Japanese mountaineer Kei Taniguchi dies in fall while climbing peak in Hokkaido

TOKYO -- Mountaineer Kei Taniguchi died in an accident this week while climbing in the snowy Daisetsuzan range in northern Japan's Hokkaido.

See Full Article

She was 43.

Taniguchi, who climbed Mount Everest in 2007, became the first woman to win the prestigious Piolet d'Or (Golden Ice Axe) mountaineering award in 2009. A friend and fellow climber, Hiroshi Hagiwara, said Friday that she fell while taking a break on 1,984 metre-high Kurodake as she and four companions were descending the peak.

"It's a great loss for our community. I had climbed with her in the past," said Hagiwara, an editor at Yamakei magazine.

Taniguchi had detached herself from the rope she and fellow climbers were using, and went behind a boulder. The group found her gloves and traces of her having fallen. She was confirmed dead Tuesday.

Taniguchi and her climbing partner Kazuya Hiraide won acclaim for technically challenging climbs in Alaska, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan and China.

In an essay published last month in the Alpinist Magazine, Taniguchi quipped that perhaps one reason she was drawn to climbing peaks is that she was short.

But she also said it was the mystery of the unknown that also drove her.

"When I was a child, reading adventure stories in a house by the sea, I often dreamed about worlds above the clouds. One day, my father took me on a hike up a nearby mountain. It was just a little one--a rocky summit poking through a thick carpet of trees--in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan. But for the first time, I thought I could touch the clouds," she wrote.

"In severe, high places, I'm forced to see how small and powerless all humans are, compared to the vastness of the wild. At the same time, I realize our unlimited potential: I decide whether to encounter the hardships of the mountain or not. To go up or down, right or left. No one forces me. No one leads me by the hand."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Canadian describes harrowing tale of Dominica destruction in Hurricane Maria aftermath

    World News CTV News
    It’s been a week since Hurricane Maria pummelled Dominica, and Patrick Mullins still vividly remembers his experience on the ground as the powerful storm tore through the Caribbean island. The 67 -year-old Ontario resident was in Dominica working on a project with local youth when Maria made landfall. Source
  • Paralympian sues University of Regina over accident that left her a quadriplegic

    Canada News CTV News
    REGINA -- A Paralympian who was left paralyzed after a diving accident says she knew the injury was bad the moment it happened. Miranda Biletski testified Monday in Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, where she is suing the University of Regina for negligence. Source
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko rejects call for anti-corruption court

    World News CBC News
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says judicial reform aimed at rooting out corruption in his country will be introduced in two weeks, but the leader rejects calls for the creation of an independent anti-corruption court. "I am absolutely confident that it is vital for us to create anti-corruption system in the whole court institution of Ukraine," Poroshenko said in an exclusive interview with CBC's Rosemary Barton. Source
  • 'Save our liberty!' Protesters in wheelchairs disrupt hearing on Obamacare replacement bill

    World News CBC News
    Protesters in wheelchairs interrupted Monday's U.S. Senate hearing on the Republican health-care bill aimed at repealing and replacing "Obamacare." "No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!" they shouted at the Senate finance committee meeting. The noisy protests forced committee chairman Orrin Hatch to recess the hearing just moments after it began. Source
  • Edmonton police officer disciplined for lying about being a helicopter pilot

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- An Edmonton police officer has been docked a week's pay for lying about being a helicopter pilot. Const. Jess Bagan pleaded guilty last year to two counts of misconduct in what police are calling a unique case. Source
  • Search on for hunter in Saskatchewan who had set out to find 2 others

    Canada News CTV News
    BUFFALO NARROWS, Sask. -- Mounties and civilians are searching in northern Saskatchewan for a man who was searching for two missing hunters. RCMP say the search is in the Frobisher Lake area north of Buffalo Narrows, about 500 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. Source
  • Northern Saskatchewan hunter found safe, search called off

    Canada News CTV News
    BUFFALO NARROWS, Sask. - Mounties say the search has been called off for a man in northern Saskatchewan as he has been located and is fine. They had believed that 53-year-old Brent Caissy of Buffalo Narrows went alone in a white jet boat to the area to search for two hunters who were last heard from on Sept. Source
  • Man charged with manslaughter charge in Alberta carfentanil death

    Canada News CTV News
    EDSON, Alta. - An Alberta man faces a manslaughter charge after police allege he supplied pills in a carfentanil overdose. RCMP say 48-year-old Guy Kennedy was found dead in a hotel room in Edson, Alta. Source
  • B.C. man acquitted of 4 terrorism charges related to Facebook posts

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man accused of using his Facebook account to express support of "lone wolf" terrorist attacks has been acquitted of all charges. Othman Hamdan's judge-alone trial began in June, when he pleaded not guilty to encouraging the commission of murder, assault and mischief as well as inducing and instructing someone to carry out a terrorist act. Source
  • Ex-cop arrested near White House with arsenal of weapons

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — A man arrested near the White House Sunday morning is a former Memphis police officer who had an arsenal of weapons in his car and believed the CIA had implanted a chip in his head, according to court documents. Source