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.