May 29, 2019

How one of the deadliest season on Mount Everest unfolded, leading to 11 deaths

DanielPrudek/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The 2019 season on Mount Everest is coming to a close and going down as one of the deadliest seasons on record. Eleven people died on the world's tallest mountain this year, most within the past week or so, as images of lines of people bottlenecked near the summit circulated on social media. People die every year on Everest from falls, storms, avalanches, lack of oxygen, freezing or underlying health issues. But this year stood out because so many of the dea..
May 29, 2019

Actress Mandy Moore makes it to Mount Everest base camp, describes ‘powerful’ journey

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Starting late last week, singer, activist and actress Mandy Moore took to Instagram to announce that she was hiking part of Mount Everest in a trip that had already changed her "soul ... forever." The excursion was part of an Everest viewing trek with Melissa Reid, the first American woman to ascend and descend Everest without oxygen, as her group's guide. "I went into this Everest viewing trek relatively blind," she wrote last week, adding that her eyes ..
May 29, 2019

American hostage mom says abusive husband’s Taliban sympathies led to 5-year ordeal

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It was a story that generated headlines around the world. A young pregnant American woman Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle captured by the Taliban while hiking in war-torn Afghanistan. Grainy hostage videos posted online showing two of their young children born into captivity. And in 2017, the sudden release and return of a family of five to Canada, where a baffled public was eagerly awaiting an explanation. But in the months following their liberation,..
May 29, 2019

So many people are dying on Mount Everest this year because of inexperience, experts say

DanielPrudek/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Eleven people have died on Mount Everest in 2019, one of the deadliest seasons in history. There are two immediate reasons for this high number: a record number of permits were granted by Nepal, and the weather window for climbers to attempt the world's highest summit was about half as long as last year. Last year, there was an extended weather window of 11 days in a row, when winds and other factors allowed climbers to reach the peak. There was a record num..