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everest Inspirational Motivational - 6148934400
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The annual Everest climbing season is in full swing, and a National Geographic team is live-updating online its quest to recreate the first American ascent -- the 1963 National Geographic-sponsored American Mount Everest Expedition. From the blog:

Since we're at the beginning of our expedition, our current dread is the Khumbu. It was once thought to be one of the most dangerous places on Everest, but statistical research by Professor Ray Huey at the University of Washington has shown that passing through the Icefall is far, far less dangerous than going for the summit. But that's not how it feels when you're inside the maw of the Khumbu!

Read the blog, visit the photo gallery, and follow the expedition on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the second casualty of the season was recorded today: Tshering Sherpa tripped on a ladder on his way to Camp 2 and fell 150 feet to his death in a crevasse.

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disabled everest military - 6118084096
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Three years after a rocket-propelled grenade blew off Private Jaco van Gass's left arm while he was serving in Afghanistan, the 25-year-old South African is busy testing an invention of his own design -- a prosthetic ice axe -- as he prepares to climb Mount Everest in May, alongside five fellow injured servicemen.

"I came up with the idea to attach an ice axe to one of my prosthetics, so I kind of challenged the guys at Headley Court (a military rehab center in the U.K.) to see how we could get this done. ... The ice axe is there for back-up. Once we do stuff like the Lhotse ice face and the Hillary Step, it might come into aid. It's there for the places where I could slip and I'm not attached to a fixed rope."

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