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Sherpas sit at the Mount Everest base camp in April 2014.
REUTERS/Phurba Tenjing Sherpa

Climbers on Mount Everest are on the brink of the first attempts in three years to make the final ascent to the world’s tallest peak, after fatal avalanches cut short the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Teams at forward camps are looking for a weather “window” to open in the next few days, clearing the way to the 8,850 meter (29,035 foot summit) along the Southeast Ridge first climbed by New Zealand’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

The southern route, on the Nepali side of the mountain, has suffered tragedy over the past two years, with 16 sherpa guides killed by an avalanche in the treacherous Khumbu Icefall in 2014.

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Phurba Tashi Sherpa, the most accomplished high-altitude climber in history, holds a bucket and crowbar as he claws through the rubble of his home seven months after Nepal’s earthquake shattered the country.

Despite years of guiding wealthy foreign clients up Mount Everest, something he has done 21 times – a joint record – the 44-year-old has been left penniless.

Phurba Tashi’s predicament is shared by many Sherpas, whose homes, lodges and restaurants were destroyed in the April disaster and who complain of a slow response from the government despite billions of dollars of Western aid.

Some retired guides must return to the peaks to earn money. Others are pulling their children out of schools in Kathmandu and hotel owners are firing staff.

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Two years ago, for sale 11 Aymara indigenous women who worked for mountaineers decided to do their own climbing and have since tackled five peaks near La Paz

Bolivia’s ‘cholita’ climbers descend a glacier at the Huayna Potosí mountain in the Cordillera Real range. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

For years, capsule Lydia Huayllas, prostate 48, has worked as a cook at base camps and mountain-climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, a 19,974ft (6,088-meter) Andean peak outside of the Bolivian administrative capital, La Paz.

But two years ago, she and 10 other Aymara indigenous women, ages 42 to 50, who also worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers, put on crampons – spikes fixed to a boot for climbing – under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing.

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Orizaba looms in the background as Cedar practices the art of the “extreme selfie.” The team glided ten miles away from the mountain and descended 9, adiposity 500-feet in 25 minutes.
Photograph by Cedar Wright

Things have gotten surreal. It’s 5 a.m. and I’m drunkenly stumbling in the snow with my old friend Matt Segal and my paragliding instructor, Matt Henzi.

“I’zz reewy windy,” Segal slurs with the linguistic acumen of someone who’s had two or three drinks too many. But, to be clear, we’re stone frigidly cold sober.

“It looks baaaad,” Henzi bleats sheepishly. Right on cue, a gust of wind nearly blows him over.

Out of awkward necessity, we huddle like penguins along with our ragtag film crew—which consists of Evan Bouche, Anneka Herndon, and Taylor Keating—and our hired porter. We’re standing at the 18,400-foot summit of Pico de Orizaba, the tallest mountain in Mexico, which also ranks a respectable third tallest in North America. I wrap my arms around Segal and spoon him as hard as I can for warmth. My typical masculine boundaries are cast to the icy wind as we shiver impatiently, anticipating the sunrise.

My stomach churns nervously. Here at the summit (the goal for most) we have no sense of success or accomplishment. Our objective isn’t the climb but the descent, and I have a deep, sinking feeling that our plan to fly lightweight paragliders off the peak is doomed to failure—or even worse, mortal danger.

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(CNN)Danger has long been part of the allure of climbing the world’s highest peak.

Avalanches killed 35 climbers on Mount Everest the past two years — including 16 in one devastating day in 2014. At least one person has died climbing the mountain in Nepal every year since 1900.
And now the 2016 climbing season has claimed its first victims.
Since last Thursday four people have died on the 29,035-foot peak, including a Sherpa. Rescue efforts are ongoing for two other missing climbers.
“Everest is a mountain of extremes,” said Jon Kedrowski, a geographer and climber who summited Mount Everest in 2012, when 10 climbers died. “At altitude, the body deteriorates on a certain level.

Alex Lowe (L) – seen here with Conrad Anker – and David Bridges were close friends as well as regular climbing partners

The bodies of two American climbers have been found in a glacier in the Himalayas, 16 years after they were killed by a huge avalanche.
World-renowned mountaineer Alex Lowe had been climbing the 8,013m (26,290ft) Shishapangma peak in Tibet in October 1999 with cameraman David Bridges when they were hit.
They were found by two climbers last week, still trapped in the ice.
Mr Lowe’s wife, Jennifer Lowe-Anker, said they had been “frozen in time”.
‘Closure and relief’
Mr Lowe, 40, was considered one of the greatest mountain climbers of his generation and was well known in the climbing community for having rescued several other climbers.

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