Ever­est spring sea­son sum­mits

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AFTER TWO ES­PE­CIALLY TRAGIC years on Ever­est due to avalanche and earth­quake, the Ever­est climb­ing sea­son re­turned this year with more than 300 climbers suc­cess­fully sum­mit­ing as of May. There were sev­eral ex­pe­di­tions, like Pro­ject 360 from Mam­mut, who tried the south­ern as­cent, newly open to climbers this sea­son. Eric Si­mon­son, a part­ner of In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Guides said, “We had a good ex­pe­di­tion this year, the team did not need to utilise the rap­pel de­scent route past the Hil­lary Step, but it was good to know that op­tion ex­isted.” In­deed, sum­mit­ing Ever­est is no easy feat and deaths do oc­cur ev­ery year. A to­tal of six climbers died this year as the climb­ing sea­son comes to a close. Amongst them, two died from high-al­ti­tude sick­ness and a stroke re­spec­tively at the higher re­gions of the moun­tain, con­firm­ing that the death zone, which refers to al­ti­tudes above a cer­tain point where the amount of oxy­gen is in­suf­fi­cient to sus­tain hu­man life, is not to be taken lightly. “Climbers can pro­tect them­selves in the death zone in many ways. Hav­ing a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in high al­ti­tude makes this eas­ier but there are only a small num­ber of peo­ple that can per­form well above 8,000m with­out oxy­gen. Most of us mor­tals are best to use oxy­gen, but oxy­gen alone will not help you if you are tired and ex­hausted,” Guy Cot­ter, CEO of Ad­ven­ture Con­sul­tants ad­vised. “The num­ber of peo­ple who sum­mit with no prob­lems but then get frost­bite or suf­fer a stroke after they re­turn to their tents is phe­nom­e­nal. This is be­cause they are too ex­hausted to look after them­selves and another time where peo­ple need some­one to be look­ing out for them.”

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