Pakistan call off efforts to save Polish climber

Rescuers in Pakistan call off efforts to save Polish climberISLAMABAD (AP) — Volunteers rescued a French mountaineer from a Himalayan peak but called off efforts to retrieve a Polish climber who was declared dead after the dramatic and treacherous rescue effort.



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Polish team rescues French climber from Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

Polish team rescues French climber from Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'By Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) – After an exhausting night ascent, Polish climbers rescued French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol from the treacherous slopes of Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” but were unable to save her climbing companion, Poland’s winter climbing team said. Revol and Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz had called for help on Friday from about 7,400 meters up Pakistan’s second-highest peak, the 8,126 meter (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat. A team of Polish climbers preparing for the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain set off to rescue them.



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Polish rescue team finds French climber on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

Polish rescue team finds French climber on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'By Marcin Goettig WARSAW (Reuters) – After an exhausting night ascent a rescue mission found the French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol on the slopes of Pakistan’s treacherous “Killer Mountain”, but a Polish climber who had been with her remained missing, Poland’s winter climbing team said. Revol and her climbing companion, Tomasz Mackiewicz, had called for help on Friday from about 7,400 meters up Pakistan’s second highest peak, the 8,126 meter (26,660 feet) Nanga Parbat. A team of elite Polish climbers, who had been attempting the first winter ascent of the nearby K2 mountain, rushed to try to rescue them.



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Climber Dies Saving Wife on One-Year Anniversary Trip: 'He Dived on Top of Me'

Climber Dies Saving Wife on One-Year Anniversary Trip: 'He Dived on Top of Me'His wife suffered a fractured skull.



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Climber: Rock fall strikes Yosemite for a second day

Climber: Rock fall strikes Yosemite for a second daySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A massive new rock fall hit Yosemite National Park on Thursday, cracking with a thundering roar off the El Capitan rock formation, injuring one person and sending huge plumes of white dust surging through the valley floor below.



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Climber Falls From Cathedral Spire, Marking Third Incident In Yosemite This Week

Climber Falls From Cathedral Spire, Marking Third Incident In Yosemite This WeekA climber fell from Higher Cathedral Spiral in Yosemite Valley on Friday, marking the third accident in the national park in three days, KRON4 in San Francisco reported.



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Man killed in Yosemite rock fall was British climber

Man killed in Yosemite rock fall was British climberThe man killed on Wednesday when part of the El Capitan granite monolith in California’s Yosemite National Park collapsed onto a hiking trial was a British climber whose wife was badly hurt in the incident, a park spokesman said. The couple was found by a search and rescue team at the base of El Capitan after some 1,300 tons of rock broke off from the monumental granite formation and plunged onto a popular hiking trail, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said in a written statement on Thursday. “The victims, a couple visiting from Great Britain, were in the park to rock climb but were not climbing at the time of the initial rock fall,” Gediman said.



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Yosemite death: British climber dies after being crushed by falling rocks in national park

Yosemite death: British climber dies after being crushed by falling rocks in national parkA British climber has died in Yosemite National Park after a rock fall on a hiking trail. Parts of the El Capitan granite monolith collapsed while the man and his wife, who was badly injured in the accident, were hiking the trail on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for the Californian park said. The couple were found by a search and rescue team after 1,300 tonnes of the rock from the formation and plunged on the popular trail.



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