Pakistani helicopter plucks stranded Russian climber from peak

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, July 31 : Helicopter pilots on Tuesday plucked a stranded Russian mountaineer from a northern peak in Pakistan’s first such rescue at a height of more than 6,000 metres (20,000 ft), ending his six-day ordeal, the military said. The rescue of Alexander Gukov from Latok I, a mountain in the Karakoram […]

Bid to rescue Polish man, French woman on Pakistan peak to start Saturday

By Saad Sayeed and Marcin Goettig ISLAMABAD/WARSAW, Jan 26 : Efforts to rescue a Polish man and a French woman stuck on a treacherous peak in northern Pakistan known to mountaineers as “Killer Mountain” are set to begin on Saturday, officials said. Tomasz Mackiewicz from Poland and Elisabeth Revol of France were attempting to ascend […]

Two mountaineers missing in Pakistani Himalayas feared dead

By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD, Jul 2 : Pakistani authorities believe that two mountaineers, a Spaniard and an Argentinian, missing for over a week in Pakistan’s northern Himalayan mountains perished in an avalanche, officials said today. Alberto Zerain Berasategi from Spain and Mariano Galvan from Argentina were last heard from on 23 June while at the […]

Russian balloonist sets world record for circumnavigation

By Peter Gosnell Undated,Jul 23 : Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has set a world record for circumnavigating the globe solo in a hot air balloon in a time of just over 11 days, Australian national broadcaster the ABC reported. Konyukhov, 64, who embarked on his epic journey from Northam in Western Australia on July 12, […]

Body of Indian climber found on Everest, fourth fatality in a week

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 27 : The body of an Indian climber was found on the upper slopes of Mount Everest, raising the death toll on the world’s tallest mountain since it was re-opened to expeditions this spring to four.Sherpas searching for two Indian climbers missing since last Saturday located the — of Paresh […]

Rescue helicopter plucks Maria Strydom’s — from Everest

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 27 : A rescue helicopter brought the — of Australian climber Maria Strydom from Mount Everest to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu today, a week after she died on the world’s tallest mountain.Strydom, 34, was nearing the 8,850-metre 29,035 foot summit when she fell ill with altitude sickness and had […]