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British climber dies on Everest as death toll of climbers in Nepal reaches 18

By Gopal Sharma

 

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FILE PHOTO: A trekker stands in front of Mount Everest, which is 8,850 meters high (C), at Kala Patthar in Solukhumbu District May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

 

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A British climber too weak to descend from Mount Everest died on Saturday, officials said, the eighth climber to die on the world’s tallest mountain and the 18th in Nepal's Himalayas during the current climbing season.

 

Hiking officials attributed most of the deaths to weakness, exhaustion and delays on the crowded route to the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) summit.

 

Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the so-called "death zone" known for low levels of oxygen on descent from the summit, Mira Acharya, a tourism department official, said.

 

He is the eighth fatality on Everest in the current climbing season that ends this month.

 

“He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent,” Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Treks company that arranged his logistics told Reuters. “He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted."

 

Fellow guides changed Fisher's oxygen bottle and offered him water, but could not save him, Sharma said.

 

Garrett Madison of the U.S. based Madison Mountaineering company that sponsors climbers to Mount Everest said many were not "well qualified or prepared climbers" and were without the support necessary to ascend and descend safely.

 

"If they were with a strong and experienced team they would have likely been fine, but with minimal support, once something goes wrong it's tough to get back on course," Madison told Reuters.

 

Mount Everest can also be climbed from Tibet and casualties have been reported from there this season too.

 

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Nick Macfie)

 

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Short season for the ascent, traffic jam.

 

Good for the local economy though.

 

On the plus side, in another twenty years, it'll be a year-round walk in the park (with O2).

 

 

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It used to have a WOW factor. After seeing this pic, it doesn't appear to be the most difficult of things to accomplish. Disappointing and somewhat sad.

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1 hour ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Any 7/11s opened up there yet?

There are 711 sherpas carrying food and drinks.

The irony of climbing up to 8848 mt. and dying for queuing exhaustion.

RIP

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1 hour ago, mtls2005 said:

Short season for the ascent, traffic jam.

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Bloody Chinese package tours!

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18 more bodies left on the mountain what is the tally so far for remains on Everest? Just 18 more obstacles to step over or around in pursuit of fame and glory. 

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1 hour ago, cnxgary said:

18 more bodies left on the mountain what is the tally so far for remains on Everest? Just 18 more obstacles to step over or around in pursuit of fame and glory. 

The headline says 18 but the article says 8, regardless it's too many.

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Short season for the ascent, traffic jam.
 
Good for the local economy though.
 



How is people dying on the way down good for the local economy?

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13 minutes ago, mogandave said:

Good for the local economy though.

The permit needed alone costs around $11,000. Then many more thousands for a variety of different things. On a news interview yesterday, it was suggested that too many of these permits are issued resulting in queues. Thus a longer time spent on the slopes which can prove fatal if someone becomes ill. Money rules. 

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2 hours ago, thequietman said:

It used to have a WOW factor. After seeing this pic, it doesn't appear to be the most difficult of things to accomplish. Disappointing and somewhat sad.

I have read that K2 , in Pakistan, second pic after Everest, is the most dangerous mountain to climb; more dead people than Everest 

Everest, now , 12 hours to wait to reach the summit !

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53 minutes ago, Lee4Life said:

The headline says 18 but the article says 8, regardless it's too many.

Try  reading it again, 18 dead this season in the Nepalese Himalayas, 8 dead on this particular mountain.

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