May 2019 has been an interesting season – especially for Mount Everest! Here’s a short overview of all the events that occurred in May 2019.
There’s a traffic jam on Mount Everest!
The Government of Nepal is considering bringing changes to their policies with regards to Mt. Everest. Usually, it’s very easy to get a permit to climb Mt. Everest – as long as you can pay the fees, of course. Such a decision is what has led to the recent traffic jam on Mt. Everest which came to light after a photo went viral on social media. About 20 people have died during this year’s season, many of them due to either weather conditions, or due to the delay they faced because of the rush on the world’s highest mountain. Read more here.
Dolorock Climbing Festival 2019
The 2019 Edition of the Dolorock Climbing Festival was held from 24-26 May in Southern Italy. Organised by the Gamatzn Climbing club, they saw a record number of participants this year – something unprecedented due to non ideal weather conditions. Read more here.
Steve McClure opens new route in Shropshire, U.K.
Steven McClure has made the very first ascent of a new route in Nescliffe, Shropshire – the GreatNess Wall.
While the first 12 metres of the climb were relatively straightforward, the last 6 metres were not only much tougher, but also the most scary ones, making it a fine problem to achieve! Read more here.
Tourists crowd Uluru before climbing ban
Due to an oncoming ban on climbing Mt. Uluru from October 2019 onwards, there has been a sudden influx of keen climbers who want to tick the rock off their bucket list in time. Many tourists are even putting risk to their lives in order to climb it, such as a 64 years old man who went into cardiac arrest while climbing the rock. Read more here.
Rock climbers rescued from Irish coast
Three men have been rescued from a rock climbing area, known as Hell’s Hole, by the Irish Coast Guard on 29 May 2019. The trio were climbing down and were suddenly trapped due to the incoming tide, leaving them hanging at least 20 feet above the water. Read more here.
First Philippine woman to conquer 7 Summits honoured
Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Carina Dayondon of the Philippine Coast Guard has been honoured by the Senate for becoming the first woman in the Philippines to conquer all 7 summits. Senate President Vincente Sotto III personally handed over the commendation in the presence of other Senators. Read more here.
Climber dies after conquering 7 Summits
Christopher Kulish, a 62 year old lawyer from Boulder, Colorado has perished on his way down from the summit of Mount Everest. Mr Kulish had achieved his dream of climbing all 7 summits – with Mt. Everest being his last summit to conquer. Read more here.
First Black African Woman to conquer Mt. Everest
A South African woman named Saray N’kusi Khumalo has become the very first Black African woman to conquer Mt. Everest. Having already scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Aconcagua, and Mt. Elbrus, her next goal is to become the first Black African woman to scale all seven summits, and reach the Northern and Southern Poles on Earth. Read more here.
Ropes Courses Incorporated has started a trial partnership with Climb Korea
Ropes Courses Inc, has announced that it is considering Climb Korea as an official distributor for the South Korean market. Climb Korea is currently undergoing a trial period. Read more here.
Sherpa breaks his own record on Everest
Kami Rita, a Sherpa from Nepal, has broken his own record for the highest number of successful summits of Mt. Everest. Mr. Rita has been climbing Mt. Everest since 1994, and has been a regular climber for nearly every season after that year. His most recent attempt is his 24th summit, leaving him just one short of his goal of 25 successful summits – which is when he wants to retire. Read more here.
30 peaks in 38 hours
Did you know that the Organ Mountains in New Mexico have nearly 30 peaks in the entire range? Two climbers – Jonathan Tylka and Kevin Boyko have not only become the very first climbers to climb all of them, but they also achieved this feat in a little more than 38 hours, without stopping to even sleep! Read more here.
Abu Dhabi is going to have the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall
Clymb Abu Dhabi, near Yas Mall, is going to open for the public in early 2020. The fully air conditioned sports facility will be the world’s tallest indoor climbing feature – at a whopping height of 43 metres. Read more here.
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