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TOPIC: Back to Everest in 2015?

Back to Everest in 2015? 5 years, 7 months ago #1107

The deaths this week of at least 28 people, including eight or more foreign trekkers in snowstorms in central Nepal, have focused the world's attention once more on the potential hazards of mountaineering in the Himalaya.

It was six months ago this week that 16 Nepali mountain workers died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, the worst accident in the peak's history. Looking ahead to a new Everest climbing season next spring, veteran climbers and guides are voicing concerns.

Of the avalanche victims, all but three were ethnic Sherpas, a community that traditionally is the backbone of the work force that makes climbing the world's highest mountain possible.

Sherpas die every year on Everest, but the magnitude of this year's tragedy sent a shock wave through Nepal and the wider world of international mountaineering. The Everest climbing season was shut down after most Sherpas refused to continue working on the mountain out of respect for their lost comrades and their families.

As the stunned commercial expeditions dismantled their camps, heated debates raged in climbing circles and the media over the risks Sherpas face, the compensation they receive, and the future of climbing on Everest.

Read more at- news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10...mountaineering-2015/
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