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It’s been a deadly week on Mount Everest


Mount Everest

Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. (Fryderyk Supinski/Flickr)

Climbing Mount Everest is dangerous. The mountain has seen at least one fatality every year since 1900, and more than 200 have died there since the first person officially reached the summit in 1953.

The last week looks especially bleak, with four climbers dead and two missing.

25-year-old Phurba Sherpa fell to his death on Thursday.

Then, on Friday, 36-year-old Eric Arnold from the Netherlands died overnight, apparently of a heart attack.

On Saturday, Maria Strydom of Australia died from altitude sickness in the final pre-summit camp. A rescue attempt failed to reach her. She was a professor at Monash Business School in Australia.

On Sunday, 44-year-old Subash Paul of India died from altitude sickness. Two members of his team also went missing Saturday night, possibly due to poor weather conditions. The search is still underway for his crew members, Paresh Chandra Nash and Goutam Ghosh. But they disappeared so high on the mountain that helicopters can't reach them.

Seema Goswami of India also suffered severe frostbite over the weekend and is still in the hospital.

Mount Everest

Another photo of the beautiful and deadly Mount Everest. (Mot the barber/Flickr)

About a year ago, 17 people died in an avalanche on Everest. The year before, 12 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche that was, at the time, Everest's worse disaster ever.

Still, Everest remains particularly popular this year--which also makes it more crowded and dangerous. 400 people have reached the summit since May 11th.

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It’s been a deadly week on Mount Everest

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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