More ropes at 'death zone' bottleneck to ease Mount Everest traffic jam
Published on Mar 13, 2014 1:55 PM
KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous "death zone" bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world's highest mountain, a hiking group said on Thursday.
Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850m Everest summit every year, but a 40-foot near vertical wall of rock at about 8,790m often causes major problems.
Exhausted climbers have been forced to wait there for several hours, awaiting their turn to climb up or come down a single rope, exposed to risks of thin air in what is known as the "death zone".
Dawa Steven Sherpa, a member of Expedition Organisers'Association (EOA), said separate ropes will be fixed also at obstacles like the Geneva Spur, Yellow Band and Balcony to ease the congestion.
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