Overcrowded Mount Everest Leads to Rise in Deaths

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Overcrowded Mount Everest Leads to Rise in Deaths


Mount Everest in Nepal is known as one of the greatest challenges on Earth. This expedition will test the limits of human endurance. Those who are attempting to climb are at risk of hypothermia, frostbite, retinal hemorrhages, starvation, and suffocation as they climb. Thus, it is only fair to only allow Mt. Everest to well-heeled mountaineers. 


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However, Nepal’s booming climbing market experienced a significant decrease due to the cost of the expedition. Recently, the Everest was opened up to hobbyists and adventure-seekers. They are only required to submit a doctor’s note showing that they are physically fit. This new guideline has caused dangerous overcrowding, leading to the death of some climbers. PBS.org, an American public broadcaster and television program distributor, reported that 11 people have died this season which is considered the highest number since 2015.


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A lot of inexperienced climbers are impeding others and causing deadly delays. As Eric Murphy, a mountain guide said, every minute in the Everest counts. Some of the climbers took 17 hours to climb of what should have taken by only 12 hours. Most of the deaths were believed to have caused by altitude sickness. This is a result of low amounts of oxygen at high elevation, causing headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.


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Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that 122 climbers were scheduled to climb on May 21, 297 on May 22 and 172 on May 23. Reports have shown that a lot of climbers are stuck in the notorious ‘death zone’ for hours. Tshering Jangbu Sherpa, a mountain guide said, “I have climbed Everest so many times, but this spring’s traffic jam was the worst. Many climbers who moved to the summit without extra supplement oxygen bottles suffered the most. They suffered because of the traffic jam, not because of the wind and coldness.




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