- One of the deadliest climbing seasons in Mount Everest’s recent history is causing a spate of major problems for hikers on the historic mountain.
- Overcrowding and inexperienced climbers are to blame, according to experienced mountaineers, cited by The New York Times.
- Climbers are jostling to take selfies and risking their lives queuing to summit.
- At least 10 climbers have died in the past week.
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At least 10 people have died climbing the world’s highest peak in recent weeks, not because of awful weather conditions but due to overcrowding, according to experienced mountaineers cited by The New York Times.
A record number of permits to climb Mount Everest have been issued by the Nepali government this year, according to The Times. Many of the climbers lack the skills and knowledge to properly summit. The overcrowding has led to vast queues to reach the top of the mountain which straddles the border between Nepal and China.
“It was scary,” according to Ed Dohring, a doctor from Arizona interviewed by the New York Times. “It was like a zoo.” Dohring claims he had to tread around a woman who had recently died in order to continue his progress.
Conditions have become dangerous due to people jostling on narrow, frozen peaks in order to take selfies. Inexperienced climbers have been dropping weighty spare oxygen cylinders in order to ease their route to the top taking only enough oxygen to manage the trip to the summit and back, causing major issues.
Queues mean that climbers with limited supplies of oxygen are risking their lives waiting in the “death zone.”
That’s an area more than 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) above sea level, where oxygen is so limited that the body’s cells start to die. Business Insider has previously reported on the recent deaths as a result of extended exposure to the “death zone.”
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