Nepal Closes Mount Everest Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Amid growing concerns regarding COVID-19, Nepal has decided to shut down access to Mount Everest and to the rest of its Himalayan Mountains. As of 13 March 2020, the spring climbing season in Nepal is closed.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Advisories, Prevention, Resources

As outdoor enthusiasts, most climbers, mountaineers and like-minded people tend to travel significantly. As cases for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) increase, it’s important to understand how this virus spreads and what you can do to prevent contracting it and safeguarding against its continued spread.

Coronavirus nCoV began creating some levels of panic around the world in early January. It’s important to understand this specific disease in order to safeguard against it during traveling and regular day-to-day living. Here’s everything you need to know about coronavirus nCoV, now known as COVID 2019.

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First Youth Ski Mountaineering Olympics Debuts in 2020

Back in 2017, we announced the inclusion of ski mountaineering in the Winter Olympic Games. At the time, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board announced that they would be including ski mountaineering in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games – Lausanne. That time is upon us and there’s a lot of excitement surrounding preparations. 

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The Search for Tom Ballard & Daniele Nardi Officially Over. Bodies Found

On 09 March, the search for Tom Ballard and his climbing partner, Daniele Nardi, was officially called off. The previous sightings of “silhouettes” during the reconnaissance operation were confirmed to be the bodies of the two climbers.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the search and rescue operation of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi was officially called off on 09 March 2019.

The rescue operation had been ongoing since the climbers’ last communication on 24 February. Both climbers were on an expedition attempting to climb the notorious Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Since the route’s creation, it has remained unclimbed.

On 06 March, the Nardi team revealed that Alex Txikon had identified two “silhouettes” through a high powered telescope. The team was prepared to confirm the sightings using the assistance of a helicopter flyby. On the scheduled day, Pakistan recalled the helicopter for military operations. It would be another two days before the identification could be completed.

On 09 March, Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo announced on Twitter that the “silhouettes” previously identified were, in fact, those of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi.

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Tom Ballard & Daniele Nardi Rescue Update: Two Silhouettes Identified. Search is Not Over

In a surprising update to the Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard Rescue operation, Alex Txikon identifies two Silhouettes on Nanga Parbat from Base Camp. The search is continuing.

According to reports, the identification was made at dawn; and helicopters are scheduled to arrive soon to continue the exploration of the mountain. The report stated that the search would continue along the Mummery Spur route. The team hopes to get closer observations of images they witnessed through a telescope.

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