Long Lines And Cramped Unsafe Conditions At Mount Everest Criticized After Two Climbers Go Missing
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Long Lines And Cramped Unsafe Conditions At Mount Everest Criticized After Two Climbers Go Missing

No one has ever claimed that Mount Everest was safe. Although many have tried to conquer it over the past few decades, weather conditions have claimed the lives of those unfortunate climbers. However, many are criticizing Mount Everest organizers for creating unsafe conditions due to long lines and cramped unsafe conditions.

Two climbers are currently missing and believed dead. Videos on social media show long lines of hundreds of climbers. Daniel Paterson and Pas Tenji Sherpa were among this group. However, they fell along the mountain after a snow slide, the BBC reported. They were part of a 15-person group, but apparently climbers regularly face congestion on the mountain. When something happens, it becomes more difficult to avoid.

Meanwhile, Joshua Cheruiyot Kirui was found dead and his guide Nawang Sherpa are still missing following a separate incident last week. Now, people are criticizing Mount Everest for its unsafe conditions. "Everest; the highest, the dirtiest and the most controversial place on Earth," wrote The Northerner on X. "Humans bypassing corpses, leaving people dying, ignoring help cries, making it dirtiest place with pollution & human wastes; all for the glory of summit. When will it stop?!"

Mount Everest Conditions Criticized

Mountaineer Rajan Dwivedi, who previously climbed Mount Everest, wrote, "Mt. Everest is not a joke and in fact, quite a serious climb."

"I believe so far (more than) 7,000 have summited since 1st ascent in May 1953. Many end up with frost bites, snow blindness and various type of injuries that are not counted in any database," he wrote on a post. He shared a video of a long line of people caught in a weather event.

"This video captured shows [sic] what we face on one rope line and negotiating interchanges during the traffic for upstream and downstream! The main reason is weather window to avoid the fierce cruising jet streams that could be 100-240mph!! For me, coming down was a nightmare and exhausting while huge line of climbers were coming up to maximize on the weather window."Mount Everest climbers missing, presumed dead after icy collapse in treacherous 'death zone'

Meanwhile, Mount Everest guide Vinayak Jaya Malla detailed the collapsing cornice last week. "After summiting, we crossed the Hillary Step, traffic was moving slowly then suddenly a cornice collapsed a few meters ahead of us. There was also a cornice under us," Malla wrote. "As the cornice collapsed, four climbers nearly perished yet were clipped onto the rope and self-rescued. Sadly, two climbers are still missing. We tried to traverse yet it was impossible due to the traffic on the fixed line.

He continued, "Many climbers were stuck in the traffic and oxygen was running low. I was able to start breaking a new route for the descending traffic to begin moving slowly once again."