GPS to expose Everest cheats
CLIMBERS trying to scale Everest will be given a GPS device to prevent false claims of reaching the summit.
The monitors will be fitted to climbers to track their movements on the 29,000ft mountain from next month, the chief of Nepal’s tourism department, Durga Dutta Dhakal, said yesterday.
The devices, which cost about £250 each, will also help locate people if they get into trouble.
Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt the world’s highest peak in April and May and some will be fitted with the device as part of a trial to try to clamp down on hoax claims.
‘If this works, we’ll make it mandatory for all climbers to carry the device from next year,’ Mr Dhakal said.
An Indian couple claimed they had scaled the peak last year, but it was later established they had lied.