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Among the more interesting Himalayan expeditions currently on the go is that of Swiss speed climber Uelie Steck, having recently arrived at Shishapangma Base Camp in Tibet. In this season he will attempt to climb Shishapagma (8027m), Cho Oyo (8201m) and Everest (8850m). As if that were not enough, as a warm-up he has just finished climbing Lobuje and the north face of Cholatse, two 6000m peaks in the Everest region of Nepal.




Ueli Steck

In the wake of the controversial ascent of Everest by 13 year old Jordon Romero, China has set a new age limit in effect for the forthcoming season. Climbers must be at least 18 years old to climb any peak in Tibet. An upper age limit of 60 was also set, but with a loophole that a medical certificate stating the climbers fitness could be presented.

Nepal has only set a lower age limit of 16 years. Pemba Dorjee Sherpa, who holds the current speed record on Everest, has recently announced his intentions of training an 11 or 12 year old Nepalese boy, to beat Romero's record. It seems the Nepalese authorities may allow this attempt as an exception.


On successfully summiting Everest via the standard route from the Nepal side on May 22nd, Mandy Ramsden became the first South African woman to climb all Seven Summits. She reached the top at 7:45am, as a member of the Adventure Consultants team.

Read more: First South African Woman to climb 7 Summits

May 21, 2010, marks the day Jordan Romero, 13 years old, became the youngest person to have climbed Mount Everest. The team successfully climbed the North-East Ridge Route on the Tibetan side of the mountain. They are reportedly safely back down at Advanced Base Camp.

Read more: Jordan Romero

On May 17, 2010, Spanish climber Edurne Pasaban completed her final 8000m summit  - Sishapangma, in Tibet - one she had attempted several times before. Only a month ago she summited Annapurna I in Nepal, another of the 8000ders. She is now the second woman to have completed the world's top 14 peaks, a race which she apparently lost to Korean climber Oh Eun-Sun on April 27, 2010 when the latter gained her final summit, Annapurna.

Pasaban is currently disputing the validity of Oh's Kanchenjunga summit claim - the exact outcome remains to be seen.

Read more: Edurne Pasaban

13 year old Jordan Romero, from California in the USA, is currently resting at the northern Everest Base Camp, on the Tibet side, and poised for the window of opportunity to attempt the summit. Camp 2 has been established just below 8000m. The final camp will be at 8300m. If he succeeds, he will be the youngest in the world to have climbed Everest, and this via the more challenging North-East Ridge. He has already climbed Mt McKinley, Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro.

Read more: 13 yr old poised for Everest summit attempt

Oh Eun-Sun a South Korean mountaineer, on April 27, 2010, became the first woman and the 21st person to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders. However, Oh's feat has been disputed by her closest rival, Edurne Pasaban, and others who questioned Oh's summit of Kangchenjunga. The accomplishment has been accepted by 8000ers.com, the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and ExplorersWeb. Elizabeth Hawley, well-known chronicler of Himalayan expeditions, said it would be counted, but would be marked as disputed pending further investigation.

Read more: First Woman to Climb All Fourteen Eight-Thousanders

Tibet is once again open to travelers after being closed for several months. The Chinese government closed the region to outsiders following the much publicised protests that broke out recently. Many restrictions are still in place however.

Many restrictions were imposed on Everest mountaineers this climbing season due to the Olympic torch being carried to the summit from the Tibet side. While no other groups were allowed on the Tibet side, climbers on the Nepal side could only ascend to Camp 2 until the torch had been to the summit and communication equipment was banned. The team carrying the torch summitted successfully on May 8 and the climbing is back in full swing from the Nepal side.