Denali’s 2014 season: 1,204 attempted the highest peak in North America in 2014. Six out of twelve who tried Mount Foraker reached the top. In the Nepal Himalaya’s post-monsoon 2013 season, 180 expeditions attempted 35 mountains; 260 team members summited with the aid of 185 hired supporters. An avalanche on Manaslu killed eleven. Five died: two on Baruntse and three on Himlung. Swiss climber Ueli Steck pioneered a new south-face route on Annapurna; two French climbers followed a few weeks later and were evacuated afterwards. In pre-monsoon 2014, an April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest killed sixteen Nepalese, mostly ethnic Sherpas, and injured nine others. Bad storms injured hundreds trekking around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. And Jeffery Parrette looks back on the 1996 Everest disaster with a review of After the Wind, by Lou Kasischke (Good Hart Publishing LC, 2014).

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