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WorldLatest death marks 10th reported on Mount Everest, amid long wait times to descend

23:20  25 may  2019
23:20  25 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A British man has died on Mount Everest , marking the tenth death in two months as mountaineers eager to take advantage of a brief window of good climbing

A British man has died on Mount Everest , marking the tenth death in two months as a record number of mountaineers rush to conquer the world's highest summit during an unusually brief window of good climbing weather. A 41-year-old British climber, Robin Haynes Fisher, reached Everest 's peak at 8:30

Latest death marks 10th reported on Mount Everest, amid long wait times to descend© Project Possible/AFP/Getty Images This handout photo taken on May 22, 2019 and released by climber Nirmal Purja's Project Possible expedition shows heavy traffic of mountain climbers lining up to stand at the summit of Mount Everest.

A British man has died on Mount Everest, marking the tenth death in two months as mountaineers eager to take advantage of a brief window of good climbing weather encounter bottlenecks and long waits along the descending route from the world's highest summit.

British media identified the man as Robin Haynes Fisher, 41, and said that he fainted in the so-called “death zone” of the 29,000-foot mountain where oxygen levels can be low.

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Three More Die on Mount Everest During Crowded Climbing Season KATHMANDU, Nepal — Three more people died Thursday on Mount Everest, as crowds of climbers added to the dangers of attempting to scale the world’s highest peak. The three died just days after a widely circulated photo showed a long line of climbers extending along a narrow ridge, waiting to reach the 29,029-foot summit and its expansive view of the Himalayas. Two others died on Mount Everest earlier this week. Expedition operators said the crowding was a result of a record number of permits issued by Nepal and a period of clear weather, which led several groups to push for the summit at once.

Another mountaineer has died after summiting Mount Everest , bringing the death toll for the 2019 climbing season American lawyer Christopher Kulish died while climbing Mount Everest , making While descending , he was strong and safely reached the South Col (situated at an altitude of around

Mount Everest was the last mountain on his agenda. Mr. Cash, a former software salesman, quit his job in December to take on the final two mountains A guide later found him and administered CPR for 25 minutes, he said. A cause of death is not yet known. “He saw his last sunrise from the highest

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The deaths come amid reports of massive crowding on the mountain, especially around the Hillary Step, where climbers have to go single-file. On Wednesday, there were reports of two and three hour delays in that area.

Peak climbing season for Everest is April and May, and all of the 10 deaths have occurred within that two-month span.

Nepal issued a high number of permits to climb the mountain this year -- 367 to foreigners and 14 to Nepalese climbers, according to a government liaison officer at base camp. This is a record number, according to Everest expert Alan Arnette.

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In addition, this season's weather has forced large crowds up at once. Climbers wait for favorable weather forecasts to make summit attempts, and this year, there have only been two windows with five summit days so far, as Arnette detailed on his site.

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The circumstances surrounding his death were not clear. (MORE: 10 th death in 2 months reported on Mount Everest amid long wait times to descend ). Many teams had to line up for hours on May 22 to reach the summit, risking frostbites and altitude sickness, as a rush of climbers marked one of the

Latest deaths , including an Irish climber, come as others report ‘insane’ delays at the peak. Four more deaths have been reported on Everest as concerns grow about the risks posed by the severe “Anjali and her husband were forced to wait for hours to reach the summit as there was a long queue

Typically, there are seven to 12 favorable days in a climbing season, according to Arnette.

Because of this, many climbers are going up to make their attempts all at once, creating bottlenecks.

The longer a person stays at high altitude, the higher their risk is for altitude sickness, which happens when the body struggles to adapt to lower air pressure and oxygen levels. The recommended response is for a person to move to a lower-elevation area.

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Among the deaths reported this week was Donald Lynn Cash, a 55-year-old Utah resident who conquered the Seven Summits -- the tallest mountains on each continent -- and died Mount Everest shortly after reaching the Everest peak.

Shortly after reaching the summit on Wednesday, he fainted due to high altitude sickness, guide company Pioneer Adventure wrote on its website.

"This is a total blast," Cash wrote from the mountain in April in a post on Instagram. "I'm truly blessed to just be here on this adventure with great new friends!!"

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