GPS to ex­pose Ever­est cheats

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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.

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