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Paul Vallely: The power of laughing until you cry

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How Darwin's friend gave West its first view of Mount Everest

Joseph Dalton Hooker, renowned botanist, close friend of Charles Darwin and global explorer, also produced the earliest Western sketch of a little-known geologic feature called Mount Everest, it emerged this week.

Everest next for the climber who fell 1,000 feet – and survived

“This is going to hurt,” thought Adam Potter, as he fell off the side of a Scottish mountain on Saturday afternoon.

Can't talk now...I'm on Everest

3G service is now available on the world's most-famous peak, including video calling

Sherpa who scaled Everest 19 times feared dead on climb

Chhewang Nima hit by avalanche near summit of Baruntse in Himalayas

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, By Mark MacKenzie

On 8 June 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine went missing on Mount Everest, within striking distance of the top. In 1999, American climber Conrad Anker came across Mallory's body, preserved in the ice, but the mystery remained tantalisingly intact: had the mountaineer reached the peak before he died?

Mystery at the top of the world: Did George Mallory make it to the summit of Everest before he died?

Graham Hoyland argues that he couldn't have – due to a deadly combination of bad weather and worse luck

Explorer Fiennes to face driving charge

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been charged with careless driving over a car crash in which another motorist was seriously injured.

Everest team forced to leave sick British climber to die

At one o'clock in the afternoon, the British climber Peter Kinloch was on the roof of the world, in bright sunlight, taking photographs of the Himalayas below, "elated, cheery and bubbly".

On top of the world: 13 year-old becomes youngest person to conquer Everest

Of the 50 climbers who reached the peak of the world's highest mountain in the early hours of yesterday morning, one stood head and shoulders below the rest.

13-year-old becomes youngest to climb Mount Everest

A 13-year-old American boy became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mount Everest on Saturday, coming one step away his quest to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents

Australian climber hopes finally to solve mystery of who reached summit first

It is one of the enduring riddles of mountaineering: were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay the first men to conquer Mount Everest, as is officially recorded, or were they beaten to the summit nearly 30 years earlier by the British climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine?

Bonita Norris is youngest British woman to climb Everest

A 22-year-old woman has realised her "crazy" dream after becoming the youngest British female to reach the summit of Mount Everest, it was announced today.

My Secret Life: Bear Grylls, adventurer, 35

My parents were ... My late dad taught me to climb when I was very young; my mum was and remains brilliantly wacky.

Can the Tories gain a footing in Scotland? Here lies the answer

Jonathan Brown visits the Conservatives' biggest target seat north of the border
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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