Four killed on Mount Everest; more crowds expected

Mount Everest. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

It looks like a bad combination of events has led to tragedy on Mount Everest. Authorities are saying that four people have died after a busy weekend of people trying to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

Bad weather only recently relelented, setting up about 200 people to try to make a bid for the top while the weather window was open. The predictable result: long bottlenecks high on the mountain at some of its well-known chokepoints.

According to reports, altutide sickness and exhaustion may have been the cause of death for the four who were confirmed dead.

It would appear a similar-sized group of climbers is already queuing up for another push up the mountain, which could create the same situation that caused last weekend’s tragic events.

The latest news from the mountain, via The Associated Press, can be found here.

You can read the original story on this situation here on the New York Times’ website.

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4 thoughts on “Four killed on Mount Everest; more crowds expected

    • It’s definitely turning out that way, and from what I can gather, we might be in for a repeat of last weekend’s misfortunes. Not sure what could be done about it, but this should offer some insight: Russell Brice, who heads the Himalayan Experience mountain guide service, shut his operations down for the season, meaning none of his clients would get a chance to summit. His reason: Conditions on the mountain are too dangerous this spring. He makes his living doing this, so to take such a drastic action should tell us something about how bad this climbing season is.

  1. People should commend Brice for making the hard choice but possibly saving lives in the end. I’m sure his clients are disappointed but the mountain isn’t going anywhere. I’d be relieved to know that I had a guide that had my safety in mind and not my dollars.

    • It’s a really tough call. People train for a year just to get in shape, not to mention the years folks spend climbing lesser mountains to build up their skills. Then you spend 6 weeks in the Himalaya before you even get an attempt, not to mention the $50K-$65K you pay for guide service. But all that investment is not worth your life or the anguish of loved ones left behind. From what I’ve read, rockfall/avalanche conditions and bad weather have made Everest particularly unfriendly this spring. But the real killer has been the crowds. Folks dying while literally waiting their turn to descend at certain chokepoints on the mountain. Crazy.

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