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Important Facts For Prelims (25th May 2019)

  • 25 May 2019
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Deathly Traffic at Mt Everest

  • Recently, three more Indian climbers have died on Mount Everest, taking the toll of Indian mountaineers who have perished while hiking the world’s highest mountain to eight this season.
    • Mount Everest lies on the border between Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Reaching an elevation of 8,850 metres, it is the highest mountain in the world.
    • More than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first climbers' deaths on Everest were recorded.
    • At the last ridge from the southern Nepali side, there is only one fixed rope, everyone hangs onto this one rope. When it is crowded, there are two lines of people - one going up, and one going down the summit.
    • At present, one of the reasons cited for deaths is heavy traffic - massive long lines due to a few days of good weather - on the mountain.
  • ‘Traffic jam’ occurs when many climbers vie for the summit at the same time, and can be especially dangerous above 8,000 metres, known as the 'death zone'.
  • In a traffic jam, exhausted climbers are often forced to wait for several hours for their turn to ascend or descend on a single rope, increasing chances of exhaustion, frostbite or altitude sickness. The climbers could also run out of oxygen during the final phase of the ascent.
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