NEW REGULATION FOR MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS
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The possible new regulations, health checks and qualification standards come after at least 11 climbers have died so far this year while tackling Mount Everest.
- Eleven people died on the world’s tallest mountain this year, most within the past week.
- People die every year on Everest from falls, storms, avalanches, lack of oxygen, freezing or underlying health issues.
- But this year stood out because so many of the deaths happened while a climber was on the descent from the summit on clear weather days. The major contributing factor was the narrow weather window.
- To climb Everest, Mid to late May is the ideal time, when a jet stream that sits over the mountain. Because of global warming, the weather window is sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger.
2019 vs. 2018:
- The 2019 season stands in sharp contrast to 2018, and there’s a clear correlation between the number and types of deaths compared to the weather windows.
- As 2018 saw an 11-day weather window, climbers spread out their attempts.
- There were five deaths on the mountain in 2018 and none occurred in the way 2019’s deaths did during descents shortly after reaching the peak.
International Everest Day:
- International Everest Day is being observed on May 29, annually since 2008.
- This is to commemorate the Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary had climbed the Mt. Everest on this day in 1953, as the first humans to achieve the feat.
- Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day since 2008, when the legendary climber Hillary passed away.
- Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953.
- The day is celebrated with memorial events, processions, and special events in Kathmandu and the Everest region.