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May 3, 2012

Rescued U.S. climber won’t re-join Everest team

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A U.S. climber helicoptered off Mount Everest over fears of altitude sickness said on Thursday he will not be allowed to rejoin his team’s effort to scale the world’s highest peak.

Cory Richards, 30, who was part of a nine-member U.S. expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak, was airlifted from the mountain to Kathmandu at the weekend after he suffered breathing problems while climbing at an altitude of about 7,000 meters (23,000 feet).

May 2, 2012

Nepal’s “magic” surgeon brings light back to poor

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Dressed in his hospital scrubs, Sanduk Ruit looks into the eyes of a patient through a microscope hanging over an operating table.

He makes two tiny holes in one eye, takes out a jelly-like mass of natural lens and replaces it with an artificial one that fits snugly into the patient’s eye, all in about five minutes, deftly moving his fingers clad in thin white gloves.

Apr 24, 2012

Two sons follow fathers’ footsteps to conquer Everest

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – The sons of two members of the first U.S. team to scale Mount Everest are hoping to climb the world’s highest mountain, replicating their fathers’ feat nearly half a century after the historic first U.S. ascent.

Leif Whittaker is the son of Jim Whittaker, who climbed the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Everest in 1963 and was the first U.S. climber to set foot on the summit. Leif will take the same standard Southeast Ridge route used by his father.

Apr 20, 2012

Everest climbers in test for keys to heart treatment

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A team of U.S. scientists departed on Friday to conduct research on Mount Everest climbers in an effort to further knowledge of the cardiovascular system at extreme altitudes and help improve treatment for heart and lung patients.

Bruce Johnson, a consultant on cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and leader of the group, said the study subjects will be a U.S. team that plans to replicate the first 1963 ascent of the mountain by a U.S. team.

Apr 17, 2012

Faith motivates tongue piercing in Nepal village

BODE, Nepal (Reuters) – Pressing his palms together, Jujubhai Basan Shrestha raises his hands, acknowledging greetings from the cheering crowd of devotees and onlookers.

Sporting a white turban, the 31-year-old sits on a chair as a man inserts a 13 inch metal skewer through his tongue in a centuries-old ritual in this poor settlement, 12 km (8 miles) east of Kathmandu.

Apr 12, 2012

Climbers aim to replicate tough 1963 Everest climb

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A flood of U.S. climbers is taking aim at Mount Everest this year as the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. conquest of the famous peak nears, with one team set to try and replicate the historic ascent along a difficult and rarely used route.

Five U.S. mountaineers climbed the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) Everest, the world’s highest peak, in May 1963. Two went along the untested West Ridge route and three along the traditional South East Ridge route, also known as the South Col route.

Apr 12, 2012

U.S. climbers aim to replicate tough 1963 Everest climb

KATHMANDU, April 12 (Reuters) – A flood of U.S. climbers is
taking aim at Mount Everest this year as the 50th anniversary of
the first U.S. conquest of the famous peak nears, with one team
set to try and replicate the historic ascent along a difficult
and rarely used route.

Five U.S. mountaineers climbed the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet)
Everest, the world’s highest peak, in May 1963. Two went along
the untested West Ridge route and three along the traditional
South East Ridge route, also known as the South Col route.

Apr 10, 2012

Nepal army takes control of former Maoist fighters

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s former Maoist rebels on Tuesday handed over control of their fighters and weapons to the national army, in a move likely to bolster a faltering peace process nearly six years after a civil war ended.

Thousands of Maoist fighters, who battled the Nepal Army during the decade-long civil war, have been housed in camps across the volatile Himalayan republic waiting to join the national army.

Apr 2, 2012

Nepal clears China plan for $1.6 bln hydroelectric dam

KATHMANDU, April 2 (Reuters) – A parliamentary panel cleared
the way for a Chinese company to build a $1.6 billion
hydroelectric plant in Nepal, the Himalayan republic’s biggest
foreign investment programme, Nepali officials said on Monday.

Nepal’s Maoist-led government signed an agreement with
China’s Three Gorges International Corp in February allowing the
firm to construct the 750-megawatt West Seti dam in the
northwest.

Mar 30, 2012

Wounded British soldiers on charity Everest climb

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Five wounded current and former British Army soldiers, including one who lost an arm, depart on Saturday for the base camp of Mount Everest to try to climb the world’s tallest peak for charity.

The soldiers are part of a 30-climber British expedition to the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit. They will take the normal South East Ridge route pioneered by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.