Everest climbers have themselves to blame

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Opinion

May 30, 2019 - 10:27 AM

So far this year, 11 people have died on the world’s highest mountain. It’s a deadly traffic jam at the top. But it’s not only the mountain’s soaring elevation that has caused the influx of deaths — it’s the knot of climbers trying to make the final ascent up Mount Everest and those making their way down.

This is how Joanna Slater of The Washington Post described it from  Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Chatur Tamang was on his way to the roof of the world when he hit a traffic jam,” Slater wrote. “Ahead of him, on the final ascent to Mount Everest, he saw more than 100 people bunched together on the narrow ridge that leads to the summit — a place so high that it is known as the ‘death zone,’ where the human body has trouble functioning. Some of those descending from the summit pleaded desperately with those ascending to clear a way for them to pass since they had run out of oxygen.”

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