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Death toll for Mt. Everest climbers reaches 10 for this season

Samson X Horne
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FILE - In this March 7, 2016, file photo, Mt. Everest, in middle, altitude 8,848 meters (29,028 feet), is seen on the way to base camp. American climber Don Cash who fulfilled his dream of climbing the highest mountains on each of the seven continents by reaching the summit of Mount Everest died of probable altitude sickness on the way down, mountaineering officials said Friday, May 24, 2019. Cash became ill at the summit and was treated there by his two Sherpa guides, one of the officials said. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa, File)
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Lhakpa Jungmu Sherpa, wife of Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita, dances at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Sherpa mountaineer who extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world’s highest peak on Tuesday returned to Kathmandu on Saturday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Officials say a British man died Saturday morning in an attempt to climb Mount Everest, bringing this season’s death toll to 10.

Al Jazeera reports that 44-year-old Robin Haynes Fisher died after he “suddenly collapsed” while returning from the summit.

Two other climbers died Friday, Irishman Kevin Hynes, 56, and Nepalese guide Dhurba Bista, 33.

Three Indian climbers died earlier in the week.

AJ reported that “hundreds of climbers pushed for the summit while taking advantage of this week’s weather windows.”

NBC news has described the influx of climbers as a “traffic jam,” where it quoted an expert who explained the peril on the mountainside.

“Before you reach the summit, you have to wait and every minute counts at that height,” Krishma Poudel of the Peak Promotion mountaineering agency in Nepal.

She declined to say whether the wait contributed to any deaths.

British broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle, the U.N. patron of the wilderness, called on the countries that share Everest to limit the number of climbers on the mountain, suggesting instead for a marathon-style lottery system for climbing permits, NBC reported.

One thing seems certain: climbers are neither deterred by the congestion nor the casualties.

Talk about tempting fate.

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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