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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Everest climbers get GPS device in drive for safety and against false claims

General view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas
General view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas

Some climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest will be strapped with a GPS device for their safety and to prevent false claims of reaching the summit.

The chief of Nepal's tourism department, Durga Dutta Dhakal, said on Monday climbers would be fitted with a GPS device during the spring climbing season to track their movement as they attempt to scale the 8,850-metre-high (29,035-foot-high) summit.

Hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt to climb the world's highest peak in April and May, but only a few will be fitted with the devices as an experiment.

Last year, an Indian couple claimed they scaled the peak and received a certificate from mountaineering authorities, but it was later determined they had altered their photo on the summit.

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