US Climber Becomes the Latest Victim in Record-Breaking Mount Everest Season

May 14, 2023
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A US climber, Jonathan Sugarman, died while attempting to summit Mount Everest. As per Pasang Sherpa, an expedition organizer, Sugarman felt unwell and passed away at Camp 2. The climbing team, including Sugarman’s body, remains at Camp 2.

Nepal has issued permits for a record number of climbers this season, with 463 permits by April 26.
The US Embassy expressed condolences to Sugarman’s family and friends.  Nearly 310 deaths have occurred on the Mount Everest trail since the early 1900s.

The harsh conditions make it hard to retrieve bodies, resulting in many bodies still on the mountain. Overcrowding on the mountain has been blamed for recent deaths, and 2023 is expected to have a high number of climbers. Dead bodies are frequently seen on the summit of Mount Everest.

The climbing season in spring attracts the most climbers, with May being the popular time to ascend the peak. Warmer temperatures and reduced high-altitude winds are preferred for climbing after mid-May.
At an altitude of 17,000 feet (5,200 meters), the hike to the Everest base camp takes around two weeks.

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However, concerns about overcrowding and the record number of climbers have been raised this year. A viral picture by Nirmal Purja from 2019 showed a long line of climbers on an exposed ridge known as the “death zone.”

Efforts are being made to manage overcrowding by setting up additional ropes on the mountain.
Three Sherpas died in an accident while delivering materials for climbers to construct a route to the summit.

Mountaineering is a significant source of revenue for Sherpas, despite the risks involved.
Removing bodies from Mount Everest is a costly and dangerous task, leading to many bodies being left on the mountain.

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