Mountaineering

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Sixty years ago last week, since Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first confirmed climbers to summit Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak.  Many than 3000 people have since repeated the feat…the numbers grow along with advances in mountaineering gear and forecasting technology…which make it easier than ever to reach the peak. Along with the unprecedented number of climbers comes the mounting problem of high altitude traffic jams. Jon Kelly wrote about Everest’s climber congestion for BBC news magazine, and he joins us with more.

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Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously for being more harsh than ranges of similar altitude. Those conditions make the Whites a perfect training ground for world class mountaineers.  NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with Fred Wilkinson as he climbed Cathedral ledge.

Frederick Wilkinson / Courtesy Photo

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.

It’s a windy, but warm winter day.  Fred Wilkinson hopes the thaw will make for what he calls sticky ice over at Cathedral ledge, meaning easily pierced by the pointy end of an ice-axe.