4 More Climbers Die on Clogged Everest - Page 2

One man who died was reportedly stuck in the traffic for more than 12 hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 6:45 AM CDT

  • Died pursuing a dream. Anjali Kulkarni's son tells CNN that she was also caught in the traffic jam of climbers while making her way down from the summit with her husband. He says his parents, who owned an advertising agency, retired to "pursue their dream of standing atop Mount Everest." Tour group manager Phupden Sherpa says she was unable to maintain her energy after the long wait to get back to Camp 4, the first below the summit.
  • A rush to the summit. Nivel Karki, manager of Pioneer Adventure, tells the New York Times that good weather contributed to the dangerous congestion in the summit area. On Wednesday, "it was such a clear day, so everyone was rushing to the summit," he says. "Once the weather is bad, no one can summit, so in good weather, everyone will try to go for the summit."
  • More deaths than last year. With seven deaths, this year's spring climbing season on Everest is already deadlier than last year, the BBC reports. Last week, a climber from India was found dead in his tent after descending from the summit, and Irish professor Seamus Lawless is believed to have fallen to his death.
  • Record number of climbers. There have been calls for Nepal—which issued 381 permits costing $11,000 each this year—to do more to limit the number of climbers. The number of people making it to the summit this year is expected to exceed last year's record of 807 people. (Those 381 potential climbers are usually accompanied by Nepalese guides.)
  • "I'm surprised more people haven't died." Climber Benjamin Chan, a member of the last team to make it to the summit last year, says he worries that some tour companies are putting profit before safety, the South China Morning Post reports. "They have no prerequisites for climbers and there are a lot of climbers up there who have no idea and are moving slowly," he says. "I’m surprised more people haven’t died." He says he has seen climbers who don't know how to use their equipment and "have a Sherpa holding their hands."
(Read more Mount Everest stories.)

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