Busy Everest season gets underway with 30 summits

Leroy Wright
May 14, 2018

There are usually only a few days of good weather on the highest part of the mountain in May, when climbers rush to attempt the summit.

Plain broke the fastest record of 126 days held by Polish climber Janusz Kochanski to complete the seven summits.

The ruling was struck down by Nepal's top court in March, which ruled it discriminatory towards people with disabilities. In 1996 his legs were amputated just below the knee after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit on Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak. As reported by the Nepal Official from Everest Base Camp, 8 climbers fixed the rope to the top of the Everest at 3:30 pm, on 13th May 2018.

Mark Joseph Inglis of New Zealand is the first double leg amputee to summit the world's tallest peak from the Chinese side.

According to Nepal's tourism department, the official government body which issues climbing permits for the Qomolangma expedition, 346 mountaineers from 38 Nepali and foreign teams have taken the permits for expedition this year.

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An Indian airline pilot, a builder from OH and a former online media sales executive are all waiting at base camp for a chance to scale the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain this climbing season.

"I always wanted to climb the big ones and I felt that if I'm going to do it now is the time", said the 57-year-old, who set his sights on Everest two years ago after tackling North America's highest mountain, Denali, at 6,194 metres.

The rapid growth in the climbing industry has accompanied complaints of overcrowding on the mountain and fears that inexperienced mountaineers could run into trouble.

Climbers try to minimise the time they spend in the aptly named "Death Zone" - an area above 8,000 metres on Everest where there is less than a third of the oxygen found at sea level. "Plain took almost seven hours to reach the summit point from Camp IV on Mt Everest", he said.

"When people realise they are causing a traffic jam, you'd like they'd have the courtesy to find a staff spot to step aside and let others pass".

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