Friday 23 August 2019

American (61) latest climber to die on Everest

Christopher John Kulish (61) a lawyer, did not show any distress when reaching the peak of the world's highest mountain yesterday but died after descending. Photo: AP/PA Images
Christopher John Kulish (61) a lawyer, did not show any distress when reaching the peak of the world's highest mountain yesterday but died after descending. Photo: AP/PA Images

Joe Wallen

An American mountaineer has become the 11th person in two weeks to die on Mount Everest, as sherpas and tour operators alike blame an influx of inexperienced climbers and budget tour operators for the rise in fatalities.

Christopher John Kulish (61) a lawyer, did not show any distress when reaching the peak of the world's highest mountain yesterday but died after descending.

With a record number of climbers permitted to ascend Everest this year, bottlenecks have also contributed to greater exhaustion and, in some instances, death.

The Nepalese government granted permission for 381 mountaineers to scale Everest from the southern side.

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